Strategy, trade and empire building on the old Silk Road. Spice Road is a town building, social and economic simulation game full of original challenges.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (31 reviews) - 74% of the 31 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 24, 2014

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Strategy, trade and empire building on the old Silk Road. Spice Road is a town building, social and economic simulation game full of original challenges.

"Deep in the mountains and deserts of central Asia, where life is hard and death is sudden, thin trails of gold, silk and spice trace a web between the industrial forges of the West and the exotic climes of the East."

You are a colonial governor in the 18th Century, building a town on the Spice Road in a time of war and discovery. More than spice travels your roads – musket armies, philosophies, and power plays that span the globe are at your control. From palace to monastry, trade post to smugglers den – your town is worthless without the nobles, monks, merchants and rogues that chose to live in it – and keeping them all happy at the same time is never simple.

Spice Road uses the StormRaid™ engine to deliver a beautiful fully 3D rendered world on high-end DirectX® graphics cards.


  • Advanced economic and trading simulation. 3 tiers of industry provide goods and services for populations of citizens, slaves and nobles with full control over wages and taxation.
  • Build a network of farms, mines and caravan routes. Scout the map to find rare and exotic goods to export to distant lands.
  • Defeat Bandit raiders, or pay them tribute to keep your routes peaceful.
  • Compete against cunning corporate rivals. Choose diplomacy or raid their caravans and wage war on their cities.
  • Meet your citizen's social and religious needs. Attract visiting explorers or pilgrims by developing the entertainment or spiritual side of your town.
  • 20 Campaign Missions + generate new maps in Sandbox mode.

Player Comments:

"I think it's genuinely fantastic. I play many strategy games, and it's hard to find a mid-level title that is as solid as Spice Road in terms of gameplay." - Colin

"This must be one of the best indie titles I've ever played. I really love it how new features that you unlock bring new challenges... the deep gameplay is something that I enjoyed most in Spice Road!" - Pawel

"An excellent game... Having TONS of fun" - Unchayned

System Requirements

    • OS: WinXP
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 8.0 compatible 3D Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
In a nutshell, it's half Banished, half Civ V, and a trading sim. It has a pleasant mix of city building, trade management, scouting, and basic combat. Definitely worth it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Good and interesting at first however, I easily get bored.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
badass game, people hating just either didnt pass the learning curve or are too damn impatient
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Really fun game, trading seems all cool, building a city is fun only downside I can see is their is no music.
Its wroth its cost and its got some hard story and if that's not your sort of thing then you can bust the sandbox mode.
One cheeky thing is that if you want to play the sandbox mode you do have to play the story to unlock the necessary buildings but the acts are worth ago and once you have done act one out of tree you can have a sweet time on the sandbox minus a few buildings.
Overall really good building/trading game and there really isn't that many about that are worth ago compared to the port royal series.

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124 of 133 people (93%) found this review helpful
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
Thanks to some top-notch customer service on the part of Aartform, I now have this on Steam! My play hours may not show it, but I've been playing this game for just under a year and have logged probably over 100 hours with it all-told. It was a great game to pass the time while I was commuting from my last job and it is surprisingly deep despite being a little rough around the edges visually. I'm absolutely overjoyed to be able to play it on Steam and start earning achievements!

First things first: This game mainly caters to the kind of player that is interested in logistics and supply chain economics and is only really a city-builder or Civ style game in the loosest sense. You are building a network of trade nodes and attempting to meet various scenario goals or self-created goals (in the sandbox mode) as opposed to fighting battles or growing population. The main challenge is building an efficient and profitable network of trade cities given the resources on the map.

One word of caution: The later scenarios are *hard*. You have to really know how the supply/demand model works and understand route efficiency. Route length and travel times are very important when trying to make the big bucks supplying a huge town. It can be very frustrating: I was stuck on one scenario for a long time because I didn't understand some concepts about the economic model. This game does *not* hold your hand and is for people looking for a mental challenge.

All told, this is well worth the price (I paid the full price and got more than my money's worth) if you are the kind of person that 1) loves classical economics and trade/logistics theory 2) are not afraid to step up to a challenge and 3) aren't too hung up on the dated graphics. BIG thumbs up!
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