I haven’t done an app review in a while, but after playing around with this one for a month, I feel the need to say something about Silicon Valley: Billionaire. It is brutally competitive, all about making money, and was one of my biggest addictions for a while. Want to hear more about it? Read down below:
Much like the title suggests, your goal of the game is to become a Silicon Valley billionaire (ala Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg) by starting a tech company. You start off with a small office, and you have to hire employees, make investments, and upgrade your facilities in order to improve your operations, and make more money. What else it there? It’s pretty simple, as that’s all you’re essentially doing. However, don’t be fooled by the seemingly simple design of this game, because it does get more complex when you throw other variables in there, specifically... well... I’ll be getting to that eventually.
The gameplay, as mentioned before, is pretty simple. Building and upgrading your office, and hiring employees to run it. In addition to that, you can upgrade your software, as well as employee skill’s. Keep the app open and running to make use of the money as it comes in, because you don’t collect when you’re out of the game! When you get a substantial amount, you can eventually start investing into CDs, bonds, and other investments, which accumulate interest after a specified time, and are useful if you have to take a break from your phone. It’s also possible to put your savings in the stock market, but I would personally wait until you can afford to lose anything you put in there, because almost every investment I’ve tried has gone bankrupt: it’s very risky.
As you grow to have more capital in the millions, you’ll want to head down to the “companies” tab, which you may or may not have visited yet, and start looking at some of the real estate. One of the biggest elements of the game is purchasing other players companies, and collecting money from them, so you can grow even faster. Every company is worth a million dollars by default, and nets you $100 per second in revenue, but these numbers scale up as the business becomes more valuable. When I was playing for the first time, I got the revenue at my personal firm up to about $54/sec or so, so when I spent my $3 million in saving on three brand new divisions, I essentially added $300/sec to that, and made almost 6 times as much as I was before. Once you get a system of buying and selling going, it becomes much easier to dump billions of dollars into the investments every hour, and earn hundreds of millions in interest. Man, if only real business was this easy!
So, you got a huge company now: a couple franchises; one named “yourmumsgay”, and the other “dabdabdab” (actual names I’ve seen, by the way), and have maxed out everything that can be maxed out. So now what? Well, you’re not John Rockefeller after all; there is competition in the market. The world map you’ve been buying properties from is shared between a hundred or so other people, and just like you can buy out other companies, so can they. This leads to a vicious, constantly going fight for land and resources, so I advise that, once you’ve made your fortune, you get the hell out of there. At one point, I had owned about half of the companies on the map, and within a span of 24 hours, it was all gone. The world map is very hard to fully control; constantly changing hands and splitting up, only to reform and split up again. It’s one of the more interesting mechanics I’ve seen in a game like this: you’re not just destroying castles or building alliances; you’re taking over and controlling to grow your own wealth.
The End Game
What’s your goal? Sadly, once you’ve done all of that (make money that is), there’s not much left to do. You can try to rank on the leaderboards, but it’s difficult. You can keep making money, but it’s repetitive. You can keep trying to own a monopoly on the whole map, but its ungodly risky. So, what are you left to do? Not much at all. The only sad part about this game is that there’s not much substance outside of the main gameplay. It is just a free application for your phone, so I wasn’t expecting much, but am nonetheless sad and disappointed.
As you know, I give three scores: the noob score, the pro score, and my own personal score, one right after the other. So:
For the average player, or the casual app-goer, I have to rate this game at a very solid 85/100. If you like business games that aren’t too complicated, you’re sure to get a kick out of this one. It’s easy, but difficult at the same time, and it hits a near perfect balance of laziness to let your company run itself, but energy to keep checking on it and manage your domain. A truly grand product.
As for the seasoned gamer, or the veteran strategist, this game also has a lot of appeal, and still hits home enough to be ranked at a 80/100. You can play it for hours straight. True, you might not be doing much, but it’s the planning that goes into it that takes time: what should I buy next? If I buy this, will people attack me? How much can I afford to put into stocks? Investments? There are a ton of different elements that are sure to keep you going for a few months or so, which makes it equally grand.
Finally, my own personal ranking still stands firmly at a 79/100. The main reason for this is because I’ve been playing it for a while now, and am getting tired of it. It was almost hard to not play it every second a month ago, but since then, its presence in my life has deteriorated. Don’t be fooled though, if your new, you’ll still get a huge kick out of it. An average experience
Finally, how do I get the game? If you’re asking yourself that, look no further! It’s available for free, and can be downloaded off of ITunes or the Google Play store; just search “Silicon Valley: Billionaire”.
Thanks for reading everyone! Did you agree with my scores? Did you think they were fair? Which categories do you fall under? Feel free to let me know down in the comments, and please leave a like if you like (and if you didn’t, tell me why!), and if you really liked, please share it with your friends. With that said, I'll be back next week with some more articles, so don’t touch that dial!
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