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Notorious Inc.

DoraChickadee Games' sim game Notorious Inc., also available on iOS and Android, is only for the unscrupulous, the ne'er-do-wells, and the just plain rotten... or at least anyone who doesn't mind pretending to be those things. With its tongue firmly planted in cheek, the game sets you up as the director of a very shady multinational corporation that makes its money by buying low and selling high on the black market. Turns out being an evil jerk takes a lot of leg work, so you'll travel the world from one location to another, buying whatever goods they have on the cheap in the hopes of being able to turn a tidy profit elsewhere. At each location, you can click an item to see what its average price around the world is... if the price the location will sell that item to you for is significantly lower than average, snatch it up and head off elsewhere to try to find some other dumb schmuck to take it off your hands at a higher price. It's not all smooth sailing, however... as you travel, you have the chance to encounter special events, and you'll have multiple options to handle them with different success chances for each. Back at your evil island of evil no-goodness, you can spend cash on helpful upgrades, everything from radio towers to listen for business opportunities, to training facilities to help place your eyes and ears everywhere... but only if your Notoriety is high enough.

notoriousincSometimes when it comes to simulations simplicity is beautiful, and Notorious Inc is definitely one fetching little gem. Gameplay is initially pretty straightforward as you hop from point to point on the world map, and the game streamlines your buying and selling by keeping track of both what the average item price is, as well as what you actually paid for your current inventory, so you'll always know when you'll be getting the best value. The clock ticks down as you travel, and when the end of the year comes around, a big chunk of your on-hand cash will be sent to the mysterious Philanthropy Fund... you can hide your cash in the bank to avoid this, but the Fund will be important to you later on. Your other "currency" is actually in the form of Junior Executives... they cost money to hire, but can be "spent" to accomplish certain objectives for you, or save you from hairy encounters. As you upgrade your island with better facilities, you'll unlock more options, but beware, the longer you play, the more challenging the game becomes.

Make no mistake, Notorious Inc looks absolutely fantastic, with its rich colours and quirky character design that make it feel professionally polished. The interface is simple, clean, and easy to use, which makes jumping into play and navigating around a snap. Its basic gameplay formula is simple in a way that some might find a little too basic without any of the more complex mechanics other simulations might offer, but it's also extremely addictive in its "one more day" style of casual black market mongering. Though there are a few typos here and there, on the whole the writing is engaging silly and cheerful. If Notorious Inc stumbles, it's that it gets a little too repetitive early on, especially when you're jumping from port to port, hoping you stumble across good prices with no way to predict where to find them, or even if you're wasting your time traveling to a place that suddenly decides it won't carry (and therefore buy) whatever's in your inventory. You'll have to do some grinding to unlock new locations and helpful facilities, but Notorious Inc is the sort of game you can play as much or as little of any time you want. I'd love to see a bigger, more elaborate sequel somewhere down the line, but if you're craving something casual, Notorious Inc. is well worth a look.

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7 Comments

I've completed the game quite quickly, in just 6 in-game years. Getting money quickly is relatively easy:

- Try to have more than a single item on inventory (to compensate for some markets lacking the product you sell)
- As time (and money) go up, purchase more valuable items. Trading Artifacts can give a lot of money.

Also, I've noticed something odd about the Philanthropy Fund:

Either notorious individuals don't need a lot of funding or digging the world is relatively cheap, at around 16k.

The way the endgame is structured seems to indicate that some endings are dependent on whatever is built on the island (particularly the Research Station). I don't know for sure because I bought everything and had around 6M in cash and deposits when I ended.

Overall, the game is nice to play if you have a spare hour to spend.

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Fun. WAY Too Short. Imbecilic lack of a Save feature. Seen better, seen worse. 4/5. Satellite Killer GO!!!

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greeork Author Profile Page June 22, 2014 6:41 PM

This one was fun, kinda like simplified economics from Sid Meier's Pirates! Also way too easy...beat it in 3y 40w without effort.

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Alkalannar Author Profile Page June 23, 2014 11:15 AM

For some reason, this is not loading for me under fully updated Windows 7, Google Chrome, and Adobe Flash Player

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Harrington Author Profile Page June 23, 2014 2:57 PM

Not challenging, for sure, but the theme and art style was charming as heck. Reminds me of the kind of pseudo-60s tone in things like No One Lives Forever and Evil Genius. I'll definitely be following this developer.

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silent george Author Profile Page June 26, 2014 3:43 PM

I second the comment that the lack of a save feature is imbecilic. I want to waste time at work, so sometimes I need to close out games to free up CPU or run a meeting in the small slivers of time in between gaming sessions. This is super-fun, but I don't want to start over everytime.

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Additionally, the random effects / day-end need to be activated after meeting at the market. What's the point of Day 1 if you arrive at the market and can't trade? I've also been short on cash and had a trade right there, but got automatically kicked from the random event.

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