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Merchant to the Stars
Going for gold
by Damien McFerran 11/6/2013
Product: Merchant to the Stars
Developer: Man Up Time
Publisher: Man Up Time
Format: iPhone, iPad
Genre: Casual, Strategy
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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Heroes get all the glory. On the face of it, this only seems fair - after all, they are the ones who risk life and limb fighting monsters in order to keep vulnerable people safe.

However, a hero is nothing without the right tools, and that's where Merchant to the Stars comes in - instead of slaying vampires and dragons, you're more concerned with buying weapons and armour, honing them for additional potency, and selling them to passing knights for a tidy profit.

The premise is simple enough: adventurers stroll into your shop with arms full of loot, some of which could be valuable and worth buying. Fancy weapons, armour, and items can be honed to not only make them more costly - which means you can offload them for a handsome profit - but also more powerful, which is good news for the knights you serve. ...
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The concept behind Merchant to the Stars is original and interesting. And while it has its moments of addiction, the lack of challenge limits its long-term appeal
Audio/visual: 6
Gameplay: 7
Value: 6
Innovation: 8
Overall: 6
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