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In Tradewinds Odyssey, you get to choose one of four different characters, Asterion the Minotaur (who has escaped from the labyrinth), Theophilos the Cynic (who was too practical to follow Socrates too long), Petrakles the Athlete (who loves to parade around in nothing but a loin cloth), and Phoebe the Priestess (a hunter and priestess and the only woman to play in the game). Your character will have to travel around the beautiful Mediterranean, doing quests, delivering goods, pleasing the Gods, and fighting sea monsters to make your way in the world. There are many different aspects to the story line, such as jealous Gods, theiving kings, angry sea monsters, a crime ring of merchants, and even those love struck fools who just want to be together no matter what. The story line to say the least is entertaining, and extremely funny at times. So, make sure that you take the time to read the story that shapes up during your questing.
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When it comes to Tradewinds Odyssey, basically the game play is the same as in other Tradewinds titles. You sail around a specific area of the ocean, trading goods, doing quests, and fighting battles to earn rewards. While this doesn't sound like much when you put it that way, the game play of Tradewinds Odyssey is actually excellent in my opinion. Here's why: not only are you simply playing through a game, you also are building a story line that is unique to each different character that you can choose. The story line and area is from ancient Greek times, complete with jealous gods and monsters of the sea. You have to keep track of your fleet to keep them in top notch shape, and you have to make sure that you are constantly on the watch for the best prices that you can get when buying and selling goods. And, it doesn't matter if you completely play the game all the way through on one toon, the game play will change for others, so the replay value is awesome with this part of the Tradewinds series.
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Graphically, the designers for Tradewinds Odyssey did an awesome job with the people, the colors, the ships, the detail - everything there is about this part of the series. They make the game look like the pottery and paintings from ancient Greece, which is great to add atmosphere to the game itself. The details are awesome, even when you are out sailing the waters or fighting ships. And, the characters that you'll meet are also extremely well designed, with the clothing, hairstyles, and general feel of ancient Greece. The one thing I did notice about the characters is that they do tend to look alike after awhile, but the game is just so good in every other aspect that you don't really mind.
You can see from the screenshots below the beautiful art work, the wonderful colors and just get a general feel for the game. (I have to admit that I loved playing the Minotaur... the people in town will make fun of you, crack jokes, and everything else, which is a great aspect to the game as well.)
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As a fan of the Tradewinds series in general, I personally couldn't wait for this one to come out. Now that it's out, I have to admit that I really love it. It is one of the funnest Tradewinds games in the series and I think that SandLot Games did one heck of a job on this one. The story is richer, the graphics are superb, and the extras that you'll find in the game itself are just downright awesome. So, if you are looking for a new game to check out, make sure that you take the time to give Tradewinds Odyssey a try. You won't be sorry that you did, and chances are that you'll find yourself up til the wee hours of the morning playing this one.
Check out our Tradewinds Odyssey Guide here.