This is two games in a row. At this rate, nothing will get done.
I will confess that I don’t remember playing Taipan! on the Apple II (or C-64, for that matter … I was a chickenhead), so I can’t vouch for its faithfulness to the original.
However, it does play a lot like a cross between Sid Meier’s Pirates! and Lemonade Stand (or maybe dopewars, since you can traffic in Arms and Opium), both of which I can relate to. The games, that is. 😳
Most console-based games seem to be remakes of boardgames or tetris clones. It’s good to see a game with depth to it, that requires a little thinking, and a little time to play. Enjoy. 🙂