HookedGamers writes: "While I enjoyed playing East India Company, the game received a lot of flak from critics who played the game either as a trading game or as a 17th century ship battle simulation. The game did not excel in either of these roles but that didn't make it a bad game. Blending world conquest, sea combat and establishing a trading empire, East India Company offered more than enough gameplay to be a pleasurable experience. East India Company: Privateer is a whole different beast entirely. The world conquest has been removed and the trading element has been downplayed. Suddenly, East India Company turns into the 17th century ship battle simulation after all. The question is, did Nitro Games add enough back into the game to make it enjoyable?"