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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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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( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Offworld Trading company is a very interesting take on real time strategy. I miss the old robot voices though.... I hate those filthy bandits
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( 2.1 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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( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
im stuck on tutorial, i have to build a solar panel but i guess i built too many things then i was supposed to, and i ran out of claims, okay, no problem ill delete one of my buildings. Come to find out their is no buldoze or delete option and / or this ui is so simple and stupid that i cannot find it.

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ooh 3rd tutorial i messed it up, built the right thing at the wrong place and it only lets you build 2 of them, i cannot delete them to put them where they go so now i have to restart, this is so stupid. developers need to add a buldoze or fix tutorial so i'm not locked to only allowed to build 2 buildings of that type, when i have plently of licences to build left

well tword end of tutorial and i put the goone squad on the wrong thing.. i must put goone squad on my hacker array.. oops.. well its all blacked out and i cannot click to put goone squad on the right thing.. the developers are honestly stupid do they even play this ppl make mistakes but i cannot fix anything at all.

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( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I don't have a lot of time invested in the game yet but what I do have I enjoyed.

Offworld Trading Company takes the part of games that I normally don't care for and makes it into a unique game that I do.

The game UI is good. It has a very nice tutorial as well. It performs well and I have yet to see any bugs.

I can see myself spending many hours with OTC.
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Carlos Danger
( 32.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
A unique, and endlessly replayable game. The skirmishes last 20-30 minutes, and play out differently every single game. The different companies are balanced, but it really makes a difference who you found an HQ with. The campaign is also good, though it lacks the adrenaline rush of buying out a competitor in the skirmishes. Overall, a great game. The interconnected nature of every decision really works.
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( 34.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Really enjoying the game. Love the shorter game format.

OTC is a great additon to the RTS genre. Very worth a play or 100 to learn the game, probably quite a few more turns needed to master it though.
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Crash McCoy
( 63.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Too cool of a concept! RTS with a focus on economy rather than combat! Too addicting.
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( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Offworld Trading Company is an excellent game. Simply put, it strikes the perfect balance between heavily detailed strategy and intuitive gameplay. This allows you to begin enjoying the game from the off, but also to continue honing your skills for hours afterward. Some negative reviews indicate that OTC gets repetitive quickly. I disagree. Although the main idea of the game remains the same, there are numerous factors that make every match entertaining in its own way. Personally, I find it no more monotonous than turn-based strategy games like Age of Wonders or Civilization.

In summation, Offworld Trading Company is a wonderful multiplayer or singleplayer game that I reccomend to anyone who enjoys RTS games.

Overall: 9.2/10
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( 25.3 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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( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Not much depth...just clicking and building, no real production chains...maybe will give it another try later.
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42 of 52 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Product received for free
Buy low, sell high!

Welcome to Offworld Trading Company, an economic strategy game developed by Mohawk Games. Your goal in OTC is simple, make more money than your competition and, eventually, buy them out completely. You’ll need to manage all of your resources, expand your company’s HQ and maybe there’ll be some corporate sabotage thrown in to the mix.

The core gameplay all revolves around harvesting resources and then using those resources to produce other resources (for example Silicon is used by the buildings that produce glass) and sell off anything you don’t need to boost your cash-flow. It sounds easy but you only have a certain number of tile claims. If you have five claims available that means you can only build five buildings. However, you can get more claims, mainly by upgrading your company’s HQ (up to the maximum level 5) but there are in-game auctions and you’ll sometimes be able to bid on extra claims or an actual tile as well as other things such as patents (technologies that provide a positive bonus to your business) and black market items (some of which are used for personal gain, others which are used to sabotage the competition).

As with all strategy games, OTC’s gameplay is split into early-game, mid-game and late-game. The early-game in OTC is all about securing the resources that are essential to your faction (one of four), without these you’ll find yourself in a lot of debt very quickly and you’ll be unable to expand your HQ. For example, Seneca Development is a human faction so they need food, water and oxygen to run their base but Yoshimi Robotics is run by robots so they don’t require these (though you may still want them in order to sell them). It’s also important to secure at least two of the three resources you need for upgrading your HQ in the early game so that you don’t have to spend too much money buying other resources. OTC’s mid-game is essentially about preparing for late-game. By the mid-game you should have secured all the resources you need to run and upgrade your HQ so now you’ll be thinking about increasing your HQ level and starting to look at producing resources which you’ll be able to make huge profits from in the late-game stage. If you have any resources to sell off, mid-game may also be when you start purchasing stocks in other players to prepare for buying them out. The late-game stage is when you’re going to be making most of your money. Prices will be at their highest now as the human colony you’re supporting will be very large now so this is the time to sell off resources you have large stockpiles of (in small amounts so you don’t push the price down too much) but it’s also when you want to be thinking about building two or three Offworld Markets. The Offworld Market building is a rocket which will launch 100 of whatever resource you choose to asteroid mines for insane amounts of money, several times more than simply selling your resources to the colony. Once you’ve sent up a couple of rockets you’ll have enough money to buy out the weakest competitor(s) and soon you’ll have enough to buy out even the strongest of the competition, as long as they’re still behind you.

The main way to limit your competition is by sabotaging them with black market items as I mentioned earlier. Some of the items which are for your benefit include bribing officials to give you an extra claim or using a M.U.L.E to collect 200 units of a resource. The sabotage items range from EMPs which will temporarily disable a few buildings to Mutiny which will give you any profits from a building for around a minute (particularly effective when used on Offworld Markets). Some of these items did feel unbalanced to me, for example an underground nuke reduces the number of resources you harvest from a tile, if an enemy uses this several times it can be incredibly damaging as you’ll then have to focus on getting more of that resource rather than making money. It also seems that AI are more likely to target human players than other AI players which is of course problematic if you’re playing single-player. While some of the individual items feel unbalanced, the black markets presence in the game is handled very well. Once you’ve purchased an item from the market you’ll have to wait one minute before you can purchase anything else and every time a player (human or AI) purchases an item its price increases for everyone so you can’t just spam a load of EMPs. Furthermore, there’s a pool of items and you only get a random selection of them for each game (the number of items also depends on the size of the map/number of players) which adds a little bit of variety to the game.

Although I’ve really enjoyed playing OTC (especially multiplayer skirmishes with friends) it does have two major issues: a lack of depth and a high price for what’s on offer. The former feeds into the latter so I’ll talk about it first. The problem I have is there’s not really any variation in gameplay or strategies. I’ve played quite a few matches in my ten hours with the game so far (they usually last between twenty to thirty minutes) and I’ve used the same strategy every time, winning all but two or three matches. Even when I played as a different faction I only had to make small tweaks to my strategy in order to win the game. Sure, if you play on the higher difficulties it’s more of a challenge but I still didn’t feel as though I needed to do anything differently to what I did in my previous games. Obviously I don’t expect it to be so varied that it feels like I’m playing a different game every time I play but I shouldn’t feel like I’m playing the same match when I play. It’s this lack of depth that makes the £30 asking price way too high, I feel that a price point of around £20 would be much better value.

A couple more things to tie up. OTC is a really good looking game, the style of the game fits it perfectly and, though it’s only a small feature, I enjoyed watching the little transport ships fly from my resource collection buildings back to the HQ. While Skirmish is probably playing most of the time, there is also a campaign mode. It’s well designed and offers slightly different gameplay to Skirmish mode, giving you seven days on a map to be the player who buys the most modules for the nearby colony. Personally I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as skirmish/multiplayer but that’s not to say it’s bad. The tutorials are very good and explain everything very well though it is possible to screw up in the tutorials (for example if you build an extra building you won’t have enough claims to complete the tutorial) which means that you may have to restart the entire tutorial mission, a bit frustrating considering it’s not explained. Lastly, the game’s soundtrack is absolutely fantastic!


An enjoyable economic strategy game that’s good for a few hours of fun despite being overpriced and lacking depth. If you’re a fan of strategy games and you’re looking for something different I’d highly recommend picking it up on sale.

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El K.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
All the pacing, interactivity, and strategic challege of the best of RTSs, but in the context of an entirely economic battle. On Mars, to boot! And what a fantastic single-player campaign that goes far beyond the usual set of canned skirmishes. This is one of those rare games that manages to be both unique and indebted to forgotten gems like MULE,, and Transport Tycoon.

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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.8 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
129.8 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
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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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Product received for free
Offworld Trading Company is a space strategy game with many great attributes and with constant support from the developers.
If this review is too long for you, I suggest you to only read the first paragraph about the game's content and the final verdict at the end.

What is happening in the game:
You are in control of a colony, based on Mars, and you have to get as rich as possible. You can build mines, factories and farms and then sell them when the price is right. Defend yourself from other companies and try to take them over.

  • Trading Aspect | There are a lot of similar strategy games, but this game has something other games rarely have: trading. It adds something new to the game and it makes it different from other games of the similar genre, which is definitely a huge advantage. Trading has a lot of different options since you can have different strategies for higher profits and you can even influence the prices, just as you can in real life (if you're wealthy enough).
  • Appearance | This game looks great and it doesn't use a lot of system resources, which is great. Even if there are a lot of things happening on your screen, it is still very easy to track everything. This is sometimes a problem, especially when you get so wealthy that you can afford anything, but your screen gets littered as well. Anyway, this game doesn't have this problem.
  • Tutorials | This game offers an amazing tutorial which covers all the basics well and prepares you for your journey. There are five tutorial levels and each one covers a few connected topics. When you complete the tutorials, you're mostly good to go as the game itself is not extremely complicated, but I will also mention this later on.
  • Learning Curve | You don't need any prior experience with similar games as this game teaches you game mechanics very gently with some funny dialogs, easy-to-understand instructions and helpful explanations. I've never seen something like that and it's really something every game should have. I sometimes feel frustrated when I don't understand what the game wants from me, but no such thing happened with Offworld Trading Company.
  • Game Modes | Game modes are definitely another great thing about this game as there are many of them, which means more hours of interesting gameplay. After completing the tutorial, you can play some prepared practice games. Then, you can play the Campaign, Skirmish, Daily Challenge levels and even multiplayer ones!
  • Atmosphere | The music in this game is really great and game events also have some influence on what kind of music is played. The sound effects are also pretty great (such as explosions and other things). This is one of rare such games where you don't need to turn on your own music if you don't want to get bored!
  • Achievements and Rewarding | When you do something good in this game, it really lets you know that you did something good and that you learned something. There are quite a few achievements, some harder than others, and they are one of the rewards for making progress. This really makes the player to play the game more since it's like getting a cookie each time you do something of value. This developer really knows how to keep its players!
  • Almanac DLC | These kind of things are usually available as paid DLCs, but this DLC comes with the game for free when you purchase it. You get access to many things, such as a 91-page (!!) strategy guide by professional players and designer notes from the developer.

  • Pricing | 40€ for a game is really too much, even though it's a very good game. Games of the same genre are usually priced at least 10€ lower. If you manage to find someone who wants the game as well, you can buy the Deluxe Edition which gives you an extra copy of this game. Otherwise, I just don't find this game to be worth so much. Hopefully, the developer will drop the price at some point or at least put a nice discount on it on every major sale.
  • No SteamOS Support | Linux lovers are sadly excluded from this game's player base as well. I wonder when developers are going to realize that there are some hardcore Linux fans that only buy games when they support their operating system ...

The final verdict:
Offworld Trading Company is most certainly an amazing game. Apart from its trading mechanics, there are also great graphics, many game mode, a very helpful tutorial and many other great things. Overall, there is nothing particularly bad about this game apart from its pricing. I still think that 40€ is way too much for such a game. When you do buy it, you should have no problems liking it, but I do recommend waiting for a sale before deciding to buy this game. Hopefully, there will also be a price drop in near future.

With love,

Note that my copy of this game was obtained for free for reviewing purposes. However, this did not affect the quality and objectivity of this review.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.3 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Soren Johnson does it again.

This is an excellent game. Keeping with the spectacularly high standards previously set by Johnson's earlier games (i.e. Civilization IV), he takes a genre- RTS- and completely reinvents it in a new, engaging and fun way- the economic RTS! Gameplay is addictive and systems are compelling to interact with. I love the art style and the game is both fun to play in single player and multiplayer in their own unique ways.

If you like Civilization, RTS games, really anything with fun gameplay, trust Soren Johnson once again and get Offworld.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Absolutely amazing game. It gets very intense especially when you see the opposition's stock price rising. If you do not set yourself on a good foundation early in the game you will regret it later on. Amazing game I am addicted to it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
This game has: economics (the best subject), politics, attacking other companies for being bad, good music, and Donald Trump refrences. 9.5/10.
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