Mer­chants of Kaidan

A get-rich-quick scheme?

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS GAMES -

£4.49 De­vel­oper For­ever En­ter­tain­ment SA, games.for­ever-en­ter­tain­

Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, iOS 6.0 or later

Buy low, sell high, gain re­venge on your fam­ily’s enemies as time per­mits. Mer­chants of Kaidan is part trad­ing, part role­play­ing, but mostly a com­pli­cated game that throws ev­ery idea it can think of into the pot only to still end up feel­ing shal­low.

Dun­geon delv­ing. Knife games. Ex­plo­ration. It’s as if it re­alises that the ba­sic trad­ing isn’t des­per­ately ex­cit­ing, even though that’s ab­so­lutely its core. Sim­ply fig­ur­ing out the mys­te­ri­ous econ­omy takes many false starts, and it al­ways feels like the rest of the world is hav­ing a much bet­ter time in this beau­ti­ful world.

With more dra­matic de­ci­sions, à la King of Dragon Pass, it could have worked. As it is, it’s fine if trad­ing is your pas­sion, but mak­ing a for­tune feels more a job than a fan­tasy. Richard Cob­bett

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