''Tradewinds'' is a series of video games released by Sandlot Games. The original version, simply called ''Tradewinds'' (now called ''Tradewinds Classic''), has since spawned a number of sequels.

The basic premise of the first game is this: you start off in one of the ports in The Orient, with very little cash (or a huge debt, in some cases) and one ship. Your ship can be equipped with guns and loaded with cargo. You purchase the cargo from trading centers at ports. Ideally, your cargo should be bought low and sold high in order to make a profit.

While travelling between ports, you may get attacked by pirates. Both sides take turns to fire their cannons at each other; the side that destroys the ships on the other side wins the battle, as well as some cash.

As you progress through the game, you can buy additional ships and form a fleet. Each ship will increase the amount of cargo you can carry between ports, as well as your offensive firepower.

Your only goal is to reach the rank of Tai Pan. To do this, you must get a million points from either trading goods, battling pirates, accepting tasks from the head of authority of each port, or all three at once.

''Tradewinds'' has spawned several sequels: ''Tradewinds 2'', ''Tradewinds Legends'' (and its expansion pack, ''Tradewinds Legends: Unlikely Heroes''), ''Tradewinds Caravans'' and ''Tradewinds Odyssey''.

The original ''Tradewinds'' was considered a turn-based strategy game due to the way all battles are conducted, with each side taking turns to fire at each other. Every sequel since conducts all battles in real-time. ''Legends, Odyssey'' and ''Caravans'' all have Story Mode.

!!This game includes examples of:

* {{AFGNCAAP}}: Completing Story Mode allows you to do this.
* ArmorIsUseless: Having full hull integrity or more armor doesn't stop your ships from losing cannons.
* ArmsDealer: You, especially. You buy weapons and you sell them to other ports. And in the majority of the games, weapons and armaments are contraband.
* ALoadOfBull: Asterion the Minotaur, one of the player characters in ''Tradewinds Odyssey''.
* AnythingThatMoves: Zeus
* ArabianNightsDays: The backdrop of ''Legends.''
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: The story ending for [[spoiler: Asterion]] in ''Odyssey''.
* BattleAura: There are several people or magic items in ''Tradewinds 2'' and ''Tradewinds Legends'' that grant you this. As an example, the Berserker's Blade[[spoiler:!]] in ''Tradewinds Legends'' [[spoiler:gives your cannons near-perfect accuracy, but at the same time giving your ''enemies'' a slightly better shot at you.]]
* BigBad: Several to list, depending on which character you play as.
* BrokenBridge: In ''Tradewinds Legends'', some of the ports are inland, instead of being seaports. In order to access them, you need to have progressed far enough into the game to purchase (and replace your entire fleet with) flying ships. Also an example of SwordOfPlotAdvancement in Story Mode.
** Madame Tso in ''Tradewinds Classic'' has a broken bridge. You start off having a fleet of Chinese Junks, but you can't go to Edamame without having at least a 1 masted sloop. You wouldn't necessarily know that, though, if you started playing as someone ''other'' than Madame Tso.
* BountyHunter: An additional source of income in ''Classic''.
** In the rest of the series, you may be called to capture or kill a pirate in the story.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Played straight with ''Tradewinds 2''. You cannot buy more than one ship. Your enemies can.
* CoolOldLady: Tiger Bai from ''Tradewinds Legends'' '''''is''''' this trope.
* CoolShip: In ''Odyssey'', Triton's Destroyer. Yes, a ship that looks like a ''marlin.''
** CoolAirship: In ''Legends'', Dragon Boats.
* CosmeticAward: The ranks you obtain as you get richer.
* {{Crossover}}: The storylines in ''"Legends"'' happen roughly around the same time and cross over into each other occasionally. One of Nandi Patel's plot quests involves Hasan's search for Sheherezade: Hasan regularly gets information from the Caliph, but never meets him, while Nandi is constantly ferrying the Caliph around not realizing who he is. Tiger Bai's story involves the son of one of the lords who is fated to be killed by association with Nandi, a prophecy that is mysteriously fulfilled without either knowing. And ''everybody'' runs into Hasan's possessed brother Omar, never for the better.
* CrystalDragonJesus: In ''Caravans'', virtually all references to Islam are cut out and replaced with vague mentions of "the gods." Curiously, Buddhism, Hinduism and Chinese mythology are left in and played straight (if [[KingOfAllCosmos sometimes comically]]).
* DeadpanSnarker: All of the player characters appear to be this in varying degrees.
** In ''Odyssey'' Asterion and Phil are of particular note.
* DoomMagnet: Sindbad in Tiger Bai's storyline. Despite very clearly knowing this, Bai is very good friends with him and [[TrueCompanions is always willing to have him on her ship, no matter what misfortune may follow.]]
** This is also referenced in a few other character storylines: at one point one of the kings even shows that threatening to make someone [[RedShirt be cabin boy on a Sindbad voyage]] is a very effective means of punishment.
* FakeUltimateHero: Theseus.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Just read any of the quests carefully that supposedly have you on a time limit. Yet when you "run over" the time, there is no punishment.
* GreekMythology: The backdrop of ''Odyssey''.
* HandsomeLech: Prince Theseus of Athens.
* Hello. [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya My name is Ignacio Verdugo]]. YouKilledMyFather. PrepareToDie. If you play as [[spoiler:[[BigBad Sebastian [=LaRoche=]]]]] in Story Mode in ''Tradewinds 2'', be prepared to hear this several times throughout the course of your game.
* HeterosexualLifePartners / HoYay: In ''Odyssey'' Petrakles and Ganymede are this.
* HundredPercentCompletion: ''Tradewinds: Odyssey'' introduces Feats which are achievements by another name.
* HypercompetentSidekick: In ''Odyssey'' in the storyline for Phil the Cynic, he acts as this for his cousin Herakles.
* ImmortalityHurts: One of the two connected storylines in Daimones the Goddess' Story Mode
* ItsUpToYou: The tasks given by the head of authority in most ports, ranging from grocery shopping to slaying the BigBad.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Flying Dragon ''boats'' in ''Legends.''
* JustAStupidAccent: The merchant Baobab in ''Legends'' has a inexplicable French accent.
* KillItWithFire: The Fire Pot special ammunition in ''Tradewinds 2''.
* LongLostRelative: The Tazere brothers in ''Tradewinds Legends'' ... twice. [[spoiler:Hasan Tazere's plunge into the high seas and skies started when his brother, Omar, went missing. The first time this trope occurs is when Hasan encounters a Djinn-possessed Omar at sea. Hasan must eventually kill the King of the Djinn, but at the same time put his brother to the sword. Hasan believes that Omar died from the two stabs, but when he visits a temple later on, he meets his brother again, alive and well. Omar promptly forms a SiblingTeam with Hasan for the rest of Story Mode and beyond.]]
* MagikarpPower: The ''Tradewinds Odyssey'' characters' special attacks are based on total damage dealt, and the DPS rates get ''huge'' later in the game as you get MoreDakka.
* NoOneShouldSurviveThat: Sindbad. His habit for surviving through sheer chance what should and does kill everyone he's with on a constant basis is so amazing that it's strongly suggested that the murderous djinn who pursues him, Ivory, is actually a force of nature who has come to ensure he finally dies the death he is due.
* NotBloodSiblings: On one route in ''Caravans'', you play a [[spoiler: supposed]] widow. At the end of the game, she mentions the possibility of remarriage...to her husband's brother. (TruthInTelevision; this was virtually expected in the cultures of the age.)
* [[OneManArmy One Ship Navy]]: Well, since you can't have more than one ship in ''Tradewinds 2'' ... it is even lampshaded by one of the governors in the game.
--> ''"I am not fit to bow in your shadow, commander. Defeating [[spoiler:[[BigBad LaRoche]]]] - with a single ship!"''
* TheParalyzer: The Hive of Bees "Magic Curse" in ''Tradewinds Legends'' does this in battle, rendering a single target unable to return fire for ten seconds. Considering that most enemies have at least five cannons, and each one fires every four seconds, the Hive of Bees can actually come in handy in cutting down the damage taken by your fleet. It saved this troper's character twice during the course of the game.
** Also, Phil the Cynic's [[MundaneMadeAwesome argument attack]] in ''Odyssey''.
** Muse's Revenge definitely is this, which can be boosted with one of the relics from the Reliquary.
* PiratesOfTheCaribbean: The backdrop to ''Tradewinds 2''.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Your ships are given the option to ram enemy ships in ''Tradewinds Odyssey''.
* ShoutOut: Many, "Mik the Jagged" of the "Rho Ling Stonemen" being just one of them.
** Probably unintentional, but a certain pirate in ''Tradewinds 2'' is called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enrique_Iglesias Enrique Iglesias]].
** Daimones' Story Mode, in ''Odyssey'', has this gem: "[[{{ThreeHundred}} Tonight we dine IN TARTARUS!]]"
** An achievement in ''Odyssey'' is called [[Memes/{{Anime}} "It's Over Nine Thousand"]]
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: One of the side quests in ''Odyssey.''
** In Phoebe the Priestess' story, it's a girdle of the Goddess that poses a lot of problems for her when she has it.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The original game was a ''TaiPan'' clone. Since then, the series has branched out and evolved, however.
* [[StormingTheCastle Storming the Port]]: If you previously had access to a port and it's now blocked off due to certain circumstances and suddenly the port is hostile towards you, this happens. In ''2'' and ''Legends'', you have to fight a fort and several ships in order to regain access to the port.
** Subverted in ''Odyssey.'' Instead of a port fight, it becomes the usual navy vs navy fight.
* StraightGay: In ''Tradewinds Legends'', [[spoiler: the Tazere 'brothers' are very strongly suggested to be a StraightGay couple using 'brother' as a term of affection]].
* SubsystemDamage: With every hit your vessels take, they run the risk of losing a cannon. In addition, when the hull strength of a ship is reduced to around half, as well as a quarter, it looks visually damaged.
* {{Swashbuckler}}: Many characters, Hasan from ''Legends'' being a particularly good example.
* [[SwordOfPlotAdvancement Ships of Plot Advancement]]: Flying ships in ''Tradewinds Legends''. You cannot complete Story Mode unless your entire fleet comprises of flying ships. Also an example of BrokenBridge.
* SymbolSwearing: This can happen in two quests in ''Tradewinds Legends'', once when dealing with the crap wine manufacturing system in the Ten Kingdoms, which sends you to at least four different ports just to get ''one'' bottle of wine for the quest, and a second time when you have to deal with [[ItMakesSenseInContext a bunch of golden women, a retirement home, and massive damages.]]
* ThemeNaming: The original ''Tradewinds'' and ''Tradewinds 2'' do this with virtually every ship for sale, excluding the Juggernaut in the former. Also probably classifies as MeaningfulName if you take into account the size and cannon mounts of their real-life counterparts.
* TheUnfavorite: In ''Odyssey'' between Ariadne and Asterion, Asterion is the definite unfavorite of King Minos.
* [[TruthInTelevision Truth in Video Gaming]]: Once in a while, upon talking to the owner of an alehouse, temple or such, depending on the game, you may get a small piece of RealLife history.
* UnlockableContent: In pretty much all the games you have to complete one of the storylines to unlock the custom character mode.
** Additionally in ''Tradeswinds Odyssey'' completing a character storyline unlocks a SecretCharacter.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Petrakles the Athlete in ''Tradewinds Odyssey''. {{Lampshaded}} by other characters.
* WideOpenSandbox: Free Trade Mode, also Story Mode once you finish it.