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.