Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 83
    A fine entertaining game. You will find yourself playing the missions for many hours and repeating them to use different strategies.
  2. This is not the type of game a casual civ/economic-sim player would want to tackle. This program is for game player that wants to exercise his or her brain.
  3. It creates a fairly interesting game in the end, but one that is also fairly easy.
  4. 70
    The historical sweep is fascinating, as is witnessing the advances and growth of your prospective civilization, but it's truly unfortunate that your participation in all of this couldn't be more involving and challenging.
  5. Fans of city building titles will truly enjoy Trade Empires, and it will even woo some dissenters of the genre with its inventive take upon historical civilizations. However, unimpressive graphics and a lack of configurable options or a storyline hold it back from being a true gem.
  6. The limited management interface, slow pacing, and subpar computer competition make the busywork of running a merchant house an unfulfilling task.
  7. The biggest problem with Trade Empires is that the absence of everything except the trade engine makes the game seem unusually flat. [Jan 2002, p.100]
  8. It's a lot of clicking, looking at things, tweaking routes, and clicking a little more, and as with most of these types of games, is oddly compelling in an Excel spreadsheet kind of way.
  9. Trade Empires simply isn’t much fun. It’ll appeal only to fans of maddeningly dense economics sims "with a twist."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. CíceroC.
    Nov 8, 2006
    Fantastic and entertaining trade simulation. The many periods of history where you can play make all the difference, that make the game all new everytime you play. Full Review »
  2. Aug 19, 2013
    One of the best trading simulations, non-economic simulation, I've ever played. Unusual periods, many trade goods, each scenario with other difficulties make the game absolutely varied. Highly recommended. Easy to learn, hard to master. Full Review »