You play the role of a young boy whose family is on the verge of extinction, only yourself and your father are left of a once noble family. After Vasco da Gama's glorious return to Portugal in 1498, your father is inspired to make a similiar expidition to India and restore the glory of your family. You are left in Lisbon to study, while your father leaves for new lands. Unfortunately the voyage ends with the death of your father in treacherous waters. The first mate is the sole survivor and together you decide to complete what your father never managed, and you start preparing a ship for uncharted waters.
What struck me instantly about this game was the amazing music. It just made me go "whoah" from the first note. It really fits the theme of the game perfectly. The rest of the game is also very well done, and easy to learn. It is a trading game, to put it simply. Using the little money you have, you need to equip a ship with crew, water and food, and of course trading stock. Then sail to other ports and sell your goods to the highest price.
The game interface is a simple combination of a scenario window and an info window, and since the game can be controlled completely with the mouse, navigation is really easy. Left-click to confirm, right-click to decline. The only thing that can be confusing is the actual sailing. Your crew will sail in the same direction until you give another command... so if you don't issue any orders in the beginning, you will be heading straight for America (without enough food and water). To change the direction or issue a command to your crew, just click the right-button. The game will freeze and the First Mate will ask for your orders. It's as simple and functional as it gets.
You will also gain new skills and better reputation as you progress, making it easier for you to hire new and better crew, and of course to buy more ships.
The game doesn't show your location on the world map, so you will need basic geography knowledge if you don't want to get completely lost.
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