Play the strategy game of money, power and wealth. Monitor your business performance against competitors, plot your strategy, even engineer hostile take-overs. Deal with the kind of events that keep real CEOs on their toes - riots, disease, technological breakthroughs and more. Create your own scenarios as you play through unique historical and futuristic levels. Play solo against the computer or against a friend via the Internet.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: EVERYONE, PEGI Rating: 3+
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard. Patched to version 1.0
Posted on 2009-02-20 04:57:45 byDrIstvaan:
...and Capitalism Plus sure delivers the fun! Also, it's all about money.
This game truly showcases the essence of GOG: it is a good (or even great) old game, a real gem from the mid-nineties! I recall playing it for long hours on end, trying to make my company flourish. It was one of my favorite games of the time, and I'm really glad GOG distributes this title now. I hope you'llread more understand from my review why I'm so enthusiastic about this game.
Basically, it's what it seems to be: a business simulation where you start off (depending on settings) either with only an amount of cash or some pre-established firms, and your goal is to make your corporation a flourishing one. You're given everything to do so, and it's up to you how to do this.
At first glance, Capitalism Plus may seem quite plain. That's because the graphics are really simplistic; they aren't there for eye candy, only to serve the functionality of the game. All you get is a screen, divided into four smaller ones, of which each has its own function (they show the world map, the area which you have selected, the type of the tile you're on and various info about that tile). That said, it still has some nice touches: every single type of tile, firm and unit has their own picture in the bottom left frame. For example, if you click on a piece of rural area, you see a slope, if you select a supermarket, you get a man putting something in his basket, and so on. Very subtle-yet-good way to liven up the otherwise plain outlook, in my opinion.
About the sounds there is even less to say; there are only clicks and some functional sounds, like the sounds of building or demolishing something. (However, the "nice touch" of the graphics is present here as well; for example, most animals have their own sounds.) The original game also had some soundtracks, which the GOG version, due to the lack of the CD-ROM, doesn't; however, you can easily make up for that: fire up any smooth jazz internet-radio and you're all set. (The original soundtrack was a sort of smooth jazz as well, as I recall. Well, mostly.)
What Capitalism Plus lacks on the outside, it compensates for tremendously in terms of gameplay. One of the strongest points of the game is the freedom of choice; there are seven types of firms to build and literally hundreds of products to produce and sell. You have so many possibilities to choose from, from farming to retailing, from frozen chicken to high-tech stuff, that you may find it hard to decide what to do first, and how to develop your company.
An other strong point, which is a direct consequence of the aforementioned freedom, is the complexity of the game. You can produce or buy basic goods, which can be processed into other goods, which you can then either sell (if they're products for the customers), or, in the case of semi-products, further process into finished goods to sell. For example, you can grow cotton on your farms, which can be made into textiles, which you can't sell to the public, but from which you can make jeans. An other example (for a slightly more complex chain): you get milk from a farm and mine silica from a mine. You then process the silica into glass, and from this glass and the milk you can produce bottled milk.
But complexity is present in other areas of the game as well: there are numerous charts that you can read to have a better understanding of how your business is going, from balance sheets to the popularity of your products in each of the cities in the game, and all of these go quite in detail.
Like I said earlier, your immediate goal is to make your business empire profitable, but, unless you play an open-ended game, there are some other goals to achieve; these can be having a given net worth, dominating certain areas, having a given annual profit and so on. This also adds to the gameplay value.
You can also set the game difficulty manipulating various settings; for example, you can set how aggressive your CPU-controlled competitors should be, how much cash they have, how local traders play and so on.
Capitalism Plus also has a terrific replayability value. After you finish the tutorial (which is extremely recommended in a game of this complexity), you have a myriad of scenarios to choose from, from the very basic Entrepreneurial Spirit (which is basically a place to practice the knowledge you gained in the Tutorial, since it is very easy) to the extremely challenging and absolutely non-forgiving Global Domination (in which you have to have dominance of every single market and have 100% ownership of your company, starting off in a very hostile environment, where all your competitors have well-established businesses and superior technology). In between are such interesting ones as the Emerging Dragon (you have to dominate the chemical electronic products market of China while creating at least 10.000 jobs) or Rule Britannia (you have to dominate the mining and manufacturing factors and have an annual operating profit of $500M).
And if that's not enough for you, you can create your own game: the program generates a random map for you, which you can then tweak to be to your liking (or you can load one from a file: there is a number of pre-made maps depicting real-world locations), you set the various settings of the game, you set one or more goals (if you wish; otherwise, you can have a "sandbox", endless game) and you're all ready to play your own scenario.
Also, there are three game sets to choose from, each with tis own products: Standard game set, Alternative game set and Food and beverages. The first two offer a wide range of products (but, of course, not the same), while the third only focuses on consumable products, and thus shuns mines and logging camps while making farms your single source of basic goods.
Of course, the game doesn't only has good points; there are some drawbacks as well. The biggest of these is that the game is intended for only a (thin) layer of gamers, given its complexity and many info sheets. Indeed, if you freak out when you see charts and graphs, this game is clearly not for you, as there are many of them in it.
There are also some minor but noticeable nuisances; for example, you have to do an extraordinary amount of clicks and double-clicks during the game (heck, I think there are more clicks done during a game of Capitalism Plus than during a StarCraft match!), which can get tiresome after a while. I know you have to click much in most every strategy game, but I think many of the double-clicks should be replaced by right-clicks; it would be much more convenient.
All in all, I find this to be an awesome game, with which one can play for a very, very long time and not get bored. If you have a knack for businesses-themed games, be sure to buy this. You won't be disappointed, and it has a more-than-friendly price now. The only problem that may arise is that you can as well say bye-bye to your real-life activities...
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Posted on 2009-03-07 15:10:55 bydeanco:
After about 20 minutes of playing Capitalism Plus for the first time, I almost uninstalled it and gave up on it. Thank god I perservered. Once you get past the learning cliff, the game will grab you and won't let you go. You'll spend hours running your company, usually running it into the ground, then clicking 'New Game' to try a new strategy.
Two caveats: One, the game is hard,read more very hard. If you're like me, and know nothing about running a business, you will probably go broke, even on Very Easy. Out of my first 15 games, I probably went broke within 3 years on 12 of them. Heck, I'm still going broke. And you'll be asking questions, like 'How are my competitors selling their products so cheaply?' 'Why is my store not making money?' Why isn't my ad campaign working?' Rest assured, there are answers to all those questions, and finding out the answers is a big part of the fun of the game, and very satisfying once everything 'clicks' and you're raking in millions.
Two, there are no graphics to speak of, and no animations. The only thing that moves are the cargos going in and out of your factories and stores, and the pie charts showing market share. Once again, once you start to understand what's going on under the hood, you'll be looking at those displays with rapt attention, as you try to figure out why cookie sales this year are down from last year. It's amazing that such an ugly game can generate such addiction, but it does.
Final verdict: easily worth the 6 bucks, assuming you don't give up on it right away. Go through all the tutorials. I actually went back to some of the tutorials after losing a few games. Give it a chance. If Capitalism Plus gets its hooks into you, you'll get hours of gaming pleasure from it.
Yes, even as you go broke for the 5th time.
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Posted on 2009-02-19 14:40:03 byEamonnG:
Lost my original CD, was delighted to find it available here....................had bought Capitalism 2 before as well, but in my opinion, this first version is far superior (graphics may look better in 2 but the gameplay no where near as good).
Have looked around at plenty of other business sims, and nothing comes close to this, inspite of its age.
Buy it !
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