|Developer(s)||Hyper Hippo Productions|
|Platform(s)||Android, browser, iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4|
Microsoft Windows, OS X
AdVenture Capitalist is a free-to-play incremental video game developed and published by Hyper Hippo Productions. It was first released for Browsers and Android in 2014, for iOS (published by Kongregate), Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux in 2015, and for PlayStation 4 in 2016. AdVenture Capitalist allows players to live like a capitalist and invest funds into certain products to generate revenue, by starting out with a single lemonade stand. The more revenue generated, the higher the player's cash is. A player can receive an angel bonus when resetting their progress, which provides a boost in all products' revenue for the next progress timeline. New areas of business have been added since the game's release, allowing the purchase of property on the Moon and Mars. A spin-off, AdVenture Communist, was released on Steam as early access on August 10, 2016, with the completed game being released on iOS and Android on November 16, 2017.
There are three areas: Earth, Moon, and Mars. The player starts out on Earth with a single investment: a lemonade stand. Tapping it rewards money over time. When enough money is earned, more stands can be bought. Saving up allows the purchase of different investments at the cost of more time until payout. Once managers are hired for investments, they will run automatically, allowing successful idle play, even when offline. Upgrades can be bought to add multipliers to any investment.
When the player reaches 1 trillion dollars on Earth, they can start investing in a new area. Once invested in, an area will unlock in 72 hours, but the process can be sped up using video advertisements, angel investors/mega bucks, or gold. Gold can be bought via in-app purchase with real money and can be used for purposes such as gaining angel investors without resetting, instantly earning money for a day's worth of idling, and more. Mega Bucks are bought starting at 1 decillion of an area's currency, and their price is multiplied upon purchase by a fixed increment (the game describes this as inflation). When the player has 10 Mega Bucks, they can purchase a golden ticket, which when used on a single investment boosts its profits permanently by ×7.77. After one has boosted a whole planet, they will gain an additional ×10 boost, which adds (not multiplies) to a ×17.77 multiplier. This multiplier can be upgraded further using Mega Bucks.
Since October 2015, players can also play a limited-time special event, usually around holidays and other annual events, such as Halloween or Black Friday. They occur once per month for several days. These events are themed like the three areas, having their own set of businesses and upgrades, but are only available during that their event. If a player reaches at least one of the objectives of that event, they will get a badge shown in the Swag & Stats page. As the player progresses in some events, they may acquire free gold or Mega Bucks based on unlocks, even a special badge that provides investment specific boosts when equipped. The events recycle, so if a player has missed a passed event, they will have a second opportunity to complete the tasks. Generally, these events last anywhere from three days to a week.
Since The Love Of Money update, the 'Swag & Stats' section was renamed 'Career', along with the option for the player to make their character female.
AdVenture Capitalist received mostly negative or mixed reviews from critics. Pocket Gamer criticized the game for giving little reward for progress, and stated that the achievements were dull. The review also found the in-app purchases to be too expensive, calling the game "a pointless waste of time" and "not much of an adventure." A review from 148Apps had similar opinions, calling the game "upbeat" but "a waste of time."
AdVenture Communist is a spin-off of AdVenture Capitalist, released on Steam on Aug 10, 2016. The goal of the game is to manage a mock communist state and become more powerful by buying different productions that produce resources. Specifically, there are five industries that all act as a different currency: Potato, Land, Ore, Military, and Placebo. These different currencies all have to be managed separately, with the exception that everything costs "comrades" (which replenish automatically) regardless of industry. As of December 2, 2018, the game has over five million installations on all platforms.
Adventure Communist has received generally positive reviews, but has been criticized for being too similar to its predecessor and an excessive use of microtransactions. Edamame Reviews gave the game 8.8 out of 10, labeling it as "awesome". As of December 2, 2018, the reviews for the game on Steam indicate it as mostly positive.
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