Eco Tycoon: Project Green

Game review by
Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media
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Good eco-idea falls short because of poor gameplay.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

You must communicate and compromise to save the world's environment.

Violence

Cutscenes show the results of natural disasters and chemical spills.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Without asking, the game places an icon for an unknown gaming Web site on your desktop.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this is a complicated ecological simulation game that comes with a poor tutorial. Players will see devastation resulting from natural disasters as well as chemical spills.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynutins2bad August 10, 2009

good for tweens down but not for kids above 13

while this game is easy to play their is succh a thing as to easy.
Kid, 11 years old October 24, 2010

not for kids under 10

it is very educational and helps everyone understand why we should be eco friendly

What's it about?

ECO TYCOON: PROJECT GREEN asks you to make the world safer by reducing carbon dioxide levels as you build power plants and deal with the unfortunate effects of global warming. Play this simulation right, and you'll be rich beyond your wildest dreams as you save the world's environment.

After you install the software on your PC, you'll be privy to a tutorial. By moving the map of the Earth with your mouse and touchpad, you can choose an area of the world in which you'd like to build mines and power plants. Click on various buttons on the left to erect these industrial monoliths, both eco-friendly and non-eco-friendly (like coal mines). Along the way, environmental crises will crop up to throw a wrench in your best laid plans.

Is it any good?

While the soundtrack soothes with a kind of techno-tinged new age music, the tutorial frustrates. You can't move back and forth between tips and if you do something wrong, there's nothing to help you but a frozen screen. Also, the program places a very unwanted link to a casual game site on your PC. After loading, the game changes not only the resolution of the game window, but It also changes your monitor's resolution as well, making it a pain to find your desktop items. And you haven't even started the game yet.

The game suffers from poor graphics and the tiny, confusing dialog from characters that appears on the screen. They're trying to be helpful, yet the misspelled words and odd syntax is confusing. With text and still graphics, government advisors make suggestions on everything from mining to politics to research. To cut down on emissions, for instance, you can introduce a carbon tax. But, filled with statistics, bar graphs and no soul, Eco Tycoon is far too taxing in itself.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what everyone can do to avert an environmental crisis. What ecological good deeds found in the game should be implemented in real life?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Valusoft
  • Release date: April 3, 2009
  • Genre: Simulation
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Violence

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