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High Tea is a strategic plate-spinning game, you play an independent British smuggler selling opium in China's Pearl Delta.
Buy cheap and sell high to make a profit, but make sure you also obtain enough tea to keep Britain happy. You have ten years before the opium wars begin - can you make your fortune?
Based on historical events, this game also shines a light on a questionable episode in the history of the British Empire.
Simple, pretty hard, and it nicely demonstrates two basic truths about markets: one, you cannot win this game by playing it safe (which I suspect is why we're given a maximum of two more boats than we really need- to risk forfeiting them). I tried staying completely out of risky areas. The game would have none of that. Two, in an immediate-run supply crisis, you're going to pay anything to get what you need. Near the end of the game I watched as the price of tea soared and I couldn't do anything but watch myself get fucked as I clicked the buy button as fast as possible to meet the deadline. It's an interesting balance between frustrating and addicting- lost four times, felt compelled to finish it.
It also has a nice bit of education in it, fun historical simulator. That's not something many games in general bring to the table. Didn't tell me anything I didn't know yet but that's okay.
On a final note, I managed to get over twice as many people hooked as during the actual opium wars. Should I feel proud of myself? Kinda conflicted there.
It's pretty fun, beat it in my second run. If you are having trouble winning, try buying as much tea as possible early on, because at the end it will bankrupt you (which I think kind of defeats the whole purpose of buy/trading). but a fun game overall.
Lots of fun, buuuuuut...
Could you find it in your heart to give the option to sell your boats? There is no earthly reason I should need 5 at any time in the game... I have at most 3 in use at any given time. Being able to get even one emergency $1000 injection of capital in the last ten seconds of the game would have gotten me through...
One of the best strategy games i have played!
Great game! Truly addicting!
Only problem is that when i had to get 510 cases of tea, it was almost impossible, the tea price went up at the last seconds, ughhhh. so close...
only complaint is that the last demand is way too high; 600 would be achievable but 660 is too much. Or you could make buying a bit quicker.
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