TransOcean – The Shipping Company is your ticket to the world of gigantic ships and transnational transport empires. Build a mighty fleet of modern merchant ships and conquer the seven seas.
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Mixed (19 reviews) - 52% of the 19 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Sep 23, 2014

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June 23

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May 5

Get TO1 with a 50% discount and get 20% off for TO2



Nautical offer for aspiring rulers of the Seven Seas: In preparation of the upcoming release of "TransOcean 2: Rivals" from today on our exciting economic simulation "TransOcean: The Shipping Company" is available on Steam with a 50% discount for a special price of 9.99 EUR in total. The very special feature with this price offer is that the owners of the predecessor are able to get "TransOcean 2: Rivals" on Steam with a special pre-order discount of 20% in total – incl. some maritime pre-order bonuses. So who doesn't own these two games yet, shouldn't miss this unique opportunity!

Here is the link to "TransOcean: The Shipping Company" on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/289930

And here is the link to the "TransOcean 2: Rivals" pre-order on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/350110

PS: The price offer will end on May 10th, 2016.

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Reviews

“Lovers of trade simulations will certainly enjoy this game.”
85% – Games-Mag

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Get two hit management simulations from the quills of Deck13 Hamburg with the TransOcean 1 + 2. Start at the beginning of the series with TransOcean: The Shipping Company and its exciting adventure set among the floating giants of cargo shipping. In TransOcean2: Rivals experience the next exciting installment in the tale of loyalty, betrayal, and world dominating empires. Plus, pit yourself against friends in the competitive multiplayer mode.

About This Game

TransOcean – The Shipping Company is your ticket to the world of gigantic ships and transnational transport empires. Build a mighty fleet of modern merchant ships and conquer the seven seas. Track your routes and real time, take the controls as ships enter and leave the harbor, and see to it that freight gets loaded efficiently. Keep in mind that time is money! Excessive lay days are taboo.





55 of the largest and best known, as well as the most exotic harbors in the world await your visit; one of these is your home harbor, which you will choose yourself. Every harbor has its advantages and disadvantages, so you should carefully consider which one you choose. A highly polished bonus system will lend an element of suspense to every decision. And with 20 classes of ship available, you will have to bear a lot of factors in mind: is your new ship designed for the Panama Canal, or will you have to take a longer route? Would you rather take the shortest route through the Suez Canal, or head for the ports of Africa to land other lucrative assignments? Are you likely to encounter a storm on your chosen route, or is there currently a threat of piracy somewhere along the way? Is there even adequate space at your destination port for your newest freighter?



Painstakingly crafted harbors based on real-world models as well as realistic ships and routes make TransOcean – The Shipping Company a unique gaming experience. An elaborate trade system with dynamic prices allows you to constantly keep an eye on the most lucrative routes, as this is the only way you can secure the best jobs. Try to keep a balance between expenses and profit, and keep your nerve when you have to choose between different possibilities: would it pay to smuggle goods, or would you risk your good reputation? Then consider that the more successful you are and the better your reputation is, the better the offers you will receive. In online mode, you can compete with other players for the more lucrative routes and the best prices; the law of supply and demand applies in this case. Numerous paths can lead you to your goal – find the right strategy to continually expand your empire and become the most successful transport company of all time!

Features

  • Complex assignment management that always poses new challenges
  • 55 detailed harbors, 20 of which have iconic landmarks
  • 20 realistic ship classes with ships that have to be maintained
  • 22 trade goods
  • Exciting chance occurrences and global events influence what happens
  • Self-guided or automated mooring and casting off
  • Online mode: other players influence routes and commodity prices

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual Core 2 GHz (AMD or Intel)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 7600 Series/ATI Radeon X1600 or better (min. 256 MB VRAM)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: n/a
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual Core 2,66 GHz (AMD or Intel)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI 4800 Series or comparable with 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: n/a
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (64-Bit)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz CPU or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 8600, ATI Radeon X2600 or higher (min. 512 MB VRAM)
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: n/a
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (64-Bit)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz CPU or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 8600, ATI Radeon X2600 or higher (min. 512 MB VRAM)
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: n/a
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Mixed (19 reviews)
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Flash Flood
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Average game. Graphics are very average. Performance is even more average!
Gameplay is limited. The only ship driving you will be doing is parking at the dock - no open seas.
Physics are pretty average.
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gt12
( 26.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I bought it in a holiday offer for almost nothing and it represents fairlly well the world of shipping companies etc. in the modern world. It has a real potential if the devs enhance it with more things and decisions from the player. After the first 10-15 hours the game looses it's momentum and becomes a little boring .... (For example it could had the feature of making negotiations and bargain yrself with the ports and harbormasters for the fee in every port, with the shipping yards for the new boats you wanna build depending on the tonnage etc , with the people that you have hired in each ship -captains and mechanics that provide the advantage of exp or not, or the gunmen to protect the ship from pirates etc, the contracts should be in some kind of reminder from each ship or captain seperatelly, it could had a lot more ports, and a lot more commoditites to carry, and to go to more hardcore reality, even to have the choise of smuggling guns to nations between war, drugs , fuels, and all the other beatiful and wonderfull things that dailly happens and resulting to actually loose the rank in fame etc). It is playable as it is but has 2-3 major bugs (If a port has more than one ship of yours in , it is really complicating to handle, and sometimes the forward time time STUCK and results in a moment to see that all your ships are waiting to get in ports. the penalties are ruuning and you see that you are loosing some hundrends of millions by not your mistake). So in general go for it, pretty good and with lots of potential !!!
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tomi
( 39.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Its a nice game but you need a lot of time to achieve the end of campaign.
will try even the rivals
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Gaming_Thipje
( 27.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
The game is fun, but offers too little to be a full 20$ game. It feels and plays like a free to play mobile game, in which they have added a boat parking simulator just for the giggles.

If this game was a free game with (maybe) microtransactions as seen in traditional free to play titles, this game might have been worth playing. For now, keep looking for something else or buy this when it is dirt cheap.

Conclusion: Offers to little to be a 20$ game, gameplay feels like a free to play game and is lacking.
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Quilusy
( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
If you're looking for a challenging management game, keep looking.
I don't understand why there's a boat parking simulator in this game either, but this could be personal.
I'd like this game when i'm in a certain mood but then again when i have a few ships in one port, the game laggs like crazy.

The easiest way (in theory) to handle contracts is having enough ships in port A and stocking/sailing/docking em all in one go. Doing this laggs your game out to an unplayable state. it looks to me like this could be easily resolved. Also the possibility to make a fleet (or smth similar) should be added. by this i mean just having a bunch of ships connected to each other and then sharing cargo and, more importantly, player input. going through every ship individually is a pain, that i don't want to go through.

This game is heavily flawed but has so much potential. It could really be a good and enjoyable game :/
It doesn't look like the devs care to change it at this point, sadly.

It's a waste of money now.
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Sarkoth
( 40.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Too arcadey for a simulation, too simple for a management strategy game.
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FinetalPies
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
I must have picked this up in a Humble Bundle at some point since I don't remember buying it.

Anyway, the game is very plodding and methodical. 90% of your time will be spent playing a boat maneuvering minigame to dock and undock, unless you pay an in game fee to skip it. It really takes quite a while to pick up, but, honestly that's what I look for in a "Stay up all night by accident" simulation game. There are enough decisions to be made that it feels like if you were careless you could genuinely bankrupt yourself, which is good, it would be no fun if it were too easy. It even takes quite a while to unlock the ability to send ships outside of the immediate European/Mediterranean area.

Strictly speaking, it is a boring game. But sometimes that's what I'm into. It is what it is. And what it is doesn't seem to be worth $20. (Like, the art assets aren't anything incredibly fancy, I genuinely wonder what the production budget was for this) Pick it up for $5 or less, if you know this is the kind of game you like.
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Talon One
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
So.
Terrible graphics in the harbor menu, poorly optimized (doesn't look good and slogs down to 20 fps) and horrible floaty controls. And if you don't want to do the pointless docking minigame every time one of your ships enters a harbour you have to pay some of your revenue. And you want to skip it because it is completely unnecessary.


The Tutorial is alright, though the boss lady takes lots of your revenue all the time, and hands you contracts that you simply can not fulfill in time because you can't afford the necessary ships yet.
Probably I'm doing something wrong but playing on easy that seemed a bit unfair that I would've needed to buy ships that cost 60 million when I only just could afford a ship that cost 20.

And then there are these long-time contracts. They seem like they're supposed to bring in a slow but steady stream of revenue, but why can't I just simply automate my ships to do those for me?

Overall a bit meh.
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Trainfan2015
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
one of the best games about ships i have ever seen
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schweebong
( 40.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
My son tells me that I like this game because it is basically my job.

I like my job.

I like this game.

I guess I like smart ♥♥♥ son.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
If you're looking for a challenging management game, keep looking.
I don't understand why there's a boat parking simulator in this game either, but this could be personal.
I'd like this game when i'm in a certain mood but then again when i have a few ships in one port, the game laggs like crazy.

The easiest way (in theory) to handle contracts is having enough ships in port A and stocking/sailing/docking em all in one go. Doing this laggs your game out to an unplayable state. it looks to me like this could be easily resolved. Also the possibility to make a fleet (or smth similar) should be added. by this i mean just having a bunch of ships connected to each other and then sharing cargo and, more importantly, player input. going through every ship individually is a pain, that i don't want to go through.

This game is heavily flawed but has so much potential. It could really be a good and enjoyable game :/
It doesn't look like the devs care to change it at this point, sadly.

It's a waste of money now.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
I must have picked this up in a Humble Bundle at some point since I don't remember buying it.

Anyway, the game is very plodding and methodical. 90% of your time will be spent playing a boat maneuvering minigame to dock and undock, unless you pay an in game fee to skip it. It really takes quite a while to pick up, but, honestly that's what I look for in a "Stay up all night by accident" simulation game. There are enough decisions to be made that it feels like if you were careless you could genuinely bankrupt yourself, which is good, it would be no fun if it were too easy. It even takes quite a while to unlock the ability to send ships outside of the immediate European/Mediterranean area.

Strictly speaking, it is a boring game. But sometimes that's what I'm into. It is what it is. And what it is doesn't seem to be worth $20. (Like, the art assets aren't anything incredibly fancy, I genuinely wonder what the production budget was for this) Pick it up for $5 or less, if you know this is the kind of game you like.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
So.
Terrible graphics in the harbor menu, poorly optimized (doesn't look good and slogs down to 20 fps) and horrible floaty controls. And if you don't want to do the pointless docking minigame every time one of your ships enters a harbour you have to pay some of your revenue. And you want to skip it because it is completely unnecessary.


The Tutorial is alright, though the boss lady takes lots of your revenue all the time, and hands you contracts that you simply can not fulfill in time because you can't afford the necessary ships yet.
Probably I'm doing something wrong but playing on easy that seemed a bit unfair that I would've needed to buy ships that cost 60 million when I only just could afford a ship that cost 20.

And then there are these long-time contracts. They seem like they're supposed to bring in a slow but steady stream of revenue, but why can't I just simply automate my ships to do those for me?

Overall a bit meh.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Too arcadey for a simulation, too simple for a management strategy game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
The game is fun, but offers too little to be a full 20$ game. It feels and plays like a free to play mobile game, in which they have added a boat parking simulator just for the giggles.

If this game was a free game with (maybe) microtransactions as seen in traditional free to play titles, this game might have been worth playing. For now, keep looking for something else or buy this when it is dirt cheap.

Conclusion: Offers to little to be a 20$ game, gameplay feels like a free to play game and is lacking.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
40.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
My son tells me that I like this game because it is basically my job.

I like my job.

I like this game.

I guess I like smart ♥♥♥ son.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
257 of 294 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Having played for just over an hour now here's what I have to say about the game. If you ever played Port of Call, Transocean - The Shipping Company is a modern version of that. Everything from the time progression to "status" or "reputation" to unlock more ships. There are some nice features of the sim that are handy to use such as the financial statements & diagrams, also the ability to take out loans is great as well. I didn't bother playing the campaign, just went right into the free play.

After about 20-30 minutes of contracting out my small feed ship i unlocked all the ports of europe, thereafter I unlocked the entire world. I gained enough capital to purchase some bigger pre-panamax ships and began trading the lucrative routes. Graphics wise the sim is pleasing to the eyes, beautiful colors, non-cluttered interface, lots to look at without getting bombarded with useless information.

There isn't a real challenging component to free play that I observed, eventually your larger vessels experience massive profit margins. If you complete a contract for 30 million euros, your fuel costs will only be about 5% of that, which is fine I guess, but I have a feeling that real shippers experience much more turbulent expenses. I'm not complaining, just, thinking out loud.

Anyways, this sim is shouting for tankers & drybulker vessels, stock market simulation, buyouts, further player interaction with other AI shipping companies (or even other players!) I hope Deck13 doesn't simply abandon this just yet. Oh and wait, there is more.

Many of you know the embarressing and disasterous repuation that German devs/publishing firms have for releasing unfinished products then abandoning them, i must say within the hour of playing, I didnt crash once, experience a bug or anything like that. It was flawless. Congrats!

Anyways I'll swing a 8/10 would play again. Thanks.
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202 of 235 people (86%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Everybody look at me 'cause I'm sailin' on a boat!

After two hours of play, I have to say that I'm impressed. After just a couple tutorial missions (each and all skippable in turn), I was turned loose to make or break my company. After a few lucrative ore contracts, I found myself smuggling contraband on the Mediterranian. And got busted. And my cargo seized. And fined. And my ship impounded for a week. A time-based contract I still had in the hold expired, so there were penalties there. And harbor masters didn't care to allow convicted smuggers in their ports, so harbor fees went up. All that in two hours and not a moment that felt repeatative.

A few features that I liked: Your home port determines what bonuses your company gets. I picked Lisbon for +5% on ore contracts and -10% to fuel. The trick is, the smaller the port, the larger the bonuses. So you have a reason to keep smaller ports and the ships that can service them.

There is some ship customization. The Feeder I started with had three levels of Hull and Engine upgrades, which increased range and speed respectively. There was also a license upgrade that would allow me to carrry what appeared to be hazardous waste. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be options for custom paint or appearance (other than your ship name emblazoned upon the stern and bow).

I remember reading a comment somewhere saying that the music was repeatative and annoying. To me, it sounded like every port had it's own song. And each port felt VERY unique. I'm already developing favorites and least favorites.

The only meh item I encountered dealt with other ship traffic. Large ships move fast and looked intimidating at first, but it turns out they can stop on a dime and give the player right-of-way. I would have liked to have seen navigation lights and right-of-way implemented (and fines for failure to obey maritime traffic laws).

Anyway, back to my ship. I'm saving up for a fleet. And I'm naming all my vessels after internet porn sites.
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130 of 155 people (84%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
87.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
I am a Retired Certified Warehouseman/Dispatcher. This game plays close to the real world when it comes to Cargo Movement. With a few more Improvements, I believe this game could actually move into the Sim World, as a School Training Tool too.
Imagine that, having fun, and learning about the "Real World TOO!"
Wanna make a bet it'll never be picked up as such?
REAL School is supposed to be boring so you want to Grad and leave! Ha Ha....
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104 of 119 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
112.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2015
Sadly this game appears to be no longer supported. Please visit the forums for latest details. The game has many bugs and features missing which according to the developers are to be addressed in a version due out in 2016. If you don't mind spending a bit of cash it is an interesting, challenging game which will amuse for a number of hours, especially over a wet holiday weekend. This game ideally should be heavily discounted from now on and free upgrades offered to those who purchased before the new version TO2 was announced earlier this week.
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