Forget Sim City; if you’re really into real estate and love making fast easy cash, there’s no rush like flipping a house. Unfortunately, in the real world that’s a very risky and expensive endeavor that too many people have been making. The smorgasbord of TV shows that make house flipping seem like an easy way to become a millionaire has had many people sinking all their savings into a failed endeavor.
Luckily for real estate geeks (or wannabes) Shockwave has you covered. “Have you got the skills to succeed in the highly competitive world of real estate and property sales?” asks the game makers. Mansion Impossible is part business strategy simulation and part thrill of the hunt. It was originally designed for kids and teens but, just like vampire books, it quickly proved it had mass appeal.
Your mansion (ahem, mission)
In this world, you’re the real estate mogul and you can choose any buildings in the area you’d like. However, your goal is to raise enough money to finally purchase the biggest mansion in the city. You make money by watching market trends and learning that timing really is everything. You have to move fast to sell at the right time and buy when profits can be maximized. It’s the perfect adrenaline rush for future mortgage lenders or real estate tycoons.
At the same time, you’ll be developing multi-tasking skills and it’s a great way to appreciate just how intense the market can be. How do you think you’ll perform under that kind of pressure? Gamers need to stay calm and keep their mind on the money at all times. Spotting a bargain isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
Every gamers gets $100,000 in virtual cash to start (you’re a mogul, remember?). At this point, you’re charged with only buying and selling properties as a means to make more money. You’ll see properties appear randomly just like they do in the real world when they go up for sale. The whole time, that massive Millionaire’s Mansion is glowing at the top of the screen, begging you to make enough to buy it.
All you have to do to buy a property is left click on it assuming you have enough cash. Once you own it, the icons by the homes turn gold. However, this is a very volatile and fast paced market. It could go up or down at any time. Will you be able to buy the mansion, or will you have to settle for a shack?