Parents' Guide to

Venture Valley Business Tycoon

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Intellectually stimulating, fun business and finance primer.

Venture Valley Business Tycoon: The opening screen, featuring the title.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

A very unique game that’s good for families

This is a great blend of fun and education. Players learn how to start and run many businesses, and compete against their friends. They are coached by funny characters and everything is free! No ads or IAPs. Very high quality overall, and not a waste of time!
age 11+

A fun, competitive educational game that doesn't feel like schoolwork to your kids!

A great family game! You can create a custom match and invite the whole family to play against each other. Works across phones, tablets and computers, so everyone can get in the action. The educational aspect is very cleverly concealed as necessary "game mechanics" - adjusting prices, marketing, wages, etc - that players generally don't realize they're being "taught" about business and finance, they're just having fun!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Younger kids may not fully understand the concepts in the game, but in general, the visual elements and characters help make it educational, but also entertaining. Created by a financial literacy nonprofit, Venture Valley Business Tycoon gradually familiarizes kids with operational aspects like setting prices. Playing against friends or fictional competitors, kids can see the impact their decisions have in real-time. They can see a projection of how much they're on track to earn, and increase it by upping their price mark-up. As they advance, they'll start running and will need to monitor more than one business at a time. They'll also be able to adjust more operational controls, such as advertising and product quality. Their goals can differ from match to match, and each one they reach will earn them a victory point. The game also offers some additional learning resources, such as a section where they can click on several characters who will describe what their marketing or other job involves.

During matches, kids can choose from a selection of random cards, or a handful they've chosen to use. Blue cards generally favor your business, while red cards give competitors harmful challenges. While the cards can provide a nice boost if you're having trouble, the ability to impede your competitor's results isn't always realistic, or necessarily nice. Focusing primarily on what kids can do to enhance their business -- instead of giving opportunities to impair other ones -- would send a better message. But aside from that, the developers have done a good job of balancing involved financial information with bubbly graphics, clear and concise profit and loss breakdowns, and narrative instruction on how both the gameplay and various concepts work. The content may not have the same visual wow factor as some of the more detailed simulation or role-playing games, but what's included helps make Venture Valley Business Tycoon an engaging experience.

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