I Like Big Boats: Trafalgar Origins

Feel lucky I didn't make a Breeders gag.

News reaches us that Preloaded have done another of their education games. You’ll remember the Tim-Stone favoured 1066? Of course you do. And if you don’t, you’ll have clicked on that link. This time it’s Trafalgar Origins, an arcade game based around tall-ships and Nelson generally kicking ship-ass. Or Stern, as I believe it’s known. My quick play reveals a game which simplifies a little (you fire a broadside and your whole ship counts as if it’s reloading), but includes a lot of fine details (multiple shot types plus floating powder-keg mines, wind direction, etc) to complicate it just so. And RPG elements with buying crew, facebook integration and multiplayer. Also just enough edutainment to justify its remit as part of Channel 4’s remit. Trailer follows…

Trafalgar Origins – Channel 4 from Preloaded on Vimeo.


  1. Daniel Rivas says:

    Oooh! Oooh!


  2. Jimbo says:

    Grand Theft Nauto

  3. Mister, Please says:

    The developer is actually Preloaded, not Playloaded.

  4. Bhazor says:

    Another game, along with Empire, which steals naval combat direct from Sid’s Pirates and no one mentions it.

    Still pretty fun though no where near as gorgeous or unique as 1066 and its swear fights.

  5. Sobric says:

    “Immersive historic campaign!”

    followed by



    I heard that that’s what Nelson messaged his ships before the eponymous battle.

  6. Fumarole says:

    … and I cannot lie.

  7. Brumisator says:

    Is it just me or does the 2nd tutorial get stuck at the little clock loading screen?

  8. Gap Gen says:

    I do like the “I rule!” comment that’s attached to the “Basic Navigation Tutorial Completed” mission on Facebook.

  9. g33kz0rd says:


    sorry, just got to post this, no one else done it xD

  10. Andrew Dunn says:

    Excellent. That 1066 game was pretty ace, this one should be good too.

  11. Mario Figueiredo says:

    Oh, floating cars.

    • RedFred says:

      That’s what it feels like to drive…I mean sail them.

      Messed up physics.

  12. Ian says:

    C’mon Kieron, it’s a good pun but we had it ages ago:
    link to rockpapershotgun.com


    • Brumisator says:

      Kieron Gillen says:
      March 11, 2009 at 3:59 pm

      Stealing that.


    • Ian says:

      I know. He’d been biding his time like the evil genius he is.

    • DMJ says:

      That’s exactly what I thought when I read it. Finally, the other shoe has dropped.

      Or peg leg.


  13. Mad Doc MacRae says:

    Kiss me, Hardy

    link to harkavagrant.com

    Didn’t like it nearly as much as 1066 (it’s way harder, too) but I’m a landlubber.

  14. Anon says:

    England Expects Every Man Will Download Adobe Flash Media Player 10.1.

    • JB says:

      And once again, the comment system really needs some sort of thumbs-up system…that made me laugh.

  15. Risingson says:

    A game that is about one of my country’s most notorious hall of shame? The little bit of patriotism that is left in me says “no”!

    (ok, I’ll try it at home)

  16. Chaz says:

    Does that come on the list after the defeat of the Armada in 1588. ; P

  17. Real Horrorshow says:

    Vive l’Empereur, Vive la France! This game is merde!

    Oh who am I kidding, Nelson did kick copious amounts of ship-ass :(

  18. erhebung says:

    This looks great fun, and I can get it to load, and I can fire… but the keys that control movement don’t seem to be doing anything! The anchor moves up and down, but “A” and “D” aren’t doing anything! Frustrating… Anyone else having problems? I’m using Firefox…

  19. erhebung says:

    Scratch that – things started to happen as I was writing that last comment…

  20. CK says:

    This was a cpu hog for me and just too slow to be any fun. I don’t know if my pc’s age was the cause, but it seemed to take forever to turn, resulting to long boring stretches of nothing happening.

  21. Po0py says:

    “An addictive social layer.”


  22. prom gowns says:

    Thats not really a really huge statement,

    but its all I could come up with after reading this. You know so much about this subject.