Star Merchant

Latest Release: 1.1 (February 6th, 2009)

This is the official page of Star Merchant, a game that I ported from BASIC source to C using PDCurses.  It is a game of interstellar trade and commerce.  Fly your ship from one starport to the next buying and selling goods, all the while managing your ship, paying your crew, and renewing your lease.

The goal of the game is to get to 1 billion credits so you can buy your own planet and retire.  Good luck!

Star Merchant for Linux

After running Star Merchant through the GCC wringer and writing a Makefile, you can now enjoy it on Linux by downloading the source code and compiling from the same source as Windows!  I recommend the following command-line to ease installation:

sudo make && sudo make install

To uninstall, run:

sudo make uninstall

Run under sudo to prevent any permission issues with compiling and installation of the binary.  The default binary is called starmerch and installs itself into the /usr/bin directory.

Dependencies: You will need the NCurses library installed for this to work.

Star Merchant for Windows

Windows users: If you just want to play Star Merchant, you can download the executable.  It is completely self-contained and quite small (78KB), but takes hours to play through.  Enjoy!

Star Merchant Windows Executable

Download Source Code

Star Merchant Source (for Windows and Linux)

This has been tested and will run on Windows 98, 2000, XP (32- and 64-bit), Vista, and Ubuntu Linux 8.04 32-bit. If there are any other distributions of Linux or any other *NIX you find compiles successfully, please let me know and I will add them to the list here.

The version of Vista tested was 32-bit, but I do not have any doubts it will run on 64-bit either due to its simplicity.

The source file comes with a Makefile for Linux and a Code::Blocks project file.


Opening Screen/Instructions on Linux (KDE)

Opening Screen/Instructions on Linux (KDE)

Ship Status Screen - Linux version (KDE)

Ship Status Screen - Linux version (KDE)

Starport Map - Linux version (KDE)

Starport Map - Linux version (KDE)

The opening screen for Star Merchant

The opening screen/instructions for Star Merchant on Windows

Instruction page for Star Merchant

Starport Classifications

Main Starport Menu

Main Starport Menu

Purchasing Cargo at Starport Sol

Purchasing Cargo at Starport Sol

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