Merchants of Kaidan
A get-rich-quick scheme?
£4.49 Developer Forever Entertainment SA, games.forever-entertainment.com
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