Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Apr 28, 2016
    It is every bit as thrilling as something with constant explosions. It’s the sort of game you’ll be thinking about at work. It’s the sort of game you just might want to try online. It’s the sort of game with a campaign you can play and replay and replay some more. It’s the sort of game with so many settings and options and variables that you might never need another RTS.
  2. May 15, 2016
    Surprisingly accessible and deep as you like, Offworld Trading Company is a standout addition to what’s already been a fantastic year for strategy games.
  3. May 12, 2016
    I can't imagine a game so fundamentally about number crunching being universally appealing, but the audience it will appeal to will absolutely love it.
  4. May 3, 2016
    Offworld Trading Company combines economic strategy with innovation and polish, resulting in a game which feels exciting, deep and fun all at once. Not an easy combination to pull off – the developers should be proud, and gamers should be delighted.
  5. May 2, 2016
    Offworld is a revelation. It's almost unparalleled in the genre. Each and every game is thrilling. Every moment is a challenge. And the brutality of the free market ensures that you can never rest on your laurels, less you be quashed by the invisible hand.
  6. Apr 28, 2016
    Offworld turns a spreadsheet simulator into a knock-down drag-out scrap for Martian resources and almighty dollars. The pacing is almost breakneck. But with so much transparency in delivering the numbers, it maintains a sense of fairness, even as black market tactics from less-scrupulous rivals threaten to tear down your 30-minute monehy-making empires.
  7. May 5, 2016
    Master its complex systems and Offworld Trading Company is ruthless, immediate and thoroughly rewarding.
  8. CD-Action
    Sep 17, 2016
    The only thing that stopped me from rating OTC higher is the lackluster, restricted and discouraging campaign. For short sessions it’s a perfect game though. [09/2016, p.50]
  9. Jun 24, 2016
    It's hard to be bored while sabotaging competition's infrastructure and detonating underground nukes. Couple more buildings or patents would be a welcome addition, but Offworld Trading Company is already a complete, well-thought-out strategy.
  10. May 11, 2016
    Mohawk have gone off in their own direction to create an experience that’s addictive, unique, and totally out of this world.
  11. May 6, 2016
    You don’t fight your opponents with bullets, artillery or troops but with share prices, market value and austerity. Soren Johnson's unusual take on real-time strategy doesn’t deliver an epic campaign but gives beautifully intense skirmishes and multiplayer battles with a well conceived, albeit simple economic base system.
  12. May 3, 2016
    Offworld Trading Company is a good strategy game from the lead designer of Civilization IV.
  13. Apr 29, 2016
    Quotation forthcoming.
  14. Apr 28, 2016
    Offworld Trading Company is fast-paced economic warfare with some clever capitalistic mind games to play with.
  15. Game World Navigator Magazine
    May 18, 2016
    Simple yet nuanced mechanic, short multiplayer games – it’s all tuned to let you become top dog of financial world once or twice after coming home from work. But OTC’s simplicity is also its shortcoming: there are too few goods to trade. Black market adds a touch of chaos, so no game goes like the previous one – but it would be great if OTC got a sequel that’s similar but at the same time more complex. [Issue#209, p.84]
  16. May 10, 2016
    Mohawk Games really hit on something special in creating the heart and soul of what makes Offworld Trading Company tick. It’s just a shame they didn’t stretch and twist it far enough to broach the limits of what this brilliant idea can really do.
  17. Apr 28, 2016
    Offworld Trading Company is a good game, with some solid gameplay mechanics, polished visuals and intuitive controls.
  18. May 16, 2016
    Offworld Trading Company feels like a crossover between Anno 2205 and Civilization V. This is a very competent strategy game for fans of the genre.
  19. Pelit (Finland)
    Sep 28, 2016
    It really captures the feeling of M.U.L.E. [Aug 2016]
  20. Apr 10, 2020
    For a RTS where you do not attack the other player with units, there is a lot going on here. The raw amount of things to keep track of and options available, are in some ways overwhelming. The core of it all is great fun, and it is completely novel for a RTS to avoid just massing units and rolling out. The amount of stuff happening takes away some of the enjoyment, as playthroughs quickly get away from players if they are not using every option available to them. Finally, the pace is so fast that there is no enjoyment about surviving on these hostile planets.
  21. Feb 6, 2017
    In the Offworld Trading Company business strategy you do not fight using strength, you use a money instead. You will be attracted by complex economic mechanics and exotic environment of planet Mars. The game, however, in its basic version does not entertain long enough. You can get a satisfactory game time if you choose to get not-so-cheap set of DLC packages.
  22. Jun 3, 2016
    Interesting, unique, but ultimately unfulfilling.
  23. May 24, 2016
    Most often you'll feel, at best, looming dread or smug satisfaction and only rarely shock or triumph.
  24. May 15, 2016
    Offworld Trading Company is by no means a bad game, it’s just difficult to recommend against the existing titans of the genres it borrows from. Still, if you really like the premise you could pick it up during a sale.
  25. May 5, 2016
    Offworld Trading Company is a futuristic simulation of what would be the economy on Mars: gathering resources, upgrading extraction posts, keeping up with the price fluctuations. Funny, but still complex and demanding at the same time.
  26. Apr 28, 2016
    Offworld Trading Company is an enjoyable strategy game for those averse to combat, allowing players to become ruthless capitalists taking over Mars. While it has many excellent elements, it's simply lacking that unique spark that would make it a truly stellar game with hours of replay value.
  27. Apr 28, 2016
    There is a good measure of fun to be had with Offworld Trading Company, but it’s a bit like ordering a vanilla ice cream dessert and being served pistachio instead – it will be enjoyable but it’s not quite what you wanted.
  28. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 6, 2017
    Interesting economic strategy bending the RTS genre in a proper way. Great ideas lack the elegance in design unfortunately, and authors completely overshot the price. [Issue #271]
  29. PC PowerPlay
    May 28, 2016
    Investing in this quirky take on RTS risks a return of buyer's remorse. [Issue#251, p.58]
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  1. Oct 19, 2016
    OTC throws a lot of what you expect of a strategy game out the window. Instead of having time to make plans, you need to move fast. Instead of worrying about units you need to worry about market forces. Indeed, there’s little room for strategy at all; the circumstances of a game can change so often and so rapidly depending on the market that this is more a game about testing your reactions than any grand central plan.
  2. What you need to know is that Mohawk have made a game that creates tension and ruthless competition out of a screen of ever-changing numbers. Every victory feels hard-earned and every defeat can be traced back to specific twists in the tale, and in each of its half hour sessions, there are as many twists as in Civ’s six thousand years.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 79 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 79
  2. Negative: 12 out of 79
  1. May 1, 2016
    For a game coming from the designer of Civilization IV and the publisher of the Galactic Civilization series I was expecting... dunno,For a game coming from the designer of Civilization IV and the publisher of the Galactic Civilization series I was expecting... dunno, something more rich in *experience* and not only content. You can see the hard work, but not everything works towards being either interesting or fun... Full Review »
  2. Sep 9, 2016
    I really like economy strategy games. I really wanted to like this. But i can't. I think it is overrated and quite simplistic. Once you winI really like economy strategy games. I really wanted to like this. But i can't. I think it is overrated and quite simplistic. Once you win 2-3 matches, you have seen it all. It gets boring fast. Overrated. Full Review »
  3. Apr 29, 2016
    Offworld Trading Company game is unlike anything else out there. Its a building, strategy, competition game with a lot of depth, quickOffworld Trading Company game is unlike anything else out there. Its a building, strategy, competition game with a lot of depth, quick decision making, maneuvering involved and has lots of replay ability. I've been playing since early access and its come together very nicely with the polish added at the end. Great game, highly recommend. Full Review »