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  • Summary: A wonderful and compelling RTS SIM. Unscripted, completely dynamic, open ended world, set in a real historic location. Some of the best graphics on any game in this genre. A unique and fluid gameplay style and content that contains trading, sea battles, expeditions, voyages, missions and hunt for buried treasure. Endless gameplay. [Tri Synergy] Collapse
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  1. With a strong AI, a tried and true game concept, and beautiful graphics and sound, Port Royale is a great game.
  2. Port Royale has depth of gameplay and presents this enjoyable but challenging escapade against a rich background of a battle for power in the Caribbean.
  3. Port Royale takes advantage of this amazing time and creates a wonderfully fun economic simulation. The graphics are great, and the sound fits the bill.
  4. Despite the shortcomings of getting started, beware once you finally do. Port Royale is a wonderfully addictive game that is loaded with grand possibilities.
  5. A detailed trading sim for merchants, but too much budgeting and not enough buccaneering to recommend to pirate fans.
  6. "SimCity" elements tend to bog down the fun factor, but if you don't mind some biz sim with your strategy, you'll find this game pretty entertaining. [Sept 2003, p.77]
  7. I wouldn’t recommend Port Royale unless you’re looking for a slow-paced game that challenges your brain more than your reflexes, and unless you’re only planning to play an hour or two each night. If you play any more than that, the game will get too repetitive and too boring too quickly.

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  1. TanBoonC.
    Sep 26, 2004
    Best game I have ever played before. Consume a lot of time to make our company grows and grow. Pirates should be more aggressive to level up the difficulties. Expand
  2. H.Lokesz
    Apr 22, 2003
    Open extensive world. The game can be played in very different ways. Command your own ships or stay at home and let your captains do the job for you.
  3. TimK.
    Jun 14, 2003
    Excellent game! Pirates! with building and trading. What does one do with all that gold? Invest in towns, throw parties, finance expeditions and buildup your hideout... Multiplayer is a wonderful bonus! I don't know of any other pirates game with multiplayer. Expand
  4. RyanC.
    Jul 26, 2003
    It would be even better if the company would come out with a patch for the US version quick! it freezes on autosave....definitely a pirate fan though!
  5. D.Pogue
    Jul 8, 2003
    While this game is fun, it has a steep learning curve, and, in my opinion is very difficult. I have spent many hours playing and trying out various missions, which are difficult in their own right. All an all a decent title, quite similar to Pirates of the old days. However, i find it to be missing something. Expand