Tai-Pan by Ocean

taipangamePublisher: Ocean
Developer: Ocean
Release Date: 1987
Code: Unknown
GFX: Unknown
Music: Peter Clarke
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 64%
Our Game Rating: 64%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

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Tai Pan is an arcade adventure game based on the James Clavell book of the same name. Set in the far east, the game centres on acquiring enough wealth through trade to reach the status of Tai Pan. You start the game penniless and must find someone to loan you some money in order to purchase a ship and start trading. You can trade illegal goods if you want, but of course there’s more risk as you could end up in jail. There are many places to explore although things do get a little repetitive once you start trading. It’s similar to Pirates in many ways, but it’s nowhere near as good.
Graphically it’s not too bad, with large sprites and colourful backgrounds but they are quite ugly at times.
I remember enjoying this game far more first time around and now it seems very dull compared to other similar C64 titles. It’s worth checking out if you like trading games with a bit of action thrown in for good measure.
The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I cheated. With a few cunning pokes I was able to bump my cash up.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once you have acquired enough money, you can retire a wealthy man. The end screen is just a page of text against a white background. The text reads ‘GAME OVER. YOU HAVE ACQUIRED ASSETS OF $193842600. THIS HAS EARNED YOU THE TITLE OF TAIPAN. PRESS FIRE’. (The figure varies depending on how well you did in the game).
Neil: Another poor ending. It was always going to end this way. 1/10.
Vinny: Not really my kind of game and so I haven’t bothered spending too much time playing it. Doesn’t look like I’m missing much!
As for the ending… that’s all it was ever going to be. Nothing worth a mention. The tune is nice, but I don’t think that’s exclusive to the ending. 1/10 from me too.
Andrew Fisher: An Asian version of Pirates, inspired by the James Clavell novel… It should have been a winner, but programming was heavily delayed and large amounts of the game design left out. The end result is very average.
No surprises that the ending is dull, with a side order of predictable.
Brendan Phoenix: I remember seeing the ad’s for this and the Atari ST screenshots which looked (at the time) awesome.
I too actually enjoyed playing this at the time. Like you saying, looking back it’s actually quite boring – like the ending.
Andy Vaisey: Well, where I used to live, there was a really dodgy looking take-away called ‘Tai Pan’. The sort of place you’d order from when drunk on a Friday night. Which I used to because there garlic chicken was absolutely awesomely garlicky.
The ending to the game? Well that scores a ‘0’ on the ‘Scores on the Doors’ food hygiene rating.
FINAL SAY: I’m rich! I’m rich! It’s a dull ending, but who cares!

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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