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  • Summary: Set sail and join the colonial powers of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands in their fight for supremacy of the Caribbean in the 17th century. In 'Port Royale 4' you will take control of a colony as a young and ambitious governor, eager to learn what it takes to manage and grow theirSet sail and join the colonial powers of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands in their fight for supremacy of the Caribbean in the 17th century. In 'Port Royale 4' you will take control of a colony as a young and ambitious governor, eager to learn what it takes to manage and grow their small settlement into a bustling trader city.
    Develop production chains connecting multiple islands and create complex trade routes across the Caribbean, covering the ever-growing needs of the respective cities. Make use of the detailed sea map to avoid stormy weather regions, cliffs or shallow waters. Fulfil tasks for your nation's viceroy, earning more fame to unlock town buildings, ships and more. Conquer the cities of rival nations or hunt down their fleets with a letter of marque while also keeping a keen eye out for pirates and other privateers.
    For the first time in the series, naval battles will be turn-based, with up to 8 ships battling at one time and tactical captain maneuvers that can turn the tide in even the most hopeless of situations for a glorious victory.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Sep 25, 2020
    80
    A good management game with superb visuals, offering enough freedom to let you build your own merchant empire in the Caribbean to your heart’s content.
  2. Sep 25, 2020
    79
    Old-school trading simulation with clumsy handling. The real-time sea battles of the predecessors have been replaced with turn based combat.
  3. Oct 12, 2020
    70
    It’s not to say that Port Royale 4 is a bad game. It’s just unambitious. It fails to distinguish itself in any way. It’s a good distraction for a few hours, but not a title many will find themselves returning to in the long run.
  4. Sep 25, 2020
    68
    Lovers of city-building will be left unsatisfied because it plays a more minor (and less interesting) role in the game than one would hope, but I would recommend Port Royale 4 to fans who have played the series before or for those who love a mix between resource management and strategy. For anyone else who falls somewhere in between, I may recommend that you wait for a price-drop.
  5. Sep 28, 2020
    65
    Port Royale 4 is a big game that puts all of its eggs into one basket: trading. This leaves other parts such as building and sea combat very basic for such an involved title. If you are into min-maxing and being on top of a great many things to keep your trading empire the best version of itself, you will have a blast in PR4. However, if you are someone who generally likes strategies and wants to have a good time conquering the 17th-century Caribbean, you might get bored due to the lack of other activities to pursue.
  6. Oct 27, 2020
    60
    Overall, the experience of Port Royale 4 ends up feeling stretched a little thin.
  7. Oct 2, 2020
    40
    Even for the niche audience that this game is aimed at, I imagine this will be too unintuitive and exhausting. With a better user interface and some quality of life improvements, I could see how this game could be enjoyable for everyone and not just history buffs. As it is right now, Port Royale 4 is great for those who love crunching numbers, but probably won't be much for those who want to play a video game.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 27, 2020
    8
    A game that currently has a mix of "good things" and "flaws" ..

    the 3D map is a huge step up from its predecessors, with no uploads. In
    A game that currently has a mix of "good things" and "flaws" ..

    the 3D map is a huge step up from its predecessors, with no uploads. In addition, the close-up zoom offers beautiful landscapes.
    Turn-based combat gives battles an extra bit of strategy, while city construction has been enhanced with building bonuses and penalties.

    What is wrong with PR4?
    First of all, the repetitive and not very funny quests.
    Competition from rival merchants is not felt during the game
    We need more depth in naval battles, more strategy.
    deposits are excessively expensive.
    Treasure hunts are too simplified by "find the central map piece"

    you need more depth of play and strategy ..
    The devs have said they will expand and update the game. I trust these defects will be fixed.

    but overall it's a good game
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  2. Nov 15, 2020
    7
    Игра в лучших своих традициях, но недостатков много, главный минус, однообразность зашкаливает. Второй момент сражения унылые, в третьихИгра в лучших своих традициях, но недостатков много, главный минус, однообразность зашкаливает. Второй момент сражения унылые, в третьих автоматические торговые судна катаются и приносят Вам кучу денег, смысла в торговли после пару часов игры пропадает. А так в целом неплохо, на пару дней поплавать. 7/10 Expand