Develop a successful trading company, lead your ships in naval battles and force your opponents to their knees!
User reviews: Mixed (347 reviews) - 66% of the 347 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 4, 2012

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About This Game

The Caribbean, in the turbulent 17th Century. The mighty kingdoms of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands fight over the colonies. And there you are, a young sea captain whose only goal is to become the most powerful man in the New World. To achieve that goal, you may choose one of the two available campaigns: will you become an Adventurer or a Trader?

If you chose the way of the Adventurer, lead an unforgiving campaign for the conquest of the seas: invasion, piracy, bounty hunting, raiding; do whatever it takes to build your own empire in the Caribbean. And of course, trade will have a less important role to play in your rise.
The way of the Trader is, on the opposite, mostly about developing your riches and your economic power. To be the most powerful Trader of the New World, you have to create trade routes, build industries and develop the economy of the colonies.
Of course, in Free Play mode, you can mix both of those in any way you want, letting you create your own unique and exciting story.

For the first time in the acclaimed Port Royale series, you are not alone in the beautiful and seemingly so peaceful seas of the Caribbean. The Multiplayer mode allows up to 4 players to play through LAN or over the Internet. Develop a successful trading company, lead your ships in beautiful 3D naval battles and force your opponents to their knees!

Key Features:

  • Two different single player campaigns: Adventurer and Trader
  • Naval battles, raids, plundering and invasions await the Adventurer, while the Trader will develop trade routes and the economy to earn glory, fortune and power
  • 16 different ship types, such as powerful Galleons or versatile Frigates
  • Organize trade with 60 different cities such as Port-au-Prince or Tortuga
  • A competitive Multiplayer mode for up to 4 players
  • A comprehensive trade system, with supply and demand dynamically setting the price of goods and wares, like in the real world

System Requirements

    • OS:Windowx XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor:Dualcore CPU
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 2.0 PCIe (Geforce 7 Series, Radeon X2000-Series)
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Quadcore CPU
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0 PCIe, DirectX 10
    • DirectX®:dx10
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
I'll start with the end first.
If you like the idea of trading in a pretty large scale, then this game probably fits your taste.

When it comes to the actual trading aspect of the game, it's pretty straight forward. Different towns have different produce and needs. You buy where it's cheap and sell where it's expensive. The more goods you buy of a particular type in a town, the more it rises in cost and vice versa. Later on it seems to get a bit more complex, you'll be able to establish trade routes and so on, but on the grand scale of all, it's simply buying and selling.

But there is so much more baked in. Maintaining reputation, new ships, crew, equipment, battling pirates and different factions, plundering, gathering influence in a town so you can start your own production, managing settlements, doing quests. I was incredibly surprised by the sheer massiveness of a game that seemed so simple.

My only "gripe" with this game is that the different ways you can lose is not emphasized enough. 4 hours in and I was almost completly wrecked. The game went from "this is to easy" to "is this the same game?!!" in such a small time window. Still, I'm looking forward to restarting as much as it takes to win (Shogun 2 player haha).
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
This would be a terrific economic simulator if the economics, y'know, worked. What we get instead is a rather shallow system (oddly similar to the X-Beyond series) in which prices arbitrarily follow supply levels, without any regard to taxation, government, or anything else for that matter. Likewise, buyout costs for existing businesses have nothing to do with the economy at all and are instead just linear figures based not any economic factors other than how much stuff you already own.

The combat aspect works... mostly. You're not going to see anything more in depth than you did playing "Sid Meier's Pirates" back on the Commodore64. Grape shot for crew, chain shot for sails, ball shot for hull. It's a trope-worthy as elves & dragons in a fantasy game. Zzzzzz. Actually, I take that back: Ye old C64 version was more invovled, because you actually got to participate in boarding actions and land combat. This game just counts down numbers, and the bigger number wins. The same is true of land invasion - it's a static sit & shoot against towers, followed by tossing more guys at the town than it has. Again we saw more combat depth in C64 games from the 1980s

Devo was Right.

While automating trade routes can be interesting and appealing to any EvE Online "Spreadsheet Warrior" types, even that has been rendered mostly pointless in this iteration of the series through liberal application of random salvage finds and endless randomly generated mini-quests that pay far, far, far more than you'd ever make as an honest trader.

Yes, they've added a few new buildings and game tweaks since the last version of the game, but they've left all the old problems from previous games intact and even added a few new ones. The ranking system is just an excuse to add pointless grind time, the influence system is nothing more than an annoying, artificial obstacle that doesn't add anything to the game and the new pirate system makes about as much sense as the aircraft spawns in Silent Hunter 4.

Mind you, I was one of those "Spreadsheet Warrior" types from EvE Online and even I can't enjoy this. I can deal with the shallow combat, I can deal with the slapped on quests and the needless new pirate features... so long as the economic part worked right, worked fairly, and was believable. Sadly, it doesn't, it can't and it isn't. I've seen 1990's x4 wargames that put more depth into their economies than in this game that's supposed to be about trading.

"You had one job!"

The game isn't without it's merits, and I would love to see an "Age of Pirates" types game with a strong economic model and an empahsis on trade over combat done right. Unfortunately, while this game gets most of that description down, it fails at the "done right" part.

Note: "But.. but.. pirates! Action! Adventure!" Ok so maybe you don't want to play Book-keeping, the Game. Maybe you just want to go out and smash some ships. Fine. Read above again. You'll be even more disappointed than me.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Surprisingly addictive. I picked up Port Royale having never played any of the labels prior. I was looking for a decent single player game to play while I was waiting for friends to finish a game or a match. I ended up playing into the morning hours trying to capture every town and build them all into a force to be reckoned with. The gameplay is simplistic, yet can be complex if you desire it. Graphics are quite nice, and unlike most games in existence these days, the imagery is quite pleasant and calming.

I would however, like to see more in the ways of campaigns or special missions etc to add a bit more to the game. The pirates DLC was a nice touch, but it was very lacking. Why can't the pirates take over towns, and then become the target of the royal navies? This is such an untapped area of the game which would add so much to all the gamers.

Overall scores as follows:

Graphics/Visuals: 7/10
Easy to learn: 9/10
Enjoyment: 8/10
Replayability: 7/10

Overall Bill Score: 7.5/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Growing up, I loved to play these kinds of games, the Patrician series comes to my mind at first. Nothing really to it other than making a good amount of money through trade, then using that money to make war on someone or trade even more, so at some point you dominate the seas. I love it, not a no-brainer, not that difficult either, just a relaxing game. I don't care much for campaign missions in this game, I just start up a new custom match and see where it takes me; play this at your own pace and do whatever you want to. For most, this game is not worth the full price, but looking at the mobile/facebook game extravaganza on steam I definitely recommend to buy this instead, even more so if it's on sale.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
149.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
You could spend your life playing this brilliant game. Well I have - .
Just imagine being in a time where you have more control over life - no atomic bombs just cannons swords and primitive guns and your own skills.
You travel from town to town as a merchant buying and selling and if you are good at it you amass quite a lot of money.
You make a lot more when you gain experience and title then you get assignments from towns - and oh how good is that - you feel good because the town folk or government leaders talk with you and want you to marry there daughters.

Going into a harbour which you eventually govern yourself if you take it by force or earn the right because you set up your businesses succesfully.

It is simply idealistic when you have a wife who feeds you gossip and says nice things to you and you put on a fair for the town via the church then when the fair is going you look back over the ocean , parks beaches and watch the fire works at dusk and all your town folk are happy and celebrating.
You watch the sun setting over the ocean at dusk with the golden cloud wisps - just brilliant.

when you get good at fighting then when you aquire a letter of mark to fight a governments enemy you attack their treasure ships and really make a lot of money, like $1,000,000 plus their ships where by if you are systematic and patient you can build your towns, you govern, to the maximum defence and then they are fairly secure. You also collect taxes.

It is great to have all these business's making goods for you and if you are savy you can sell all of it and keep the money flowing.

Fighting is just so rewarding - my method - don't know whether it is the best or not, but works for me - is you build up to a convoy of 2 liners, 2 carracks, and 2 caravels. You go in with a liner a carrack and a caravel. The graphics are the best I cannot emphasise how good it is and also the music is very very beautiful.

You have to have tons of chain shot, grape shot and regular shot (infinite).
Immediatly when the battle starts you select "attack my convoy", and chain shot for the sails and all 3 boats shoot the sails out of one boat quickly then choose another boat to attack shoot its sails out etc.
Follow up by shooting all the crew and boarding 2 of the enemy boats if 3 enemy then after that run around and collect all the swimming crew in the ocean by clicking "give me a hand" then board the last boat after you have shot out its remaining crew.
Having 3 different boats to fight with makes it a lot easier to choose which boat to control.

The trading is so well set up - that is the trade route convoys - which you need to do early as my memory isn't good enough to remember where you are upto with many convoys and tasks to complete etc. So some automation helps imensly.

The harbour graphics are simply beautiful except when there is a drought.
The minister in the churches where you can get missions but more importantly you get married and have celebrations etc is a kindly voice very rewarding.

The governor cgi is very good although more could be done there - like your father in law could have more interesting things to say to you when you take his towns by force etc.

I think the world view to harbour view is the best in this game the down side is when you look seaward at convoys coming and going they just appear (only way you can do it) or dissapear aproaching the horizon. In "rise of venice" the different aproach is good but loose the realism of towns being a long way apart so look like suburbs instead. Still good just the choice the devs need to make.

I liked port royal 1's lots or a little business per town better than always 5. Some gamers must have winged about it but more realistic to have maybe just 2 items say wood or corn at one town then 7 or so at another. I think if you start a new game then the goods need to change at the towns but keep the area produce still like dyes up north , tobacco in the middle and cocoa south etc.
That way you have to learn the town roster again which keeps you interested.

Allthough I liked the ex pirate den as your own town, as it was in the original port royale but the way it is done in this version is better much better just that the pirate hideouts are so attractive with there smaller cabins etc i wish you coud get one of those and develope it but only cabins a warf a shipwright for free repairs etc and maybe the larger infinite supply hall.

The only down side to this game is I liked the extra jobs you got from the governors like raiding an enemys merchant fleet and steel a shipment of wine or whatever or sink an enemy captains convoy etc

Bottom line -- I really wish the developers would grow this game to version 4 with the same beautiful or better if possible graphics etc. Use the same town to world map switch. A few more business's

Simply brilliant - 10 out of 10.
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