Hi guys and girls, today we are looking at Wongamania: Banana Economy from Singapore based game studio Capital Gains. This is a preview copy, so we won't be scoring it. So what is Wongamania: Banana Economy we hear you ask. Well the overall objective is to buy and sell stocks, properties and bonds and try and gain more assets than the other players. Get to a set amount of trust funds, add up your assets and if your assets are more than any other players, you win. Essentially an economic asset manipulation strategy game.

Welcome to Banana Republic, a political unstable country where the economy is controlled by political and business elites. You are one of the elite of this nation and your objective is to stash enough money in an offshore trust fund in order to retire comfortably. Invest your income in Stocks, Properties and Bonds and exert influence on the government to manipulate the economy for your personal gain. Orchestrate the downfall of other elites by destroying their personal life through car accidents, expensive divorces and shotgun babies. Do you have what it takes to survive in this cutthroat world of money mania!

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The interesting thing about Capital Gains Studio is that all their games take a sort of economic educational slant. You can check out their website to see more about that. “Wongamania: Banana Economy” sees players in the roles of political and business elites in an unstable country. You need to make shrewd investments to exert influence or DebtZilla, Taxopus and Onflationsaurus might destroy you!

And therein lay the rub. Of the games we played we had a few people quite enjoy the back and forth play of market manipulation and some people just checked out of the game. Take that games are not for everyone and “Wongamania: Banana Economy” is – at its heart – that sort of mechanic. Earn your salary, which differs dependent on the included spin wheel with the game, take your actions like drawing from the bank, discard or sell.

We can’t comment on the components because we’re using a crappy print and play version. We can comment on the artwork, which has a really cool cartoon style by illustrator Andy Choo.

Wongamania: Banana Economy is a re-implementation of the 2014 published game: Wongamania (only available in SEA), and multiple changes have been made to cater better to the international audience.

If you love financial based games and don’t mind a little conflict, you should definitely check out the “Wongamania: Banana Economy” Kickstarter page, heck check it out anyway, you might be surprised.

Wongamania: Banana Economy is up on Kickstarter at the moment with loads to go, so get on over there and give it a look.