The game is mainly viewed from an atlas-style perspective, looking down on the cities and ships as they go about their business of sailing, trading and occasionally fighting. The meat of the trade is done through a series of well set out and easily understood menus. You can choose your ships in port, look out for the best exchange prices and task the captains with buying where it's cheap and selling on dear with a handful of mouse-clicks. Trade can even be automated between ports to give you a steady income at a local level. Or everything can be individually chosen for the perfectionist deal-grabber.