_Vermeer: Die Kunst zu erben_ is a Windows 95 remake of the 1987 game
Vermeer. All centers around Walther von Grunschild, a rich merchant and patron
of the arts from Berlin, whose art collection was stolen. Now he sends his
four nephews into the world to regain his paintings. The most successful of
them becomes his heir. The game starts in 1918 and ends when von Grunschild
dies. One round equals one day. The length of a round can be chosen between
five seconds and infinite.
In auctions the missing pictures are sold from time to time. But to buy them
the player obviously needs money. This is gained by opening up to 24
plantations in the Third World. There the player either grows coffee, cacao,
tea or tobacco. After the harvesting the goods get shipped to warehouses in
New York or London where the player sells it to interested companies. The
player has to be on-site for every action which means an important part of the
game is to plan ahead where he has to go during the next days. Another way to
win money is gambling at horse races.
Besides his business the player can visit art schools to gain the ability to
distinguish real paintings from fake ones. This is useful during the auctions
because it is annoying to buy a forgery. Another way is to hire a middleman to
attend anonymous to the auctions. This way the other players don’t know he
tries to buy a certain painting and it gets cheaper. Of course the middleman
can’t profit from the player’s expertise and is more likely to buy a forgery.
In Chicago the player can hire robbers to steal paintings from his