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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Release Date: Sep 23, 2014
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April 7

TransOcean 2

[German - see below]

Dear Community,

first of all we would like to thank each of you for the tireless support and constructive feedback to "TransOcean: The Shipping Company" over the past weeks and months. We are very happy that the game is so popular and, thanks to such a vibrant community, is still on everyone's lips.

We apologize for being a little quiet lately, but be assured that we neither have abandoned the game nor have forgotten you. We used the time for an intense study of possible future development of the game. Together with the Deck13 Hamburg developer team we were thinking about your feedback and your wishes for the game and we discussed about the options for an implementation of your most desired features.

Due to the large number of suggestions and the implied work, we decided to start the development of a successor - the necessary extensions and improvements simply aren't realizable in form of a DLC for the first part of the game in a satisfactory way. The following new features of "TransOcean 2" are just an excerpt:

  • Extensive multiplayer mode against real competitors (incl. live chat) which will carry competition for lucrative contracts to the next level!
  • An even more vivid economy which will offer a lot of macro-economic challenges.
  • Relationship management with various institutions such as ports, shipyards or tugboat-shipping companies to gain a decisive advantage over your competitors.
  • 2 new ship classes: tankers and bulk carriers will increase the diversity of the logistics system.

The development of TransOcean 2 has already started, but of course we are still grateful for any feedback from the community. The release of the PC and Mac versions is planned for 2016.

As soon as the community hub for "TransOcean 2" opens its doors, we will keep you updated here as well.

Your teams of astragon and Deck13 Hamburg




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[German]

Liebe Community,
zuerst einmal möchten wir uns herzlich bei jeden einzelnen von Euch für die unermüdliche Unterstützung und das konstruktive Feedback in den vergangenen Wochen und Monaten zu TransOcean: The Shipping Company bedanken. Wir freuen uns sehr, dass das Spiel sich großer Beliebtheit erfreut und dank einer derart aktiven Community weiterhin in aller Munde ist.

Euch ist sicherlich nicht entgangen, dass es in letzter Zeit rund um das Spiel etwas ruhig geworden ist. Wir möchten Euch an dieser Stelle versichern, dass wir weder das Spiel noch Euch vergessen haben. Vielmehr galt diese lange Auszeit der intensiven Auseinandersetzung mit der zukünftigen Entwicklung des Spiels. In ausführlichen Gesprächen gemeinsam mit dem Entwickler Deck13 Hamburg haben wir uns Euer Feedback zu Herzen genommen, intensiv über die Umsetzung gewünschter Features diskutiert und eine gemeinsame Linie für die Zukunft des Spiels gesucht.

Aufgrund der Vielzahl an Anregungen und den damit implizierten Arbeiten am Spiel, haben wir uns letztlich für die Entwicklung eines Nachfolgers entschieden. Die notwendigen Erweiterungen und Verbesserungen waren als DLC für den ersten Teil schlicht nicht zufriedenstellend realisierbar. Zu den Neuerungen von TransOcean 2 gehören beispielsweise folgende Features:

  • Umfangreicher Multiplayer-Modus gegen reale Mitbewerber inkl. Live-Chat. Der Wettstreit um die lukrativsten Aufträge erreicht damit das nächste Level!
  • Lebendigeres Waren- und Wirtschaftssystem mit makroökonomischen Herausforderungen.
  • Beziehungsmanagement zu verschiedenen Institutionen wie Häfen, Werften oder Schlepper-Reedereien um einen entscheidenden Vorteil gegenüber der Konkurrenz zu erringen.
  • Erweiterung um 2 Schiffsklassen. Tanker und Schüttgutfrachter werden die Vielfältigkeit bei den Aufträgen erhöhen.

Die Arbeiten an TransOcean 2 haben bereits begonnen und wir sind auch weiterhin für jegliches Feedback dankbar. Ein Release ist für 2016 für PC und Mac geplant.

Sobald die Community ihre Pforten öffnet, werden wir Euch hier natürlich ebenso darüber auf dem Laufenden halten.

Eure Teams von astragon und Deck13 Hamburg

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January 16

TransOcean - Mac version patch available!

We have just released the latest patch for the MAC version of "TransOcean: The Shipping Company" which fixes the crashes some users of Macs with OS X 10.10.1 partially were experiencing during gameplay. ːTOwrenchː

At this point once again a big THANK YOU to all the players who have eagerly participated in the open test for the patch! ːTOcreditcardː

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Wir haben soeben den neuesten Patch für die MAC-Version von "TransOcean: The Shipping Company" bereitgestellt. Die bei einigen Nutzern von Macs mit OS X 10.10.1 teilweise auftretenden Abstürze sollten damit der Vergangenheit angehören. ːTOwrenchː

An dieser Stelle noch einmal ein dickes DANKESCHÖN an alle Spieler, die sich eifrig am offenen Test des Patches beteiligt haben! ːTOcreditcardː

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Reviews

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

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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)
    • Hard Drive: 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)
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: n/a
Helpful customer reviews
110 of 133 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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50 of 55 people (91%) found this review helpful
309.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
I am not much of a game player, but have always been interested in the shipping business and business simulation. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed playing this game. Some people will enjoy the docking of the vessels in the various harbors. As you gain experience you will be able to get to and from the dock faster. Some ports are extremely easy (Lisbon), and others, quite challenging (get one of the larger boats in and out of Vancouver). So people looking for a game that builds your skills handling various ships you will likely enjoy this.

There may be some small issues with the underlying rules. For example, was surprised I could pickup cargo from NY for Havana. Suspect that isn't a realistic route.--more likely such goods travel to an intermediate port first (like Halifax). Also, not totally sure the rules follow the Jones Act. But one can really spend time figuring out how to keep the vessels as loaded as possible, and efficiently moving the most TEUs for the most money. I didn't like it when my ships had less than 50% of the capacity in use at any one time. I found this more challenging then moving the boats around, and therefore I would sometimes just let the game dock the ship to save time even though it negatively affected my reputation.

Again, not a gamer, but surprised how much time I have spent playing and enjoying this game. If you like simulations, you'll probably find this entertaining, if not informative.
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54 of 63 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Welcome back, my Ports of Call. :-)
Simple but nice, if you know Ports of Call, here it is back in new livery - i like it.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
58.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
If you never encountered the 90s classic Ports of Call Amiga game then this Tycoon merchant marine simulation game may open your mind to how oddly addictive and geeky this kind of game can be.

It kind of appears to be another version of the Ports of Call game brought forward into the 21st Century though some of the features such as a few entertaining, sometimes nailbiting minigames are sadly missing which kinda like takes a bit of the soul away from what made the classic so popular many years ago.

Despite a few shortfalls it is a nice translation of the old Amiga Classic where your family give you weird looks as you blurt the odd expletive trying to park a 400m long heavily laden ship moving at speed into what would probably be the shipping equivalent of a "tight parking space".

I hope this game has some sort of expansion planned in the future to include more types of specialised transport ships and more minigames to broaden the experience and truly bring the game properly forward from its ancestral past.

I found iceburg avoidance amongst other things a nice quirky addition that is sadly missing in TOTSCo. Where I would have expected the sucsessor to PoC go would be to expand on these minigames for getting through storms, pirates, customs inspections and so on and so forth. Despite this the campaign adds some "depth" into the simulation though I'm not too sure if it has the same charm as PoC.

I do wonder what is up with the optmisation of the graphics. I expected some exceptional water physics and ship modelling, sadly its not quite anywhere near 2010 graphic standards let alone 2014. Maybe more to follow in future patches and updates?

I'll happily wait for the hard working Devs to throw us a bone now and then. In the meantime I'll continue to bemuse my family at playing a game of pure Geekdom! and yet again make another attempt to park this 400m long monster of a ship and beat my best time without a nick in the paintwork!...I hope. ^^
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
As a big fan of transport simulator games like Transport Tycoon I jumped on this one. The game is fun, for the first 5 hours or so. Unfortunately it suffers from repetitive gameplay and the tedious management of your ships. When you start to have more than a handful of ships to control the game becomes overwhelming. Your life becomes docking ships, reloading them, and setting them to be repaired. Manually docking is also enjoyable at first but something you'll soon be more than willing to pay a premium to avoid. On top of this, the banker and her loan will be with you for a long long time. In 10 hours of game play I was still not close to being able to pay her off due to the requirements.

It feels like there is potential here for the game to be better than it currently is. Right now it too quickly becomes a micro-management simulator. Even with the problems I'd still recommend the game as I feel like I got my money's worth out of it; just know what you're getting into before hand and only pick it up during a sale.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
A lot of people thus far keep comparing the game to ports of call, and there are a ton of similarities between TransOcean and POC, you can choose to play the game more like the old DOS game Ocean Trader. The game is fun to bring your ships into port and try to meet deadlines on contracts with your fleet of ships, however as the game progesses having to dock every single ship gets old fast. However, if you like piloting ships into and out of port, then this game is for you. I've gotten far enough into the game that I have ended up playing it more like Ocean Trader and using tugs when my ships have to dock. I still enjoy relaxing and just racking up cash and expanding my fleet.

Either way you play it, the game is quite the feat and well worth the money, especially if it's bought on sale.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
I rarely buy games this expensive and at full price, but something urged me to get this after the first major update of bug fixes was released. There seems to be a wealth of official and unofficial game remakes recently and I definately feel we are encountering another golden age of PC gaming. This game is unofficially similar to the old DOS game "Ports of Call". Even though I did find the storyline a bit weak, and the gameplay slightly tedious towards the end I still really enjoyed this game which I completed in under 20 hours in Normal mode. I may well attempt the game at hard level or try playing it with an erection at some point. I am hoping that perhaps add ons or a follow up game will be released to improve the game, but if you have fond memories of POC I am sure you will enjoy this.
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41 of 64 people (64%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
This game is only fun for a few hours, after that, you've basically seen it all. It had potential, but unfortunately there isnt enough depth to the game to keep it fun and interesting. If you are interested in checking it out, I would wait for it to go sub $5. I feel robbed after paying close to full price.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
279.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
I was quite surprised at how much I liked this game. I had only ever played one ship sim and gave up after 42 minutes. I was burned out on fps and horror/survival and just wanted to sit and play a game that did not drain me and this was just the ticket. It is really easy to learn the basics in the begining but gets quite challenging as you get into the economics of the game. I have played the campaign 3 times. The first I lost my companyto the investor. She means it when she says she will shut you down. Then once one normal and once on hard and I may play it again. I feel I more than got my moneys worth with this game.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Highly reccomend for anyone who loves Tycoon games and/or Buisness Simulation games with a fantastic ballence between micromanaging and user-friendly UI when it comes to managment.

The campaign is challanging and fun, especially with a story-line that enhances the game so much more than just simply playing on a freestyle mode without obsticles and concaquences which affect your company name and rank for the good or bad.

Great game for Tycoon lovers and those who enjoy Management
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Well, it certainly is fun to play. That said, what you're buying isn't a business simulation with ships, but rather a "send ship from a to b to c".

If you want something where your actions have direct consequences on global markets or you want to mercilessly drive your competition out of business, play the Partrician/Port Royale series, or get Ocean Trader, it's ancient, but an actual simulation.

TransOcean doesn't let you automate anything, everything is based upon one time contracts, you have to micromanage every sincle ship, which in the beginning makes you fast-forward a lot and later, with several ships, stops the game everytime a ship docks at a port. If a shipping company would actually work like this, they'd be broker faster than you can say "Panamax".

Still, for some reason, I haven't been able to pull myself away from it. It's not great, but it is enjoyable.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
+ Manually docking your ship is fun at first
+ Okay graphics
+ It's like Euro Truck Simulator 2 but with ships (and less 3D)

+/- Docking isn't fun anymore after 25 times of doing the same thing (but can fortunately be skipped if you have enough money

- Becomes very repetitive
- Performance issues, struggles whenever there's 3D involved

[Rating: 71/100]
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
69.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
I really liked this game. You get a good sense of progress as you spend your time. It is exactly what I wish to play right now, but not to everyone's taste. It is the best container ship company simulator, but it is not a very popular genre.
It is not a very complex game, and it is rough around the edges. Parking ships can be fun, though it interrupts the tycoon flow.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Awesome game, but I must be the worst smuggler ever because every time I smuggle cotraband I get caught, litteraly EVERY SINGLE time. Still an amazing game though.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
One of my favorite games growing up was "Ports of Call by Rolf "Dieter" Klein", and playing this brings back some great memories. I love the whole gameplay, however it did lose a bit of it's polished feel when you get the really big ships and can trade internationally.

However - there are still bugs. Upgrading the smaller ships to carry medical supplies, and bring still unable to properly transport them until you have the bigger ships that have the same capability, just with refridgeration was frustrating and not so intuitive. But this only happens on the primary ship, and not on your other ships. Recently I was unable to fuel the ship after loading with cargo which was odd. Still a ways to go to getting it stable, but it is early access so you get that.

This is a genuine "holy heck, it's 2am" game, and a lot of fun. Looking forward to the finished product.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Very Great Game !!! . If you like/love games like PoC , Der Reeder , Hanse , Patrizier or Port Royal you might find a game which you would like either.

You should give it also a try if you like games like Industriegigant, Transport Tycoon, OpenTTD a.s.o.

The only thing which is missing, is a multiplayer mode (hotseat would be fully satisfying) which all of the above include.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Fun game to waste your time with, although i wish you could customize your ships more. Otherwise great game if you tend to have a fetish for logistics and business
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
Works realy good, performance of the contract list could be better if you have 5+ ships in one habor, if you like "Der Planer" from the 90s you'll love it.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Avoid at all costs if you have a Mac!

I cannot even complete the beginning tutorial without the game crashing, which loses all progess, forcing you to start from the beginning each time. Avoid this buggy game!
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Nice relaxing game that still manages to encourage sharp wits. Not one I find myself wanting to play all the time but it's good for every now and then.

I'd recommend it at the very least for when you want time off from your other games.
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