[52 Weeks Challenge] Week 4 – Your guilty pleasure game

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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.

Yes, these dirty tubs are almost the only “ships” you can afford…

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.

Something you could never afford

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.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. kmerrill8276 says:

    The first TMNT game on the NES. Used to be insanely good at it too.

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  2. My guilty pleasure game is Star Wars Bounty Hunter on the PlayStation 2. It was set between the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones films and had an interesting plot similar to a thriller film. The gameplay was very simple though and the graphics were not as high quality as other games at the same time.
    What did you find enjoyable about this game? I thought you would select a game from the Forbidden Games column.

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    1. benez256 says:

      I’ve actually though about a game among the forbidden ones but this one tops any other game. It’s always good even in 2018…


    2. pick3dlast says:

      I loved this game back in the day but I recently went back to replay it and just couldn’t get the backwards controls. Didn’t used to be a problem but after so long of being able to customize the sticks I think I’m spoiled. I just couldn’t play it…

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      1. Thanks for this comment, I have never met anyone else who has played this game. I suppose the controls are a little weird, particularly around marking bounties. How do you mean by backwards controls?

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      2. pick3dlast says:

        Backwards like inverted sticks. I can’t go back and play the old GTA games for the same reason.

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  3. log1932 says:

    “This is a game probably none of you have ever heard of…” – please, treat your audience with more respect 🙂
    Of course, I’ve heard about Ports of Call and even played it for a while on my Amiga, but I gave up after a dozen of hours. Why? Because I already had High Seas Trader, which is my own guilty pleasure.
    It’s somewhat similar to PoC, a game about sea trade, but you play in a completely different period with sailships and pirates. Honestly, HST is mediocre at best, as it has great pixel art and music but repetitive gameplay and clumsy combat mechanics, but I still play it again from time to time.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Oh, I beg pardon to my audience 🙂 I don’t know why but sea trading are a sort of a “standard” guilty pleasure games. They’re probably associated with ASMR…


  4. Red Metal says:

    I think Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures is the worst game I’ve reviewed on my site that I can still get a laugh out of. Then again, the novelty wears off pretty quick, and I could only ever see anyone enjoy it ironically.

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  5. pick3dlast says:

    Wow this game sounds like it’s right up my alley! I’ll have to look around for it.
    I don’t know if my pick would be considered a guilty pleasure, but I know it’s so old at this point people don’t take it seriously. But I still love playing it! Rome: Total War.

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