RokuGuide Review: Global Trade is a strategy game, not an arcade-style action game. It's a multi-player game for one to five players, but you can play alone by letting the other players be controlled by the Roku (or by Artificial Intelligence, as the game rules describe it). The goal is to "achieve the greatest prosperity" by investing, hiring workers, producing commodities such as food, textiles, weapons, energy, and technology, and then selling or shipping those commodities.
The game includes detailed help screens, but these must be read before starting the game. Once the game starts, there is no interactive help that I could find, but you can download printable instructions from this link (this is a direct link to a PDF file, so you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it). There is also a video, accessible from the game's help option on the Roku, that demonstrates the game.
Global Trade is based on the popular board game Puerto Rico, but updates it to the 21st century. In the Puerto Rico board game, players are building a new colony and take on roles such as mayor, captain, settler, trader, prospector, or craftsman. Players try to build up their plantations by growing corn, indigo, coffee, sugar and tobacco, and they develop San Juan while shipping goods back to Europe.
Developer's Channel Description: A 1 to 5 player strategy game similar to Puerto Rico board game. Players will invest in commodities, build factories, hire workers, produce product, sell product and ship product in an effort to win the game. This game has an extensive help system and a video to help you learn how to play.
CHANNEL STORE CATEGORY: Games
DEVELOPER: RT Engineering
FEES: $0.99 one-time purchase