If you've got the heart of a young entrepreneur but don't want to risk actual money, we've got quite the game for you. Where there's a will, there's capitalism, and your adventure starts with AdVenture Capitalism. AdVenture Capitalist is a tongue-in-cheek game that revolves around making money, and lots of it. Players are given a lemonade stand and told to create their very own empire by using capitalism to diversify and grow. It's all about learning business skills in the capitalist job market, but without the actual financial risk.
Title: AdVenture Capitalist
Developer: Hyper Hippo
Mode: Single Player
Genre: Clicker, Capitalism, Indie
Platforms: Browser, Mobile
It's a bit ironic that a game meant to reveal the seedy underbelly and corporate greed of capitalism is, in fact, using capitalism to make the creators money. Nevermind that it's a free game – not the way capitalism works, but let's get back to the gameplay.
AdVenture Capitalist is meant to be a background while you go about your day. Rather than be the sole focus, the game uses somewhat of a real-time business growth model to advance you through the ranks of the working world. You start off with only a lemonade stand. The going is slow and tough. You earn dollar after dollar, making little progress at first. Pretty soon, though, your lemonade stand has grown into two or three stands, and after that comes other business ventures such as a car wash or a newspaper delivery service.
Many decisions you must make as a business owner are the same as real life situations, though the game is a might bit more pretentious and snarky. Once you've grown a business to the point where you need help taking care of it, you can hire managers (we laughed a bit at manager Darky McGrumpFace) to run it for you. The top rung on the business ladder is the oil tycoon, but there are quite a few steps inbetween before you get there. The game goes at about the same pace as Monopoly, so don't expect your empire to grow overnight.
There are a lot of things to be learned from AdVenture Capitalist. First, capitalism can make you a lot of money. Secondly, it takes a lot of hard work. All the facetious references to crony capitalism and corporate greed aside, the game is actually pretty educational. Business in the real world doesn't quite work this way, but at least it's a start for those wishing to get the feel of starting their own business venture.
At the very least, AdVenture Capitalist will entertain you for several dozen hours as you strive to become the world's richest oil baron. Fans of Fallout might recognize a similarity in the interface during gameplay. The cartoon entrepreneur's unnerving smile and fancy suit will make you glad you don't have to stare too long at the computer. Just go about your usual routine and check back in. Like a successful capitalist, your money will make itself.