Set sail for adventure!
The original Uncharted Waters is a cracking mix of Final Fantasy-style RPG elements and Romance of the Three Kingdoms-style strategy, with a good dose of Pirates! and The Patrician as well. This sequel expands on the success of its predecessor and turns out to a wonderful little experience that is more than worthy of your time. This time around, you find yourself in the 16th century, when the Age of Sail was just kicking off and the world was ripe for exploration. You get to choose from six very different characters, each with their own unique backstories and plot lines, before you head out into the wide blue yonder in search of fame, fortune and whatever else is out there. The main focus is very much on exploration, and you'll need to find a ship, pick a crew, get goods (if you want to be a trader) or weapons (if you want to be a pirate) and then figure out how you're going to make your money. Apart from the trading/management side of things, you also have a fun strategy combat section which involves careful manoeuvering of your ships and which even offers the chance to duel your opposing captain. Uncharted Waters 2 really is a cracking little game. It's got a surprisingly complex set of narratives, with a rich world to explore and some very memorable characters to meet and who are well written and believable. The mix of strategy, combat and trading is well handled, with all aspects neatly implemented into the overall experience. Throw in some charming visuals and a nifty interface and you have all the makings of a rollicking adventure.