Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator, a review of a game about space organ traffickers



Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator review, a simple yet captivating space organ trafficking management game

The life of a space organ trafficker is not as simple and galvanizing as everyone would be led to think. It is true that you are untouchable, since everyone needs you sooner or later, it is true that you make a lot of money, but it is not all roses and flowers. There is, for example, fierce competition to contend with, busy buying up the best pieces on the black market. There is the stressful stock market landscape with its fluctuations and there are also those who dare to threaten us.

And then there are the worst of them all, which are those who ask for free organs! For free, would you believe it? Who do they take us for? Definitely not for someone engaged in the review of Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator!

Organ trade

In Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator you'll trade organs, even alien ones

As you may have guessed in this somewhat fake introduction, Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator is a manager that puts you in the shoes of a space organ trafficker. This is a very lucrative job and, as said in the brief introduction by a mysterious off-screen narrator, it will make you untouchable. This is because everyone in the universe needs brand new organs, especially if there is some kind of interstellar war going on.

This privileged status is not, however, absolute. There are others like you and to make your way in the business you’ll have to work hard and not a little. The competition, in fact, will not be idle and will do everything possible to put a spoke in your wheel, blowing the best pieces from under your nose, raising prices and threatening you in an increasingly less elegant and subtle way.

You can decide to ignore their intimidation and beat them on their own field or try to be accommodating, fulfilling their conditions. The last option is to bribe them, so as to get them off your back for a few market sessions. Surprisingly, it seems that space organ traffickers don’t have a conscience to answer to and don’t mind taking bribes…

However, your task will be to be contacted by poor and desperate people looking for a new organ with specific characteristics. Your task will be to find a compatible organ, possibly within the offered budget, so as to earn some credit in the transaction. This credit can be used to expand your business, to bribe your competitors or to invest in the organ stock market.

The more business you do, the more opportunities will open up in front of you: you’ll go from a larger variety of organs to trade (some of which can pierce your cargo or eat other organs) to increasingly challenging assignments. The life of an organ trafficker is never boring.

Perfectly hostile

In Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator there is also an organ stock market

To manage your trades, developer Strange Scaffold has designed a perfectly hostile and unattractive interface. At first glance Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator seems to be a DOS program: the CGA colors, the organization of the tables and the simple images with which the various organs are represented seem to come out of a never too distant past in which ease of use was the last of the developers’ problems.

In this way, a relatively simple task such as having to buy an organ compatible with the requests made by the buyers becomes a complex task, often in an artificial way. Each market session, in fact, lasts only 2 minutes during which new organs are put on sale in a random way and enrich a long list that will be continuously scanned in search of the best pieces.

This is because not only will we have to find the right organ, often not human, but there will be precise requests also according to its size, quality and rarity. In order to verify all these elements before an inauspicious purchase, you will have to learn by heart their code or you will have to consult the detailed card. All this before Chad Shakespeare and his colleagues blow the precious piece from under your nose.

In Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator imparerete a odiare Chad Shakespeare

To this we must add the need to store organs in particular places, to prevent them from perishing quickly or eating the rest of the load, a cumbersome management of tasks and so on. The result is a game deliberately complex, but nonetheless interesting and good replayability, thanks to the presence of several endings. The short time available to do business and the need to browse through the different sections of the interface makes each session short and intense, as well as challenging. A more intuitive system would not have helped to create this tension, making the whole thing decidedly less intense and interesting.

Good also the adaptation to the gamepad: in this framework of artificial complexity, you don’t notice big differences between mouse and keyboard and controller. The game is translated into Italian.

Comment

Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator is a rather simple game on the surface, but behind a deliberately retro design and a deliberately unintuitive menu organization is an interesting, well-written and surprisingly captivating game. You’ll find yourself hating an anthropomorphic space dog without it uttering a word, or affecting the fate of a universe at constant war by selling organs on the black market. It is, however, a product not suitable for everyone, but thanks to Xbox Game Pass, it may be worth trying without further outlay.

PRO

  • Interesting story
  • Surprisingly compelling
  • Limited gameplay
  • Retro graphics and interface, maybe too much
  • Have you noticed any errors?
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