If running an item shop and managing a group of brave heroes to wade through waves of monsters in search of valuable dungeon loot has always been a dream, then you’ll want to check out Merchant for Android mobile devices.
Released just this month, Merchant, puts the player in charge of managing an up and coming item shop where heroes go to restock and prepare for their adventures. Selling and crafting items is only part of the duties of a fantasy shop-keep, as the best materials come from the dungeons that many of your patrons are braving. Sadly, the years of management have not been kind to your frail form and you must instead rely on paying stronger heroes to battle the depths of the dungeons to acquire the ingredients needed to craft truly powerful wares.
This fusion of RPG fantasy elements and tycoon type systems was developed by University of Advancing Technology alumnus Garrett Savo and Gregory “Raj” James under the studio name Bearface Games. Currently available as a free download for Android devices, Merchant offers a dynamic experience as players juggle the management of their item shop with the effectiveness of the heroes they rely upon to deliver the goods. Enemy hierarchies promise to be increasingly difficult as players will repeatedly have to decide whether to sell a valuable item or equip it to strengthen their own roster of adventurers.
Since its release on December 19th it has received almost 250 user reviews with the vast majority of them ranging from 4 to 5 stars out of a 5 star scale. With a simple engaging concept, clean art style, and a $0 entry point, Merchant is certainly worth a shot for anyone interested in being an item shop baron.