IGN writes: "I like East India Company for a couple of reasons. The trading model is straightforward and the presentation makes it easy to manage all the details of the empire. Then again, managing all the details is pretty easy when there aren't that many to begin with. There's no sense of interaction with the world outside of your balance sheet, which is a disservice to the subject matter. The tactical battles are enjoyable but also seem a bit too streamlined. Players who are interested in the concept or the period will definitely find a worthwhile game here but the appeal wears thin long before it should have".