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Name / Category: Tradewinds 2 / Games
What it costs: $2.99 on sale (normal price $4.99)
What it is: A port of an old PC game about visiting ports.
Why you should buy it: Because you have an addictive personality and some misguided, internet-era obsession with pirates and the Caribbean that the makers of this game could not possibly have foreseen, and therefore exploited, back in the 1990s. Thank god for the iPhone, then, as the current rights holders and publishers will finally be able to make good on their foolhardy investment from nearly two decades ago. If they’re really lucky, their children will start calling them again. From jail.
Why you shouldn’t: If you already played Chocolatier, a game that shamelessly ripped off the look and gameplay essence of this classic title, you might not want to revisit the old sail-around-the-world-making-money genre. Of course, Chocolatier did remove all the pirates, sea battles, and general fun found in Tradewinds 2 in order to include a realistic simulation of chocolate manufacturing – complete with catapults, giant ingredient icons, and indoor ferris wheels. Tradewinds 2 also feels a little more ‘adult’, that is to say people drown at sea by your scurvy hand.
Alright, fine, I’ll give a rating: 4/5
Below: Tradewinds 2 (touching any of the buildings shows their names)
Below: Chocolatier’s port view
Below: Chocolatier’s action puzzle replacement for sea battles.