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.
User reviews: Mixed (24 reviews)

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

 

About This 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
4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
This is a resource management game in which you try to inherit your rich Uncle's fortune by retrieving his stolen art collection. Along the way you'll build up a global plantation empire, invest in stocks and hotels, participate in art auctions, and (of course!) sabotage your rivals.

For a game that was released in 2009 the graphics are very underwhelming. But graphics aren't everything, and I'll play anything as long as it has an interesting premise. This game's premise of being one of the wealthy elite during the Roaring Twenties appealed to me so I gave it a try.

Unfortunately there are some flaws that cause this game to fail.

Firstly, there is no in-game tutorial so I had to go hunting for the manual which I eventually found hidden in one of my steam directories. You really need to read the manual before starting the game, otherwise you won't have a clue how to get started.

Secondly and most importantly, there are game-stopping bugs. I was running Windows 7 64 bit and had random crashes. I once made it two years into the game but then I got a crash that I couldn't avoid even using the auto-save, so that was it for me.

It's a shame, there's 95% of a game here, if they could have just done some more polish it could have been a decent resource management game. But since it came out in 2009 it's doubtful these bugs will be fixed, so I have to give it a thumbs down until further notice.
Posted: May 28
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.3 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 21
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
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 28
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Da ich das Spiel nicht mal starten kann ist es absolut nutzlos.
Ich habe es auf eine Fat32 formatierte Partition installiert, ohne Erfolg.
Ich habe jeden erdenklichenKompatibilitätsmodus ausprobiert, ohne Erfolg.

Mein Betriebssystem ins Win8.1 64b, ich empfehle keinem mit gleichen Vorraussetzungen das Spiel zu kaufen. Meine Vermutung ist das es einfach nicht unter 64b läuft, es war auch niemals dafür gedacht. (Als das Spiel Programmiert wurde gabs einfach noch kein 64b....)
Posted: June 21
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Kind of a boring game. Klunky, controls are all wonky.
Posted: May 22
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0.4 hrs on record
nice solid 7/10 good game well made complicated but easy to learn i ran out of ♥♥♥♥ to say why the ♥♥♥♥ did i buy this peiec of ♥♥♥♥ game wow i dont even remember when i got it or when i played it someone help me
Posted: August 2
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
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 29, 2013
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Fun, interesting, a mix of developing plantations in different parts of the world with saving to buy paintings, while gambling stocks or betting on horses.
It has short to long games, so you can choose what you want and get an end game.
Posted: January 23
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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 20
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Decent game. It can help you pass a few hours. Not worth a repeat play.
Posted: March 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Its like an awesome board game, only its a video game. Totally surprised at how much fun it is. Recommended for all ages.
Posted: May 22, 2011
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
If you like merchant style games, this game will do you well.
No tutorial makes it a small struggle before you start to swim, but it's no were near as complex as other merchant games I've tried.
The time limits and other AI players are an interesting addition and actually give you a sense of time and need that most other games don't.
Recommended.
Posted: February 3, 2012
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
First let's start off with the gameplay, at best this beats older facebook games and phone games.
But the mechanics are roughly the same as one of those, the game is a nice time sink when you need to just waste a bit of time.
Posted: December 20, 2012
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1 of 11 people (9%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
This game changed my life. The developers really went all out. I can only describe the quality of this game as organic. I really connected with the art work. The uncle character's personality is sublime. ************/10 The best game evar. THUG FO LIFE!
Posted: December 20, 2013
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0 of 18 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I don't know what I was thinking when I bought this game. The objective is stupid and the controls confusing. Don't make my mistake.
Posted: January 22
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1 of 23 people (4%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
most confusing board game ever
Posted: November 25, 2013
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4.6 hrs on record
Typical buy here, sell there, game with timeline in place. You can purchase land and grow crops and then sell the crops. The game is what it is. If you don't expect anything more you will not be dissapointed.

You might like this game if:
You enjoy games where you simple games where you manage resources and play different markets.
Posted: February 23
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