Budget Boom

Player Rating3.59/8

"#590 overall, #30 for 2001"
based on 145 ratings since 12/14/2004
played 1,566 times (finished 184)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length2/8

"So short yo' momma thought it was a recipe"

Maturity Level2/8

"choking hazard for children under 4"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 6. To compare to the movie rating system, this would be G.


A practical game for reinforcing financial spending habits and making wise decisions. See if you can create a comfortable lifestyle without blowing your shoestring budget. Find out what's more important to you--money or happiness. If you like this game, play the next one, "Budget de Luxe", which allows you to leave the Spartan world behind and move on to mega luxury!

Player Comments

This could be a really great story/game. Unfortunately, while it is far too short and many choices instantly lead to death or a win, without any forethought. I'd suggest using variables to keep track of income, etc. and allowing the user to reach more interesting places by their own decisions, as the story suggests. This is still worthy of some attention.
-- madglee on 9/20/2006 10:03:52 PM with a score of 0
This certainly isn't great, but it shows some potential.

First, I'd like to point out that the writing itself is actually decent. Few grammar errors and the spelling is good. My only problem with the writing is that the author sometimes uses all caps with multiple exclamation marks. It makes you look much less mature and just generally isn't a good thing to do in a story.

Now for the content. The plot was somewhat there, but the story takes place over such a short amount of time that nothing can be developed. All characters only interact with the player through dry narration and nothing really changes. There's no real character to any of the people in the story. Another thing I have a problem with is that the story is set up to allow the player to control things and advertised saying that the player's actions will impact the future, but most choices just lead to a game-over or win screen. There's no real substance to this and it's frustrating. Also, some of the events are a little farfetched. *SPOILERS* Like why would the owner of the expensive apartment rig a lottery for you? WHy wouldn't he just do it for himself? It doesn't really make sense.

I'll offer some advice to close. Variables and scripting could make this story so much better. There could be a money variable and even random things that occur in the story to make it replayable. Of course, that would take longer, but that's exactly what this needs. It needs more effort and time from the author, then it could be actually pretty good.
-- Megumeme on 1/20/2020 7:02:17 PM with a score of 0
Good,little unconferbale
-- frankiehotdog on 7/17/2019 8:33:13 PM with a score of 0
good game
-- essee on 4/3/2019 3:14:17 PM with a score of 0
Good short game! :)
-- Gilad on 11/5/2017 3:08:40 PM with a score of 0
Whoa, that was severely lacking. It was set up really well and I thought it was going to take me through each day, choosing how to budget and so on...but no, one day and it's already over. Make this longer and it'll be really good.
-- Saika on 8/17/2017 7:12:57 AM with a score of 0
Nice little time waster. Could have been a bit longer, but all in all, it was still pretty fun. I actually quite liked the humorous bits aswell. 4/8

The diamond necklace dissolved my money. );
-- SonicTurboTurtle on 3/19/2016 9:10:25 PM with a score of 0
Not enough content but was amusing for 2 minutes
-- The_Dungeon_Master on 2/28/2016 7:19:05 AM with a score of 0
.....this game is short.....
-- kawaii_kitty on 5/5/2015 7:42:56 AM with a score of 0
Nice game. I like the way you made it.
-- Penworth on 3/7/2015 8:22:08 AM with a score of 0
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