"The object of the game is to make a fortune by acquiring as many companies as posible within each industry while building a monopoly." There are 12 different industries and the player begins holding one company in each. First, the player must raise funds through financing (either a bank loan, venture capitalists, or junk bonds), stock trading, and later greenmail (above market offers for stock the player holds, usually to stave off a takeover). The player only deals with one industry at a time, but can change at any time and use funds gained in one to take over companies in another.
It sounds simple, but there is a hostile corporation in each industry that is also trying to take over other companies. Additionally, there are three possible responses to a takeover bid: accept, offer too low, and no deal. In the case of "no deal," only a hostile takeover can be done, and the company will use takeover blocking tactics. And if a hostile corporation gets controlling interest in your company, you can no longer buy stock in that industry. Luckily, you can also use takeover blocking tactics.
Sequel to excellent but little-known Inside Trader, Corporate Raider is also an excellent stock market simulator. This time, however, you are owner of a company as opposed to an outside investor in Inside Trader. This role change means that you will have to adopt a different mindset and strategies than the ones you used in Inside Trader to succeed, although the goal is still to accumulate wealth. Instead of paying for insiders' stock tips, you will need to rely more on your own judgment and business acumen to pick stocks. As the name of the game implies, one of your goals is to corner your own industry by taking over competitors. At the same time, you must be careful of them buying YOUR own company and forcing you out of the CEO chair. You can pick what business you want to be in at the beginning of the game (e.g. automobile, retailing, etc.), although they don't seem to differ from each other much in the game's context, except that some industries are more competitive than others, meaning that you will spend more time trying to take over everyone.
Overall, Corporate Raider has much to please armchair finance enthusiasts. Although its underlying model is not as solid as, say, Wall $treet Raider, news items still do affect the market, and the many not-so-legal options you have at your disposal make the game refreshing.
People who downloaded Corporate Raider have also downloaded:
Capitalism Plus, Capitalism, Business Simulator, Computer Underground (a.k.a. C.U.), Oil Barons, Baron: The Real Estate Simulation, Ocean Trader, Oil Imperium
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