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Frequently Asked Questions about Donations to Special Olympics New York

Will I get a receipt for my donation?
Yes. When you make your donation online. you will see a confirmation page and receive an email confirmation, either one of which may be used as an official receipt.

If you wish to donate via mail, please download this [ form ] and send in with your contribution. We will then send you a confirmation letter which you can expect within 1-2 weeks of your contribution.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Special Olympics New York, Inc. is recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible.

Our Federal Tax ID number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 23-7061382.
Click here to view our annual report and our most recent 990 Form .

How can I be sure you are using my support wisely? How much of my donation goes to support program activities?
Special Olympics strives to operate as efficiently as possible. A significant portion of our revenue comes from a broad base of donors, $10 and $20 dollars at a time. Every contribution makes an important difference. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, more people with intellectual disabilities have a chance to participate and experience the transformative powers of sports.

More than 88% percent of our expenditures go to supporting program activities – including supporting local training and competition, developing education materials for our volunteer coaches, outreach to recruit more athletes, family support, and much more. Maintaining these high standards is a priority at Special Olympics.

What credit cards does Special Olympics accept? How can I be sure my donation is secure?
We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa and PayPal(Online). Special Olympics takes every precaution to protect our donors’ information, please refer to our privacy policy. Companies we work with to process credit card transactions are among the most reputable in the field, trusted by major charities. SSL encryption and certificate services are utilized for communicating potentially sensitive data over the Internet. This method is the industry standard security protocol, which makes it extremely difficult for anyone else to intercept the credit card information you send to us. In addition to maintaining privacy and security controls over information you share with us,

May I donate in honor or memory of someone? Will you send a tribute card to the recipient?
Yes, donating in someone’s name is a meaningful way to celebrate a friend or remember a loved one. You can enter information in the “In Honor/Memorial” program. Special Olympics will send a note to the honoree or their family if you wish, letting them know that you made a donation to honor them. Cards are processed each business day but please allow 1-2 weeks for your honoree’s card to arrive in the mail.

I would like to get more involved with Special Olympics, how can I do that?
Whether you are looking for a way to play sports, be inspired or have an impact in your community, getting involved with Special Olympics is a great way to have fun and give back. Learn about ways you can join our community of fans and athletes and find regional offices closest to you.

Will Special Olympics accept a matching gift from my company?
You can double or triple your support of Special Olympics athletes through your company s matching gift program. Find out if your company is among the thousands that will match your donation to Special Olympics, allowing your contribution to increase opportunity for exponentially more athletes with intellectual disabilities than you could imagine.

I have sports trophies – can I donate them to Special Olympics?
Special Olympics athletes receive new, specially designed medals or ribbons as competition awards. We do not accept donated trophies.

I want to make a donation to sponsor someone in a local event, like a Polar Plunge®, but I don’t see the option for that on your donation page. How can I make sure my contribution is correctly credited to the event participant?

Most Special Olympics fundraising events like Polar Plunges® are managed locally, Special web pages set up specifically for Polar Plunges® and other pledge fundraisers. Please visit our website’s fundraising calendar for a complete listing to see whether they have an event donation page.

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Business
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Business simulations for training and education

Simformer is an unparalleled project. We have created not only a powerful, multi-user business-simulation environment, but also a platform that is fundamentally changing the current approach to business education.

We make learning more effective and practical. Our story is about making business education a fascinating process … from a school bench to a corporate university.

Our goals are to bring closer theory to practice, knowledge to skill, abstract formulas and definitions to real life. We hear complaints that the modern education system doesn’t keep up with the requirements of today’s businesses. We strive to eliminate this skills gap, to provide employees at all levels with skills that can be applied in any business environment, to help new entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes and be more effective at business development.

We unite the modern education system with a unique, multi-user business-simulation environment with flexible settings for courses and training programs.

Educators, instructors and corporate trainers have an opportunity to expand their technology tools, as well as promote their products through Simformer Marketplace.

Multi-user business environment Simformer Business Simulation (SBS). where real business processes are simulated, allows users to try daring ideas ranging from interactive school activities to corporate events.

We can “place” a company into SBS, and the company management will get a chance to test new products and services, innovative management methods, as well as evaluate employee strengths and weaknesses to identify and develop new leaders.

Our team offers a rare fusion of capabilities in the fields of educational technology, game design, business development, HR, and design and development of complex computer systems.

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Business games on Kongregate #small #business #funding

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Best Mobile Business Simulation Games

Best Mobile Business Simulation Games

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The mobile gaming revolution has brought just about every gaming genre — from first person shooters to war games and empire builders — to our smartphones and tablets. But not all games are about battle and conflict, with some tapping into the constructive side of your inner gamer. Business simulations, city builders and other management games let you unleash your inner mogul. Found your own mega-corporation, build a town from the ground up, or sail the high seas in search of fortune with these 12 business and management games for your mobile device.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (iOS) ($4.99)

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Can’t make it to your favorite theme park for the spring break? No vacation leave banked up for the near future? Well, you can still have a bit of vicarious theme park fun with Roller Coaster Tycoon 3. an iOS game that has you in charge of a theme park, managing its attractions, designing rides and keeping your visitors happy. You can even take a virtual ride on your roller coasters and rides. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is a full premium game, which means no pesky timers and in-app purchases to get between you and the fun.

Brass (Android, iOS)

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A mobile port of the hit eurogame, Brass (Android. iOS ) has players taking on the role of rival industrial magnates building up their many businesses, mines and factories in a newly industrializing England. Every turn, players play cards to either build or develop industries, build rail or canal connections between locations, or take on loans, jockeying for position with other players and attempting to take advantage of their own moves. The mobile version of the boardgame features a detailed tutorial, as well as numerous features to smooth gameplay. Players can engage in local or network multiplayer games with three to four players, or pit themselves against a moderately challenging AI.

Hipster CEO (iOS) ($1.99)

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Hipster CEO is a tongue-in-cheek parody of the startup world that puts you in the shoes of a budding entrepreneur making your way in the world. Players start out by selecting a product (such as mobile gaming, dating apps or file sharing) as well as a target market, and then you get a small amount of seed capital and an employee, and then it’s up to you to get the ball rolling. As your startup evolves, you can hire more staff and specialists, train your personnel or spruce up the office and more, all while keeping an eye on the bottom line, while courting venture capital or holding out for buyout.

Game Dev Story

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Just as it says in the title, Game Dev Story (Android. iOS ) gives players the opportunity to craft their own story as a game developer. Granted, the “story” basically involves assigning staff members to craft a video game with stats driving the results. But it’s still fairly addictive, especially if you possess some knowledge of the video game industry and its history. This inside baseball element gives the game a lot of appeal, but what keeps you playing is that eager anticipation of results: waiting to see what your staff puts out and the fulfillment of critical praise (or the disappointment of a critical drubbing).

Transport Tycoon (Android, iOS) ($6.99)

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Even with the addition of a modern touch UI, this is not exactly the most attractive game on our list. However, if you give it a fair shake, Transport Tycoon (Android. iOS ) will consume whole afternoons. With a business loan you need to pay soon, you’ll start buying vehicles and setting up the infrastructure on your journey to become the emperor of land, sea and air travel. Each level is a scenario with its own transportation problems to solve, but also act as open sandboxes to indulge in. If you love the freedom to experiment and have an obsession with details, Transport Tycoon is for you.

Fiz: Brewery Management Game (Android, iOS) ($1.99)

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Beer aficionados will work up a mighty thirst with Fiz: Brewery Management Game (Android. iOS ). As head of your own micro-brewery, you start out with a tiny operation selling small batches to local stores. As you grow in experience and develop new brewing recipes, you can make a name for yourself in brewing competitions, discover larger markets and improve your facilities and staff. Behind the cute pixelated exterior and the monotonous chiptune is a decent stat engine that allows you to fiddle with the quality of your beer, track sales figures and feedback, and run market research in your quest to become a powerhouse brewery.

Cook, Serve, Delicious (Android, iOS) ($3.99/$4.99)

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A different take on the business sim genre, Cook, Serve, Delicious! (Android. iOS ) demands business savvy and nimbleness. As the manager of an up and coming restaurant in a rundown business tower, you’ll serve and prepare food, flush toilets, wash dishes and more. In between opening hours, you’ll be buying food, upgrading equipment and improving your restaurant. ‘Menu rot’ will require you to keep things fresh by rotating items in and out of the menu. And when the day starts, you’ll be swiping meat cuts, tapping ingredients and pressing down drink levers. Cook, Serve, Delicious serves up a variety of things to do to make for a business sim that’s never dull.

Wizards Wagons (Android, iOS) ($4.99)

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Ancient evils have been defeated and peace has returned to the land. As the land’s resident Hero, you’re now out of a job, and the only way to make a living is to buy low and sell high. Wizards Wagons (Android. iOS ) is a tongue-in-cheek combination of trading game, tower defense and RPG as players travel through the land’s many settlements in order to buy and sell goods, upgrade their wagon and gear, and take on odd jobs and quests from the world’s many strange inhabitants. Besides the trading, players have to manage space on their wagons, as well as fend off attacks by bandits and monsters as they travel down the road to wealth.

Star Traders RPG (Android, iOS) (Free)

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Following in the tradition of games like Elite and Privateer, the Trese brothers’ Star Traders RPG (Android. iOS ) sees you as an interstellar merchant trying to earn a buck through honest trading or pawning the loot you win from fighting other ships. The game is nominally an RPG with its level-based accumulation of character abilities and turn-based space combat. Still, it’s the galactic economy that forms the game’s meat and potatoes. It’s a unique combination that will have you shooting and looting for a long time, despite the game ‘s lack of audio and visual polish .

A Story of A Band (Android, iOS) ($2.57/$1.99)

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A Story of A Band (Android. iOS ) casts you as a disgruntled musician looking to gain revenge against other bands by becoming a band manager. By imparting your rocking wisdom to young musicians, you hope to show everyone up. The game is more in depth than you’d expect. You recruit band members, choose a music style and invest a lot of time and money in improving skills and purchasing gear long before you can start being even recognized by the press. Sustaining the kind of momentum you need to get big is challenging, but battles with other bands is the most rewarding chunk of this game.

Football Manager Mobile 2016 (Android, iOS) ($8.99)

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As much a business sim as it is a sports game, Sega’s Football Manager Mobile 2016 (Android. iOS ) puts you in the manager’s seat rather than right on the pitch, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less challenging than any tycoon game. Players will need to carefully manage their personnel and roster, deciding on coaching styles, configure your team’s tactics, all while trying to please fans and owners, as well as keeping an eye on funding and the bottom line. A more detailed (and pricier) version, Football Manager Touch 2016 (Android. iOS ), includes a more advanced match engine, more features, and cross-platform saves between the desktop and mobile versions.

The Westport Independent

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Taking inspiration from Papers Please, The Westport Independent (Android. iOS ) is both a political parable and business sim that puts you behind the editor’s desk of a newspaper carefully dancing the fine line between telling the truth, selling newspapers, and appeasing the censors of the Loyalist Party. Each week, players choose a variety of stories to feature, as well as edit their content to make it more palatable, appealing, accurate or salacious. Once you’ve set your layout, fixed your advertising, and sent it to the presses, sit back and pay attention to how your staff writers react, as well as check out the mail, propaganda, and thinly-veiled threats from censors and readers. Can you avoid being shut down by the Loyalists? And can you shape the fate of Westport with the power of the news?





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Project Manager Simulation Game Game Corp

Rating. 8.3 / 10 – 6053 votes

Game Corp is a highly interactive, entertaining and quirky business management simulation game for older kids, high school and college students, and grownups who enjoy online games that involve business themes and thinking strategy. In Game Corp, you take control of your very own awesome computer game development company! Starting from scratch, you have to hire good workers, manage projects, create new flash games, and gradually build your business up from a small-time, mini-game development outfit into a highly successful global corporation in the online game industry! Hire the brightest technical minds to produce fun games, choose the most popular genres, utilize fab modern technology, and have excited gamers from around the world flocking to try out your latest titles! If your games prove a success, you can sit back and watch the (virtual) money roll in!

This interesting and challenging tycoon game is a good fun activity for practicing and testing out essential real-life business skills such as good money management, shrewd decision making and strategy planning, the ability to successfully motivate employees, and general project management skills. Your masterful multi-tasking skills are called into play as you react to fluctuating game market trends, and concentrate on a number of different projects at once. While some knowledge of online flash game genres is helpful, complete beginners and tycoon game newbies should also enjoy the fast-paced, mouse-clicking action! Can your company create sufficient enchanting games to be considered for the prestigious end of year Game Developer Awards? Happy team building and game developing!

How to Play: Your goal is simply to become a profitable company by creating, developing, and publishing online games from your very own offices. You play the role of the CEO and project manager all in one, and have to hire and organize your different team members, assign them to each game project, build working facilities, choose game genres, and more. At the beginning of the game, your helpful ‘assistant’ guides you through the basic controls of the game. We recommend that you pay close attention to your assistant’s instructions, as there are numerous different aspects that you need to get to grips with.

Use your computer mouse or touchpad to perform all of the controls. At the beginning of the game, you have an office space – but no employees. Click on the empty desks / workstations, then click on the ‘Hire Worker’ button that appears. Here, you can choose from a variety of different technical game writers. Next, it’s time to get them working on creating a new game. Click on the ‘Project Manager’ button in the bottom left corner of the game screen (the blue folder icon), and then click ‘New Project’. Next, you have to choose the genre of your game (adventure, racing, shooter, simulation, strategy etc). At the beginning of the game, you don’t have enough workers to produce all of the different genres, but that changes as you hire more staff. After that, you assign your team to the different production tasks (code writing, graphics, sound etc). Each worker can only perform 2 production tasks at a time. Finally, you choose the technology ‘tool’ used to make the game.

Once your team complete the production of the game (this takes time on the clock in the top left corner), click on the ‘Project Summary’ button in the bottom left corner, then click ‘Publish’. You receive virtual income from the publication and playing of your games. At the beginning. your games are of low quality, and therefore do not generate a lot of income. However, as you progress and hire more skilled workers, your revenues should increase. Later on, you can also market your games, and choose all different types of genres. At the end of each ‘Game Year’, an award ceremony takes place. If your company wins any of these awards, you earn huge bonuses which can be used to purchase new employees, tools, and workstations. Good luck!

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Choose from our full line of business simulations

Storyline

All of our marketing and business simulations share a similar storyline. Your students start a new company or a marketing division that enters the microcomputer business. They serve as the company’s or division’s executive team. They analyze market research data, form an overall business strategy and then make a set of strategic and tactical decisions with the goal to become profitable and to be the best competitor in the industry. The market they serve is competitive and fast-paced, the customers are demanding and the competition is working hard to increase their market share.

What differs in each business simulation is the level of detail and decision complexity in the various functional areas of business.

Play options

All of our simulations are available in the “play against peers” option. Whether your students play the simulation individually or as part of a team, this setup allows them to compete against other classmates.

A few of our simulations also offer the “play against computer-generated competitors” option. In this setup, each student or team will compete against the same set of computer-generated firms, rather than against their peers. This set up works particularly well for larger classes. The “compete against computer” option is available only for introductory simulations and a few intermediate-level simulations.

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Simformer – business simulations for online training, business games and education #selling #your #business

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Business
simulations

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Business simulations for training and education

Simformer is an unparalleled project. We have created not only a powerful, multi-user business-simulation environment, but also a platform that is fundamentally changing the current approach to business education.

We make learning more effective and practical. Our story is about making business education a fascinating process … from a school bench to a corporate university.

Our goals are to bring closer theory to practice, knowledge to skill, abstract formulas and definitions to real life. We hear complaints that the modern education system doesn’t keep up with the requirements of today’s businesses. We strive to eliminate this skills gap, to provide employees at all levels with skills that can be applied in any business environment, to help new entrepreneurs avoid common mistakes and be more effective at business development.

We unite the modern education system with a unique, multi-user business-simulation environment with flexible settings for courses and training programs.

Educators, instructors and corporate trainers have an opportunity to expand their technology tools, as well as promote their products through Simformer Marketplace.

Multi-user business environment Simformer Business Simulation (SBS). where real business processes are simulated, allows users to try daring ideas ranging from interactive school activities to corporate events.

We can “place” a company into SBS, and the company management will get a chance to test new products and services, innovative management methods, as well as evaluate employee strengths and weaknesses to identify and develop new leaders.

Our team offers a rare fusion of capabilities in the fields of educational technology, game design, business development, HR, and design and development of complex computer systems.

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Real Life Survival Game 3rd World Farmer

Rating. 7.8 / 10 – 22031 votes

3rd World Farmer is a serious-thought-provoking online game and business strategy simulation activity for high school teens and college students where you have to manage an impoverished farm in a dried out desert area of Sub-Saharan Africa. This is an exceptional survival role-playing game online, and gives you a striking, first-hand insight into extreme rural poverty, and the hardships and challenges faced by the millions of starving, struggling farmers and families of developing nations. In 3rd World Farmer, you have to make tough moral and survival decisions in order to provide for your underprivileged family, while enduring droughts, disease, poverty, corruption and war. How ethical will you be when you desperately need to pay your rapidly-ailing family’s food and medical bills? Will you accept virtual money to survive in return for storing chemical waste, and even housing terrorists?

The Deal: Your proactive mission is to help the head of the family turn this small farm in a developing nation into a commercial success. You must carefully budget and decide which crops to grow each year to sustain your family, and grow. There are several crops to choose from (corn, wheat, cotton and peanuts), and some prove more risky than others, providing potentially large earnings or huge losses. Make enough profit to invest in the necessary tools such as ploughs, harvesters and tractors to improve your crop yields. Increase your capital by investing wisely in essential buildings such as sheds, wells and barns. But remember, all investments have associated risks; wells can dry up, barns can be destroyed, and livestock may be stolen. Remember also Do not become too greedy! You must first prioritize your family’s health, or they may weaken, and be struck down by a deadly disease!

How to Play: Each year you must decide which crops to grow on your restricted budget. Use your computer mouse to select and buy crops, livestock, tools and buildings. Left click in the upper left corner of the game screen, and then drag and place the crops in your field. Left click your mouse again on a family member in the center of the screen to administer medicine and other options. When you have bought all your items for the season, click the “Right Arrow” in the top right corner of the screen to forward your circumstances one year in time. You then receive an annual report of how your farm has performed.

To succeed, you need to display good business acumen and strategic thinking skills to help ensure that your family, farm and community is safe and prosperous into the future. Carefully strategize and invest in “Communications” to coordinate sales with other farmers, “Infrastructure” for easier access to markets and “Crop Insurance” to give your family an income when your crops fail. Support a local “School” and “Clinic” for improved health and education services in your area. Donate to a local “Politician” who genuinely works for peace, health and prosperity for all. This will help benefit the long term well-being of the entire nation. When you have succeeded in purchasing the six above mentioned items, you win. Good luck with your new farming venture and survival challenge!

Discuss this interesting, thought-provoking game on the Learn4Good Games site with your friends, family and teacher! Whatever side of the fence or ocean you find yourself, you might take time to ponder how One world has a Third world.

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Best Mobile Business Simulation Games #business #bank #accounts

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Best Mobile Business Simulation Games

Best Mobile Business Simulation Games

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The mobile gaming revolution has brought just about every gaming genre — from first person shooters to war games and empire builders — to our smartphones and tablets. But not all games are about battle and conflict, with some tapping into the constructive side of your inner gamer. Business simulations, city builders and other management games let you unleash your inner mogul. Found your own mega-corporation, build a town from the ground up, or sail the high seas in search of fortune with these 12 business and management games for your mobile device.

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (iOS) ($4.99)

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Can’t make it to your favorite theme park for the spring break? No vacation leave banked up for the near future? Well, you can still have a bit of vicarious theme park fun with Roller Coaster Tycoon 3. an iOS game that has you in charge of a theme park, managing its attractions, designing rides and keeping your visitors happy. You can even take a virtual ride on your roller coasters and rides. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is a full premium game, which means no pesky timers and in-app purchases to get between you and the fun.

Brass (Android, iOS)

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A mobile port of the hit eurogame, Brass (Android. iOS ) has players taking on the role of rival industrial magnates building up their many businesses, mines and factories in a newly industrializing England. Every turn, players play cards to either build or develop industries, build rail or canal connections between locations, or take on loans, jockeying for position with other players and attempting to take advantage of their own moves. The mobile version of the boardgame features a detailed tutorial, as well as numerous features to smooth gameplay. Players can engage in local or network multiplayer games with three to four players, or pit themselves against a moderately challenging AI.

Hipster CEO (iOS) ($1.99)

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Hipster CEO is a tongue-in-cheek parody of the startup world that puts you in the shoes of a budding entrepreneur making your way in the world. Players start out by selecting a product (such as mobile gaming, dating apps or file sharing) as well as a target market, and then you get a small amount of seed capital and an employee, and then it’s up to you to get the ball rolling. As your startup evolves, you can hire more staff and specialists, train your personnel or spruce up the office and more, all while keeping an eye on the bottom line, while courting venture capital or holding out for buyout.

Game Dev Story

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Just as it says in the title, Game Dev Story (Android. iOS ) gives players the opportunity to craft their own story as a game developer. Granted, the “story” basically involves assigning staff members to craft a video game with stats driving the results. But it’s still fairly addictive, especially if you possess some knowledge of the video game industry and its history. This inside baseball element gives the game a lot of appeal, but what keeps you playing is that eager anticipation of results: waiting to see what your staff puts out and the fulfillment of critical praise (or the disappointment of a critical drubbing).

Transport Tycoon (Android, iOS) ($6.99)

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Even with the addition of a modern touch UI, this is not exactly the most attractive game on our list. However, if you give it a fair shake, Transport Tycoon (Android. iOS ) will consume whole afternoons. With a business loan you need to pay soon, you’ll start buying vehicles and setting up the infrastructure on your journey to become the emperor of land, sea and air travel. Each level is a scenario with its own transportation problems to solve, but also act as open sandboxes to indulge in. If you love the freedom to experiment and have an obsession with details, Transport Tycoon is for you.

Fiz: Brewery Management Game (Android, iOS) ($1.99)

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Beer aficionados will work up a mighty thirst with Fiz: Brewery Management Game (Android. iOS ). As head of your own micro-brewery, you start out with a tiny operation selling small batches to local stores. As you grow in experience and develop new brewing recipes, you can make a name for yourself in brewing competitions, discover larger markets and improve your facilities and staff. Behind the cute pixelated exterior and the monotonous chiptune is a decent stat engine that allows you to fiddle with the quality of your beer, track sales figures and feedback, and run market research in your quest to become a powerhouse brewery.

Cook, Serve, Delicious (Android, iOS) ($3.99/$4.99)

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A different take on the business sim genre, Cook, Serve, Delicious! (Android. iOS ) demands business savvy and nimbleness. As the manager of an up and coming restaurant in a rundown business tower, you’ll serve and prepare food, flush toilets, wash dishes and more. In between opening hours, you’ll be buying food, upgrading equipment and improving your restaurant. ‘Menu rot’ will require you to keep things fresh by rotating items in and out of the menu. And when the day starts, you’ll be swiping meat cuts, tapping ingredients and pressing down drink levers. Cook, Serve, Delicious serves up a variety of things to do to make for a business sim that’s never dull.

Wizards Wagons (Android, iOS) ($4.99)

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Ancient evils have been defeated and peace has returned to the land. As the land’s resident Hero, you’re now out of a job, and the only way to make a living is to buy low and sell high. Wizards Wagons (Android. iOS ) is a tongue-in-cheek combination of trading game, tower defense and RPG as players travel through the land’s many settlements in order to buy and sell goods, upgrade their wagon and gear, and take on odd jobs and quests from the world’s many strange inhabitants. Besides the trading, players have to manage space on their wagons, as well as fend off attacks by bandits and monsters as they travel down the road to wealth.

Star Traders RPG (Android, iOS) (Free)

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Following in the tradition of games like Elite and Privateer, the Trese brothers’ Star Traders RPG (Android. iOS ) sees you as an interstellar merchant trying to earn a buck through honest trading or pawning the loot you win from fighting other ships. The game is nominally an RPG with its level-based accumulation of character abilities and turn-based space combat. Still, it’s the galactic economy that forms the game’s meat and potatoes. It’s a unique combination that will have you shooting and looting for a long time, despite the game ‘s lack of audio and visual polish .

A Story of A Band (Android, iOS) ($2.57/$1.99)

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A Story of A Band (Android. iOS ) casts you as a disgruntled musician looking to gain revenge against other bands by becoming a band manager. By imparting your rocking wisdom to young musicians, you hope to show everyone up. The game is more in depth than you’d expect. You recruit band members, choose a music style and invest a lot of time and money in improving skills and purchasing gear long before you can start being even recognized by the press. Sustaining the kind of momentum you need to get big is challenging, but battles with other bands is the most rewarding chunk of this game.

Football Manager Mobile 2016 (Android, iOS) ($8.99)

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As much a business sim as it is a sports game, Sega’s Football Manager Mobile 2016 (Android. iOS ) puts you in the manager’s seat rather than right on the pitch, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less challenging than any tycoon game. Players will need to carefully manage their personnel and roster, deciding on coaching styles, configure your team’s tactics, all while trying to please fans and owners, as well as keeping an eye on funding and the bottom line. A more detailed (and pricier) version, Football Manager Touch 2016 (Android. iOS ), includes a more advanced match engine, more features, and cross-platform saves between the desktop and mobile versions.

The Westport Independent

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Taking inspiration from Papers Please, The Westport Independent (Android. iOS ) is both a political parable and business sim that puts you behind the editor’s desk of a newspaper carefully dancing the fine line between telling the truth, selling newspapers, and appeasing the censors of the Loyalist Party. Each week, players choose a variety of stories to feature, as well as edit their content to make it more palatable, appealing, accurate or salacious. Once you’ve set your layout, fixed your advertising, and sent it to the presses, sit back and pay attention to how your staff writers react, as well as check out the mail, propaganda, and thinly-veiled threats from censors and readers. Can you avoid being shut down by the Loyalists? And can you shape the fate of Westport with the power of the news?





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