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The famous art collection of your family was stolen. By investing the profits of your coffee or tobacco plantations you might have the chance to save the heritage of your ancestors – but only if you manage your colonial enterprise wisely.

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Includes 3 items: Darkstar One, Patrician III, The Great Art Race

About the Game

The famous art collection of your family was stolen. By investing the profits of your coffee or tobacco plantations you might have the chance to save the heritage of your ancestors – but only if you manage your colonial enterprise wisely.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2/Vista
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz or higher
    • Memory: 512 MB or higher
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX 9-compatible (Pixel/Vertexshader 1.1)
    • DirectX®: DirectX-compatible
    • Hard Drive: 6.5 GB free hard drive space
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
774 products in account
94 reviews
2.5 hrs on record
The Great Art Race is a light, simple, short, and casual strategy game. Once you develop a system for creating cash and being punctual to the auctions, it will be an almost effortless win even on the more advanced difficulty setting. There are some randomized events, but they will not effect the outcome very much. The graphics and presentation are not impressive at all, to say the least. There is very little animation, and minimal sound. It is fun for about two hours or so, keeping in mind there won't be very much of a replay value. Once you're done (and you'll be done quickly), there's not much to go back to. It somehow reminds me of a less fun Jones in the Fast Lane from the early 90s. I played for about 2 hours, and I plan on keeping it installed for the time being, just in case I feel like playing a quick "coffee break" game.

The Great Art Race is okay.
Posted: March 20th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
105 products in account
1 review
6.1 hrs on record
Decent game. It can help you pass a few hours. Not worth a repeat play.
Posted: March 10th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28 products in account
1 review
3.7 hrs on record
I like the basic version of the game for Commodore C64 Vermeer from which the game is based on. The Great art Race (original German game Vermeer 2) is the latest version of this kind of game.
But, I can't recommend it for all bussiness/strategy players.

This game is great fun as the hotseat play with friends (2-5), or only for one player.

The game is easy, that there are not more options like in the previous version of the Vermeer-Die Kunst zu Erben, but the game still fun.
Posted: June 21st, 2014
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
302 products in account
3 reviews
9.6 hrs on record
Nice little game, probably old but funny and no too complicated. Trade game are so complicated these days that it is fun sometime to return to fun basic game.
Posted: April 28th, 2014
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
33 products in account
2 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
Kind of a boring game. Klunky, controls are all wonky.
Posted: May 22nd, 2014
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
251 products in account
1 review
1.6 hrs on record
A remake of the classic C64 game Vermeer. So not a board game and should not be confused for one....

By building plantations with different crops you're trying to create enough wealth to get the best art collection. To make things intresting there's stock trading, an auction where you try to buy the paintings and scripted events from the historic timeline(early 19th century) that affect markets. For the paintings you also have the option of studying art directions so you can spot fakes. Or to raise price for your competitors who might not even realise what you're doing... Good fun.
Posted: November 29th, 2013
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