Stocks & Bonds is an excellent PC port of 3M/Avalon Hill’s board game of the same name that remains to this day one of the best tabletop stock market simulations ever made. Starting with $5,000 in funds, your job is to invest in the game’s ten securities, buying and selling each year (= one round) to become the wealthiest stockholder. As in the actual board game, you can compete with up to eight players. One of the more interesting features of the board game original is the unique calculator that will tell you if you have had a Happy Monday or a Black Friday. This has been implemented quite effectively in the PC version. |
Given its age (first released in 1981), Stocks & Bonds is admittedly a primitive simulation by today’s standards, with simple gameplay and little variety. But still, for a game coded in BASIC it’s quite good – stock movements and impact of the bear and bull markets are realistic enough to keep me interested for a while, at least. And fans of the board game classics will be delighted with this rare PC version. Recommended if you enjoy stock market simulations in general.
Reviewed by: Underdogs