Offworld Trading Company I got it from the Community Giveaway, donated by BKGaming, thanks again guys
Yet another game that I eventually enjoyed a lot but only after changing my expectations about it. I thought it’s a trading simulator. Well, it does sound like this, doesn’t it? Wrong! It’s not really a trading simulator! I would say it’s a fast paced RTS but without standard military units. You fight your opponents by more sophisticated means like hacking, manipulating and finally taking over. You still don’t believe me that it’s not a typical trading game? Then allow me to say this: playing without AI opponents is completely pointless and boring. And it should be fine for a trading game. And the other thing is you have only two markets available for trade: the local colony or you can ship your goods offworld. It’s not that much, isn’t it?
OK, so what’s this all about? Well your task is to build, extract and produce various resources and then to sell them with a profit. Everything is very simple and automated. The catch is you can only build a few structures before you run out of "claims". By upgrading your HQ you can get more but eventually you’ll reach the final limit. And believe me, it’s not much. So while you may still have a good production line for every resource available you will have to focus on some of them and accept the fact that you can’t get all of them in unlimited quantities. Obviously, you have to choose wisely. But what if the prices change and once profitable resource is not worth much anymore? In that case you should try less legal option like hacking the system and spreading a word that the particular resource will be scarce soon. That should bring the price to a high level again. What if it doesn’t help much? Well, you can try to send them offworld, maybe the price is better there.
What if it’s still not enough? How about starting a mutiny in your opponent’s factory so that they produce the resources for you? Obiously the resource which is pretty expensive at the moment. Or hiring a pirate to steal some expensive goods? Or… well, I won’t spoil the game for you, learning all those little trick is fun indeed!
But believe me: the competition is very intense, especially at higher AI options. As I said before many parts of the game are a bit simplistic so it was easier to make your opponents managing the business really well. They will play dirty tricks on you too! In fact, you can learn a lot from their behavior. In the end your task is to take over every rival company. It’s not easy but manageable. The things happen pretty fast (there is an active pause button though) so finishing each mission takes usually 0.5-1 hour.
Is it a good game? Yes but only if you stop thinking about it as a trading simulator. Do I plan to buy the shitload of DLCs? That depends, at the moment I’m satisfied with game and some minor additions are not that appealing for me, especially at the full price. Maybe during a sale… Full list