"There are two paths in life... one of white and one of black but both lead to your destiny!"
The Patrician III is the latest game in the series from German developer Ascaron that once again puts gamers in the role of Patrician during the late medieval European empire. The Patrician is based in the Hanseatic league of yesteryear and is set around the 14th Century where gamers have the option of starting in one of twelve coastal towns of this era.
The Patrician is basically a "sea sim" where gamers must buy and sell merchandise in order to maximise their profits. Each town has various buildings that dissect the economy of the town. Unlike other "pirate" games on the market at the moment, the Patrician is basically a real-time city building simulation where you must work your way up from a lowly shopkeeper to the noble status of Patrician and beyond.
Fortunately your goal of achieving Patricianhood is never easy and this can be accomplished by either noble or dastardly deeds. Therefore gamers can either use the current laws to their advantage by increasing trade routes for towns to increase prosperity and well-being or they can resort to piracy and bribes to ensure that they are a candidate for governor. This is probably the most in-depth trade game on the gaming market and players must engage in lucrative trade deals and of course deadly sea battles that help their further their cause.
The various buildings in the game allow you to keep track of your missions, goals and current objectives. For instance, the market hall allows players to monitor the supplies of the city such as consumption levels and population sizes. Whereas the shipyards lets players upgrade, repair and even name their sea vessels. The market square is basically the soul of the town and you can organise a variety of events for the citizens to help increase overall morale depending on what kind of trader and ruler you are. The bathhouse is filled with diplomacy and intrigue that allows you to rub shoulders with city officials so you can bribe these men for support or help with acquittals for the crimes that you have committed. As with all good games of this genre, there is also the local tavern that allows you discover new crew members, captains and of course get the gossip from a local level.
The campaign mode of the Patrician III allows gamers to embark on a variety of missions such as establishing trade routes, assisting towns from the dreaded black plague or increasing your personal prosperity.