Tradewinds 2 Review

Sail the Caribbean in search of wealth and high adventure in this breezy, simple, and entertaining game of trade and ship combat.

Tradewinds 2 is a whimsical take on the life of a privateer who sails the high seas, trades broadsides with pirates, and makes friends and foes in the Caribbean at the turn of the 18th century. The game is quite simple to play, and it's easy both to buy low and sell high throughout the Caribbean isles, as well as to sink opposing ships seeking to do you in. Despite the relative lack of challenge and a fairly plain, cartoonish presentation, Tradewinds 2 succeeds at being surprisingly fun and addictive. Clearly inspired by the classic Sid Meier's Pirates!, Tradewinds 2 is briskly paced and delivers the satisfaction of the process of earning enough money to afford bigger, better stuff.

You'll gradually upgrade your ship while going on dozens of different quests that will send you all around the Caribbean every which way. New isles and stronger foes gradually reveal themselves, and you can also find special items that can aid your travels. The game's missions can be fairly amusing, and though combat in Tradewinds 2 happens almost automatically, it's still fun to watch hundreds of cannonballs sailing through the air, smashing into hulls or splashing harmlessly into the sea.

The Good
Fast-paced, addictive design lets you easily travel, trade, and do battle
Lots of quests and multiple ship types help give this one good lasting value
Combat is almost completely automated but still has a satisfying feel
The Bad
Simplistic structure sacrifices complexity and depth for ease of use
So-so presentation might grow on you but doesn't give a good first impression
7.2
Good
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  • First Released Apr 5, 2005
    released
    • iOS (iPhone/iPad)
    • PC
    • Windows Mobile
    Tradewinds 2 is a strategy game in which players collect loot, plunder ships, and engage in battles on land and at sea.
    7.4
    Average Rating87 Rating(s)
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    Developed by:
    Handmark, Sandlot Games, Astraware
    Published by:
    Handmark, Sandlot Games, Shockwave Productions, Astraware
    Genre(s):
    Management, Strategy
    Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
    Everyone 10+
    Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Mild Animated Violence, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Language