Are you looking for an engaging, violence-free computer game for your youngster? As an added bonus, would you like your child to learn the basics of money and business along the way? Check out Roller Coaster Tycoon.
Here’s a quick review from my 9 year old who started playing the game when he was 6:
Roller Coaster Tycoon is a fun game and also explains the meanings of profit and money managment. For example, if you start off by taking a lot of loans, you will have negative money later on, unless the rollercoaster/ride has a VERY good profit. If you start off simple, it’s better. One of my tips is that I don’t put in food/drink stalls until I get a message saying the guests are hungry or thirsty. If you put food/drink stalls in too early, their profit will be negative and take away some of your money. That’s why I like Roller Coaster Tycoon
Here’s a screenshot of the Financial Summary from one of his parks:
I think he needs to renegotiate the interest rate on his loan!
As a parent, I highly recommend Roller Coaster Tycoon. It’s fun. It’s educational. Win-win.