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  1. Chasten Ruin
    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best economic/business simulation game around, December 17, 2012
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    This review is from: Capitalism 2 [Download] (Software Download)
    I started playing this game when the original Capitalism for Mac came out back in the 1990s. It was one of my favorite strategy/simulation games of all times because there were so many different ways you could elect to play the game.

    The great part of this game is you can design your business in any way you want to design it. You can execute a high volume/low margin retail strategy, or you can decide to be a fully vertically integrated mega-conglomerate. Or if, you like to “live within your means” you can start with a small agricultural business, or corner the worlds supply of Gold or Oil and charge obscene prices for raw materials. All these choices are available to you.

    Or you can simply have a holding company, where you collect your $100k a year salary and you make your money buying commercial real-estate and trading stock on the market while waiting for the opportunity to merger or acquire a failing business (and its assets).

    There is no single way to play this game, although you may start a hundred different games in order to perfect the strategy you are trying to validate. That’s what keeps it fresh and new each time you start it up.

    I wish there was an expansion that added new products and innovations as time progresses, which would help make this game relevant. They also removed “Beer” as a commodity you could build and sell, which is not game breaking but its one of those things you wonder why they changed in the sequel.

    Considering this is the same game that came out in 2001, its held up pretty good. If only they would continue developing with even more complexity or adding expansions to the product to keep it relevant would be my only complaint.

    But if you like economic games that make you feel like you actually might have learned something, I suggest getting this game. It takes a long time to finally get acclimated to the way the game works, but be patient, in time it all starts to make sense. The design is not very intuitive, but think of it as part of the challenge. Soon enough it will make sense and you will be able to try and build your own successful business in as numerous amount of ways as is humanly possible.

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  2. Amazon Customer
    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Frustrating for Casual Players, November 23, 2012
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    This review is from: Capitalism 2 [Download] (Software Download)
    I am a fan of Tropico, SimCity and Anno 1404, so I thought I’d try out this game, which seems to have some similar traits to city-building or trading. The gameplay is somewhat similar in nature to those games, but there are a lot more parameters to track, and the AI opponents are expert players right from the start. There are a series of 8 tutorials which introduce you gradually to all the various features of the game. The tutorials will walk you through a particular aspect of the game and then set you loose to earn a certain profit level or dominate an industry.

    I don’t typically expect tutorials to be overly challenging – it’s more just getting you comfortable for the gameplay. I was only successful at one of them, and kept playing the others over and over again thinking I must have been missing something about the gameplay. The AI opponent is very powerful, and will build huge conglomerates and dominate markets in almost no time, when your stores take a year or two even to start making profits. By the time you can get products to market, the AI will already have better branding and quality, decreasing your ability to penetrate the market. But if you spend the money early on to advertise and research, you’ll go bankrupt before you can reap the rewards, especially in some of the tutorials where you are not allowed to take out a loan or issue stock. Some of the tutorials also span as much as 30 years, so they’re a pretty big investment of time and energy. I found that frustrating for learning purposes, as it takes a long time to learn from any gameplay mistakes you may make early on.

    The AI opponent also has access to game features which you do not in the earlier tutorials. For example, in early tutorials I saw that the AI opponent was building R&D centers, while I could not do so – they aren’t introduced until tutorial 7. So yes, it’s an interesting idea, and I’d really like to make it work, but I can’t. I still have a feeling like maybe I’m missing out on something, but whatever. I don’t have the time or inclination to spend on getting this to work. At least it was cheap.

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