Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. 75
    Merchant Prince II literally is "Merchant Prince" circa 1993 with a few new game options, slightly updated visuals, and programmed with Windows rather than DOS in mind.
  2. 73
    As it is this seems like just a cheap reissue. Still, the mechanics of the game have held up much better and as a purely economic sim, it works.
  3. The problem with sequels in this day of technology is that you expect the game to be even more tech friendly than the last and this one has not used the technology to its zenith.
  4. Sounds interesting, and at times it is, but the game often lacks the immediacy to draw players into the Merchant Prince II universe.
  5. The competition is rough and cutthroat at times, but only by mastering the intricacies of 14th-17th century European commerce and politics will you become the richest, most powerful and evil man in Italy.
  6. The flawed interface, pathetic artificial intelligence, and extremely dated graphics are bound to frustrate strategy gamers accustomed to games that are both challenging and polished.
  7. Fans might—or should—expect something more than a six year old DOS to Windows port with a few extras.
  8. 40
    The real fun should have been doing bad things to other people while rising to power.
  9. The gameplay is often as static as its antiquated graphics, and ultimately doesn't present anything that hasn't been done before.
  10. GamePower
    The graphics are wretched, the interface is a mess, and the few rare excuses for new features feel like half-baked afterthoughts. This is one of the ugliest games I've seen in the last several years.

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