Title Ports of Call Game Type Action Strategy Players 1-4 HD Installable probably Compatibility All Submission Angus Manwaring Profiled Reviewer Review Ports of Call is one of those peculiar Amiga titles that for some odd reason has grown rosier and rosier in player's memories as the years have passed. Don't get me wrong, it deserves to be thought of highly, but it has some indefinable quality to it that causes it to be mentioned again and again on the Internet and always with affection. The game is based around your attempts at running a successful shipping business. You start off with a small amount of money, enabling you to purchase a "rustbucket" from a range of vessels including some extremely expensive and classy looking ships. You're notlikely to get near these till much later however. As in Elite you must start by making small amounts of profit, painstakingly carrying your cargo to it's destination attempting to cut costs at every point. You'll be tempted to forego repairs and accept distinctly shady jobs that you shouldn't in order to better your position, and improve your vessel. You should also visit your office reguarly and check that your admin is in order, if you don't you're likely to be sorry. The jobs that you are offered need to be completed within a certain time, so you'll need to assess if your vessel is up to it, and what would be a sensible speed to travel at. Most of this is done by clicking on text gadgets etc in an AmigaDOS style environment, but every now and again you are faced with an arcade sequence where your seafaring skills are put to the test. Failure is not usually fatal, but you can expect additional bills for damage and loss of time if you mess things up. There is something of a Cinemaware flavour about the way the game works, they haven't pushed the boat out (sorry) to the same extent, but there's some tasteful design throughout much of the game which is quite similar. The game has an appeal which is almost universal and will charm young players and not so young players alike. Definitely worthy of classic status, and something that it's creators can justifiably be proud of.