Take revenge on your father’s killer!
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Mixed (12 reviews) - 41% of the 12 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Negative (333 reviews) - 36% of the 333 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 4, 2015

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About This Game

16bit Trader is an casual brother of our other trading game: Merchants of Kaidan.

Take revenge on your father’s killer, and become the richest merchant in the kingdom! Immerse yourself in this old-school nostalgia-inducing trading experience.

Step into the shoes of a medieval traveling merchant, whose life boils down to one simple sentence: you got to buy cheap, and you got to sell high. Travel between the cities and villages of the realm in search of cheap goods to acquire, various quests to accomplish and wealth to accumulate. Visit local taverns for latest local gossip. Gain influential friends who may help you along the way. Hire companions to assist you if you run into vile bandits or unpredictable events. Pursue rumors of great harvest and goods shortages to find the best deals. Search for local people in need and they may reward you handsomely for your help. Expand your company, invest in it, and get rich in no time! And if you’re for a bit of a thrill, visit ancient landmark and search for valuable artifacts. Take the challenge and become the richest merchantman in the world and get revenge!

Play at your own pace. Casually travel through the realm if you want to relax. Monitor every price change, pursue every rumor, manage every detail if you want to achieve best results!

- Dozens of different cities and villages
- Tens of various quests to accomplish
- Great graphics with an old-school 16-bit vibe
- Easy to get to know, hard to master
- Random encounters

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Celeron or AMD at 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 6600, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2400 XT
    • OS: OSX 10
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core
    • Graphics: nVidia 320M or higher, or Radeon 7000 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.4
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 6600, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2400 XT
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Thanks for cards :3
That's all :D
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
The music is pleasant and the visuals aren't bad. Other than that I just find this un-fun. Take that with a grain of salt as I'm not a fan of economy games to begin with but there isn't enough logic in this for me to enjoy the strategy of min/maxing profits.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
I really wanted to like this game but it fails to engage. I am not sure what makes this game 16 bit other than the 2D retro aspect. The prices of this world fluctuate like crazy. If you review a exchange, go to another town, find a lower price, and buy and return you will often find that in the short amount of time you did that prices have already gone up. The prices never stay stable for long which isn't really how a economy works. I would expect prices to fluctuate in months or years. There is no discount for buying in bulk which would have been an interesting aspect and similar to buying wholesale. You can complete quests and mine for diamonds but they are mostly fetch style things that do not really add anything to the gameplay. If the prices were more stable and the quests/ mining more interesting then I could see this being a nice diversion. In it's current form it is a very frustrating experience that I cannot recommend.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Worst economy game!!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
126 of 145 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4, 2015
For a trading game this has a lot of bad aspects:
1) you have to pay to travel, but no way of knowing how much a trip will cost until you take it (and if you dont have enough it wont tell you how much you need)
2) from what I saw in 20 minutes of play, the trade goods between cities are IMPOSSIBLE to profit off of. You only make money from going into a cave and mining diamonds to sell, or performing 'take me to city x' 'fetch blah from city y'
3) the price of goods seems to be random, so even sucking up the cost of travelling to scout trade routes will do you no good as prices change dramatically even if you arent trading.

I'm glad i only paid $1.50 for this mistake.
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80 of 83 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
If you think that 16bit Trader will be some fun nostalgic retro-style game that hearkens back to the early 90s in terms of graphics and music, you'd be wrong. 16bit means gold bits, because you are a medieval a trader in this game. I would also like the point out someone forgot the hyphen when naming the game, but they remembered for the artwork.

If you're a math person, the game might interest you, as the bulk of it is buying from one town at a price, traveling to another at a cost and then selling those goods to areas willing to pay more for it. That's where the game starts to get fuzzy and falter. The cost for everything makes it a challenge to keep your head above water from turn to turn and that ruins the enjoyment of the game.

The cost to get from town to town is always the same depending on the route, but the selling and buying price in the same town will vary each time you enter. A lot of the time the prices go up to make your margins smaller and smaller. With the price of travel, you need to deal in bulk to survive in the game

Travel lets you go to a neighboring areas. Click the areas in green and poof you've traveled there. There is a risk and a gamble associated with moving from town to town. You can get attacked by bandits that steal your goods or gold. There are mercenaries to hire in each town's pub, but even with the maximum five guys on my side, I still found myself robbed.

You see everything as a result with no way to stop the event. Its like a board game where you've flipped a card and just had a bad bout of luck. Sometimes there is a delay in a mundane travel route for whatever reason. If you get obsessive, you can always save at each town and then try to travel. if you get attacked, just reload the saved game and try again. This process can make a tedious game even more so.

Without a level of difficulty, the struggle and grind becomes a chore, rather than give any joy or excitement. While I never played the game as extensive as others, it felt like most of the occurrences were negative ones.

Several towns have exchanges, banks and pubs. In the pub you can hire or fire mercenaries or buy them one of three drinks. Getting them a drink will offer up tips and overall flavor text. The bank lets you buy or sell a wagon along with selling diamonds you can find searching caves. Searching caves play out as a result rather than an action.

Exchanges are where the bulk of the game takes place. Buy low, sell high. Towns will only buy and or sell specific items. At this point its time to talk about the awful touch screen interface to buy and sell. Its a number pad that you mouse click on. You can go up or down, buy or sell the maximum and press confirm.

Oh but if you buy a maximum amount of anything, you've already failed, because then you lack the funds to travel to the next town to sell what you have. The buying and selling becomes an longer process than it needs to be. First go to the map and find out how much it costs to reach your next destination. Then exit the map, go back into the town's exchange, buy what you need and then remember the cost of travel. If you mess up, that's just money lost.

There are quests to break up the monotony of things, but achieving quests becomes a waste of gold even if you're rewarded at the end. Take this knight to that city. Bring this innkeeper silk from a far away land. Fetch someone a bottle. You're a merchant, so of course you'll do it. Any game with a quest means you'll still do it unless a quest gets locked off for an alliance or something.

As for the controls, its a touch screen game. You click everything and you click and drag to scroll the map. Arrow keys to scroll the map would help beyond exclusive click and drag controls. I feel like using numbers would be more efficient.

The graphics have their own art style, but look cheap and rushed. Its the same townspeople in every town at a pub, bank or exchange. Sprites are bouncy, icons are jagged triangles that look slapped together haphazard to fit the art style. Even the interface for buying and selling is squares shifted around. It just looks like an ugly game.

With the culmination of a bad name, tough to survive profit margins, no difficulty levels and a lot of guess work in changing prices, this game is tough to recommend. Its a dirt cheap game so that makes it more reasonable, but there's nothing here to recommend playing even if you're a fan of the trading genre.
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89 of 97 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2015
16bit Trader is not a game about trading. Buy/sell prices for goods seem to be random and travel is so expensive that you'll always make an overall loss from trading. Taking randomly-appearing quests and gathering once-per-day diamonds are the only reliable way to make money.

It's a lazy port of a mobile game. It's designed around a-few-minutes-a-day casual play, but it doesn't hold up well when you sit down to seriously play it. Don't bother.
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229 of 323 people (71%) found this review helpful
155 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2015
It's not even 16 bit game
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50 of 54 people (93%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2015
16bit Trader is a game that is flawed from the word go. Although the idea of the game is a decent one, 16bit Trader fails to execute on what little potential it has. The first problem arises when one attempts to play the game along its intended methods: the prices of the goods being trade barely fluctuate between locations. One can buy goods for one price in any given city only to find out that every other city sells the same goods for the same prices, and that the price that you can sell the goods for is lower than any of the perchase prices anyware. In moving between cities, one will discover the next problem: the cost for movement between cities can and will exceed one's profits for trading, making actually making a profit to be next to impossible outside of fulfilling the sidequests that are at least quite plentiful, or to find diamonds at any of the dungeon locations strewn thoughout the game world.

The only positive thing I can possibly say about this game is that the art style is bright, colorful, and quite nice.

- Wonderful art style.
- It only costs $3
- the game is competantly coded, and doesn't seem to glitch or crash with any regularity.

- The intended gameplay features of the game are functionally impossible to use
- The is frustratingly designed.
- The developers have the audacity to charge money for a game that has inferior design to a game you can play for free on Newgrounds.
- Any time you spend playing this game brings you that much closer to the inescapable reality of death, time which can never be gotten back.
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