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  • Summary: Trade with over 60 towns and create your own production facilities. Increase your trading empire, and influence development of the New World. Trade is not everything though: pirates and military fleets threaten your trade convoys. Build and command escort ships for the convoys. Turn theTrade with over 60 towns and create your own production facilities. Increase your trading empire, and influence development of the New World. Trade is not everything though: pirates and military fleets threaten your trade convoys. Build and command escort ships for the convoys. Turn the tides and hunt for pirates or capture the military ships. Become famous and expand your own fleet as well as your stocks of goods. If that is not enough, take on missions for merchants, diplomats and other characters. Use a letter of Marquee to gain the most desirable missions of the vice-kings; to attack and conquer enemy towns. As a sign of gratitude you will be awarded land, to be used later for the building and growth of your own towns. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. It is true Port Royale 2 isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it is a very solid and enjoyable strategy/simulation with loads and loads of gameplay presuming you have the patience and passion to keep playing it.
  2. Above all, Port Royale 2 is a remarkable accomplishment, largely because it can make economic simulations captivating even to those who may typically dislike the idea of this game genre.
  3. A very well designed game despite the so-so battle system. It runs smoothly on most systems and is seemingly bug-free.
  4. As solid as Port Royale 2 is, few people can afford to have more than one seafaring adventure in their collection. With "Sid Meier's Pirates!" due in port very soon, we reckon you should hold fire on this one.
  5. It’s definitely a game that can be played and replayed over again since the story will never really come out the same at the end, provided that you can look past a couple of deficiencies.
  6. A fair attempt at a sea-trading title, which fans will enjoy; however the lack of any innovation could put off those looking for something new.
  7. The sea battles are awkward, the prices jump far too quickly during trading and the learning curve is too steep to begin with.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. HarmL.
    Sep 27, 2004
    10
    A masterpiece for insiders. If you own a Port Royal I, or a Patrician and do not want another, this is not your game. When you want the best A masterpiece for insiders. If you own a Port Royal I, or a Patrician and do not want another, this is not your game. When you want the best trading sim and also like wooden ship this is big time. When you own Port Royal I it is hard to recommend. I bought this full price and think it is worth it! A suppreme game has been made better! But its gameplay and qualitity is almost the same as version I. I give this 'addition' a 10 because I wonder why I ever stopped playing the previous version anymore. Did not find the time to compare. Expand
  2. Nov 14, 2013
    10
    The open ended gameplay is the fun part! The missions get boring over time, but the unlimited free play is what keeps it a winner. As for theThe open ended gameplay is the fun part! The missions get boring over time, but the unlimited free play is what keeps it a winner. As for the graphics: it is fairy 2D, but also sufficient for the game. At least the in town view looks better than Age of empires 2! Expand
  3. EdlismangeD.
    Aug 25, 2004
    10
    The first was class the music was class this one is class will be class class class.
  4. Nov 21, 2020
    7
    It's a cool game.

    There are several games: Sea Dogs (Corsairs), Sid Meier's The Pirates!, Port Royale. Sea dogs are more about sailing and
    It's a cool game.

    There are several games: Sea Dogs (Corsairs), Sid Meier's The Pirates!, Port Royale.
    Sea dogs are more about sailing and battles. The Pirates! are more about battles in an interactive way. Port Royale is about the economy. Long time ago Sea Dogs 3 reminded of Port Royale, but the game was a failure.

    Pros.:
    - Economy. Many different approaches to success.
    - Hints and tutorials. The game explains everything.
    - Atmosphere.
    - Versatility.

    Cons.:
    - Building the city - the most annoying part of the game.
    - Money issue is very serious. It's killing the interest. You're in a constant money loss situation. You have to improvise or gamble in each city to keep up.

    So far, this money is the only serious flaw. If they make the problem more gradual or let players earn more money through gambling would be nicer. Much nicer. Otherwise, it's just becoming annoying.
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  5. Oct 28, 2011
    7
    A well execute and enjoyable traders / pirates of the Carribean simulation. Play as pirate, privateer, or trader. Let down by the tacticalA well execute and enjoyable traders / pirates of the Carribean simulation. Play as pirate, privateer, or trader. Let down by the tactical ship battle aspect, which is OK but can get tedious and just doesn't work as a good gameplay mechanism. Also lacks sufficient detail and mechanisms for large-scale management of a trading empire, so a long game can degenerate into micromanagement hell. Still, some entertainment value here. Expand
  6. Dec 13, 2012
    6
    Economic empire sim based in the Carribean. You can control fleets, build production facilities, improve towns, collect bounties on pirates,Economic empire sim based in the Carribean. You can control fleets, build production facilities, improve towns, collect bounties on pirates, conquer ports for your nation... or just trade all day and count your money. There is a lot to learn and the UI takes some getting used to but there are plenty of tooltips and long tutorials (3-4 hours). There are 4 scenarios after the tutorials but the main draw is the free-play sandbox mode. At only $5 it's hard to go wrong picking this up. Expand
  7. Pete
    Sep 27, 2004
    3
    I have to say that despite having spent many hours on the first one, this just didnt have enough extras to stop me feeling like i had loaded I have to say that despite having spent many hours on the first one, this just didnt have enough extras to stop me feeling like i had loaded up port royale again. played microsoft pirates as a kid and dreamt about the possibilities which could follw on, but the developers have lacked in vision for over a decade now. very disappointing. Expand

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