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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Big Ambitions 5 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
You start with some finance from an uncle to buy an apartment and get your first job. From here you slowly build multiple small businesses, grow them into huge corporations, or carve your own unique path. As you do you can own more property and go from a small apartment and public transport to luxury suites, fast cars and designer furniture.
Play involves finding a location for your business, setting up and placing every element and then opening the doors to customers. Maybe you want to start a gift shop, supermarket, coffee shop, law firm, clothing store, liquor store or florist? You shape how it looks and developers. Is it a single shop, a chain of fast-food restaurants, a huge corporation, or making millions online?
As you progress, success means more decisions. A bigger business means HR Managers, Logistics and Purchasing Agents. YOu also need to find the space and desks to put them to work. You can check out any building in the world as a potential space for your business, then fill each with furniture that suits your style and standing. Invest your hard-earned cash in real estate to grow your empire. Take over the city piece by piece.
The game focuses on capitalism and encourages players to take loans to invest and make money. This is always in the context of developing a business. You can create all sorts of businesses, some of which sell alcohol.
12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to deal with multiple systems at the same time, balancing the books and making decisions about stock, staff, customers and profits. You need to also be good at thinking ahead and responding to problems creatively.
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