''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.

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!!This game includes examples of:

* ActionGirl:
** Every female protagonist is able to direct her crew against pirates and her other enemies and usually has combat-oriented power to help them.
** Literal AmazonBrigade in Odyssey. Yes, that one.
* AdultFear: Zeus is a primary cause of this, kidnapping beautiful girls in order to get it on with them. One side-quest involves a father searching for his abducted daughter. It turns out Zeus turned her into a shrub to protect her from Hera's fury. Since PC can't identify which shrub she turn into so she can't be turned back, her father gives up on saving her, simply pretends that she left to get married, and adopts the girl the PC saves.
** Subverted in Caravans - Sameer. There is quest which you must save a baby who is lost after a monster attack. You fight the monster and asked nearest bystander [[spoiler: whom turn out to be the ''baby himself''. The baby is 23 years old and used the monster attack as distraction to run away from home.]]
** Caravans - Jinpa Tasaret. Her children are affected with mysterious disease. So, she took the job merchant as a mean to provide food and find the way to cure them.
* AmazonBrigade: The original one in Odyssey - Asterion.
* AnachronismStew: Minor. One of the PC in Odyssey is called Phil The Cynic, problem is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynicism_(philosophy) that time it's called kuvikoi]], not Latin word Cynici.
** In Odyssey - Asterion, you can get both quests of warning Trojans about Theseus's plan to kidnap Helen and getting Odysseus to Ithaca (in this case Delphi). The former is definitely before Trojan War is over, the latter is after. The game also depicts both Helen and Paris as early-teenage kids.
* AnEntrepreneurIsYou: The Games / Franchise.
* ArmorIsUseless:
** Having full hull integrity or more armor doesn't stop your ships from losing cannons. Possibly justified when you consider the cannons would have to be exposed to be of any use, making them vulnerable to lucky shots.
** Only Phoebe in Odyssey is depicted to wear armor, every other player character in franchise doesn't. Yet they can still kicks ass all the same. Justified, since there's rarely, if ever, any hand-to-hand combat; all of the battles are between ships.
* 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''.
** In Odyssey, you can buy "actual" living bull from reliquary which gives more damage to enemies when ramming them. You can also buy golden bull there.
* AnythingThatMoves: Zeus. Also Theseus.
* ArabianNightsDays: The backdrop of ''Legends.''
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: The story ending for [[spoiler: Asterion]] in ''Odyssey''.
* BadassBookWorm: Phil the Cynic. Philosopher, trader, and admiral of his own fleet.
* BadassCrew: You mercenary bodyguards in "Caravans" may include magicians and WarElephants.
* [[BadassArmy Badass Navy]]: Your fleet if you choose to fight every enemy, win, and survive with intact fleet.
* 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 if you buy anything but the most expensive one.]]
* BigBad: Several to list, depending on which character you play as.
** Tradewinds 2 has [[spoiler: Sebastian LaRoche, a feared pirate whose crimes include the murder of Ignacio Verdugo's father. It's the player character's goal to defeat him.]]
* BiTheWay: In ''Odyssey'', Achilles has Briseis as a slave-girl (and doesn't take kindly to losing her), but also calls Patroclus "my beloved." (''Literature/TheIliad'' is distinctly more ambiguous about the latter than the former.)
* 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.
** In Caravans and Odyssey, you can't go to another city / port until you advance the story by getting new quest.
* 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.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: [[spoiler: In ''Odyssey'', this is why Zeus is trying to kill Socrates: because gods are shaped by the beliefs of mortals. If Socrates' view of the gods as perfect, moral beings were to catch on, Zeus would be locked into that myth - something he finds a thoroughly unappealing prospect.]]
* CollectorOfTheStrange:
** Odyssey, dev's interpretation of Atalanta is this as commented by her friend and favorite knick-knack merchant. "The more useless, the more she likes it."
** Legends - Ivory, one of city ruler likes to collect magical items.
* 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.
* CrapsackWorld: The world is rampant with piracy and/or banditry, you can be cursed/be troubled without knowing the reason why, may get some divine being's wrath for something which is not your fault (Odyssey), get DisproportionateRetribution if you are guilty for minor offense, become friend/subordinate/in employ of some trouble magnet dude/lass .... You get the idea.
* {{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]]).
* DeathTakesAHoliday: [[spoiler:Daimonea]] ran away from Hades and took a vacation in ancient Greece. Doesn't end well.
** Though the plot is not her fault, [[spoiler:but Sisyphus who doesn't want to back to Underworld.]]
* DeathFakedForYou:
** Odyssey - Phil, the purpose of his main quest is faking Socrates' execution because of his unorthodox thinking of the divine.
** Odyssey - Asterion, [[spoiler:he discovers in one of his main quest that turn out Icarus didn't die after his wings melted and fell to sea. Instead, Icarus was saved by the harpies and lives peacefully with them. He faked his death because his father would definitely make him as lab rat until he die like the rest of his father's sons.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: All of the player characters appear to be this in varying degrees.
** In ''Odyssey'' Asterion and Phil are of particular note.
* DeterminedWidow: One of the player characters in ''Caravans''. [[spoiler:Though she isn't ''really'' a widow until you are done playing her storyline]].
* 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.
** Odyssey, Odysseus is storm-magnet as PC's fleet always intact but blown off course whenever Odysseus is on board.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The PC-s if his/her/their respective story mode is completed.
* EverybodyHatesHades: The reason [[spoiler:Daimonea]] shirked [[spoiler:her]] duties.
* FakeUltimateHero: Theseus.
** To elaborate, he boasted of 1) killing Minotaur and 2) getting out of Labyrinth by his own. Both are lies as you play as still-living-Asterion (The Minotaur) and he gets help from Ariadne and her thread. He is complete {{Jerkass}} and pervert to boot.
* FeaturelessProtagonist: Completing Story Mode allows you to do this.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In Odyssey - Gythio, you will see some people who queues on a ledge to jump off it. It is clear there is neither soft water nor safety net where they fall.
* 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.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[spoiler: Ariadne in Asterion the Minotaur's storyline chooses to stay in the Underworld, having apparently ''really'' hit it off with Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons.]]
* Myth/GreekMythology: The backdrop of ''Odyssey''.
** AncientGreece : Another part of it.
* HandsomeLech: Prince Theseus of Athens.
* {{JustForFun/Hello}}. [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya My name is Ignacio Verdugo]]. YouKilledMyFather. PrepareToDie. If you play as [[spoiler: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.
* HeroicBastard: Petrakles is one of the PCs in Odyssey. He is the son of a temple priestess and [[DisappearedDad never knows his father before the story starts]]. Three guess who his father is. [[spoiler:BTW, he discovers his dad in the ending and becomes his cup bearer.]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: In Odyssey, some RealLife characters appear. In Legends, [[spoiler: Harun Ar-Rashid appears in late game as a drunkard and one of PC's dad]].
* 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. When you have an agent of Hades who refuses to do [[spoiler:her]] job, you get many Greek soldiers who can't just die even though they're in excruciating pain.
* 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.''
* InVinoVeritas: In ''Tradewinds'', if you tip the bartender enough, she'll provide the location of Shangri La for the next six months that someone let slip while drunk.
* JustAStupidAccent: The merchant Baobab in ''Legends'' has a inexplicable French accent.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Sometimes player character's quests are making sure someone pays for his mistake/sin, usually the BigBad. [[spoiler: In Odyssey: Theseus, Sisyphus, King Minos (accidentally), Polydectes, .... The list goes on.]]
* KarmicTransformation: In ''Caravans'', one of the possible characters you can unlock to play as is a dragon known for terrorizing caravans. His story starts when the gods of karma turn him into a camel—a common caravan animal—to teach him some humility, and only when he acquires enough good karma can he be changed back.
* KillItWithFire: The Fire Pot special ammunition in ''Tradewinds 2''.
** In Odyssey, you can get "Hades Fire" which gives additional damages. You can get it by putting 20 salts in sacrificial altar.
** In Caravans, you can buy "Heavenly Fire" at Temple.
* 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.]]
** [[spoiler: Legends, turn out Tiger Bai and Ivory are sisters. Turn out Ivory is half-djinn and half-human. Because Ivory's human half is kidnapped when she was small, both of them only realized late in Ivory's storyline.]]
* 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.
* NiceGuy: The brother-in-law of one of the player characters in ''Caravans''. In spite of being a widow with three children, he does everything can to help you, including taking care of your cursed children while you're out on the road. As it turns out, he's been in love with you for years and thinks of your children as his own.
* 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).
** [[spoiler:Said brother had actually been love with her several years and aids you greatly throughout her storyline. He was, in fact, the one who inquired about her when he saw her at a marketplace, and was heartbroken when you were betrothed to his elder brother instead.]]
* [[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!"''
* OneSteveLimit: Averted In Legends, [[spoiler: Smith shares his real name with BigBad in his storyline. The fact which makes him captured by authority in the first place.]]
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield:
** Caravan - Sameer, Sameer is asked to find a worthy heir for desperate town ruler. The selection process is by pulling the string of the ruler's family heirloom bow. It becomes funny moment as everyone and their dog (NotHiperbole there) can do that. The ruler is out of his despair mode and tries to find the worthy heir by interview instead.
** Legends - Ivory, In one of sidequest she must find a magic sword. The description of the sword is "Only the pure-hearted may wield this sword.
* 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 many players' their 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.
* ParentalAbandonment:
** In Legend - Ivory, local ruler uses 6 of his children as collateral of his debts. He justify it as the solution of of his financial and inheritance problem.
** Odyssey, few of Zeus' illegitimate children meet him or, at least, knows he is their father.
* PermanentlyMissableContent:
** Once you finish the final quest of the main storyline, you enter free trade mode and can't take on any more quests(though you can still complete quests that you took but hadn't yet completed). If there were any quests that rewarded exclusive loot that you didn't take before this point, tough luck.
** ''Tradewinds Legends: Unlikely Heroes'' was a Yahoo-exclusive DLC that unlocked the ability to play as the Ifrit that had been terrorizing Sinbad. Now that the game is unavailable on Yahoo, so is the DLC.
* RagsToRiches: One of joys in this game. You start as small time merchant with limited cash and pitiful ship(s) and ends the game with millions of money and awesome ship(s) (except in 2, which you can only buy one ship).
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Your ships are given the option to ram enemy ships in ''Tradewinds Odyssey''.
* RecycledInSpace: Every game has different setting. Original game is Taipan with more story.
* 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]].
** [[spoiler:Daimones']] Story Mode, in ''Odyssey'', has this gem: "[[Film/{{ThreeHundred}} Tonight we dine IN TARTARUS!]]"
** An achievement in ''Odyssey'' is called [[Memes/{{Anime}} "It's Over Nine Thousand"]]
** ''Legends'' has many references to to ''Literature/TheThousandAndOneNights'', some of which are very obvious and others [[ViewersAreGeniuses of which aren't overly called attention to.]] The most prominent example is Literature/SinbadTheSailor, who is a character in Tiger Bai's storyline. In fact, when Tiger first runs into him in the midst of the second of his famous voyages.
** Legend - Ivory, one of Ivory's quest is named [[Series/KeepingUpWithTheKardashians "Keeping Up with Akbars"]], a fetch quest spiced with sitcom dynamics of mother-in-law and daughter-in-law of local ruler.
* SkyPirate: You'll be facing those Dirigibles, Viminas and ''Dragon Boats'' during the second half of ''Trandwinds Legends''.
* 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.
** In ''Caravans'', Yu Qian the male monk has just about every girl on the Silk Road lusting after him when he's just trying to obey his VowOfCelibacy. He doesn't take it well.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The original game was a ''VideoGame/{{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.
* SupportingProtagonist: In Yu Qian's quest in ''Caravans'', he's ostensibly a monk on the quest to get a book of holy sutras back to Chang'an, and Su Min is a monk from a more martial order assigned to support and guard him, as well as (seemingly) a test of his VowOfCelibacy. [[spoiler: Actually, the misogynistic Yu Qian is Su Min's final test on the road to Nirvana, and her death in the FinalBattle and subsequent return to battle Mara is the culmination of ''her'' story. Of course, discovering this fact is still a priceless lesson for Yu Qian's own CharacterDevelopment.]]
* {{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.
** Also In ''Odyssey'', rotund King Eurystheus is compared to his more physically impressive yet dumb Hercules by his parents. The fact which made him a jerk, and in turn the tasks he gives Hercules as hard as possible.
* [[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.
* UpperClassTwit : Some of the highborn or wealthy characters who appear in various title are this trope, so the player can be their messenger/gopher/sidekick to them. Ardru Haroun and his dad, Haroun Ar-Rashid, in Legeds are good exmple.
* VendorTrash: Precious Gemstones(Rubies, Sapphires, Diamonds, and Yellow Diamonds) in ''Legends''
* ViolenceisTheOnlyOption: Sometimes you ''must'' win a fight to advance and complete particular quest(s) or get access to some port.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Petrakles the Athlete in ''Tradewinds Odyssey''. {{Lampshaded}} by other characters.
* WideOpenSandbox: Free Trade Mode, also Story Mode once you finish it.
* YouAllMeetInACell: In Legends, That's how a prince (Ardrou)and a simple blacksmith (Smith) first met. Their "partnership" begins because they were chained at legs and continues because they escaped prison without any mean to break the chains.
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