Trade Mania 2
A Different Take on Monopoly
The demo kept my interest even though I did not get to finish the first level. I played against 2 virtual competitors, who seemed competent (although I was winning!). You buy properties, and then charge rent when your opponent lands on them. Also, you get to choose one of three upgrades -- factory, hotel or supermarket. Additionally, you can buy and sell goods at each site, whether you own it or not -- good for adding several $$$ to your balance. There is also a generous casino, plus you receive a yearly salary. Don't land on the taxes circle, however -- it took over half of my income. I think this is a buy, if only to see what happens next!
April 15, 2013
A monopoly for the computer
I did play the first game but this for me excels in all areas. The free hour flew by and I was only just beginning to experience the full depth of the game. I usually avoid board games on the computer as normally they are just computerised versions of 'offline' board games. This game however takes the concept of monopoly and turns it into a full blown computer only board-game, (I think it would have been impossible to make an offline board game of this) there is a lot of depth and variety to the game (I especially like the 'casino' square), and the fact that you can build on different owned buildings, but with a variety of buildings each with a different 'payback' (e.g a supermarket or factory etc) for each building, this adds further strategy to the game.
Also there are extra tasks to complete which will give you further funds (though ironically one of the tasks was that you got $50000 for mortgaging your first property).
There is not much of a storyline to the game (hence no marks for this), you have got challenges though for each of the cities which a bit of competition to the game), The music is mainly soundbites, and there is not one continuous track, but saying that the music is not 'offensive' and is not of course integral to the game so you could of course play without sound (or play some of your own music), so that isn't really a problem.
This game is good when you want a complete stress free (ish), game and don't want to worry about finding objects in HO scenes, solving puzzles to advance or clearing debris in TM games.
I heartily recommend this game and is a definite keeper for me.
April 21, 2013
Fun, could be more challenging
I loved this game the moment I started playing. It's got the best of traditional board games with a trade twist that means you're constantly building your empire and having to keep on top of prices to work out profit margins. It's also very satisfying to reap the rewards of your investments (and when you get to snap up a bargain). After achieving the goals and winning a couple of times though, you hit on the right formula and from there is just a matter of time before you complete the level so it can wind up repetitive. The game play and visuals are very smooth. It can feel a bit slow at times if you've got lots of AIs on the board and I'd love to see an additional dimension that affects gameplay (e.g. trade goods can affect rent prices) I'm going to keep it for a rainy day though.
July 26, 2013
Enjoyed the original and love this one as well. recommend for even the beginner gamer. Great family fun.
April 27, 2013
Great game but...
It's a great game but it only has 3 areas and I wish it had more. I've played and won all 3 and it only too about 2 weeks of playing off and on. Now I'm probably not going to play the game again. If I had of known that it only had 3 sections, I would not have bought it. It's a lot of fun and I really wish there were more sections. Most games have 20-40.
April 30, 2013
Could have been better!
Loved Trade Mania so bought #2 hoping for great things! Sorry to disappoint. I liked the improvements, but there are so many more they could have done to make this an excellent game. Impossible to win if playing with human players! Limit the # of times to buy cards, allow buildings right up front, let the players take the risk; don't punish ambition with a storm! Allow human players to buy shares in other human players' companies . . . only way to win?!? Hope they put a lot more thought into Trade Mania 3, but I'll probably buy it.
October 24, 2013
Where's the rest of the game?
Excellent, simple but sublime economics and real estate game. Very clever, I was hooked before the end of the first city. The second city upped the ante. The third was a good challenge. And then the game ended. What? Yes, it ended. That's it - three cities. I was hoping for twelve or twenty. At the very least the designers could have had Easy, Normal and Hard difficulty settings making the game worth another run-through. Just as I was mastering the game mechanics and looking forward to the next challenge, the game said "Thank you for playing and have a nice day". Huh? This is a 5 star game that left me wondering what happened to the rest of it. Too cool a premise to be cut so short. A game editor would also be nice. Allow folks to make their own scenarios. Anyway, it's a can't miss it game that will leave you wanting more. Hopefully Trade Mania 3 will be out soon. Just think of of it as buying a full game in installments.
May 8, 2013
Nice Change from HO Games
Based on demo.
Nice twist on the Monopoly game, it still gives you events and cards to use (think get of jail free or tax-free day). You can also trade goods to increase your bankroll. You have options of building on your property with a good ol' hotel or get a smaller steady income.
Not the best graphics/storyline, but nice just the same. Great diversion from the glut of HO games at Big Fish (I love 'em, but give us a variety).
April 20, 2013
Great game.Monopoly with a twist.
Bit like Monopoly. I thought it was going to be a bit complicated but it really is not !
So good to have some NON hidden object games again.
thanks Big Fish
April 18, 2013
Bought it while playing the Vancouver level. Had a lot of fun, then found the San Francisco level impossible to win. 8hs of it just going on and on, with only one person bankrupt. Seems impossible with second level having 4 people. everyone gets a small pie 1st time around the board and no one can truly dominate especially with computer opponents already having properties and hotels before the level even starts. Gave up and started over and over and over again trying to figure out a strategy in the 1st few rounds to dominate early. It's gotten a little frustrating. But if you're stubborn it will keep you busy for a long time trying to get past the second level. lol
April 17, 2013