Rise of Venice

Rise of Venice

Venice was at the peak of its power during the Renaissance and was viewed as a city of decadence, beauty and intrigue. Renowned as the linchpin of civilization and the cultural centre of Europe, Venice was the most important trading post between Western Europe and the eastern stretch of the Mediterranean Sea.


My fellow readers and welcome to another review, this time looking at Kalypso Media’s newest game, Rise of Venice, a trading simulator set in the age of renaissance, and also around Venice and Italy ofcause.

First of all, this is a game by Kalypso Media’s a trading simulator, they have had great succes with the Patrician games, where you act as a german merchant. So now its the Italiens turn, any diffrence between the two games. Not much, newer graphics, another way of trading, perhaps an easier way, I enjoyed Patrician IV and still do, but what I like about Rise of Venice is that there is a more story driven campaign and you get to be part of various intriques in your family. Also a great feature is the family tree you can look at, and observe the changes to it

family tree

It feels like you can do more then just sail around, make trade routes and fight of pirates. Oh yes Pirates! That is what gives your game a little more juice, cause when you’re sitting and waiting for you income to slowly grow and that yawn is creeping up on you, BAM! Pirates appear and you get drawn into a naval battle. You can shoot down your enemy with your cannons or you can try and board them, havent tried the latter yet, as I simply like to stay out of their range and destroy them slowly, you call. Dont know if they are going to fix this, but I had hoped when a pirate scum gives up his ship you would have gotten command of his ship, instead you take the plunder and sink it. Leaving you with a repair bill, sure the goods may be good to compensate for your repairs but still, makes the boarding part a bit frustrating. Unless boarding is what gives you command of the ship? Guess you’ll just have to find out if you go out and buy this game. Well behold ship combat picture! You must!

ship battleThe graphics are indeed what makes this game worthwhile, and if you really are a fan of simulator games then I would say wait for a demo and try it out, it is the newest title on the market and its ok, else try out Patrician IV when it comes at a sale on steam or other online sites.

Rise of Venice is great for those relaxing afternoons and if you like to watch an empire grow and expand. Its great for coffee and pastries time with a friend of friends seeing you can play up to 4 players in the multiplayer part, not like the 2 player system in Patrician, when I get the chance to try out the mp part I will make a short Rise of Venice MP review, so keep an eye out for more of this Trading Sim, Empire Sim.

coastal city


Thanks for reading, see you another time

– SithDuck, Jonas W.




The Verdict


The Good: Better graphics, a nefty menu at each harbor which makes searching for specific buildings easier. Music is nice to listen to.

The Bad: Your fathers voice is very dull and boring to listen to, ship combats can take forever.