A complete port of the classic 1982 game Taipan!, balanced to mimic the original Apple ][ release. This game's look evokes the phosphorescent glow of an early-80's CRT, but its interface has been tailored for ease-of-use on a mobile device.

* Sail the Western Pacific of the 1860's!
* Trade exotic goods!
* Battle fierce pirates!
* Evade customs officials!
* Fend off muggers, cutthroats, and thieves!
* And, Li Yuen reminds you to always pay proper tribute to Tin Hau, the Sea Goddess!

Download the game for free, pay only if you want to extend play beyond 12 months game time. (We feel confident that you will!)

What's New

Version 1.5

Updated for 64-bit compatibility

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
89 Ratings
89 Ratings

Practically Perfect

Like many other reviewers, I was in single digits when I learned to play this game on the Apple II. And this is an awesome port! I love the extremely subtle adaptations for mobile devices, which only exist to increase ease of play rather than detract from the nostalgia of the original set up. Like auto save. Like turbo mode (if you elect to skip the pirate attack animations). The only thing I'm missing is the sound. This is such an accurate port - why not include the original sounds as well? I can still hear in my head the sound that's made when the player is alarmed to Pirates, but unfortunately, not on my mute game. It's not a big thing I suppose, but it does detract from one of the things that make this simple platform such a joy to play - total immersion in the nostalgia of the original. Karateka did a bang-up job with their port, and the original music was a big part of that. Sound is the only reason I'm giving 4 out of 5 stars. Please add the sound. Please, please!


Great rendition of a classic

Update: it doesn't look like there was an update, but after picking this game back up and playing it a few times, I am constantly getting beaten and robbed and mobbed by pirate ships. And I almost never get a chance to upgrade my ship or buy a gun. It has been a while since I've played, but I don't remember the game being like this before or even back on the Apple ][.

Old: The gameplay is spot-on, and better.

All the one-star ratings are a little unfair to the quality since they all relate to the fact that this game utilizes Apple's in-app purchase system instead of offering free and paid options as separate apps.

I'll grant that it could be more clear during the process about how the in-app restore would work. (Happens on the same screen where you hit "buy". There'll be a new option after you reinstall.)

I was previously uninitiated with in app purchases.

There's most definitely nothing shady going on!


All the money!!

I love this game. It takes me back to when I was in my single digits and Dad had just gotten the IIc. I used to keep the IIc running for days at a time, hoping a power failure didn't happen. I love the turbo feature, allowing the player to skip past hours of ship battle. And the auto save is a godsend. Today I essentially beat the game. I got ALL the money! Over 999 Trillion. It even displays in the bank line "All of it". I can keep playing, so now I'm going to see how big my ship can get, how many guns I can amass, and how long I can keep my shipping company "afloat."


Fair Oaks Labs, Inc.
3.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2017 Fair Oaks Labs, Inc.
In-App Purchases
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