In East India Company, players will enjoy building the World's most powerful trading empire & engaging in vigorous battles in both single player & multiplayer modes, all within a breathtaking cinematic game environment.
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Mixed (57 reviews) - 63% of the 57 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 31, 2009

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"The graphics look amazing" - Avault
"Among all the games at E3 2009, only one stands apart as the single most promising PC strategy game that involves both naval trade and tactical tall-ships combat during the age of the infamous East India Company. That game: East India Company." - Gamespot

About This Game

In East India Company, players will enjoy building the World's most powerful trading empire & engaging in vigorous battles in both single player & multiplayer modes, all within a breathtaking cinematic game environment.
Players will fight, manage, and rule nations from Europe to the Far East with eight nationalities to chose from: British, Dutch, French, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish, and the Holy Roman Empire. Starting modestly, you will build your fleet, establish connections to far away countries, and keep the rivaling nations at bay. Choose from a wide array of ship classes, including a variety of transport and military vessels. Create diverse fleets and assign each of them specific trading routes. Control and upgrade well situated ports as you form your strategy for domination.
Conflicts and wars are inevitable. When hostile fleets engage each other, the spectacular naval battles are fought from a real-time tactical level. Devastating broadsides are fired with a deafening roar and cannon balls tear through enemy ships and their crew. For greater tactical depth, command your ship and give independent orders to each of your fleets. Fight against the other European powers to create a trading empire that will rule above all others in this groundbreaking strategy war game!
  • Spectacular cinematic & epic naval battles
  • 2 Command Modes: Give orders to all your ships in RTS or take the helm of a single ship in Direct Command-mode.
  • Unique combination of war & trading
  • State of the art diplomacy AI
  • 8 playable nations: England, France, Holland, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Spain & the Holy Roman Empire
  • Over 10 realistic ship types; from small sloops and cutters to East Indiaman and warships
  • Realistic yet fast-paced naval combat
  • Hire fleet commanders who will gain new skills & increase the abilities of your fleets
  • Take over ports & protect your shipping routes to create largest trading empire
Multiplayer (Internet or LAN):
  • Up to 8 simultaneous players
  • Player statistics tracked on the EIC game server
  • Several game modes with single & team approach
  • Raise your ranking by thwarting your opponents
  • Head-to-Head missions are a true test of strategic skill
  • Use Military might to build your trading empire
  • Command ships & fleets independently
  • Wage war on the vast open sea
  • Sink your rivals' ship or board them to take control
  • Hire fleet commanders to boost your fleet's abilities
  • User commander skills to give you an edge in battles
  • Upgrade your ports with new buildings
  • Buy & Sell goods
  • Establish profitable trading routes
  • Open diplomatic relations or declare War
  • Negotiate tense political situation
  • Lead the most powerful company in history
  • Take over colonies & expand your empire
  • Use well modeled diplomacy to exert your power
  • Conquer strategic ports
  • Accomplish missions ordered by your company or the Crown

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium processor or equivalent AMD Athlon processor
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible or better video card with pixelshader 2.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: approx. 6 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows® XP/Vista
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz dual core processor
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible or better video card with pixelshader 3.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: approx. 6 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
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36 of 40 people (90%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
I really do love this game, the way you have to budget your money and buy more ships to trade more goods over time to make more money and eventually conquer India. The Politics between Companies is interesting along with dealing with pirates. Pirate hunting can be costly but the rewards are great, and be careful what you do as far as conquering India, because monopolizing one recourse can cause other companies to join forces against you. The ship to ship combat is fun, with the abilities experienced Admirals gain over time and the different kinds of ships. I like how buying Marines actually helps in combat is they fire muskets at other ships and are extremely useful during a boarding. A gem of a game for anyone who likes RTS Naval combat, and the direct control you can take of a single ship is very interesting and well done as well. All and all, a great game that for the $10 Dollars is well worth it. Although, I do advise paying the $15 dollars to get it with all the DLC as well. The pirate DLC is a blast, and Privateering as very mission based which is interesting as well, and the battle of the Trafalgar is a great challenge for all who think themselves up to it. It does have some issues as it is a bit old, but downloading some older software for drivers fixes this in under 10 minutes, and is worth the trouble, but is a drawback, for that I give this game a 7.5 - 8/10. Fantastic.
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40 of 59 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
This game is quite buggy. Ever so often you are offered a mission to earn some "pounds" by way of missions. They spawn randomly and you can either decline them, as I would recommend, or accept them. If you accept the mission, you are given a short time frame. Far too short. Some missions didn't state a time frame, but failed me as I was trying to prepare for the mission.

The missions do not take in account that you are probably doing other things with your boats. I had a boat that just bought some goods from India and was on it's way back to the port. The mission was for me to buy a large amount of goods that could be found in Africa, so I accepted. The mission gave me one year to do this mission. By the time my boat had arrived back in port to unload the goods from India my mission had failed.

I couldn't unload the items from India to any location because I would have lost money. It's very limiting.

The game requires you to have your boat stop at ports, but allows ports to be taken over. This prevents you from using the ports to move your ships, less they take damage.

I find it weird that everyone uses, "Pounds" as currency. I played as the Holy Roman Empire and I doubt they used the British pound, although I could be mistaken. This seems like a mis chance of having a bit more complex system of currency.

The game is rather easy. When buying goods at home, you can nearly always sell them for a decent price in Africa, or a outstanding price in India. The opposite is true. In Africa most of the goods can be sold for a decent price in home port. India's goods are sold at extreme profits in home port. The game even tells you how much you would profit if you bought a good outside of home port and sold it back to home port.

This causes the game to be just, Buy stuff at home port, and sell them in India, allowing you to buy items in India and selling them at home port. Back and forth, ever so slowly. The game plays so slow. It gives you five times speeds. 0.5 Watching grass grow. 1 Lord of the Rings trilogy marathon. 2 A trip to the amusement park. 3 The time it took you to walk to the mall. And number 4 Why isn't this speed the first number?

The battles are worse. The ships move so slowly as well. I had been heading towards a small island desperately holding the d key to turn the ship. Instead it slowly turned enough to still ram into the island, which caused damage to the ship and it sunk. Let's just say I wouldn't want to captain these ships.

I understand that ships are realistically slow, but I am playing a video game. I want it to be exciting. A bit daring. I don't want to be slowly firing my slow recharge cannons, notice that I am headed towards danger and spend a good minute trying to turn the boat without success.

I just want to have fun.

With a repetitive game play, and just an over all slow clucky feel. I would not recommend this game.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
If you like strategy games and sailing this is the game for you. Features fun aracade style ship battles. Its alot more than a birds eye view game. Battling reminds me of Assasins Creed Black Flag. Also features fun trading system.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2014
I am having a lot of fun with this game. If you enjoy strategy and some challenge it is a great game. A few small issues with sound which isn't a big deal, the tutorial/voice isn't very loud and you have to adjust the volume a bit. Other than that I highly recommend this game for it's price. Bought it on sale and even if I paid the $9.99 I would feel it was worth it. The ship battles are fun and you can grow your fleet by capturing other vessels or sell the cargo if any and the ships you capture if you choose. A little bit of getting used to the user interface, but with the option to play with tips on or off is a big help. Really good game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
Lots of seafaring fun with all of it's parts. Like a lot of games it can be exasperating at times especially when your maxed out fleet loses to a wimpy faction. Not a whole lot of differences no matter what level you play at except on Easy you don't have to worry that a port won't buy your cargo or that your homeport won't like any of their cargo.

There are 2 methods of combat. You can control all your ships in a high resolution graphic war or use Autoresolve that determines the winner. At first I used the graphic option but found that controling 5 warships was a problem, especially since more often than not your surrounded by islands that will rip ships apart and the ships are not capable of sharp turns. The enemy of course is on the seaward side of the islands. Additionally your ships will not fire near as often as the enemy. If you put all the ships on auto except the flagship they will run right into an island and sink.

The skill your Captains receive for destroying enemy ships are pretty much useless. They can still be womped by a wimpy enemy and they will sooner or later.

The Galleon is a bit over rated in the game. It is a slow clumbersome ship more suited for cargo but the game lists it as a war ship. Back in those days a Scooner captained by an experienced captain could defeat one. The trick was to sail around behind them and hit them from behind. Another trick was to watch for the flash of the Galleon's cannon. Unlike shells of today it took a while for the cannon balls to reach you. You knew that the Galleon would be leading his target so a quick turn to the port or starboard would cause a miss. You didn't want to get hit by them even once!

When the Frigate came out most nations switched to it because it was faster and more manuverable that a Galleon.

Enuf of the history lesson, lol. It's a fun game if you like strategy sea wars.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
Don't believe all the negative hype about this game. While the game does increase in difficulty rather sharply (What Paradox Interactive game doesn't...?), It's a solid trade sim. The diplomacy system is well fleshed out and the tactics one must employ to slow the devlopment of an opponents growth are fresh and varied. I don't know why everyone complains of save corruption or freezing... In 10 hours of play, I haven't experienced the slightest graphics issue. However, I can see the ship battles dropping Framerate for lesser computers.

All in all, not a bad game.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
285.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
Nice Old School game. Gameplay is huge, personally I had over 180 hours. Well ballanced trading system, better naval combat system. Big advantage is the fact that you can dirrectly command each one of your ships. All in all good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
Nice game, historically not correct (East India was a lot bigger those days) Nice trade quests , nice diplomatic scenes..
However , i was dissapointed by the ship battles,wich by that i set on auto resolve,and at that way capturing ships was no option!

I loved Sid Meiers Pirates , and Assassins Creed Black Flag, this one is third choice so far, because it lacks graphics, and there re so many more things they could have done in this game.. however, its for its price definatly a good buy !!

Really hope somebody develops a complete East India Company Game sometime !!!

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
58.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2014
Its good to see a naval game thats not based on pirates; there is so much potential for games based on colonial powers/navies. The trading aspect is a little difficult to get used to early in the game, but its very cool once you get a foothold. The naval combat is realistic and well-paced, and the ship types accurately depict their 17th and 18th century counterparts. All things considered, East India Company is a very nice game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2014
East India Company is a fun game. It's like if Sid Meier's Pirates skipped on the dancing and went straight to making sweet, strategic, early 18th century love to a Tycoon game.
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16.9 hrs
Posted: July 27, 2014
Why this game only has 67/100 on metacritic is a puzzle, It deserves far more credit!
If you are a fan of economy management games like Civ or trader games like Smugglers you will love this, or even if you just enjoy the whole era from Pirates of the caribbean its the perfect match!
Don't be put off if you don't get the hang of the game right away, it can take abit of getting used to but when you get the hang of it you will be hooked!
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15.0 hrs
Posted: July 26, 2014
Would be a good enough game except that it crashes every time you have a battle......EVERY TIME!!!
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23.5 hrs
Posted: July 14, 2014
I think this is a good game for the $2.00 i spent on it. I like the free campaign a lot over the grand campaign and the battle AI is bad. I go tell one ship to do something and the announcer suddenly says we are taking on water and im like WTF. i look at the ship and it has rammed itself on a island to go a direct route to where i told it to go and not going around the rocks/islands. Overall 8/10 and it makes it better i got it for 2 dollars.
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59.9 hrs
Posted: July 13, 2014
This game crashes at diffrent times, switchen fleets, fighting in Genral, transfering ships to another fleet, just at random.

Battle's are fun and its a good trade game, much like Patricians 4 or port royal, but not as stream lined I would say.

Decent graphics and game play. Just wish it did not crash just out of random or when your trying to do something.

For a 2009 game seems they would have fixed these issues.
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Der GasMeister
11.3 hrs
Posted: July 9, 2014
Jew Simulator: Be a jewish build a massive trade empire, influence over the state like an illuminati.
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9.9 hrs
Posted: May 14, 2014
It's not a bad game exactly, but it's not a good game either.

What's cool: It has ships that you use to trade, and you can make trading fleets and mighty armadas to become an age of sail superpower. It also has pirates, and who doesn't love pirates, well besides merchant captains off the eastern coast of Africa?

What's not cool is harder to put your finger on. It kind of does everything you think it should, the graphics are pleasant, it's just not a great game. I don't hate East India Co. so much as just have no desire to play it.
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