'Fortune Winds: Ancient Trader'
ESRB rating: Everyone
Review rating: 2.5 stars
Pirates are almost as popular as zombies nowadays, and the turn-based title, "Fortune Winds: Ancient Trader," lets players sail the high seas during the 16th century in search of fame and fortune. In an attempt to appeal to both core and casual gamers, each adventure is packed with choices but is also very brief. Sadly, the result is a title that grows old within the first couple of hours.
Promising sea captains begin their nautical adventure by exploring the ocean to find sea ports that buy and sell various goods. Then they must build their wealth through pure capitalism: buy low, and sell high. After upgrading their ship and finding three artifacts hidden in various locations, players must find and destroy the insidious Kraken.
Trading is the main focus of this game, and there's even a mode that focuses solely on trading and eliminates the need to kill the Kraken. However, players will discover that certain trade routes are much more profitable than others. As a result, exploring takes a backseat to effective trading, which makes each game even shorter.
Action fans won't be thrilled by this title's turn-based combat because it relies on using cards in a similar fashion to the famous card game, "War." Both the player and the enemy choose cards from a deck, and whichever card has the highest attack score wins. Some variety is thrown into the mix by having three types of attacks, but the combat is still unimpressive.
Since each game can last as short as 30 minutes, the developers added a hot seat multiplayer mode for up to four players to compete against each other. Unfortunately, this mode isn't any more impressive than the single player adventure. With just a few tweaks and some additional content, "Fortune Winds: Ancient Trader" could be worth more than a bottle of rum!