Spice Road: an alternate history trading strategy game, now with demo

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Spice Road (opens in new tab) is an upcoming indie game about a very spicy road. It's also about trading, economic simulation, empire-building, expansion, eighteenth-century alternate history, real-time strategy, and dudes with particularly luxurious sideburns. That's a lot of stuff to take in all at once, but developers Aartform Games have you covered with that most antiquated of things: a playable demo (opens in new tab) (direct link). If you enjoy buying, selling, building or expanding, you owe it to your clicking finger to take a look.

Spice Road's (surprisingly download-friendly) demo is quite slow to get started, while the game itself is labouring under some rather functional presentation - however it doesn't take too long for its inherent, slightly clunky charm to poke through. (Spice Road is still in beta, so there's plenty of time for things to change). It's a game with some considerable breadth, employing real-time strategy, 4X, town-building and trading elements, and mashing them together in a reassuringly approachable strategy melange. If the demo sits well with you, you can vote for the game on Steam Greenlight (opens in new tab) , or buy into the beta on the site (opens in new tab) .

Spicy trailer below.

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