When I was a kid I had this computer game which went as follows. At the beginning of the game, a random star field was generated. (Basically, asterisks were stars, dots were empty space.) On a turn you could start a trading post, and you could buy stock in companies. Companies were formed (if I recall correctly) any time a trading post was placed next to a star, or next to another trading post.
Companies grew as trading posts were added to them, and when they touched, they merged.
Your goal was to maximize the value of your portfolio.
I can’t remember what the obstacles in the game were. Other players? Some rules about mergers and such that made navigating them some kind of puzzle? Something else? I don’t remember.
Is this ringing a bell with anyone? Is this thing available for download somewhere, for nostalgia’s sake?