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: 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. The days of Empire aren’t the stuff of legends or songs any more. Indeed most people will meet mention of the East India Trading Companies with a vacant stare or a comment about someone called Jack Sparrow.
Excerpt: After releasing their first game last year, Nitro games continued to provide East India Company with a stream of DLC adding new features and modes to the core game. Now Paradox and Nitro are releasing East India Company Collection which includes the Designer’s Cut version of the game as well the DLC packs Pirate Bay, Privateer and Battle for Trafalgar for a nice low price point of $30.
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: 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 add-on Privateer is almost a “cozy” for fans of trading games.
Excerpt: I must commend developers for continuing to make classic strategy games and East India Company by Paradox Interactive is no exception to the rule. Combining the genres of war and economics, East India Company is the perfect game to get lost in, especially during the holidays as players attempt to monopolise the 17th century trade route as they battle their enemies in order to ensure that their items are the preferred purchases.