Maybe it’s because I’m a business owner myself or maybe it’s because I like giving my kids every opportunity in the world, but I don’t want my children to learn business ownership skills the hard way. That is why I have created my list of top business games. I want to equip them now with some of the basics of business in case they want to open their own company in the future and one simple (and fun) way to learn is through play.
So, turn off the TV, grab a game, and make some family memories that will help them in the future.
Monopoly Empire is a newer take on the original game of Monopoly. It teaches the power of business branding and brand recognition. Rather than buying physical real estate, players earn money to purchase some of the most well-known brands in the world. They can buy Coca-Cola, X-box, McDonald’s, Samsung, Nerf, Levi’s, and more to amass a business empire and build their physical towers of operation. The player who fills a tower with branded billboards first wins. Start building an “Empire” today by heading over to your nearest department store or by clicking our Amazon link.
Take the role of an Angel Investor in this strategically-based business investment game best suited for older teenagers and adults. In Acquire, players learn how to invest in businesses, purchase and merge businesses, and sell business stock to make money. The player who acquires the most wealth wins in the end. I absolutely love this game, but of course I would… it’s what I do every day! Acquire a copy of Acquire today!
Amun-Re is a board game that teaches players the concept and value of business profitability – making more money than you spend. In this game, you and other players are pharaohs who attempt to build pyramids using the profits earned from farming, trading, buying, selling, developing, and building upon lands they own. The player with the most profit, points, and pyramids at the end of the game wins. Amun-Re is best suited for teenagers aged 15 years old and above.
Great fun for teenagers and adults alike, Puerto Rico is a game that challenges players to build, expand, and manage a colony (like you would a business). Players choose a role to play – mayor, captain, settler, trader, prospector, craftsman, or builder. Then, they learn how to increase the production of goods, how to sell and trade goods and services, how to build cities and commerce, and how to manage people. He who earns the most victory points wins! Pick up Puerto Rico for your next game night over at Amazon.
Not all business games are for the older kids. Fotorama Lemonade Stand is an innovative game for kids ages 6 to 15 years old. Players start by borrowing money from the bank to build a virtual lemonade stand and to buy ingredients to make their lemonade products. As they continue to play the game, they learn how factors such as location, weather, price, advertising, customer service, and product development can affect business and sales. When players reach the end of a business day, they pay back their purchase loan plus interest to the bank and count up the profit that remains. The player with the most profit wins! Fotorama Lemonade Stand is so much fun they won’t know they are learning basic business principles.
If the innocence of a small town lemonade stand is not your cup of tea, then aggressive games like Captains of Industry might be for you. The concept of this game is to dominate the marketplace by mastering the concept of supply and demand… by all means possible. Your goal is to build a dominant business using such tools as investing in technology to increase efficiency, building facilities to control supply, developing real estate, and basically undercutting the competition. Obviously, this game is for an older, thicker-skinned crowd. If that is you, head over to Amazon and grab a copy of Captains of Industry today!
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