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Port Royale 4

Posted by GG Goblin On October - 12 - 2020

Buy some corn, sell some corn, buy a boat and rule the Caribbean.

 
Endless beaches. Hot, sunny days and warm nights. A drink with an umbrella. That’s the dream. But the closest I think most of us can get right now would be to play Kalypso and Gaming Minds Studios’ 17th Century Caribbean trading strategy game, Port Royale 4. With some seven years since the last entry in the Port Royale series, fans chomping at the bit to get back to trading will be pleased that the wait is over. However, given the long wait and slightly niche appeal of the game, many gamers will be left wondering what Port Royale 4 is all about. Summing it up, buy low, sell high and avoid storms.

 


 
The goal of Port Royale 4 is pretty much to make money, simulating at least some of the thrill and difficulties of running an import export business in the Caribbean around this time. Where Port Royale 4 shines is in how much detail it goes into and how much control the player has.

 
At its most basic, the player begins by choosing a nationality from France, Spain, England or the Netherlands. These are the four countries that had control over much of the Caribbean at this time, and the nationality picked will dictate certain events and alliances along the way. However, with just a single ship to work with, the player must first start making some money.

 
The Caribbean islands are dotted with little towns, and each town will have a selection of products that it will produce. The products list is quite large, and of course no town will be able to make everything they need. This is where the player comes in, moving goods from one town that has an abundance to another that has little. Checking a town, it is easy to see how much of each product they have. The more they have of a product, the cheaper it is. Buy the cheap products up and sell them to a town that doesn’t have them. This is all dynamic though, as prices will go up and down as the player is buying, representing the product becoming more or less abundant.

 


 
So, starting in the players own town, work out what the town produces, load it up and head down the coast to the next town to see if they need it. The actual entire map in the game is pretty massive, and looks incredibly good. The player is able to zoom right in to see the buildings in the towns, but the more the player zooms in, the slower time moves, and so most players will find themselves zoomed out to the full map view for much of the game, allowing their little ships to move much faster.

 
It will not take too long for the player to start making money, which will lead to buying new ships to do more trade and make even more money. Buying and selling can be quite involved as the player is having to keep an eye on prices and the best places to sell. But with wealth and power comes the chance to delegate, and setting up trade routes for ships or fleets is not difficult. Set which towns to visit and what to buy or sell, and the route will work itself out and run without any necessary input. Of course, it is possible to get deeper with the system, such as setting prices and even tweaking the route to avoid troublesome areas of the map, but how deep the player goes is entirely up to them.

 


 
In the search for wealth, it will not take long to start looking into manufacturing the goods rather than having to buy them. Of course, a little bit of power and fame will certainly help with this, and so trying to complete the requests of the higher ups will give the player some notoriety, and before long they will be able to start actually developing their home town and beyond. From setting up farms or other production buildings, to attracting more people with homes, churches and taverns, this side of the game is very much akin to city builders, but on a smaller scale. It works well and gives the player something else to focus on.

 
Of course, it is not all smooth sailing. Conflict between the different controlling countries will lead to difficult and potentially dangerous times for any trade empire, and this is the time of pirates after all. Military ships can be added to fleets, complete with special Captains that bring tactics to the battles. The battles themselves have been made a big deal of with Port Royale 4 due to the introduction of turn-based naval battles. These battles are presented as a mini game of sorts and are not the most dynamic, often dragging for much longer than needed. While some may enjoy the battles, be it against pirates or whichever nation the players own nation currently has issue with, many others will largely avoid combat altogether or just auto-resolve as much as possible. It is a shame the combat isn’t better, but it doesn’t make the game any worse.

 
While much of the time in Port Royale 4 will be spent in the sandbox game, allowing players to live their full capitalist dreams, the game also comes with a nice selection of more focused campaigns and a full set of tutorial missions. The tutorials will take a while to play through, as there is a lot to learn, but are certainly worth checking out and they cover everything quite nicely.

 


 
Combat aside, Port Royale 4 is very good at what it does. The visuals are stunning to look at and really give that Caribbean feeling, while the satisfaction from watching the coffers gradually fill from all of those excellent trade deals is second to none. However, the game has a very narrow focus and will mostly involve watching little ships move around an incredibly large map, and players who will find that enjoyable are likely in the minority. With that said, anyone who fancies the idea of import and export in the beautiful Caribbean need not look anywhere else. Port Royale 4 has sun, sand, sea and the chance to make loads of money.

 

 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 



 

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