A boring precursor to Impressions’ vastly improved High Seas Trader, Merchant Colony is an 18th century trading game that suffers from the same syndrome that characterizes all Impressions games of that period: long, tedious lists of statistics presented in static screens.
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Merchant Colony is more ambitious in scope than its title suggests. You are charged with the development of not just one colony, but an entire colonial empire during the Age of Exploration. Play Merchant Colony online!
Actually, you’re also a merchant prince as well…so you must not only found colonies, but build ships, load them with trade goods and commodities, and do everything you can to turn a profit through the exchange of goods at ports across the globe. Other nations (under control of the AI) will try to compete with you, and perhaps even make war on you.
You can set sail and recruit settlers to explore the New World, but very limited options and bland graphics seriously erode long-term play value. Fun for a while, but it really doesn’t stand up to other, better games, such as Holistic Design’s Machiavelli The Prince.