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FARMVILLE

             FarmVille is a real-time farm simulation game developed by Zynga, available as an application on the social-networking website Facebook and as an App on theApple iPhone. The main way a player earns farm coins is through harvesting of crops. The player does this by paying coins for plowing a unit of land and for planting crops, such astomatoes on it, finally harvesting them after a certain amount of time has elapsed. The amount of time it takes for it to mature and how much money it yields when harvested is dependent on the crop planted and is noted on its entry in the "market" dialog.They will wilt, or become worth nothing after one and one half times the time it takes to mature has elapsed. However, a player can use farm cash to purchase an "unwither" to rejuvenate the crops or can use a biplane with "instant grow" to cause crops to be immediately available for harvest. Although the biplane can be purchased with coins, this special feature is only available for farm cash. As a player levels up more, crops with a higher payoff and economy will become available.

A player may also buy or receive from friends livestock and trees or bushes, such as cherry trees or chickens, which do not wither but instead become ready for harvest for preset amounts of money a set amount of time from their last harvest.

farmville

OREGON TRAIL

             The original version of The Oregon Trail (K+T) was created in 1971 by three student teachers at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, using a mainframe computer.

Players would control a little man who was capable of pointing a rifle in eight directions and firing single shots at animals. In later versions, players hunted with a crosshair controlled by the mouse. Bison were the slowest moving targets and yielded the most food, while rabbits and squirrels were fast and offered very small amounts of food. Deer (eastern section) and elk (western section) were in the middle in terms of speed, size, and food yield; bear were between bison and deer in all three properties. While the amount of wild game shot during a hunting excursion is limited by only the player's supply of bullets, the maximum amount that can be carried back to the wagon is 100 pounds in early versions of the game.

In later versions, as long as there were at least two living members of the wagon party, 200 pounds could be carried back to the wagon. It was extremely common for players to kill several thousand pounds worth of animals, only to waste the large majority of it. Some would consider this a realistic representation of the wild west. Also in the later version, you could hunt in different environments. For example, hunting during winter would result in graphics showing grass covered in snow.

OREGON TRAIL

PAPERBOY

             Paperboy is a 1984 arcade game by Atari Games.The player controls a paperboy on a bicycle delivering newspapers along a suburban street which is displayed in a cabinet perspective view. The player attempts to deliver a week of daily newspapers to subscribing customers, attempts to vandalize non-subscribers' homes and must avoid hazards along the street. Subscribers are lost by missing a delivery or damaging a subscriber's house.

The game begins with a choice of difficulty levels: Easy Street, Middle Road and Hard Way. The object of the game is to perfectly deliver papers to subscribers for an entire week and avoid crashing (which counts as one of the player's lives) before the week ends. The game lasts for seven in-game days, Monday through Sunday.

Controlling the paperboy with the handlebar controls, the player attempts to deliver newspapers to subscribers. Each day begins by showing an overview of the street indicating subscribers and non-subscribers. Subscribers and non-subscribers' homes are also easy to discern in the level itself, with subscribers living in brightly coloured houses, and non-subscribers living in dark houses.

paperboy video game

SOUTH PARK TOWER DEFENSE

             In South Park Tower Defense the player must use snowballs to fend of hippies, gnomes, old people, ginger kids (redheads), and other evil enemies, like sixth graders. The game provides different towers, which are more or less effective depending upon the target.

In order to defeat the enemies, let alone the big bosses like General Disarray, a player must strategize and spend the hard-earned gold coins carefully. The towers come in different prices and levels of effectiveness, so the user learns how to balance a budget and meet long term financial goals.

SOUTH PARK TOWER DEFENSE game

Financial Football

             We can all agree that personal finance knowledge is an essential skill for young people.

But we'd probably also agree that it can be a dull subject for them to learn.

The key to attracting and holding young people's interest is the way the information is delivered. Make it fun, and not only will you hold their attention, but they'll actually learn valuable knowledge.

The financial literacy video game was created by Visa and the NFL in 2005 and released in Louisiana in 2008. A new version of the game, Financial Football 2.0, which features Saints quarterback Drew Brees on the cover and is available for the first time as an iPhone application, was made available this week by the Louisiana Department of the Treasury.

Visa and the National Football League have teamed up to help teach financial concepts with Financial Football, a fast-paced, interactive game that engages kids while teaching them money management skills. Teams compete by answering financial questions to earn yardage.

Financial Football

Road Trip to Savings

             It is the best for kids, Meet the challenges of four weeks on the road as you steer your way to financial stability. This game requires players to make decisions about income, expenses and savings. Coming up short on cash means losing your wheels.

roaid trip game for saving

Ed's Bank

             It’s a online game. Help Ed collect enough money to shop for his favorite things. This entertaining game provides a lighthearted way of teaching kids about saving and differing money values. your kids can play and Learn.

 game for saving

Smart Money Quiz Show

             Test your money smarts with the Get-Out-of-Debt Quiz Show. Tackle topics as diverse as Internet banking and consumer scams to work your way out of $10,000 in debt.

It is simple and online game.

 game for saving

Countdown to Retirement

             Get ready to retire. This game starts with your very first job and progresses through your career to teach kids how the choices you make in life and how well you manage your money will affect your retirement.

Countdown to Retirement game

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