The Star Traders RPG evokes memories of an old BBS door game. People who lived through the BBS era and regularly logged on to these systems knew the fun of Tradewars 2002. Star Traders increases the complexity and improves the graphics slightly.
Although the graphics are slightly are better than the ANSI graphics used in Tradewars, they are not high quality. The complex strategy of the game is more than enough to keep a player interested. When someone creates a character, he can choose a career path. Star Traders offers an explorer class, a captain class, a trader class, and a pirate class.
The strategy focuses on three key areas. Factions, trading, and crew morale can all make the difference between a good day and a bad day. Faction is by far the most confusing element of game play. A new player may find that he has alienated all but the Independent faction within the game if he does not pay attention to shifting alliances. He can rapidly go from a hero of a faction to a war criminal if he does not pay attention to the updates that come during game play.
Much like Tradewars, players must find a way to acquire and sell goods. Some players may pay attention to the prices at star ports. Other players may plunder enemy ships, and some may scout out remote planets to gain raw materials. A person can also trade in data..
The graphics are not the only flaw in Star Traders. The level of complexity makes it easy for a new player to make fatal mistakes. The critical messages fly by too fast, and crews lose morale too easily. Even the easy setting is equal to the hard settings in most other games.
This android tablet games bridges the gap between Tradewars 2002 and Eve Online. Anyone who wants to try the game can download the free version from the Google Play store and the iPad app store.