Taipan! Mobile 12+

Fair Oaks Labs, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 3.6 • 112 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



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

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Updated for 64-bit compatibility

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

SuperFoxLinny ,

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!

listens for a living ,

Just like I remember it!

Now updated for iOS 11. TY! I used to play this on my old Palm Pilot. It was a fun game. I tried the other free versions, but they were not the same. I love playing this. I only gave it 4 stars because I think it's slightly over priced. Other than that its a great retro game.

Mb73965 ,

Starts out great! But then...

Played this game endlessly on my Apple II like 30 years ago. Randomly googled it today to find this app and I was stoked! Seemed odd that it was free at first but I was happy to pay the 3 bucks for ‘unlock’. They put in the effort to port it after all.
But after playing it for awhile, it’s not quite the game I remember. I remember playing for hours while I built up my shipping trade. Now I can’t get more than about 20 minutes before the game throws so much at you it pretty much kills you off. They’ve cranked up the difficulty like 2000%. But I don’t see why? You see this kind of stuff in p2p games with lots of paywalls. But this ones a flat 3 bucks. I don’t get it? Definitely needs some heavy tweaking to make it fun again.

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