Beginning at the dawn of human civilization and progressing through the 19th century, Trade Empires is an episodic transport and trade simulation that lets you create a merchant empire. Controlling your family dynasty of merchants, your mission is to build vast transport and trade networks that change over thousands of years as new technologies are developed and more modern products are discovered. In Trade Empires, you'll start out simple, with one merchant and his donkeys. Gradually you'll build up your merchant empire until you control a vast trading web. You can manipulate the supply and demand economy to dominate the other merchant families. Or you can corner the market and undercut their prices. Perhaps you'll want to explore and exploit, continually discovering new markets and products, from silk in the Far East to steel in industrial Europe. You can adapt your family's trading network to an ever-changing economy or face defeat when your competitors purchase advanced technology and deliver superior products. Build vast transportation networks, using anything from dirt trails to railroads, and compete against other merchant families who are powered by a clever artificial intelligence. There are more than 200 structures and 30 units in 15 different episodes.