Take revenge on your father’s killer!
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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core
    • Graphics: nVidia 320M or higher, or Radeon 7000 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.4
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 6600, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2400 XT
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Kiwi
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
>nope
>2/10
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Standard Secure Shell port
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
Brocken Achiev's, thats not good!
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McBlyat
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
♥♥♥♥ 16bit
i have 64bit windows
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chaesennis
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
good game ^.^ :D
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Ana
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Product received for free
So after quite a short time this game becomes very frustrating.
You need to buy stuff and resell, but prices fluctuate so much you might take a while to find a good place to sell and to find it you need to travel around, which spends money and you might get robbed while doing it. Oh and you have a limit of things you can carry around based on how many wagons you have, but to get an extra waggon and be able to carry more money you need to hire another guy (which makes travelling more expensive) and buy an expensive wagon.
Oh you can also mine to get diamonds and sell them for money, which sounds like a god idea but it's hardly as good as it sounds: you can get any number of diamonds, aparently even over a hundre, but you often get like 1 to 4 and annoyingly often you get none at all. Oh and the price for diamonds can vary greatly too.
And it is no 16bit. Looks ok but don't expect any retro looking 16bit graphics: it's more like a simple cartoon like 2D.
Pros? It was free and got cards....and...that's all the pros I could think of.
The idea was ok but the game sucked.
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(G.E.W.P memerizingg
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Achievements are mathematically impossible
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ryukalt
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Meh game:/
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aquatorrent
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
Product received for free
My playtime: 3.8h (based on steam)

Note that 5 achievements are broken since 2015.

Intro
16bit Trader is a merchant simulation game where you play as a merchant and trying to collect money to be the richest merchant in the world. Although i said the richest, the game actually ends after you earn 1M gold. There is no time limit in collecting the money. However, an achievement will unlock if you collect it before the 1500th day.

Graphics
If you are thinking that this game is 16bit because of the title, you are wrong. Although the graphics are just okay, it's not even close to 16bit.

Music
The music is relaxing. It sounds like a market in the old games, with a soft tone on it. I like it very much.

The game
You'll basically travel from and to places. There are a lot of cities and villages to move into, and sometimes, there will be an event which will rob your money or delay your trip (or both). However, these events can be "cheated" by saving and loading before moving to other places, making this game mostly becomes saving and loading. Luckily, you can do it fast.

You can hire mercenaries to reduce the random event chance. However, doing so will be costly because your traveling cost will be increased. Mercenaries can also be used to help farming diamonds, which is one of the money sources in this game. Note that hiring and firing tons of mercenaries can be a pain in the ♥♥♥ because the game only offers you to buy a maximum of 5 mercenaries at once.

You can earn money by doing two things: trading and mining. However, these methods are unbalanced because mining will net you more money faster than trading. You just need to hire tons of mercenaries to mine diamonds and sell them back in the city to earn a lot of money. Note that diamonds are sold around 50-150 gold, while you can only get around 10 gold profit per item by trading (not to mention the carts and mercenaries which you have to hire in order to deliver more items, which will increase your traveling cost). With the same amount of money, i can get more profit from mining.

There are some side quests, each appears randomly in big cities or ports. Most of the time, the side quests will require you to travel back and forth, which can be costly. They will reward you from hundreds to thousands gold.

After you are having 1M gold, the game will end, and you can't continue after that. Some achievements won't unlock if you have 1M gold and there is still unlocked achievements needed to be unlocked.

There is an in-game achievement, although you can't see the list.

Pros:
- Random events
- Mining

Cons:
- Mining and trading are not balanced
- Too much relying on saving and loading
- No options to hire and fire merchants in bulk

Conclusion
Although this is a decent merchant simulation game, the saving and loading can make your brain explode. It also took a while to figure out on how to earn money efficiently (and when you already figure it out, you'll be bored doing it).

Should you buy this game?
No.
Despite the achievements, the game itself is very simple. You'll spend most of the time clicking the same things over and over (especially when you are doing saving and loading trick and hiring and firing mercenaries). Unless you are a fan of merchant simulation game, don't buy this. Ever.
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Jackarook
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
Product received for free
16bit Trader is very unique compared to other games I usually play. In 16bit Trader you are the heir to your family\'s throne and you must try and restore its former glory. Selling the only diamonds your family has left you must travel from city to city buying and selling goods and accepting quests from strangers. Although I highly recommend that you buy your own drinks, It seems the people in this game have no problem accepting drink after drink and spilling their secrets.

Although the game does not involve action or dedication to become succesful it does require a certain amount of skill combined with luck. You will need to know the knowledge of buying and selling products. It will take you a lot of tries in order to win but you quickly get the hang of it.

Quick Tips: Visit the mines frequently for easy diamonds right of the bat.

PROS: Cozy, Relaxing Feel. Easy on the eye graphics, interesting quest, and much much more.
CONS: Although I am sure there are flaws in the game as far as I can tell it is well put together.
RATING: 7/10
Thats All For Now!

~ ReapR
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Product received for free
My playtime: 3.8h (based on steam)

Note that 5 achievements are broken since 2015.

Intro
16bit Trader is a merchant simulation game where you play as a merchant and trying to collect money to be the richest merchant in the world. Although i said the richest, the game actually ends after you earn 1M gold. There is no time limit in collecting the money. However, an achievement will unlock if you collect it before the 1500th day.

Graphics
If you are thinking that this game is 16bit because of the title, you are wrong. Although the graphics are just okay, it's not even close to 16bit.

Music
The music is relaxing. It sounds like a market in the old games, with a soft tone on it. I like it very much.

The game
You'll basically travel from and to places. There are a lot of cities and villages to move into, and sometimes, there will be an event which will rob your money or delay your trip (or both). However, these events can be "cheated" by saving and loading before moving to other places, making this game mostly becomes saving and loading. Luckily, you can do it fast.

You can hire mercenaries to reduce the random event chance. However, doing so will be costly because your traveling cost will be increased. Mercenaries can also be used to help farming diamonds, which is one of the money sources in this game. Note that hiring and firing tons of mercenaries can be a pain in the ♥♥♥ because the game only offers you to buy a maximum of 5 mercenaries at once.

You can earn money by doing two things: trading and mining. However, these methods are unbalanced because mining will net you more money faster than trading. You just need to hire tons of mercenaries to mine diamonds and sell them back in the city to earn a lot of money. Note that diamonds are sold around 50-150 gold, while you can only get around 10 gold profit per item by trading (not to mention the carts and mercenaries which you have to hire in order to deliver more items, which will increase your traveling cost). With the same amount of money, i can get more profit from mining.

There are some side quests, each appears randomly in big cities or ports. Most of the time, the side quests will require you to travel back and forth, which can be costly. They will reward you from hundreds to thousands gold.

After you are having 1M gold, the game will end, and you can't continue after that. Some achievements won't unlock if you have 1M gold and there is still unlocked achievements needed to be unlocked.

There is an in-game achievement, although you can't see the list.

Pros:
- Random events
- Mining

Cons:
- Mining and trading are not balanced
- Too much relying on saving and loading
- No options to hire and fire merchants in bulk

Conclusion
Although this is a decent merchant simulation game, the saving and loading can make your brain explode. It also took a while to figure out on how to earn money efficiently (and when you already figure it out, you'll be bored doing it).

Should you buy this game?
No.
Despite the achievements, the game itself is very simple. You'll spend most of the time clicking the same things over and over (especially when you are doing saving and loading trick and hiring and firing mercenaries). Unless you are a fan of merchant simulation game, don't buy this. Ever.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
♥♥♥♥ 16bit
i have 64bit windows
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Achievements are mathematically impossible
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119 of 137 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 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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76 of 79 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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85 of 92 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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225 of 316 people (71%) found this review helpful
153 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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47 of 50 people (94%) 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.

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

Cons:
- 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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88 of 124 people (71%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2015
I guess It is OK for its 25c sale price.
For me, free flash game Caravaneer was a better expierence in many ways though.
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54 of 70 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
So i tried to play this game for 30min but i gave up it makes no sense.

First i start with positiv:
- Its cheap (at the moment 0,29 cent)
- Graphic for this kind of Game is good

Cons
- Translations are realy bad (looks like google translator or even worse)
- Sound is a loop of the same 5 seconds all the time so i deactivated ist after 5 minutes
- If you want play this game regular you cant win you always loose money. Every Castle and Village produce the same, some produce one or two other things to very high prices) if you buy thing and travel to other castle/village they have same price or lower so you loose money, travel cost money, on almost every way are thiefs (loose money) some ways are bridges (loose money) so you travel and loos half of you money and loose some money for buying sell. MAKE NO SENSE.
-You can make money with diamonds you find in mines (but you dont find always somthing so they may be useless)
- this part of diamonds reminds me on freemium games, but at the moment i cant buy 10 Diamonds for 99.99$

Summary:
The only way to beat the game is cheating with save and load every move and try to get best solution and prices but this is not the way how a game should work.

I won the game so i didnt loose any money but if i wolud bought it i would refund.
So safe the money an search for an equal brothergame for free.
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