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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (84 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 23, 2014
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"Brand new shipping game. Most shipping games are usually historical and there aren't too many modern day ones, especially ones that seem very nice."

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“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

    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
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
The game gets very old, very fast. It's incredibly easy to make a huge amount of money, and for a supposed business game, many things (like staff wages, stock market, competition) are absent.

The graphics are quite pretty, and it's neat that each port is "unique", but you probably won't get to see most of them. Not only is the port view extremely restricted, but very quickly you'll tire of manually docking and lauching the ships - there's not enough complexity in the "mini-game" to keep it interesting. By the end of the first year, you'll most likely be auto-docking all your ships. If not, you'd be docking HUNDREDS of times PER YEAR.

Since there are no difficulty levels in the game, there's really no reason to replay the game once you've completed the career. Freeplay is available, but it makes an easy game even easier. The ships basically can't lose money (example: I'll often get a single delivery contract worth $25M. The fuel costs for this trip are less than $1M. Each ship can do this 2-3 times a month, so when you have multiple ships, well... unlimited money, if you have the patience to grind it). Ship upgrades are so cheap I just fully upgrade every new ship I buy (rendering the whole system kind of useless).

Interesting concept, but they really needed to flesh out their game design in order to make it more fun to play.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Good trading game. Wish there was more automation available though. Gets tedious clicking the same stuff over and over.
Posted: September 29
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
So, I've played for a few hours these past couple of days....and I have to say....I love it, I don't know why, but I thought it wasn't going to be that good, and so far, I haven't had a problem.
Posted: September 29
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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Always crash after I cast the ship. What happen?
Posted: September 29
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0 of 8 people (0%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Cool and fun game! one big flaw though... WHY IS THE PORT OF ANTWERP NOT LISTED!!! :(
Posted: September 29
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183 of 214 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 23
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