Conclusion: As of means of conquest by trade, Patrician IV is a good solid example that will offer merchant gamers something to chew on. If however you like a bit more turbulence as you lift yourself up and forge a seafaring empire then you’ll likely find yourself distracted as it can get boring once you...
Conclusion: Patrician IV does a lot of things right, but ultimately it is the same game as its predecessor. The changes are a bit too subtle to speak of a real sequel. It is obvious that the developers were struggling with the transition to 3D.
Conclusion: that players can look at, and all of them feel strangely cramped, even when you're in the midst of a naval duel with pirates on the high seas. The level of detail on buildings in towns and ships out on the water is very nicely done.
Summary: In Patrician IV, the player takes on the role of a young merchant in the area of the Baltic and North Sea during the late Middle Age, the zenith of the Hanseatic League and its naval trading empire.
Summary: The Hanseatic League was a loose confederation of trading cities that flourished on the northern coast of Europe during the late Middle and early Modern Ages. They are an interesting example of the effects of trade on otherwise isolated cities.
A wave of tedium nearly sinks this medieval trading game.
6 October 2010
Summary: In the Middle Ages, the worldly merchants of the Hanseatic League rejected both the drudgery of serfdom and the solitude of the cloister, instead embracing an enterprising life of supplying foreigners with cheap mead, dominating city politics, and, on occasion, hunting pirates.
Pros: Cool political intrigue, Mayoral privileges deepen gameplay, It's satisfying to get filthy rich off trade
Excerpt: Before I go any further I think it bears mentioning - this isn't really a game for me. Or you, for that matter. Or just about anybody else, except for people with an interest in the Middle-Ages seaborne empire of Northern Europe known as the Hanseatic League. Anybody? No?
Pros: Strangely compelling, Unique setting, Well balanced
Cons: Somewhat straighforward, No real conflict, Weak combat subgame