Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. One of the best strategy titles of the year…an out-and-out classic. [Feb 2002, p.65]
  2. This game is truly a remarkable trade sim, and the number options available to you through the course of this game is staggering. While the game is not without it's problems, they are easy to overlook in light of the many strong points of the game.
  3. 83
    The downside to this aspect of the game is that (as mentioned) it can be downright frustrating to get to the point where you are actually even a minor 'player' on this regional stage.
  4. The game offers an incredibly rich experience with vast amounts of replayability.
  5. The uninitiated will find the game monstrously intimidating, and it takes a bit of playing before you really start to engage. In order to get the most out of it, you need to sit down, learn its ins and outs, and suffer a lot of early setbacks while you get familiar with the game's complex mechanics.
  6. 79
    Patrician II continually requires your utmost attention and energy. However, if you are able to endure the lulls, you will most likely find Patrician to be quite a rewarding experience.
  7. Patrician II successfully blends trading, city-building, and simple ship combat in a way that's constantly engaging.
  8. It has a depth few games of this genre can match. Fewer still can equal the level of micromanagement. [Feb 2002, p.92]
  9. Relatively unique in the fact that it makes clear use of the Hanseatic League and has many references to the history of that large organization, this title still fails to present worthwhile gameplay, leaving the character to shuttle supplies from town to town, without much reward or entertainment value.
  10. The main problem with Patrician 2, however, is the lack of delegation.
  11. If you are the obsessive type who likes to control every little happening, the trade of every historically-accurate bushel of grain, then Patrician II will supply a lengthy, stream of satisfaction.
  12. There really is just too much here to form one coherent game.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. MikeC.
    Aug 26, 2006
    10
    The most complex and interesting trading game I've ever played. I agree with the others that the learning curve is steep, but you can enjoy it along the way. Full Review »
  2. BelfoS.
    May 29, 2004
    10
    Good.
  3. ArkapravoB.
    Jul 30, 2002
    10
    Tough to learn; contains difficult strategies too; but is terrific once you are into it.