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.
Posted: December 23rd, 2013