Venture Valley Business Tycoon
Intellectually stimulating, fun business and finance primer.
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Venture Valley Business Tycoon
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Venture Valley Business Tycoon is a simulation game for iOS and Android devices. The gameplay involves some positive themes, such as taking initiative to problem-solve, learning from your experiences, and planning to reach long- and short-term goals. Kids will get a chance to practice multitasking and use critical thinking skills such as analysis and decision-making. Competition is also part of the game, though, and they can enact cards that will cause other businesses to have operational problems, such as reduced sales. New aspects of the game are well-explained and introduced at a reasonable pace. The game emphasizes making the most profits in business, but it doesn't have any direct ads or indirect promotional references.
A very unique game that’s good for families
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A fun, competitive educational game that doesn't feel like schoolwork to your kids!
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What’s It About?
Kids can learn about entrepreneurship as they build up a pet walking business in VENTURE VALLEY BUSINESS TYCOON. In timed solo or multiplayer matches, they choose a location and can check their sales, revenue, and cash balance -- tweaking various aspects, such as wages, to try to meet revenue and other goals to win. Kids can put red and blue cards into play that offer bonuses like extra sales or give their competitor shipping delays or other issues. They can also invest money to earn more. They'll eventually add and run multiple businesses.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about handling responsibilities in Venture Valley Business Tycoon. How can kids determine which items are a priority when they are running more than one business?
How can kids stay calm when they need to manage multiple things at once? What are some ways to ease stress when you have a lot to do?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 27, 2023
- Category: Simulation Games
- Publisher: Singleton Foundation
- Version: 0.1.435
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later or Android 9.0 and up.
- Last updated: March 2, 2023
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