Machiavelli the Prince
Machiavelli the Prince is set in a time of history when Venice, Italy, was the
focus of world trade and expansion. Other nations banded together to try and
control the threat posed by this powerful nation. Your main goal is to be the
wealthiest trader in Venice at game's end through conquest, political
maneuvering, and trade.
The trade aspect requires you to explore the world, finding new trade routes and
discovering valuable goods and commodities as you use the basic tenets of supply
and demand to grow wealth. As you explore, you encounter various obstacles from
natural catastrophes to enemies, such as pirates, rival cities, and stubborn
rulers. Successful completion of your mission will require involvement at the
base level with the Church of Rome and the political figures of the day. Bribery
and slander will be but two of the tools used in manipulating your environment.
Microprose was founded in 1982 by Sid Meier and Bill Stealey. The company became well known very early with lots of interesting titles, where some of them became a legend. The company was acquired and dismantled in 2004.