Gazillionaire!

Common Sense Media says

Econ becomes interesting when running interstellar company.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Gazillionaire! has a capitalist message. Players are free to respond to random encounters however they wish, in the same spirit as The Oregon Trail. For example, players may encounter a smuggler who offers to sell them stolen goods at a discount price, and they must decide whether to accept the offer and risk getting caught, or refuse him.

Positive role models

Players encounter a variety of personalities, from starving artists to con artists. Competitors range from ruthless and aggressive to naive and traditional. Most characters are motivated by profit and self-interest, but some are honest and will reward the player for helping them.

Ease of play

There are many layers of complexity that players can toggle on or off to suit their comfort level, in addition to a Tutorial mode to learn the ropes, and five levels of difficulty from Novice to Master. The game is menu-driven and requires no quick reflexes.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gazillionaire! is a browser-based, outer space-themed business sim that teaches kids about economics in a fun way. Up to six real players can participate in a game (as well as the six computer-controlled characters) for a total of twelve. Kids can play up to 20 turns for free, then must pay a $14.99 per year subscription to unlock the full version.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Math

  • counting
  • money
  • statistics

Social Studies

  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The graphics and sound are dated, but the game has a lot of depth and detail that could engage high achievers.

 

Learning Approach

Entrepreneurship, fiscal responsibility, and management get taught in-depth, but there's too much piled on too quickly. Gritty kids who stick with it should be able to transfer learning to the real world.

Support

There are tutorials, but they're not ramped as well as they could be. Players can monitor progress with charts and graphs. The developer's website links to teacher worksheets.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Math

  • counting
  • money
  • statistics

Social Studies

  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility

Kids can learn about the economy and money management, including the concepts of loans and interest, percentages, wages, and profit margin. Kids also learn about fiscal responsibility, which includes paying loans back on time and paying crew wages. Kids use information from graphs and charts (such as which goods are selling for a good price on which planet) to plan the most efficient way to spend money, fuel, and time. Gazillionaire! is an in-depth economics sim disguised as wacky space-themed fun.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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What's it about?

As the president of a trading company in GAZILLIONAIRE!, players travel to different planets, buy up goods at low prices, then sell them on different planets at a profit. Through charts, players can monitor the demand of goods across the solar system to decide which planet to travel to next. Like The Oregon Trail, players frequently encounter random events that require them to make decisions, and the result can either be harmful or beneficial. The goal is to be the first company to achieve a predetermined amount of wealth (which changes depending on the game’s difficulty level), while competing against computer opponents and, optionally, up to six real players.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Gazillionaire! isn’t the most polished package, and kids will spend a lot of time looking at charts and menus. But the game tackles the potentially dry subject of economics with enthusiasm, humor, and creativity. The ability to adjust the difficulty by toggling specific features on and off is a huge plus. Players can opt for a relatively stress-free experience by sticking with the tutorial settings, or add features like fuelling, staffing, advertising, taxes, and stocks for a more complex and realistic business sim. Kids will have fun while learning about important principles of the economy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about taxes. Why do we have to pay tax? What kinds of things are taxes used to pay for?

  • Families can also talk about loans and interest. Is it better to pay a loan down as quickly as possible? What can happen if a loan is not paid back on time?

  • They can discuss what they like about playing simulation games.

Game details

Platforms:Mac, Windows
Price:$14.99/year
Pricing structure:Free, Free to Try, Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:LavaMind
Release date:October 1, 2012
Genre:Simulation
Topics:Space and aliens

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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