Tradewinds Odyssey

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Gameplay:★★☆☆☆ 
Graphics:★★★★☆ 
Sound:★★★★☆ 
Value:★★★☆☆ 
Fun Factor:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★¼☆ 

When I first saw this seafaring adventure game based on Classical Greek lore, I thought it would be cool to give it a try. You chose from different heroes, and build up a fleet of ships, buying and selling goods in the agoras at different ports in the Aegean Sea, and even do a little piracy. You buy and sell ships, like triremes and other battle and cargo ships from the time. There are also quests, but after a time, it was hard to find out where the quests were supposed to be.

I liked the fact that this game played similarly to the Chocolatier series, but while hunting down quests in that series was great, because they would pop up randomly along with your travels, it was not this way here. There were classical seafaring issues, bad weather, pirates, enemy vessels to take down, which made for great trading in goods at major cities along the Aegean and Peloponnesian coastlines, such as in olives, and other goods. Also, you took on ships, repaired your fleet at shipyards, and it came to the point where I felt like I was playing a game that was a cross between Pirates! and Chocolatier, but in an Ancient Greek setting. What a hot bit of a gaming mess!

There are many trading simulation games out there, but Tradewinds Odyssey, while trying to stay with the original Odyssey theme, was just too confusing, and not quite as creative at some others out there.