Great boardgame and can be played with the family!
I really loved this game, to me it is like a combo of the games Life and Monopoly. It is a game that the kids and I can play together on the computer which I really enjoy. I demo'd the game before it came out and actually kept it installed on my computer until they released the full game lol, if that tells you how much I liked it (even though the demo was limited). Graphics were good, I had no problems at all with the game. It doesn't seem to put everything in the same place #besides property names) as far as I can tell so far. I have actually spent hours and hours at a time playing this game, I warn you you may find it highly addictive. I didn't have problems with any lag, music I can't really speak to as I have my sound basically off. If you like board games that require some thinking and strategy I encourage you to give this game a whirl.
November 16, 2011
Boardgame: Cross of Life and Monopoly
I really enjoyed Trade Mania during the 60 min demo period and wound up purchasing it on the power of the first campaign. The game reminds me a lot of a cross between Monopoly and Life. Your goal is to "dominate" a city (Seattle, Paris, etc.) by owning most of the property and outcompeting your rivals. You do this by accumulating cash and purchasing properties; where you move and what property is available depends on the roll of the dice (though there are "cards" you can purchase that will give you a little bit of wiggle room on the board, e.g. +1 space, -2 spaces, etc). You can also buy and sell commodities that you tote around in your "vehicle" (you start with enough space for 2 and can "upgrade" your vehicle for cash when you land on the appropriate spots in the game), which can yield extra $ as well. Each time you finish crossing over the entire board and pass Start, you collect a salary of $20,000. There are also "Events" that can happen to you along the way (like having an accident and winding up in the hospital).
Clearly, I enjoyed the game (I purchased it, didn't I?) What prevents me from rating it higher is the fact that like Monopoly, it can get repetitive after a while, especially when it is down to you and one other person and you are waiting for them to run out of money so that they will be forced to sell buildings, then properties, so that you can finally accumulate enough to win. Overall, entertaining though.
January 31, 2012
Fun game I have it in my game manager. I play it every day. It its a game I do not get tired of. It does not play the same twice. I live in the Seattle area so it was fun to see properties that I reconize. Love love it.
November 15, 2011
When I first bought this game, I thought it was a mistake because I don't play card/board games. Then I realized when I was playing Trade Mania I didn't want to stop until I finished the whole challenge after 3-4 hours later. I got hooked so becareful when you are playing Trade Mania, its addictive. What can I say more, I am Trade Mania addiction.
November 18, 2011
Very Entertaining Family Game
If Monopoly had been invented in the age of computers, it would have been done like this. Even the kids will enjoy this since all of the accounting is done by the computer. This isn't a "quick" game. Like Monopoly this will take a while to play. Besides the classic concept of buying properties and putting buildings on them, this adds the twist of buying and selling an assortment of investment items (water, tea, seafood, lights, and many others) that can effect your game by skilled investing in buying low and selling high. There are a lot of twists that come along unexpectedly, like being hospitalized from an accident (it won't cost you anything if you were smart enough to buy medical insurance), or you might win the lottery. If you want a change of pace from the hidden objects, brick busters, or match three games, this could be what you've been looking for.
December 3, 2011
Addictive, updated Monopoly-like game!
This is one of my top three favorite games ever! It's a similar concept to Monopoly, but better! There are three city settings - Seattle, Paris, and New York, surprisingly well done. It has Campaign and Custom Game options. Campaigns have specific objectives and rewards, and are great for learning how the game works, how to strategize. And there is a lot of strategy involved to come out ahead. Custom Games are very fun - good for more advanced players. You can choose how many players to play against - live or computer players, and difficulty levels. Very addictive, fun, can be played over and over with equal enjoyment. Highly recommend!
November 22, 2011
Monopoly, Only Fun!
Trade mania is a really great title that shares its core mechanics with games like Monopoly. However, unlike the board game, Trade Mania actually offers a very significant strategic component with the goods trading mechanic. You will absolutely need to be wise with your property purchases and your choice of goods. Upgrading your properties is essential. However, upgrading your vehicle may be more so because trading is the key to building a large surplus of cash.
Unfortunately, the game does suffer from some of the same late game problems that plague Monopoly - particularly in that once you have upgraded your load capacity and established a profitable trading plan, it is near impossible to lose as long as you also control a decent amount of property. The end game then consists of sitting through round after round maintaining your trades and building up your properties as you wait for your opponents to land on them and pay you off. It is a slow and monotonous progress.
However, all in all, the game is a truly fantastic test of strategy. I highly enjoyed it.
February 12, 2012
From the logo and advertisement, I didn't think this was a game I'd enjoy (assuming it to be another city builder), but to my delight it was a lovely economic boardgame. They took Monopoly, and they made it FUN! =)
November 18, 2011
Excellent "Monopoly" like game
"Trade Mania" is an excellent "Monopoly" like game.
However , though "Monopoly" like then in "Trade Mania" you can also trade at most every spot you move to, your own as well as that owned by others. Also "Trade Mania" allows you to buy cards that will add +/- 1 or 2 step forwards and backwards card , as option if at hand , as well as other card that one can use strategically (I won't describe it too much not to to spoil the game for anyone).
Though the game at the first level (where the trial level is) seems reasonably easy then it becomes much harder already at the second level.
It is also possible , by game play , to unlock a game mode where each "challenge" can be played at custom set difficulty level. (I do however miss that one can not set the level of what one have to own to 100% , or bankrupt all other players to win level one or any other levels - I think that that would have been fun). In this custom mode I think that it also allows for playing against other "human" players - in what ever way that is done/posssible......
The game can take a long time to win - I think that I used 3 hours on level 2 - and people should also understand that if they do not enjoy the long game play and if they can not enjoy the repetiveness of the tasks which is basically the same , though how game can be played and what strategy is applied evolves as/if you get more money in the game , then people should not buy the game.
If one likes the game then I guess that it has some re-playability , if by nothing else then , through the custom game settings....
I think that the game is fairly nice though the repitiveness of the tasks can be a little bit boring.....
April 21, 2012
If you like monopoly...
This game is very similar to monopoly. You have to buy up properties before your opponents do and then compete to bankrupt each other. But you can earn extra money by being business savvy and purchasing goods at a low price and then selling them in another location at a high price.
November 11, 2011