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  • Summary: In the far future, humanity is ruled by The Ministry of Accounts, an oppressive bureaucracy that tracks, records and taxes every transaction of daily life. From the depths of Red Tape, a new breed of marketeer arises to challenge the authority and make a profit: the Space Trader is born! AsIn the far future, humanity is ruled by The Ministry of Accounts, an oppressive bureaucracy that tracks, records and taxes every transaction of daily life. From the depths of Red Tape, a new breed of marketeer arises to challenge the authority and make a profit: the Space Trader is born! As a Trader, you will attempt to amass a fortune beyond your wildest imagination, buying and selling commodities and taking up arms against the oppressors or even accepting bounty missions, hunting down crime bosses and their thugs. [Meridian 4] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. This game is part FPS, adventure game and a virtual stock market game. I was impressed by how each aspect of the game works within the core game, and while the game could be a bit more solid in graphics, audio, basically making it more esthetically pleasing. Addictive, very fun and innovative are the best words to describe the game and the bottom line is this is a welcome addition to any gamer’s library so buy this game and enjoy it, I know I did.
  2. If you’re a hardcore shooter who enjoys a game with bleeding edge graphics and ruthless AI, then Space Trader is not for you. However, this game will appeal to Sci Fi fans, indie game lovers, and wannabe business tycoons.
  3. Sure it won't challenge the big boys in the gaming industry, but it's up to indie developers to push unique ideas further. Hermitworks Entertainment should be proud of their game because it shows a lot of potential.
  4. A halfway decent trading sim marred by a marriage to its FPS trappings.
  5. Ultimately, however, Space Trader is just too traditional to ever move beyond mediocre.
  6. It's about time PC gamers got a good space trading game to play, but it looks like they'll need to keep waiting.
  7. Weak riff on "Elite"'s trading with zero long-term appeal. [Mar 2009, p.75]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Mar 7, 2015
    10
    ST:MM is one of my favorite games ever. The graphics aren't great, and the voice acting isn't the best either but this is a good game! PeopleST:MM is one of my favorite games ever. The graphics aren't great, and the voice acting isn't the best either but this is a good game! People don't seem to take their time and read the dialogues. Not only do these people miss the underestimated lore of Space Trader, they'll never experience the characteristic sarcasm and humor that is so typical for HermitWorks.
    I wish more people would give this game some and play a little bit more than just the first two chapter, quitting before that is like giving up on Epigenesis before you've learned to jump properly.
    Until you've completed chapter 3, you haven't even had time to get a hold of the story.
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  2. DillonOfThePlanetDillon
    Feb 11, 2009
    9
    Loved the retro look and always support the little guy! Indie developers made a great game on a shoestring budget. Kudos!
  3. InF
    Jul 1, 2009
    9
    Great ideas and great gameplay. I would really like to see a sequel to this game, where the all the parts (trade sim, ego shooter, space Great ideas and great gameplay. I would really like to see a sequel to this game, where the all the parts (trade sim, ego shooter, space travel, etc ...) are more complex and less repetitive. Expand
  4. Apr 18, 2015
    3
    This was a promising-sounding experiment for a 'genre mash-up'...that didn't pan out; each component was implemented poorly, and they wereThis was a promising-sounding experiment for a 'genre mash-up'...that didn't pan out; each component was implemented poorly, and they were integrated equally poorly. The FPS-part was uninspired, buggily unfinished and lacking in challenge. The 'trading' was equally simplistic, lackluster and borderline insulting.

    The graphics were worse than games that came out years earlier, the voice acting - while competent - was so poorly implemented that the game would've been better off without it.

    In short, this is a failed idea, and should only serve as an example that not every 'innovative' idea pans out...
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  5. [anonymous]
    Dec 28, 2009
    2
    A very dated and clunky FPS shooter section I can forgive in a trading sim, but a poor trade section is death. Odd timed levels make game A very dated and clunky FPS shooter section I can forgive in a trading sim, but a poor trade section is death. Odd timed levels make game play more hectic than it ought to be. There are too many far better games to waste any time on this dog. Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2014
    0
    Space Trader Merchant Marine

    A game That brings a New Meaning to the word... **** The game looks like it was made in a factory by santas
    Space Trader Merchant Marine

    A game That brings a New Meaning to the word... ****

    The game looks like it was made in a factory by santas failed elves but got put into production by accident.

    Let me put it this way 4 girls finger painting is more visually appealing than this steaming turd.

    The game developers must be boys from the 1980's who haven't hit puberty yet and were like woooooooooo i made it look so realistic.

    The characters seem to change shape when you move around them.

    Don't even get me started on the voice acting...

    WHAT EVEN IS THAT!!!!!!

    They sound like it was recorded on a speak and spell.

    The mechanic is the worst....

    He sounds like he was working on a ship one day and it fell straight on his head forever damaging his fragile mind.

    Oh and if you think that all you do is trade your wrong.

    Your also a bounty hunter.

    And don't think oh cool ill be like boba fett because you couldn't be more wrong.

    I was just starting the first bounty mission annnnnnnnnd there is a guy already killing me.

    They spawn you in front of a man shooting you if they weren't so **** it could be a problem.

    Its not all bad i guess i mean there is a lot of different weapons to try out just a shame you seem to only be able to kill the main bounty guy with a assault rifle or you don't have a hope in hell.

    Seriously you cant kill them with anything else.

    And when they die look at all the loot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Shame you only have 10 seconds to pick it all up but can only pick it up one piece at a time.

    With a good second between each pick up.

    I mean why have so much loot if you cant **** pick it up.

    And the melee Oh my good the melee.

    The most broken thing i have seen in a game.

    They flop to the floor like a magikarp if you hit them.

    You would think with all of this wrong things there cant possibly be more. once again your wrong. You see when trading you can walk around the planet and by planet i mean all 6 meters of it. You can pick up creates of items why is this a problem you ask???? Well you pick up the items from behind the people who you sell them to. Yep they literally have items you can pick up and sell to them like why did they not just walk over there and go oh look i can sell this. Also some of the creates contain weapons which are illegal in the game but very easily obtainable anyway but my point is that you can pick up a create of weapons just laying around some next to officers of the law. The opening of the game is so bad it literally does the credits to open.. seriously... the whole credits. And i can see why no one can win this game let alone even want to. Let me tell you an example the first mission has the objective of get 1.5 mill to pay off the ship At the end i have way over 1.5 mill in items to sell on the moon and 49 hours to do it in. It takes 25 hours to travel to the moon so i have 24 hours to sell my goods have a drink buy a penthouse and pay off the money... right Wrong again as even tho i still have 24 hours left apparently I am out of time?????? How you ask I have no **** clue over 5 mill will be mine if i have 5 mins but i have 24 hours so its fine right. And to add insult to injury as you close the game they show the **** credits again. The only reason i read them was to know who to add to the list of people i hate. All of the developers will fit nicely on the list below the person who thought it would be good to add cut scenes and speech into legend of Zelda. In conclusion id rather get mounted by a horse than play anymore of this truly terrible game.
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