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The financial simulation game reached its apotheosis in Parker Brothers' Monopoly and has remained a firm favourite of board-game manufacturers ever since.
Being a number-cruncher, the computer is the ideal medium and several versions of Monopoly as well as other more prosaic examples have been released over the last few years.
Stock Market Speculator is from BrainPower/Collins and takes you gently through the stages from being the lucky recipient of 10,000 sovs from dear old Aunty (deceased) to a money mogul and lord of the Stock Exchange - unless you go broke of course.
To help you decide how to invest your money, a great deal of on-screen information is offered: details of individual (real-life) companies (high and low prices, dividend figures and so on) as well as relevant news flashes, advice from your stockbroker and your overall performance presented graphically and compared to the performance, over the same period, of your money invested in a Building Society.
There's a wealth of detail, too, in the thick manual which covers each company in depth and finishes with a close look at the stock market and how to play it.
The manual is good, but seems to have been put together before the game was finished, as many of the menus shown as examples in the manual are now different in the program itself.
A few rough edges in programming lose the program a star, and I feel that Brainpower missed an opportunity to go one further and allow data from the daily papers to be input - as it is, Speculator is a good way to pass the time until that cheque from Aunty arrives.
Tony Bridge, PopularComputingWeekly86011
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