There have been some strange games released over the years. When I saw a stock market simulator email arrive in my inbox I was curious to check it out. After all I have played games like Goat Simulator (don’t judge) and Car Mechanic simulator, I could not pass up the chance to be a hot-shot stock broker. So here is the review and the chance to see if I can get a career on Wall Street or end up fired and go down in a spectacular fireball.
Developer: Power struggle Games
Publisher: Fellow Traveller
Release Date: 7th May 2021
CPU: Intel Core 15-7300U 3.5 Ghz / AMD Equivalent
GPU: Geforce GTX 660, AMD Radeon HD7870
RAM: 8 GB
HDD: 3 GB
Thanks to the publisher for the review code.
The Invisible Hand is a game that sees you get hired by a fictitious company called Ferios. You are hired because your last firm you worked for went down in flames spectacularly. You must complete an interview in order to get hired, but you don’t have any relevant experience and only get given the opportunity is because you have a family member who knows a guy, who knows a guy. After you pass the (easy) test you start your first day at the new company.
The game has a sort of introduction tutorial which gives you a basic primer of how the game works. After this you are then free to progress how you see fit. The game is mostly played sat at your terminal and you alternate between two monitors to buy, sell and use difference resources to get your leg up on the stock exchange market. The resource you will be using the most is the dark web called Geistnet. This is where you will get the latest insider information on the market.
You start with a cash balance that you can use to buy stock and this enables you to sell them high to make a good profit. You have a lot of information available to you on your terminal like a twitter-style feed showing what is happening in the stock market world. You also got the above-mentioned dark web. This is where you get information on stuff like if coffee goes up or oil comes down so you can make informed decisions.
While it all sounds great, the reality is that you have no control over how the game story progress. It is a good story, not great or funny but sadly whatever choices you make the same ending will happen. In order to survive the day, you need to make sure that you beat your rivals so they get fired and not you. Don’t worry it is easy to achieve this and just make routine decisions and you win, make makes it a bit boring after an hour or so of gameplay.
While it is not a simulator of the stock exchange it is a pity that it sometimes a bit unrealistic. The stock levels can change so quickly that it can get quite frustrating. But no matter what options you choose, the ending is always the same and everything you did get ignored and the game ends how it is meant too. The game lasts about 3 hours and then when it is finished there is no replay value which is a shame really.
The Invisible Hand is a entertaining game and does provide moments of wow. But sadly, most of the game is an illusion and gives a false sense of control. You can’t change the ending and this does make you feel disappointed that you played it. Ok for relieving boredom for 30 minutes or so.