Operational area Parvin sector: with its natural resources, this godforsaken corner
of the galaxy has attracted soldiers of fortune from all over the universe. In this
barren region, goods of any kind are scarce. Most trading vessels are annihilated by
enemy forces on their long way. So if a ship succeeds in reaching the destination,
the reward is all the more.
In the game "Psi 5 Trading Company" you are the boss of a space cruiser, that
doesn't shy at the risk of the dangerous journey. You start by selecting one
of three missions and make up your crew. You need one specialist for each of
the departments: weapons, navigation, engineering, scanning and repair. You have
the choice among 30 candidates all in all, whose strengths a weaknesses are shown
on screen in a kind of personnel file.
When you chose your crew, you can finally take off. With the joystick you can
switch between the different departments, retrieve information and give orders.
Frequently, you have to react quickly, but also take the tactically best
The excellent graphics virtually squeezes the C64. In one screen window you see
the crew member you are currently in contact with. These splendid characters
could all have sprung from a wacky space cartoon, all the more since the
graphics are superbly animated.
In the course of the game you have your hands full. For example if a space ship
shows up, at first the scanning department has to identify it. Then you can tell
your weapons officer ordnance to attack the enemy.
The game idea is as unconventional as it is refreshing. It takes a while to
get familiar with all the controls, but a German manual helps overcoming any
intial difficulties. Below the line, a felicitous and amusing game that provides