TradeHero

Sponsored Game Review: TradeHero

April 11, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Ever wanted to be the Wolf of Wall Street in your own little way? Well, that’s what TradeHeo allows you to do. It’s a game for Android that puts you in the shoes of a stock trader and despite the fact it’s a game, has a very serious look and feel to it. You start off with $100,000 to buy and sell stocks in company’s like McDonald’s, HTC, Samsung, AMD and more. Stock prices are as real time as possible, and you can take a look at a company’s recent performance right there and then in the app and you can connect with friends on Facebook to compete over who has the best stock portfolio at the moment. A sort of Football Manager but for stocks and shares, TradeHero is the game for those budding entrepreneurs out there.

How it Works: First of all, you’ll need to download TradeHero from the Play Store and then sign in. You can choose to sign in with Twitter, Facebook etc, but it’s a good idea to log in with Facebook as that makes playing with friends a little easier to do. You’re given $100,000 to get things started and as you can see there’s a whole lot of different companies to “invest in”.

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I’m going to invest in Ubisoft, one of my favorite game companies on account of the Assassin’s Creed series.

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You can buy as much stock as you want, but you obviously need to have the funds to cover it and  obviously you should make sure you’re making a sound investment. I bought quite a bit in Ubisoft (I’m betting big on upcoming game releases) and you can see what I own in my portfolio.

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You can compete with others in TradeHero and try to become the Wolf of Wall Street, or at least the Wolf among your friends, anyway.

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Opinion: TradeHero is a cool game, it allows you to trade stock as if it were real, without having to spend any money (aside from in-app purchases to keep your coffers stocked). This is yet another of those reality games, but instead of having tongue-in-cheek references all over the place like other games, TradeHero has a somewhat serious attitude to it, making this perfect for older players and those that want another hobby that they can take anywhere there want to take it. Thankfully though, you don’t need to have a PHD in economics to know how to have fun with TradeHero, so pretty much anyone can give this a try,

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – TradeHero works in real time to deliver the latest and stock prices and the app itself is a speedy affair, to boot.
  • Features (4/5) – With real companies and data to go on, TradeHero doesn’t feel like some made up nonsense, and instead feels like Fantasy Football, but for trading stock.
  • Theme (4/5) – While not graphically captivating – a game like this doesn’t need to be – there’s very little to complain about here and everything is easy to follow and find in-game.
  • Overall (4/5) – For those that enjoy hobby type games, TradeHero is a game that people will be able to really sink their teeth into and have fun wherever and whenever they are.

Pros

  • Real companies and real data from the NASDAQ make TradeHero a very fun game, indeed.
  • Easy to get started with and nothing is made too complicated, despite its appearance.
  • Real time changes in data makes TradeHero something that ties in with the news and real-world events.
  • There’s no need to be a professor to get good results in TradeHero.

Cons

  • More money to start with would be helpful for new players.
  • Some sort of animation or something like that could liven things up a little bit for younger players.

Conclusion: TradeHero is the perfect “commuters game” in my eyes, you can get up in the morning and check the news, then check your stocks. When a buyout happens in real life to shake the NASDAQ, you can capitalize in TradeHero. Building up your portfolio and rising to the top is something that takes time to get right and therefore needs genuine hard work spent on it. A fun game that uses real companies and real data in order to deliver a Fantasy Football type of experience, TradeHero is a great game for those looking for their next long-term type of game.

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