Parents' Guide to

The Firm

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Look, swipe, repeat in mindless, morbid memory game.

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Though The Firm has its initial charm, it's not endless. But the monotony of gameplay is. To play, you simple swipe left to sell stocks, right to buy them, and deciding what to do is dictated by the earnings report on the company's prospectus, which uses an arrow chart to show how well the company is going. But it's always the same. For instance, if the chart is green and the arrow is heading down, you should sell, and if it's green and going up, you should buy; if the charts are red, you do the opposite. But once you have this memorized, The Firm is only challenging because of the volume and speed of the stocks, and the only incentives are purchases and promotions, which don't have much effect on the game. Leveling up usually means the stack gets bigger, which is frustrating, and sometimes the tap-then-swipe gesture doesn't register in the game. Also, the only profile available is a white male. Though the brainteaser quality of the game is fun for one round, the game just doesn't offer enough variation or satisfaction to keep players coming back.

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