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 (39 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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
A completely unknown game that me and my mate decided to play one evening, which ended up being an entire weekend.

It's a confused game that is part whodunnit, part resource / trading sim, part art lesson, but it's handled well and if you're willing to take it on with an open mind you can get some genuine fun out of it.
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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
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.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2014
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.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 20, 2014
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.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
Decent game. It can help you pass a few hours. Not worth a repeat play.
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