Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
Buy On
  1. The lack of an idiots' guide tutorial is not a great selling point, but plough through this confusing opening (on free campaign) and you will gradually learn and lose a surprising amount of time to what is a relatively unique and intellectually-solid title.
  2. 70
    In the end Commander is a combination of good ideas that just don't seem to click, it may be the result of an overly grand scope but the Commander is sadly not greater than the sum of its parts.
  3. PC Gamer UK
    67
    Strong naval combat is marred by shallow trade and town management. [Oct 2010, p.86]
  4. Instead of wrestling with rival nations, you'll tussle with unruly advisors in this naval trading sim.
  5. PC PowerPlay
    60
    Richly detailed graphics don't make up for the shallow, simplistic trading and combat. [Nov 2010, p.60]
  6. Peculiar challenges and a good managerial dimension have to compare with a poorly detailed graphics and an excessive selling price.
  7. The Age of Discovery has enough excitement and intrigue to fill a hundred video games, just not this timid and repetitive strategy game.
  8. Despite being quite enjoyable at its best, this maritime strategy game is scuttled by a very slow start and a lack of depth.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Oct 16, 2013
    7
    This game is enjoyable. Currently playing with both DLC packs and presumably after some bug fixes. It is a very high-level, macro viewThis game is enjoyable. Currently playing with both DLC packs and presumably after some bug fixes. It is a very high-level, macro view overall. Fleet battles can be fought on an individual or more RTS level and can be quite enjoyable. Movement through the quite tedious and slow periods is easily mitigated with the battle speed control, adjustable from 1x to 10x.

    Trade is a bit flawed as was mentioned in some previous reviews. It is greatly simplified with trade possible between your own colonies (although not profitable) and your home port. It seems that the AI nations can offer up one-time trade shipments to you, but not vice versa. The diplomatic screens are pretty limited. Also a gripe, when diplomatic offerings are sent to you, there is no counter-offer capability, you either accept or decline, and when trade shipments are offered to you, there isn't any good way to tell whether you're getting a good or bad deal.

    The graphics are nice and the ambient sounds are good as well, without much variation though.

    Overall, while trading is how you make your money in the game (taxation gets you nowhere except having pissed off colonists), trade is not very involved or deep. Basically anything you buy from your colonies makes you money selling back to home port. The quest objectives are a nice way of keeping things a bit more interesting. The Pirate pack is a cool idea and really adds to the most interesting element of the game, being the ship battles. Capturing pirate ships and then getting their ships and treasure maps is pretty cool. Being able to automate trade routes is a huge gain for the game, otherwise it would be completely mundane to play. The interface has some quirkiness to it and it seems that some controls could be better implemented, particularly in the management windows. Many times, too many clicks are necessary to do something.

    Add a bit more capability and detail to the trading and diplomacy and streamline the interface some and this would be a great game. Considering this, the game is still fun to play, just not *great* to play.
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  2. Feb 23, 2011
    4
    Game has potential , when they want to finish it; As it now , even with both DLC s Trade and battle are serious flawed; You cannot trade withGame has potential , when they want to finish it; As it now , even with both DLC s Trade and battle are serious flawed; You cannot trade with others except your home town in Europe, Battle speed various between 2 and 3 knots even though ships description it can do more , fleeing speed , the same; A real shame they dont seem to be able to fix that even after 2 DLC s; Full Review »
  3. Oct 22, 2013
    4
    This game may be enjoyable to those who will want to invest a large amount of time in to something that tends to crawl at a very slow pace.This game may be enjoyable to those who will want to invest a large amount of time in to something that tends to crawl at a very slow pace. Trade mechanics are solid and the naval battles are ok but after a while it gets quite repetitive and feels like you have nothing to do.

    A real lack of a basic guide will mean you will miss things which are required in some cases.
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