Conclusion: Still, as niche strategy games go, this is one of the better ones. A good blend of economics and warfare, Paradox fans and newcomers alike should like it. Those who liked the new trade system in Empire will love this game, as whilst not being perfect, it sure as hell is addictive.
Excerpt: As any of ye scurvy dogs who've served with John Company know, 'tis a curious blend of amassing mountains of gold by trading in diverse commodities, and smashing elegantly-rendered sailing vessels into kindling.
Pros: Lots of sea battles, Less accountancy, Good graphics, sound fx
Cons: What about the wind?, High System reqs, Simplified gameplay
Excerpt: Have you ever dreamt of a simpler life? A life where the things expected of you are more demanding yet even more satisfying? A more haphazard existence, making ends meet amidst the foam and the welcoming arms of the sea? No? Fair enough.
Summary: While East India Company’s strategic gameplay is somewhat flawed, it is still enjoyable. The ship battles, however, are well done and show off some impressive graphics by a small independent studio. It might not be as “hardcore” or “realistic” as some people crave, but it’s still quite fun.
Excerpt: East India Company: Pirate Bay is an expansion pack that allows you to play as a pirate. Your goal is to make as much money as possible in thirty years. They say it’s a twenty year campaign but if my math is correct, 1650-1680 is thirty years.
Excerpt: Mystery fiction has a genre called “cozies”. These books have regular characters readers know well and fairly predictable storylines; innovation is kept to a minimum. After several patches and a major re-write that changes play significantly, East India Company with the Designer’s Cut edition and...