Tired of the 30 days game challenge? Enjoy my own personal revisitation of a classic challenge! Instead of 30 daily posts that fill an entire month, this challenge is more diluted in time and it will cover all the year 2018. 52 weeks, 52 questions to understand who’s the person behind this blog. Me!
Week 4 – Your guilty pleasure game
This is a game probably none of you have ever heard of. I made one of my first reviews about it and you can read it here.
It’s Ports of Call which is a simulation game, a managerial one, to be more precise, in which you’re the owner of a trading company. Your business is base on buying and selling goods and commodity and import/export them in every corner of the world. In order to do it you have to build your own fleet of ships, select a registration port and then start playing. There are 28 ports available in every continent and every turn you load goods in one port and you deliver them in another one: the “driving forse” is, of course, the profit: you have to try to maximize it deliversing the right stuff in the right place.
Of course there’s always someone or something that stands in your way: you start with 4 millions $ and with that sum you can just buy something that calling ship would be an offense even for a raft. This means that you have to spend a lot of money to repair it just in order to keep it afloat. The other problem is that the hold of the ship is small so you can carry a small quantity of goods and therefore your profit is thin, considering also the expenses in fuel and tolls if you have to pass from Suez or Panama.
Other pain in the ass? Someone can always steal money from your office, you can end up in a war zone that will damage your ship, bad weather can delay your travel (very dangerous if you have to be on time to avoid paying penalties), icebergs in sight, strikes in the ports or simply your shitty ship can sink.
The game however is filled with a light humor and, although far from perfection and rather crude graphically speaking, its easy gameplay ensures hours and hours of play. It is a game that was never distributed widely since it’s more like and amatorial project, but if you happen to find it you should definitely give it a try.
Some versions that you can find are a bit easier (the original game is quite tough and if you want to make profit you have to ve very patient and very lucky) and introduce some “rewards”: for example you can decide to smuggle goods and get bribed to deliver “unspecified” files.
The original game is from 1987 but I’ve always had a copy on every PC and laptop I’ve had. I have a saved game I keep playing from years and only now I’m getting rich beyond belief. If you want to have a look on the gameplay just check here.