must commend developers for continuing to make classic strategy
games and East India Company by Paradox Interactive is no
exception to the rule. Combining the genres of war and economics,
East India Company is the perfect game to get lost in, especially
during the holidays as players attempt to monopolise the 17th
century trade route as they battle their enemies in order to ensure
that their items are the preferred purchases.
East India Company, players take the role of Governor Director, a
powerful merchant of one of these powerful companies. Before
embarking on your mission, you need to choose which nationality you
hark from which include the British,
Dutch, French, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Italian and the Spanish.
Your goal is simple, bring back what the European require and of
course, make a healthy profit along the way. Sounds good huh?
The game features a strong campaign mode that basically starts the
player as a sole trader which has them travelling between Africa and
India in order to buy and sell items such as tea or precious ivory. As your bank
balance begins to rise, you then have the option of purchasing
additional ships and upgrades in order to fully maximise your
resources. Unfortunately things are not as easy as they seem and
your rivals have painted a nice red target on your back.
East India Company features a strong micro management system that
would make some economics blush and you really need to research your
trade routes and what would ultimately make a profit. If things become too difficult for the
player to micromanage, the game can assist such as automation
options and of course, the ability to hire better trained seaman but
it is fun to control your seafaring vessels.
Thankfully the menu system is quite in-depth and there are some
great shortcuts to display various prices both locally and abroad
which does make things easier to manage. Of course, you need to keep
a good eye on your fleet, especially as you visit a variety of
different ports because this is where the battles begin but of
course, it can also benefit the player. Nothing is more fun,
than declaring war on your opponents and securing ports for your
But then you've made some enemies hey?
The battles are relatively quite fun in East India Company as you
attempt to move your ships with or against the wind to either
attack, flee and defend from pirates. This aspect of the game does
take a little getting use, especially if you are a purist strategy
fan but the real-time definitely makes things more exciting as you
blow these scurvies from the sea. The game also supports a plethora
of ships and upgrades to ensure your dominance on the seas. Of
course, there are a few issues with this game.
For me, the only downside to the East India Company was its lack of
initiative as it felt like a game from 3 to 5 years ago and even as
you start building up your merchant company, the lack of the
inspiration is a little disappointing. With that said, the random
battles can also be a pain in the rear, especially as your
attempting to move precious cargo and if you're dumping cargo in the
sea to make your ship go faster, you'll definitely start cursing.
The presentation of the game has been well designed from easy to
navigate menus to some great in-game graphics. The details are
rather impressive and if you have a big screen, you can definitely
feel like you are more powerful than you really are. The developers
have created some interesting water and weather effects that is
matched with a humbling soundtrack and decent background sounds for
the end of the day, East India Company is a competent game, however
it fails to deliver any real advances in this genre which is a shame
as the interface could definitely be expanded. However if
you're after a sturdy interface and a realistic trading game, than
East India Company is definitely your cup of tea.
definitely sums this game up quite well!