Become an entrepreneur trying to take control of the Martian market in this economic strategy game by Civilization IV lead designer, Soren Johnson.
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Very Positive (91 reviews) - 81% of the 91 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (1,471 reviews) - 78% of the 1,471 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 28, 2016

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June 20

Offworld Trading Co. - New Map Toolkit DLC is Now Available

Design Your Own Map with the Map Toolkit DLC
The new Map Toolkit DLC is here and ready for you to make sprawling Martian landscapes.
With several new maps to get you started, you will be creating amazing Martian landscapes in no time!

New Map Editing Tool
Design and create your own Martian landscapes with looming plateaus, deep craters, and more

New Maps
Enjoy several new maps based on real Martian locations, perfect for getting you started with editing your own

New Campaign Locations
Explore new maps that work with the "real Mars maps" option, now incorporated into the campaign

The Map Toolkit DLC is now available on Steam or at Stardock.

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June 10

Offworld Trading Company Patch 4 (version 13267)

*** RELEASED 06/10/2016 ***

This patch adds better AI, UI enhancements and campaign rebalancing.


  • Fix for if you only have a resume save game not showing up.
  • Fixing replay auction problem
  • Ranked match lost communications bug fix
  • Fixing the Play and Beat Soren Achievements in Ranked Play
  • Fixed an issue migrating hosts if the host drops out of a MP game
  • Fixed found HQ gfx issue
  • Fixed campaign planet animation when transitioning back to CEO screen
  • Fixed slanted orientation of campaign planet text
  • fixed an issue that kept you from skipping the intro cinematic if there was a game notification
  • Game settings now shown when you mouse over the menu button
  • Fixed Typos
  • We now show tooltips for sabotages after purchase
  • Campaign balance tweaks
  • Can now skip promotions in campaign
  • Game now displays where purchased colony modules will go
  • Added extra government bonus button for help text

  • Improved auction AI
  • Fixed some AI issues

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“Offworld Trading Company is a work of genius.”
5/5 – Quarter to Three

“This isn’t an RTS with the combat removed - it’s Wall Street on a new frontier. It kept me engaged because every choice is part of an ongoing battle.”
88/100 – PC Gamer

“The core mechanic – the market that acts as a malleable foundation on which every other system is built – is close to perfect.”
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About This Game

From the lead designer of Civilization IV comes a new kind of strategy game: Offworld Trading Company, an economic strategy game.

Mars has been colonized and has invited you to lend a hand to make sure the new colony has a shot at success. But you're not the only one that's been invited, other business rivals are here as well and they have no qualms about playing dirty to gain the choicest territories on the Martian surface and driving their competitors out of business.

Venture to Mars to Earn Your Fortune

With space travel becoming a reality and the easy-to-reach resources on Earth dwindling, hopeful people seeking their fortune are rushing to the next great frontier: Mars. Rekindle humanity’s adventurous spirit by leaving Earth behind and make a new name for yourself as a titan of industry on the red planet.

Discover the Origin of the Major Martian Businesses

Determine the fate of the Martian colonization effort in the dynamic single-player campaign mode. Multiple types of CEOs, each with unique traits and abilities, deliver many hours of discovery into their motivations and how they intend to dominate the future of Mars.

Experience New Adventure in Multiplayer

Turn your friends into frenemies! With a robust and exciting multiplayer mode that can support up to eight players, no two games of Offworld Trading Company are the same! The market fluctuates depending on which of the four starting corporations you and your opponents choose and what resources you accumulate. Strategy is key, and tenuous alliances between rivals are easily broken when the opportunity arises.

Control the Market before your Competition Controls You

In Offworld Trading Company, market forces are your weapons, not guns or bombs. The real-time player driven market is your sword and your shield here. In order to win, you will need to make tough choices on what resources to acquire, what goods to build and sell, how to interact with the planet's thriving underworld, and what stocks to acquire and when. With over a dozen different resources available and a constantly changing market economy, no two paths of victory are alike -- each game holds a different “key” to dominating your competition.

Enjoy a Rich Soundtrack from a Grammy Award Winning Composer

Transport yourself to Mars and immerse yourself in the battle for big business with an incredible soundtrack from composer Christopher Tin (Baba Yetu, Civilization IV). This retro-futuristic score mixes orchestra instrumentals, piano, and synthesizers while utilizing unique pitch-dives and other electronic treatments. All of these unique elements gives Offworld a truly otherworldly tone. Check out the full interview here:

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 64-bit
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo / 2.0 GHz AMD Athlon X2 64
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT / ATI Radeon HD 3870 / Intel HD Graphics 4600
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card:
    • Processor: 3 GHz Intel Quad-Core Processor / 3.2 GHz AMD Six-Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 / AMD Radeon HD 7850
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card:
    • OS: OS X Yosemite or Better
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT / ATI Radeon HD 3870 / Intel HD Graphics 4600
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics or Better
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Very Positive (91 reviews)
Mostly Positive (1,471 reviews)
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( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Quality game to screw your impatient friends in, yes this is real
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( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This game is truely innovative in the RTS genre. I am having so much fun with this.
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( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Such an addicting game. This game is very challenging, need to be very careful with your decisions and so many different scenarios!

I purchased the game 18 hours ago and my play time compared to that says enough.

Highly recommended. 9/10
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( 19.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
What an absolutely fantastic game!

The premise is very simple: you are on Mars, you have a company, and you can mine/produce various resources as well as buy and sell them. Your goal is to buy all of your competitiors (like a real world market aquisiton, you need 51% of their shares to control them).

And here is what makes this game so brilliant:

1) You have complete freedom over what you do - there are no compulsory buildings or anything of that sort, you can choose any strategy and even change it on the fly (glass is becoming too cheap? Then destroy all your glass production faciliteis and build electronics factories instead), so there is never a set path and you are always engaged

2) The free market that makes the game superdynamic. Let's say you've decided to produce chemicals and sell them on the market. But if everyone starts producing chemicals, then obviously there will be a surplus of them, the prices will go down and no one will be making any money! This makes you constantly think about what do you want to produce, what the competition are producing, what will be required in 5 minutes (if everyone will be upgrading and will need glass for it, but no one is producing it, then maybe you can do it right now - or simply buy it cheap now and sell at a much higher price later), and seek the most profitable endeavor on the market.

3) The factions - there are four of them, and they all play very differently. For example, the Scavengers use no steel, but carbon instead for their buildings. So, if there is just a little bit of carbon on the map, then you can easily organize a carbon monopoly! Or, let's say you believe steel is going to be very expensive in the game - than you can take the Scavengers, and avoid the much higher costs of building that everyone else will have.

All of them have their disctinct advantages and disadvantages, and you get to choose any of the four every game!

4) The abilities - you can buy them of the black market, and oh boy can they mess up the production!
The energy prices are high? EMP your opponent's solar panels, and he will have an insane debt from having to buy all the expenisve electricity
The Scavengers are doing very well? Underground nuke their carbon deposits, so that their productions falls almost two to three times and slow themm down

There are tons of abilities, and you can buy them as well as protection from them, and using them at the right moment can win you or lose the game

5)And, of course, the tension - it lasts till the absolute end and always keeps you on the toes, and makes each game very fun and engaging.

There are tons of other nuances and depth to the game, but you can find out most of it during your games, as this review would be way too long for it :)

Overall, it a an extremely dynamic and fun strategy game, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
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( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
A very nice change from the standard RTS model. I can see this as an excellent game to play at a LAN or with friends given the anonymous backstabbing capability of the black market!

It is enjoyable to learn to play this against the AI, but I think the real fun can be had playing with friends.

I like it!
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( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
A great game, the mechanics are wonderful. Extremely immersive, will be playing this for months
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( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Not usually my cup of tea but an hour into the game and it looks really promising.
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( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Fantastic game, I've only done tutorials and some single player but it is very neat in its unique gameplay style.
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( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game is nicely done. It's very complex and difficult to master. If you enjoy economic simulations, this is a great one.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
This game is simply brilliant. I'll leave it to other reviews to extol the value of the gameplay on offer here, but this is easily the best strategy game released in the last year.

Several negative reviews criticize the game for being too easy or too simple. Difficulty options easily address the first point, as the AI is perfectly competent and can challenge even the best players. If you think the game is easy, you need to step up the difficulty level or try your hand at a human opponent. They don't bite.

Anyone who says this game is simple has no grasp whatsoever of the nuances of the design. Under the hood, the game's primary system is a simulated free market economy. On the surface, you can influence prices by buying and selling goods, but the ability of the player to influence both supply and demand through interaction with the colony and other players is really what the game is all about, and those possibilities are limited only by your capacity for foresight. That's the way a strategy game is supposed to be. The player who wins is the most clever one who can exploit whatever situations present themselves, not the one who can click the fastest or can memorize a hundred opening builds.

Of the short list of critiques you can level at Offworld Trading Company, lack of depth is absolutely not one of them, and the mere thought of it is preposterous.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Other reviews have covered the excellent sound, graphics, and market-driven gameplay. I will just add this: rarely have I played an RTS where the AI was so hard to beat. On Manager (where neither side has an advantage) I have only managed to win once out of about 8-10 games. You can play on an easier difficulty setting, of course; but it is refreshing for me to have an AI that provides such a challenge. (Playing online with friends has been great as well.)

Oh, and from my experience (and what I have read/seen on streams) it is absolultely not true that the game lacks depth. When playing on a proper difficulty, a combination of terrain, faction, and the behavior of your opponents will force hard choices that do not play out the same every time.

Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
376.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I have never written a review of a game before, but I feel compelled to write one for this game. I have always loved strategy games, the more in-depth the better. If you are like me, then I HIGHLY recommend this game. The tools you have available for manipulating the market, taking advantage of your opponents weaknesses, and exploiting the quirks of each individual map all combine to offer an extremely competitive and variable Multiplayer experience. I can't speak too much to the Single Player elements of the game, I don't generally play SP stuff, but the MP environment by itself more than justifies the purchase of this game. The developers are extremely connected and involved in the community, and I couldn't ask for a better product, pick this game up if you haven't already!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
38.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Great game. I use it with my students, and it really lends itself to an educational environment. After kicking student butt, as they deserve, we love looking at the statistics of each match.
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
I've always thought that one of the problems with modern games is that they are a bit too obvious in thier attempt to make you feel good by - in essence - letting you win which is why the demanding difficulty of Offworld Trading Company is so very enjoyable.

As I pass the twenty five hour mark on Offworld I'm also playing The Witcher 3 which allows me to perform some very heroic slashes that seem far beyond the mashing of left mouse I am doing. It is very pretty but it seems to remove me from the mix. The Witcher 3 is great but sometimes I feel like I'm a distraction to it, rather than the other way around.

Offworld Trading Company is the opposite. Go disengaged in a minute of playing Offworld and you lose. Make bad decision in Offworld and you lose. Play well but not as well as someone else (including the impressive AI) and you lose. Every defeat one can imagine a cause for an consider how to fix it. The moment I realised that not mining a resource because it could be bought dirty cheap was a viable strategy was a revelation made better because it was not hinted at, or revealed in a tutorial, or given to me in any way other than through experience.

The result is a game where one feels an authorship over victory (or defeat) that creates a more compelling narrative than many a game that sell themselves on their narratives. An irony of sorts there.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Nice Capitalism simulator.
Nicely scratches the building itch in fun small chunks of time. Games go for around 30min and you can play quite fast and keep yourself busy. Great if you like building/economy management but dont like to slog through 10+ hours of a full campaign of civilization or whatever.
The online multiplayer also gives it much more replayability than city building games too.
The presentation is also very well done and its quite satisfying watching your base turn into something akin to a beehive while you watch your money meter keep ticking ever higher.

Only downside is the price point. 40USD is a steep asking price for whats on offer.
Grab it on sale though and its an innovative and addictive little game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
It was fun for a few hours, very unique. Unfortunatly it wore out really fast due to incredibly shallow gameplay that turns most matches into 20 min of who can rush to whatever the maps rare commodaty is.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Been playing for a little bit, have to admit I'm loving this game. Reminds me a little bit of the old Industry Giant games, and is definitely an interesting spin on the RTS genre.

- Great soundtrack
- Fluid and simple yet flexible gameplay
- Different factions, while the same on the surface, will force you to think your strategies through because they all run on different resources
- AI is clever. They will target your research buildings with sabotages mid game, and tank resource prices if it figures out what your strategy is

- RNG can bite you in the ♥♥♥ from time to time

Overall, pretty solid 7.5/10 from me. Definitely worth picking up
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
141.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Great game with well thought out strategies and a strong single and multiplayer offering!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Offworld Trading Company is a very refreshing take on the RTS genre. Once ruled by the likes of Starcraft, Warcraft, Age of Empires and Command and Conquer, the genre's popularity has currently taken a turn for the worst. Many attribute its downfall to the success of League of Legends: by distilling the genre to it's very core and simplifying the gameplay, it has become the most played multiplayer game. Offworld Trading Company does this to an even greater level: while League eased the burden on the player by allowing control of just your hero, OTC did away with controlling units entirely.

This game innovates in so many aspects that it's difficult for me to list them all. There is no combat, but the multiplayer still feels vicious and fierce. Instead of fighting with guns and swords, your tools of conquer are liquid assets, market manipulation and sometimes Filthy Pirates. No two maps are ever alike: sometimes silicon is lacking, and whoever can secure a monopoly on it will certainly profit later on. Other times, there is little aluminium and by keeping the price high you can prevent your opponents from upgrading. Every game starts with you settling down on Mars as one of four corporations, each as different from each other as Starcraft's factions. The purpose of this is twofold: you are assisting the local colony by producing whatever goods they need, while also looking to become filthy, filthy rich.

The early game consists of rushing to upgrade as fast as possible by securing control of your primary resources. Once your HQ reaches level 3, the focus becomes sabotaging your opponents as well as (ab)using the market and other players to make money as fast as possible. Is one of your opponents shipping resources from far away, without producing any fuel? Put down some reactors and make bank on the high fuel price. Does he start producing his own? Sabotage his factories and turn his debt into your money! These kinds of decisions pop up constantly, and you need to be vigilant to seize the opportunity. But when you do, it pays off fast and hard! The game usually ends (after around 20 minutes) in a frantic race to make enough money to buy out your opponents, while preventing them from doing the same. While there may be a clear leader at times, he can be toppled if two or more players gang up on him.

This game is fantastic. I wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of the RTS genre, as well as anyone looking for an unique, intelligently designed game. While there is a learning curve, the in-game tutorials do a great job of explaining the interface and the basics of gameplay. I also recommend Zultar's tutorial series to anyone looking for a more in-depth guide. The unofficial official Discord server is one of the best resources for this game, you can get specific advice and guidance, or just chit-chat, with players that have hundreds, if not thousands of hours played.
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