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Fairy Godmother Tycoon

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Wacky fairytale biz sim lets kids conjure riches.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about money, counting, fiscal responsibility, the economy, and the principles of supply and demand as they transform a modest potions business into a monopolistic empire. They experiment with different strategies as they work to achieve each level’s goals. Kids must also think quickly to respond on the fly to crises like running out of ingredients. Fairy Godmother Tycoon uses offbeat humor as a way to pull kids into playing this fun business sim that teaches kids about economics.

Positive messages

Outlandish business practices, but they are presented as satire.

Positive role models

Players are encouraged to engage in cutthroat business practices to put the competition out of business (such as putting up barriers in front of other stores so customers can't get through the door). The fairy godmother (the player's boss) is a stereotypial ruthless capitalist. It's all meant to be satire, but this might be lost on younger players.

Ease of play

A tutorial introduces how to play, and levels become increasingly challenging as new concepts like advertising and shop upgrades are introduced.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

One reference to polygamist community.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

You can earn Pogo points to be spent on the publisher's site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One reference to a speakeasy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Fairy Godmother Tycoon is a comical business simulation set in a Shrek-like fairytale world with highly creative details. While kids as young as 10 can play, much of the humor will be lost on them, and they probably will misunderstand the outlandish, unethical business practices used by goons trying to take you down. Some news tidbits from this fairytale world include mentions of polygamist communities and a speakeasy, but it does a good job of teaching about supply and demand and leveraging money in a wacky world.

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What's it about?

FAIRY GODMOTHER TYCOON, a PC game from Electronic Arts' Pogo.com, combines Shrek-type humor with the entrepreneurial play of games like Zoo Tycoon or Rollercoaster Tycoon to create a hilarious business simulation. The game stars a fairy godmother who has a potions business in Onceuponia. But shrewd and unprincipled rivals are trying to squeeze her out of business. She hires you to expand her fledgling potions stores into megastore monopolies.

Gameplay is broken into two stages: buying, where you purchase ingredients and invest in marketing; and selling, where you watch the peasants come to your store and see how much they spend. Marketing is a tongue-in-cheek endeavor: While you can purchase flyers and junk mail, you can also hire unique helpers such as flying monkeys and goons.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Fairy Godmother Tycoon earns a high rating because it's an effective business simulation set inside a highly creative world. The fairy tale characters are familiar, but they grab our attention with their wildly unpredictable behavior. You'll find that building a potions empire is a highly entertaining business. The game can be downloaded from Pogo.com or comes in a boxed version at retail.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the outlandish things that happen while doing business in Onceuponia. How are advertising options similar to real business advertising? How are they different?

  • What do you think about the shady business practices you see, like hiring goblins to hijack trucks and steal ingredients? What is the game lampooning? What did you learn about business from this game?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions
Math: counting, money
Social Studies: the economy
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy
Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility, learning from consequences
Emotional Development: handling stress
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
Price:$19.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Pogo.com
Release date:March 3, 2007
Genre:Simulation
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Fairy tales
ESRB rating:E

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i think it is good for younger children.
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