The description of Ship Tycoon
Economy simulator by TRADEGAME invites you into the sea transfer world. Start with just one small ship to become a ship tycoon and make billions on cargo transportations. Calculate, take risks, win!
Starting back in 2000, you only have one ship for cargo transportations. By 2030 you need to become the grandest ship tycoon in the world. Starting with a restrained sum of money and just one ship, you need to use your entrepreneur skill to develop a large company.
Check what contracts you can pick that your fleet can meet. Take them and move cargos from port to port. Control the movement of your fleet and slow down or speed up the time. You have 30 years to unlock various types of ships, 80 ports to visit, 50 items to ship, and your brain to learn to select the most profitable contracts, meet force majeure circumstances and minimize losses if you cannot win.
The game supports both single player and multiplayer versions. In multiplayer you compete other potential tycoons, trying to get ahead of them. Single player has no limitations like that; you can even keep on playing after virtual 2030 when the result should be clear. Though, of course, playing versus human players is more fun.
The game is free to play, but unlocking all the features of single player version requires purchasing the full version.
Though the game looks quite schematic and not as spectacular as could have been, we must realize that a tycoon game doesn’t necessarily need to feature all the objects, deals, transportations, loading and unloading in action. In fact, the world map with travel lines is not necessary either. Tables with figures would have been enough. Yet the game offers more graphical environment that it really needs to. The world map is real, though real locations are mixed with fictional or even some from alternative history.
On the other hand, even with this visual excess Ship Tycoon is still compatible even with devices of 2012. It features little action, though static plans like world map or wharf scenes look quite okay.
General Impressions 8/10
The game is quite easy to control, even in its tutorial phase forcing you through the process and much easier when you act freely. It features no special gestures or combos; just buttons to tap to select the contract, confirm it, or, say, see the map.
Though its missions take 30 years of in-game time, they pass rather quickly, and you’re free to replay. Probably you will, as the more you explore the game, the more fun it provides. Multiplayer is always rich in unexpected races, so Ship Tycoon is the game you’ll want to play over and over again (if at all).
If you like economy games with a lot of calculations and freedom to act, you’re sure to love Ship Tycoon (unless you’re already deep in it). The game is not recommended to action or arcade fans; though terribly simplified compared to reality, Ship Tycoon is still complicated and hard to master. But chances are that if you do, it will join your favorite games list.25 Feb 2019
- Added 4 port circulation mode.
- If you do not start the shipment of the long-term contract after the one year grace period has passed, the first-year contract schedule will be automatically started.
- You can cancel or extend the contract.
- Displays the type of export goods of the port.
Other improvements and changes
- Changed the maximum cumulative days of playtime to 730 days.
- Extended play is possible after 30 years in single player mode.