Merchant Prince II Review

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Publisher: Take-Two Interactive
Developer: Holistic Design

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium 166 MHz, 32 MB RAM, 4x CD ROM, 2 MB video card, 300 MB HD space

Merchant Prince II is a turn-based strategy and exploration game, that places up to 4 players in control of a merchant family in Renaissance Venice. Players can explore the world to establish profitable trade routes, or intervene in Venetian and Church politics to become the leading family and trading house in the world.

Rating: (Yes, that's a zero out of five)
Rob de los Reyes

The music in Merchant Prince II is adequate. In fact, Holistic Design should have pressed an audio CD and cut their losses. Merchant Prince was originally released in 1993, and was rereleased in 1995 as Machiavelli the Prince. When the FI staff played this game in 1995, it was somewhat awkward, and a little behind the technology of the time, but a lot of fun. Holistic Design chose to rerelease the game mid-2001 to make the game accessible to Windows users, as the original games were DOS games. While the game will start in Windows, the updates made to the game are cosmetic and minor, and it only barely runs. Now it plays like a game made in 1996 or perhaps 1997, but the game feels more buggy that the original release, and learning just to operate the interface let alone end a turn is an epic struggle. Playing this remake just ruins the memories of the original game. A plague on their house.

So what's the real problem with this game? It doesn't work. Most of the time, the game crashes before you can complete a single turn. Don't bother with this one, no matter how fond your memories.

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