AdVenture Capitalist

If you like idle simulator games like CivClicker and Cookie Clicker, you’re bound to like AdVenture Capitalist.

Summary

You start by owning a single lemonade stand and work your way up to donut shops, hockey teams, and oil companies. Increase your revenue by buying more stores and upgrades. Hire managers to run your businesses for increased efficiency.

AdVenture Capitalist

Review

AdVenture Capitalist
Hire managers to run your businesses

AdVenture Capitalist is very similar to other idle “clicker” games, but with a capitalist theme. For how simple these games are, they’re surprisingly addicting. I installed AdVenture Capitalist and before I knew it, an hour had already gone by. Derp.

You might like this game if you like…

  • Cookie Clicker, et al.
  • Optimization
  • Idle simulator games
  • Collecting virtual currency from virtual shrimp boats
  • Free-to-play games
  • Capitalism

Want to play?

Free on Steam, Google Play, iOS, and web

CivClicker

Do you like clicking things and building your own civilization? CivClicker is a new browser game (based on Cookie Clicker) that lets you do just that!

CivClicker

Click to gather each of three resources: food, wood, and stone. Once you have a shelter and enough food, you can start creating workers to do the clicking for you. You still need to manage the civilization, though, by hiring specialized workers, creating buildings, purchasing upgrades, worshiping a diety, raiding other civilizations, and trading resources. Randomly-triggered events like wolf/barbarian attacks and disease keep you on your toes, too.

I first heard about CivClicker from a tweet by @notch (creator of Minecraft):

Don’t Google CivClicker if you value your free time.

Of course, I couldn’t resist. 😛 For being a simple clicking game, it really draws you in. It doesn’t work well on tablets, though; while playable, the text overlaps and gets hidden under buttons.

Want to give it a try? Play CivClicker!

The Humble Sid Meier Bundle

The Humble Sid Meier Bundle

The latest Humble Bundle is a collection of Sid Meier games. Of them, I’ve only played Civilization V, which is now one of my favorite games ever. I’ve heard good things about Civilization III and Civilization IV, so I’ll probably pick up the bundle to see how they compare to Civilization V. Railroads! is supposed to be a pretty decent game, too.

Pay $1 or more for:

  • Civilization III Complete
  • Civilization IV: The Complete Edition
  • Ace Patrol
  • Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies
  • Railroads!

Beat the average for:

  • Civilization V
  • Civilization V: Gods and Kings DLC

Pay $15 or more for:

  • Civilization V: Brave New World DLC

I highly recommend picking up up the bundle for Civilization V alone and I’m sure the other games are great, too. 🙂

Civilization V

Civ V: Taking a city-state

Summary

I picked up Sid Meier’s Civilization V (Gold Edition) during the Steam Winter Sale, which is going on through January 3rd. It’s a turn-based strategy game in which you grow your nation from a single settlement into a vast empire.

Civ5: Suleiman
Interacting with other civilizations

During your turn, you manage your civilization by directing troops, producing new units, researching new technologies, founding new cities, improving the land, adopting new policies, expanding your religion, building wonders, and interacting with other civilizations and city-states through trade and diplomacy.

Civilization V has five paths to victory:

  • Domination – be the last player in possession of your original capital city
  • Science – build and launch a spaceship (requires a lot of technological research)
  • Cultural – complete the Utopia Project by filling 5 social policy trees
  • Diplomatic – win a vote in the United Nations
  • 2050 arrives – if no one has won by the year 2050, the player with the highest score wins

Review

Civilization V is the first Civilization game I’ve played and as a big fan of Age of Empires, I was really excited to give it a try. The ideas are similar, but Civ 5 has a lot more depth and strategy than AOE. Well, and Civ 5 is turn-based whereas AOE is real-time strategy. 😛

Civ5: Spaceship victory
Science (spaceship) victory

The game might seem a little daunting at first, but the tutorial does a decent job of teaching you how to play and your advisors (economic, military, foreign, and science) help with decision-making. The game begins with micromanaging a few units, but as time progresses, you start playing the game on a larger scale.

I really like how Civ 5 accommodates different play styles, allowing you alternatives for winning besides just wiping everybody else out. As much as I like being warmongering, it’s fun to experiment with different play styles, too.

I love Civilization V and I keep learning and improving the more I play. Just a warning, though: you’ll lose track of time when you play and you might find that it’s 3am all of a sudden. 😉

7 Wonders Board Game

I picked up 7 Wonders when it was the Deal of the Day on Amazon a week or so ago. I had never played it before, but I had heard great things about it and it had a 4.8 out of 5 star rating, so I thought it was worth getting. I’m so glad I did!

7 WondersIn 7 Wonders, you control one of seven ancient cities. You gather resources, trade with your neighboring cities, and choose to build up military, commercial, scientific, and/or civilian structures to make your city powerful. You also have the option of erecting a wonder, which gives your city various bonuses for every completed wonder stage.

I played 7 Wonders for the first time yesterday with 3 other first-time players. The directions were a bit confusing at first, but once we started playing, the rules made sense and we all caught on quickly.

The game starts in Age I and each player receives 7 cards. There are 3 Ages in total and each Age consists of 6 turns. At the start of a turn, each player chooses a card from their hand and everyone reveals and plays them simultaneously. Then, each player passes their remaining cards to the player sitting next to them and the next turn begins. Because you’re always giving your unused cards to your neighbor, it makes the strategy interesting. Do you play the card that will help you the most or do you get rid of the card that would give your neighbor a distinct advantage?

The game is surprisingly quick, about half an hour in length. Because everyone plays simultaneously, it should even be a quick game with a large group of players. Although I’ve only played with 4 players so far, the game works with 2-7 players and it seems like it would scale really well.

7 Wonders is a lot of fun and I think I’ll get a lot of play out of it. 🙂