Think you've got what it takes to succeed in trading? What if you were trading to appease the British thirst for tea? By selling opium? "Not for all the tea in China!" I hear you say. Actually, that's probably something your Grandma would say. Aaanyway... in High Tea, you'll be trading opium for just that, all the tea in China. Whether you have a head for trade, or not, you'll enjoy excercising your trading skills in this, a beautifully presented and interesting simulation game by Preloaded.
The goal here is to buy opium, then sell it to buy tea for the seemingly unquenchable Birtish thirsts. Using your mouse, click to select amounts of opium and tea to buy, and to accept offers from various ports in China. Both opium and tea can be purchased in batches of 5, 10 or 15 crates. Watch the stock prices and aim to buy when the prices are at their lowest, or at least before they start to rise again. Sell your illicit cargo, choosing offers wisely and use the profits to purchase crates of tea. The difficulty ramps up quite quickly, as the opium and tea markets begin to fluctuate wildly soon after you begin your trading exploits, and your purchases will influence the prices strongly. The more you trade at a port, the more risky selling becomes and you risk being fined hefty amounts of cash, or worse, losing your boat and entire shipment of opium. Occasionally a corrupt official will help you out with a bribe card that you can use in case of such a dire situation. With each successful shipment of tea to England, you'll be rewarded with another boat to aid in your trade efforts.
Based on the true historical events of the Opium Wars, High Tea offers some unusual and challenging strategic gameplay in a tastefully presented package, including impressive visual effects and music that adds a sense of tense anticipation. And probably not unlike the fortunes of Imperialist traders in early 19th century China, luck may be on your side. Then again, it may not. But matters of fortune aside, a lot depends on your reflexes, your instincts and your ability to be a shrewd trader. So set your sails, and start your mission to keep the people of Britain happy and swimming in tea. And as Chinese well wishers would say ... Hao Yun! ... Good Luck!