Boring and unattractive

There's not much of interest in this business-building game.

Venture is a very basic board-style game in which users build companies, take over corporations, and manage their stock portfolios. Unfortunately, it's not very fun.

The program's interface is basic and not particularly attractive. Part of the point of computer games is that they can be more dynamic and interesting than board games, but Venture is based on a grid-style board on which users build their business empires. Unfortunately, the 3D renderings of the businesses are rudimentary in nature, and look a bit like someone's homework from an introductory AutoCAD class. A built-in Help file explains the rules of the game. Users play against two or three computer players or log on to a network to play against real people. At any given time, there are six spaces on the game board that a particular player can use. With each turn users can establish a company, turn a company into a corporation, or merge with another corporation. Users also have the opportunity to buy stock in established corporations and must make strategic decisions about handling their stock when a merger occurs. When the game ends, the player with the highest worth wins. Overall, we found the game to be boring. It's not particularly nice to look at, nothing exciting happens, and we didn't find it strategically interesting. Users who are more interested in these sorts of things in real life may find it more enjoyable, but we doubt it.

Venture is free to try, but the trial version limits how many corporations a user can create. It comes as a ZIP file and installs desktop icons without asking, but it uninstalls cleanly. We do not recommend this program.

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