Mar 29 AT 11:00 AM Eric Weiss 26 Comments

Market Millionaire. Android Game Review.

With the current financial situation people are hesitant to invest in stocks. Bad news from Wall Street is an everyday occurrence. Even blue chip stocks, the once mighty foundation of investment strategies, have taken a tumble. With that in mind Chicken Brick Studios, creators of the popular Plox: Tower Defense game, have developed Market Millionaire. Players start off with $100,000 of imaginary money and are tasked with building their wealth by investing in real world stocks.

Market Millionaire Load Screen

Market Millionaire Load Screen

The idea of a stock market game isn’t something new but the integration of real time data and the convenience of mobile gaming is and it’s always more fun to play with someone else’s money rather than risk your own

The main screen is a chart of the players stocks and is easy to understand for anyone who knows the basics of the stock market. It has a simple interface that is very intuitive with just two buttons, “Buy Stocks” and “Research”. “Buy Stocks” is the gateway to both buying and selling your imaginary stocks while “Research” links to Google’s Finance app. A tally in the lower right shows the player their current ranking based on their net worth. It is with that little number that a fun little toy turns into an obsession. I found myself refreshing (accessed from the Menu) dozens of times a day to check on my stocks current price and to see if my ranking had gone up or down. There is also a link from within the Menu that opens up the leader boards in the browser.

Some people may be turned off by the ads at the bottom of the screen which is used as a source of revenue rather than charging for the game. Dan Sherman of Chicken Brick Studios told me they decided to go this route to “see how it worked, both financially, and how users react.” I think it was a smart move. A free game is always a plus and the AdMob ads aren’t too obtrusive. It also allows people who aren’t necessarily financially literate to try it out and maybe learn the basics of stock trading without having to pay money up front.

Buying Goog Stock

Buying Goog Stock

Market Millionaire suffered a little hick-up during it’s start when an exploit was found that allowed players to buy stock without spending money. Some players were able to acquire a huge net worth (in the trillions) and to climb to the top of the leader boards. This was patched within a day and Chicken Brick Studios will be restarting the game on April 1 to level out the playing field.

Dan also let us know that they are looking into adding more functionality to Market Millionaire including short-selling, a history page, and making it possible to trade on a variety of US Markets. Chicken Brick Studios is also developing two new games, one of which Dan could only hint about; a top-down, multiplayer, network-only battle game. The other game is still being kept under wraps.

Market Millionaire is definitely worth checking out. You can’t beat the price and it is the perfect game for someone who wants to play a game a few minutes at a time and see how their decisions play out.

Market Millionaire
Version: 1.0.4
Developed by: Chicken Brick Studios
Price: Free
File Size: 215KB

Eric Weiss is a graphic artist, Red Sox fan, and Android devotee in Austin, Texas. Follow him on Twitter: txhoudini

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  • nEx.Software

    I meant to download this but haven;t gotten around to it. Thanks for the review.

  • http://www.phillyandroid.com PhillyAndroid

    I definitely love this app! If you have an interest in the market, but perhaps do not have the money to get started yet, this is a pretty cool way to test the waters, without having to lose a dime :)

    Well done chickenbrick :) Great integration with Google Finance and great idea!

  • oli

    how do you buy stocks?? where do you find the stock ticker code thing??

  • Gammax

    ok, this is a game made to educate???? right

  • Clarence

    I’ve always been interested in the Stock Market but I also have always been afraid to try it because of the opportunity to lose my money. This software has given me the confidence and the missing piece of information I needed to finally take that step. I started using this software and paper trading the last week of April of this year. It is now exactly one month later and I have 1.5 million in my MM Acct. I only wish I had this software 10 years ago and I thank you from the bottom of my heart… I have opened up a Scott Trades Acct and I am duplicating my MM Trades in my Scott Trades Acct.. I soon will no longer ever have to work again… And I thank you again for opening up that door and putting me on the right track to financial freedom…

    • http://Website Bob333

      I read your comment about the Market Millionaire game app that you posted apparently a long time ago. I turned $100,000 into $5.7 billion in only 3 weeks primarily trading cheap “.EU” ETF’s from Guggenheim and Claymore funds. I was wondering how well you’re doing for real, and if you have any advice for me as I’m planning on trading for real. Thanks, Bob

  • Tim

    Is this going to be updated to allow trades in UK stock?

  • J.W.

    Been playing this for a few months. Up $30,000 with the $100,000 the game “gave” me. Gah. Wish I had that in real life!

    • Nate

      I am up 64,000 in about a month.

  • http://Website jim

    this will sound crazy but i had little to no experience messing around with stocks and after playing for a week i generated 237,494 off the original 100,000 so i decided to open a real etrade account and have actually made $3400 off of $500 in real life within 3 days. This game may have changed my life :)

    • http://Website Bob333

      I too have done well with the pretend game money and want to start trading for real. Are you still doing well in the real world of trading? I’d greatly appreciate any advice or comments you could give me. Thanks, Bob

  • http://none JB.GiveMeMoney

    This game is SERIOUSLY addictive… makes me REALLY want to play with my money this way… I turned the original 100k int 5.5mill inside a week! I really wish it had a history of my price so I can track my gain/losses… and maybe even integration into my favorite real trading system to allow me to have a pool of real money versus practice; but then again, that may be dangerous and take the fun out of a quarter million loss ;-)

  • http://Website Israelj

    Want to create a virtual stock program where the free participants feed the best research possible for the softwares inventors to follow up on for their own stock purchases? Think about it, follow the best performers , who may be top in their field, or find recruits for your company from the top performers

  • http://michelcarroll.com Michel Carroll

    The game is bugged on my droid. When I log back in, I lose my user, and become somebody else. Very irritating…

    Too bad. Otherwise good app.

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  • http://Website jack

    i can not search indian stock s

  • http://Website Bob333

    I’ve turned $100,000 into $5.7 billion in 3 weeks primarily trading cheap “.EU” ETF’s from Guggenheim and Claymore funds. Has anyone tried this for real? Is it that easy? How do I go about this? I welcome any and all advice and comments. Thanks, Bob

  • http://Website mex

    no but i want do that
    i cant find same stoke in real markets

  • jack

    i have been playing but score doesnt go ahed

  • Arik

    Great app- i have the newer version of this app now. I find myself seriously addicted to it :)

  • Schime

    nice game
    and nice practice before u loose your real money

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  • Ben Kidder

    Please give me the cost and delevery on the equipment to get started. Thank you

  • Ben Kidder

    Please give me price and delivery on your game, thanks