Patrician 3: Rise of the Hanse is the third video game of the Patrician series developed by Ascaron. The game was released in 2000 and it is a realistic simulator for trading, piracy, politics and economy. Even though this game is really old, it’s pretty awesome and it has everything you would expect from a strategy game. So, what’s it all about?
In the beginning of the game, you are just a humble shopkeeper. Your main goal is to expand your company through trade, business and politics. Initially, you get a small number of merchant ships, a small amount of money and an office. You will buy cheap goods and sell them at a higher price in other towns, in order to make profit. Of course, every town has its own specific needs regarding goods and every social class has its own requirement, that’s why you need a good economic strategy.
There are 3 social classes: the poor, the wealthy or the middle class and the rich. Beggars are also present, since the game is pretty realistic. Each class has different needs regarding housing and consumption. The poor live in modest households and demand beer and grain, while the rich wish to feast on fish and wine in their fancy homes. Your job is to satisfy everyone’s needs, so they will be happy and they will continue to live in your town and pay you rent. Apart from money, you also get a reputation, based on how you treat the citizens.
The game is super realistic, since you start at the smallest rank. The ranks are shopkeeper, trader, merchant, traveling merchant, councilor and patrician. You need to expand your business if you want to get to a higher rank. How can you do that? It’s simple: you need to construct new buildings, so you can offer people work and a place to live. Then, you should fulfill their demands and they will repay you with money and a good reputation. You can also get a great reputation if you hunt down pirates or make donations. So, what happens if you’re rich and loved by the people? Well, you will have a higher rank with more power and more responsibility. You will slowly start to make decisions regarding politic matters and you will need to protect your town. I could give away a bit more, but I will let you discover the rest on your own.
To conclude, this game is super realistic. You start at the bottom and work your way up. That’s what I love about it! It’s super challenging and fun. It doesn’t always offer immediate satisfaction and you really need to work hard for the things you want. Still, once you get what you want, you will surely want more, because it’s addictive. So, give it a chance! Try out your own strategy and become a rich, influential and respected member of the society! Good luck!