There aren’t many stock trading games on iOS, in fact, I honestly can’t think of any off the top of my head. When I heard about The Firm, I thought it was kind of neat that it’s a game that focuses on trading stock and the graphics looked decent enough where I wanted to check it out. Imagine my surprise when the game itself really doesn’t have much to do with the actual act of trading stocks but it more like a fast-twitch game that requires good hand-eye coordination more than stock trading knowledge.
On the plus side, it’s actually not a bad game at all, despite it being not what you’d expect. You are buying and selling stocks, but it’s been simplified to the point where you don’t need to know what the stocks are or how much they are. All you care about is if they are up or down and whether they are green stocks or red stocks. If they are green stocks, you want to buy when they are up and sell when they are low. If they are red stocks, you want to buy low and sell high. To do either of these, you swipe left to sell and right to buy. It’s a very simplified way of trading stock which is why I say this more of a hand-eye coordination style game than it is a game about trading stocks.
The goal is too see how much money you can make by buying and selling stocks. You want to quickly swipe away all the stock trades that pile up on your desk before the pile gets too high. If the pile gets too high, you’re fired. So basically, The Firm is a game to see how quickly you can clear away these stock trades without getting any of the trades wrong and seeing how much money you can make.
If you think of The Firm in terms of a game that trains your hand-eye coordination, it’s a pretty good game. Trying to keep track of what is red or green and if you should buy or sell can be quite challenging. on the other hand, if you were looking for like a stock trading rpg, this isn’t it. the Firm is a good game if you want to kill some time, but not a great game if you were looking to learn how to actually trade stocks.
App Store Link: The Firm
Developer: Sunnyside Games
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
THE FIRM, first game developed by a small swiss indie team, is a twitchy fast-paced ARCADE video game where you work as a trader inside a big corporation. React fast, stay focused, and you might become the new chairman of The Firm ! But be careful, because too many mistakes will get you immediately FIRED!
[Source: App Store]