Rare Treasures: Dinnerware Trading Company
Surprisingly fun tycoon game
I kept passing it over before I decided to give it a try anyways. I found it surprisingly fun, and just the right challenge. Well, some of the manufacturing challenges were too easy, but others did give a bit of a challenge. The 5 item items kept me on my toes!
I thought the graphics were fine, but of course it's different for anyone.
Also, only a person who appreciates the beauty of the dinnerware can enjoy this game. To anyone else, it's lame as anything. Personally I don't care too much for dinnerware, but I still enjoyed the game and I did love some of the designs (such as the Mehrgarh India set)
My only complaint is that in the book, you can't find out where everything can be bought, and all the locations that they can be found. I -know- that such-and-such a country isn't the only one that's selling X.
Heehee.. and I appreciate the character Hanni. You'll find out why when you play the game ;3
February 12, 2012
A Great TM Game
Similar to the Chocolatier and Winemaker games, this one builds on how to make china. The best thing about this is that it is not timed; you can go at your own speed. Figuring out how to design and produce the china is one of the most engaging things about the game. You still have to go through setting up the production as you did in the other games.
Supplies and missions are found globally when you are tasked to go around the world in order to fill your orders. Making money and china are relatively easy to do. I like this game and find it relaxing and yet somewhat strategy driven. Taking the time to read about the various china designs and why they're produced in certain countries is also intriguing and educational. I highly recommend this game if you liked Chocolatier or Winemaker games!
January 15, 2012
This Is A Fun Filled Time Management Game!
I bought this game two days ago, & haven't stopped playing it! If you liked Chocolatier and/or Chocolatier Decadence By Design games, Rare Treasures - Dinnerware Trading Company is a must have game for you collection! This game has it all...World travel, Hunt down new china Blueprints to expand your business. The more you progress, the more challenging the game gets (& the china Blueprints, harder to find!) I would definitely recommend this game!
April 11, 2013
A game for the Chocolatier-aholics
While manufacturing dinnerware is agreeably an odd concept, this game will satisfy the die-hard fans of the Chocolatier series. Chocolatier is unique in its own right, and even though Winemaker Extraordinaire is the same genre, W.E. still wanes in comparison to the delights of playing Chocolatier. Rare Treasures, I think, is better in some ways than W.E. I'm sure all of us who are crazy about Chocolatier will agree that we have not been able to find a substitute for Chocolatier, because there are none! So we continue to play the Chocolatier series over and over because of it. I think this game will help break the monotony. If you like Chocolatier, you will most likely enjoy this game. If you're a Chocolatier-psycho, like me, you will want to own this game! :-) It's a good game; just a weird idea for the product being manufactured.
January 29, 2012
You got to love pottery...
This game is worth it just to look at the finished ware. It is always good to look at beautiful objects, and while the gameplay can be VERY repetitive the visuals are nice enough that you forgive it a lot.
There is even a bit of a storyline that you got to unravel.
There are three basic minigames, a rerrange tile puzzle, a memory game (made easy by the numbers) and a fast click game rearranging elements before they disappear. This last one, even if you do poorly you manage. You may have to do two or three more firings, that's all. And then, of coruse you need to have the elements, but you cannot know what you need until you start production.and then you have to hunt the supplies all over the globe (hint: shop in the countty were the style comes from).
A good way to spend a lazy afternoon.
October 18, 2013
Cheap Imitation of Chocolatier series
I found the subject of the game interesting, but the mechanics had problems at times that made the game frustrating. For instance, sometimes I would click the button to make a batch of dinnerware at one factory and it would make a batch at another factory instead. If I was short on supplies AND time, I had to travel to the nearest supplier and re-buy what I need in order to fill the order.
I enjoyed the Chocolatier series, and I enjoyed this game, but it isn't the quality of game that Chocolatier is.
April 30, 2013
Good Time wasting Game
I enjoy this type of game with being given tasks to do to go and perform the tasks and then deliver the goods.
This is no way near as good as Chocolatier but it is very enjoyable anyway.
The mini games of the shaping and the glazing get very very tedious though after you have done it something like 100 times. They were not very challenging so it was just a boring necessity to do them.
All in all a good game which I am glad that I bought and it does have some replay ability to it.
February 5, 2013
Somewhat repetitious but interesting on its own terms and can be difficult at some points
The "Rare Treasures: Dinnerware Trading Company" game has a kind of a mix of genres in it.
The game is partly a "trade" game and have some "adventure" elements but unless one just wants to "aimlessly" "travel around" and buy , produce and sell then the the game play is mostly focused on the players ability to recognize, memorize and fast mouse click rearrange graphics (as in picture parts, colors and "picture" representation of objects). This consists of somewhat repetitious "mini games" within the game where the player have to recognize, memorize and fast mouse click rearrange graphics. While this is kind of repetitious then the difficulty gets higher as the game progresses and with respect to this then it is actually a lot like many "time manager" games....
If someone is "turned off" by the idea that the game is about "Dinnerware" then ofcourse this is not a game to buy but if understood that the "Dinnerware" is just the "wrapping" for the general gameplay then it is as entertaining as any other game of its kind....
I think that the game can be entertaining and thus worth buying but the game IS repetitious and some of the "mini games" will probably be very challenging to "master" as the game progresses... I am at my fouth set of "Dinnerware" (Russian) and I already find it challenging to "master" "production line setup" and while difficulty is raised then the game has still become somewhat repetitious - so I guess that the "Rare Treasures: Dinnerware Trading Company" game is a game that one should take a turn at once in a while rather than expecting to play in long streches unless one like the repetition and the level of challenges).
June 18, 2012
It would've been a nice game if the product was something other than dinnerware. I love chocolatier series but this game was just too boring
November 16, 2012
Dinner plates?! Seriously??
This game's style is similar to Chocolatier. You buy supplies, make stuff, sell stuff, travel for new supplies, etc. However, chocolate is nice - lots of people like chocolate - but dinner plates?! I don't know how anybody even came up with the idea, let alone thought it would be a good basis for a computer game. I loved Chocolatier, but I just can't seem to muster the same enthusiasm to make dinner plates.
The graphics are horrible in full screen (though not too bad windowed). The mini-games to set production amounts are really boring and simple so far. I'm not sure I can bear to play much more to see if they improve.
It also seems quite buggy so far. For example, during the Tutorial, a box pops up when you need to buy something and in order to complete the step, you have to click 'I know how to play' and bypass the tutorial.
The loading screen when travelling to new cities seems unnecessarily long for such shoddy graphics. I think the actual loading is taking far less time but the little graphic of the train hooting has to be played out.
Erm, anyway. Not much more to say. Hopefully there are some dinner plate fanatics out there who will cherish this game. Otherwise, I fear that the makers may have rather wasted their time.
January 16, 2012