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Tycoons by Crunchy Roll

February 2, 2010

Publisher Crunchy Roll
Platform facebook
Multi-account yes
Type Economic Simulation
Initial Review Date 2/1/2010
Last Updated 2/1/2010
FAQ
Files/Tools
Click here to Play

In this game you purchase businesses which produce goods, services, raw materials or tax revenue. These can in turn be used to produce additional goods or can be sold at a profit to other players. The object of course is to make as much money as possible. The game is a pretty cool economic simulation game of the most basic sort. It doesn’t have a lot of flashy graphics but what it does do it does well. The menus are fairly intuitive and descriptive. I had a lot of fun with this game over christmas a few months ago since it was one of the few facebook games I could play with the laptop I was using. This is because it consists more of planning then of clicking repeatedly all over the place.

The only real complaint I have with this game is that the invites are handled really poorly. There is no way to know which of your friends is already playing the game and you don’t gain any benefits from having friends until one of you accepts a blind invite from other. Obviously going to a tycoons site helps, but even then because it’s not as popular a game I’ve found it difficult to get enough friends to unlock everything. I probably have enough friends playing this game already but I don’t feel like going though the list of 200+ people to figure out who those people are.

Multiple Account Benefits

I was surprised to find that having multiple acocunts on this game is actually pretty marginal. while it is possible to gift items to yourself as well as money, the quantities are so small as to be negligble. So while technically you benefit, the benifits just don’t seem all that worth while. Probably the most useful thing this allows you to do is produce goods on one account and then mail them off to the other account. Of course doing this means you’re not upgrading or expanding the secondary account very much.

Getting Started

Right away the game will tell you to pick a sector that you wish to specialize in. It also will tell you which sectors are currently doing well. The choice you make here while important isn’t irreversible. So,
if you pick something that you decide you really hate you can always change. But it’s not unusal to dip into multiple sectors anyway so you’ll probably be able to get some use out of what you picked.

Right after you start, the first thing you’ll want to do is to make sure that the free business you were given is actually profitable. This is read from the number up at the top as shown here

If this number is red then you need to immediately sell your business and buy a different one in the same sector (if possible). What this number is telling you is how much money you gain from the product it produces, minus the goods it took to produce that product. When the number is red it means you’re better off selling the raw materials directly then you are using them to produce this good. If you find that you’ve had to change buisinesses you may want to consider also selling whatever associated raw materisals you got. Afterall, you’ll want stuff that goes with your new business.

Once you have a moey making business I would recommend checking out the achevements page and seeing which ones you can easily get. Completing achievements helps you level and leveling unlocks additional businesses. So, even if you end up buying stuff that you’re not really going to use it’s well worth it.

Also, you’ll have to make a decision if you want to be self sufficient or not. The downside is that you may not make quite as much money this way if one of your producers has a negative profit margin (it costs more to make the good then it does to simply buy it out right). However, the advantage is that you will always be able to produce and sell your end product goods without having to worry about market fluctuations.

Something else I’d like to point out is that you should pay careful attention to how much a plant can store versus how much it produces. This is because once a plant maxes out it’s storage it no longer produces goods until it is “emptied” so, depending on how often you’re harvesting your businesses you may find that increasing the capacity is what really gives you “more”.

All in all just try things out and find what works best for you. You can always get a good idea of your progress by checking your net worth graph. If overall it’s going up you’re doing great, if it’s mostly going down though then you probably need to find a better strategy.


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Ninja Warz – Belt Levels

January 12, 2010

As per request I’ve put together the following table. I’ve tried recording how much Health and strength increases at each level, but there were some oddities in the data which I’ve been unable to explain. But aside from the wierd glitch now and then you seem to gain an amount of Strength that is roughly equal to how much karma you spend at each level and an amount of health equal to how much health you got last level + how much karma you spent at this level.

So for example, at level it takes 2 karma to go from level 8 to level 9 and you gain +2 strength and +13 Health. then it takes 2 karam to go from level 9 to level 10 so you gain +2 strength and +15 health. Unfortunately, while this is the approximate rate that your stats increase the exact increase varies depending on what your intial stats were. so, instead of gaining 3 strenght you might only get 2 at a level and then then following level get 4, so it averages out to 3 at each of those levels. Because of this I have left out these numbers from the following table.

Level Belt Color Karma to Train Karma Refund Total Karma Spent
1 White 1 0 0
2 White 1 1 1
3 White 1 2 2
4 White 1 3 3
5 White 1 4 4
6 Yellow 2 4 5
7 Yellow 2 6 7
8 Yellow 2 8 9
9 Yellow 2 9 11
10 Yellow 2 11 13
11 Orange 3 12 15
12 Orange 3 15 18
13 Orange 3 17 21
14 Orange 3 20 24
15 Orange 3 22 27
16 Green 4 24 30
17 Green 4 28 34
18 Green 4 31 38
19 Green 4 34 42
20 Green 4 37 46
21 Blue 5 40 50
22 Blue 5 44 55
23 Blue 5 48 60
24 Blue 5 52 65
25 Blue 5 56 70
26 Brown 6 60 75
27 Brown 6 65 81
28 Brown 6 70 87
29 Brown 6 75 93
30 Brown 6 80 99
31 Black 7 84 105
32 Black 7 90 112
33 Black 7 96 119
34 Black 7 101 126
35 Black N/A 107 133

Part 1: Ninja Warz – An Overview
Part 2: Ninja Warz – Achievements
Part 3: Ninja Warz – Mini-game Madness
Part 4: Ninja Warz – Gift Items
Part 5: Ninja Warz – Belt Levels
Part 5: Ninja Warz – Shuriken Attack
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My Town – Profit Values

January 10, 2010

ok, this article proved to be a little more challenging them others I’ve done of this type. To start with. These are the full stats of each of the buildings

Homes

Name Purchase Price Purchase Xp $ Profit Xp Profit Time (hours)
Suburban 10 3 15 1 4
Adobe 20 6 33 1 6
City 40 6 55 1 12
Spanish 45 6 80 1 24
Victorian 50 6 55 1 8
Bungalow 60 6 62 1 12
Medium Victorian 65 6 65 1 10
Small Condos 75 6 100 1 24
Medium Adobe 100 6 90 1 6
Medium City 150 6 111 1 12
Medium Suburb 250 6 90 1 8
Large Suburban 500 9 150 2 7
Apartments 675 9 300 3 48
Eco Friendly 1000 15 100 1 2
Luxury Condos 12500 17 700 6 10

Businesses

Name Purchase Price Purchase Xp $ Profit Xp Profit Time (hours)
Small Office 45 6 65 1 24
Small Shops 25 6 40 1 10
Small Business 30 6 23 1 8
Small Restaurant 70 6 119 1 48
Small Corp. 100 6 50 1 10
Small Factory 150 6 105 1 24
Medium Business 200 1 90 1 6
Medium Shops 400 7 140 2 24
Medium Factory 1000 10 150 3 12
Large Shops 1250 10 180 3 10
Office Tower 10000 15 500 5 16
Corporate Tower 15000 16 800 6 24

So, you’re probably wondering which one makes you the most money. Unfortunately, the answer to that question isn’t simple.

If we assume that the only constraint is space then the formula is

Profit per Square day = $ Profit x (24/Time)

This is essentially then the same as it is for other farm sim type games. However, you can purchase land pretty easily and each purchased plot is fairly large. This means that space isn’t really limited and that for the most part you are only limited by your money. This means you would buy some buildings and then use the profit you get from those buildings to expand further.

This can be calculated recursivley using the formula

Total Profit = # Buildings x (Profit/Purchase Cost)

Of course the Total Profit value you get represents how much money you  make at “collection time”. If we assume that all of this money is reinvested by purchasing more of the same building. We get the following set of equations.

IC = Initial Cash

R = Profit Rate

Cost = Building Cost

Profit = Money generated at collection

Price = Building price

Profit = (IC/Cost) x Profit

Now, if we take the Profit Rate to be

R = Profit/Cost

therefore the first three cycles can be expressed as

Cycle 1 (P1)

Profit = IC x R

Cycle 2 (P2)

Profit = IC x R + P1 x R

Cycle 3 (P3)

Profit = IC x R + P1 x R + P2 x R

If we make the proper substitutions and expand Cycles 2 and 3 we get the
following

Cycle 2

Profit = IC x R + IC x R^2

Cycle 3

Profit = IC x R + IC x R^2 + (IC x R + IC x R^2) x R

Profit = IC x R + IC x R^2 + (IC x R^2 + IC x R^3)

Profit = IC x R + 2 x IC x R^2 + IC x R^3

Now, since each of these terms contians ICxR we can pull this term out to the side, this gives us

Cycle 2

Profit = IC x R x (1 + R)

Cycle 3

Profit = IC x R x (1 +2R +R^2)

Profit = IC x R x (1+R)^2

Using the above method I can expand out cycles 4 and 5, resulting in

Cycle 4

Profit = IC x R x (1+R)^3

Cycle 5

Profit = IC x R x (1+R)^4

therefore if we take T = Cycle number we get the following closed form equation

Cycle T

Profit = IC x R x (1+R)^(T-1)

This equation represents how much money would make after T cycles assuming that you re-invest all of the money you make at each cycle into purchasing more of the same building. Using this we can get the following table. The values below are calculated assuming an inviital investment of $15,000 since this is the minimum amount required to purchase the most expensive building

Homes

Name Profit per day each Rate Expand (Cycle 1) Expand (Cycle 3) Expand (Cycle 7)
Suburban 90 1.500 22,500 140,625 5,493,164
Adobe 132 1.650 24,750 173,806 8,571,374
City 110 1.375 20,625 116,337 3,707,481
Spanish 80 1.778 26,666 205,761 12,250,497
Victorian 165 1.100 16,500 72,765 1,415,141
Bungalow 124 1.033 15,500 64,083 1,095,426
Medium Victorian 156 1.000 15,000 60,000 960,000
Small Condo 100 1.333 20,000 108,888 3,227,681
Medium Adobe 360 0.900 13,500 48,735 635,119
Medium City 222 0.740 11,100 33,606 308,048
Medium Suburb 270 0.360 5,400 9,987 34,168
Large Suburban 514 0.300 4,500 7,605 21,720
Apartments 150 0.444 6,666 13,909 60,549
Eco Friendly 1200 0.100 1,500 1,815 2,657
Luxury Condos 1680 0.056 840 936 1,164

Businesses

Name Profit per day Rate Expand (Cycle 1) Expand (Cycle 3) Expand (Cycle 7)
Small Office 65 1.444 21,666 129,465 4,622,459
Small Shops 96 1.600 24,000 162,240 7,413,978
Small Business 69 0.766 11,500 15,892 349,643
Small Restaurant 59.5 1.700 25,500 185,895 9,879,222
Small Corp 120 0.500 7,500 16,875 85,429
Small Factory 105 0.700 10,500 30,345 253,444
Medium Business 360 0.450 6,750 14,191 62,735
Medium Shops 140 0.350 5,250 9,568 31,780
Medium Factory 300 0.150 2,250 2,975 5,204
Large Shops 432 0.144 2,160 2,826 4,841
Office Tower 750 0.050 750 826 1,005
Corporate Tower 800 0.053 800 887 1,092

As you can see, something like the spanish home is great for expansion purposes but it’s low on the profit rate per day. Conversely the Corprate tower is awesome in terms of profit output but it’s terrible
in terms of expansion. So ideally,  you would use a high expansion building to intiially build up your cash until you’ve maxed out your. Then afterwards you can go back and replace those buildings with ones that generate large amounts of income for the space they take up.

Of course you also need to consider how often you can collect from each building as this can end up limiting your options.


Part 1: My Town – By Broken Bulb Productions
Part 2: My Town – Power Leveling
Part 3: My Town – Profit Values
Part 4: My Town – City Building Stats
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Mobsters 2 Vendetta – Hack a Secure Account

January 6, 2010

Ok, I want to start by saying this mission sucks. For the most part the rewards do not reflect how much of a pain it is to master. So, what are the rewards?  Well, as with the other mini game missions you get an item for getting a perfect score. Additionally, this is not indicated by the mission. What you get is the following item.

that’s right, it’s a mission item.

Not only that but it’s one that can be acquired from doing the “loot a warehouse” mission. What’s more unlike that mission this one only gives you one per completion. Granted it’s guaranteed that you’ll get a laptop but this is still pretty lame. You don’t even get a remarkable item for getting platinum mastery. This mission would be a complete bust except you do get skill points at every mastery level. It’s better then nothing but I felt like I didn’t really have much to show for the effort of mastering this mission.

Playing the Game

Ok, so just how does this game work? Well, when you start it up you are presented with the following screen

Basically, you are given 6 letters which must be used to create 21 to 22 different words. You are given some help though. As you can see there is an indication of how many 3,4,5 and 6 letter words there are. Not only that but each grouping is in alphabetical order. So, once you’ve input all of the obvious words you can pick apart what is left to figure out at least the 1st two letters if not more of the word you’re looking for.

Another helpful hint the game gives you is it allows you to shuffle the letters. there is a chance (though small) that you could end up shuffling the letters into the word you’re after. At the very least this can help you see words that you’d previously overlooked.

So, what if you’re still struggling in this game? Is there any surefire way to get every word every time? Well, actually there is if you don’t mind cheating that is.

How to cheat

So, once you’re fed up doing this game the “right way” you’ll probably just want to get it over with as fast as possible.

There is an excellent website that has a number of cheats… er “tools” for word games. The one we’re interested in for this word game is the tool Words in a word.

To use this tool you’ll want to open it up in a separate screen and arrange your screens so that it looks roughly like this

Next you’ll want to grab the little pull down menu that says 4 and change it to a 3. This pull down limits the smallest words that will be displayed. Since we are interested in 3 letter words and bigger we’re changing it to a 3. Keep in mind that because it defaults to 4 you’ll need to make this change every time you use it.

Now start the mission. Once you have your 6 letters type them into the text box and hit the Show Words button. The tool will then immediately display every single possible word. I’ve noticed that often there are more then 21 words listed. This is part of what makes this game so challenging. It’s easy to know words that are not recognized by the game which can be pretty frustrating.

Now, click back on the mobsters game and type away. I suggest typing carefully though. It’s easy to accidentally mistype a word without realizing you’ve done so thanks to the game telling you “that’s not a word” so many times. Also, it’s helpful to type them out sequential order to be sure you haven’t missed any. There were several occasions when I got though the entire list only to find that I had all but one word. Then I had to go back and figure out what I missed before time ran out. Every time the missing word was one on the list. Thankfully, you get the same reward even if you get all but one, though in a way it just goes to show how much this game is wasting your time.

Anyway, when done correctly you should be presented with the following messages

now you can get all the laptops you’ll ever want… whoopee! :/


Part 1: Mobsters 2 Vendetta – By Playdom
Part 2: Mobsters 2 Vendetta – Weapon Costs
Part 3: Mobsters 2 Vendetta – Attack a Convoy
Part 4: Mobsters 2 Vendetta – Disrupt a Shipment
Part 5: Mobsters 2 Vendetta – Destroy a Transfer
Part 6: Mobsters 2 Vendetta – Hack a Secure Account
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My Town – Power Leveling

January 4, 2010

The expereince you earn in My Town comes at a pretty slow pace and under normal circumstances it can take awhile to level up. There is however, a very quick and easy way to level quickly in the game.

To start with I had previously mentioned that the city structures are worthless. This is true from a normal game perspective. However, you do gain a large amount of expereince for purchasing these otherwise useless buildings. We can use this to our advantage.

If you look at the gas station, you’ll notice something interesting

You can see that you gain 25 expereince for placing this building. What you’ll want to do is buy and place a gas station and then sell it back. This results in us receiving 25 expereince and we only end up spending 50 coins. This means we can purchase expereince at a rate of 1 expereince for 2 coins. Given that it only takes a couple hundred expereince to level you can see how this adds up very quickly. What’s more the gas station is purchasable right away. I would however recommend against using all of your money to level though or else you’ll level without growing your money output. Instead I would suggest spending half your money to level. The other half should be invested in the highest profit buildings you can get your hands on. After all, the more money you make the more levels you can gain each day. Using this method I was able to hit level 13 in just a matter of days. You might consider using other city buildings to level however the money to experience ratio on the other buildings is worse then it is for the gas station. So just stick with buying and selling gas stations to level.


Part 1: My Town – By Broken Bulb Productions
Part 2: My Town – Power Leveling
Part 3: My Town – Profit Values
Part 4: My Town – City Building Stats
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Tanoth – By GameForge

December 19, 2009

Publisher GameForge
Platform Browser
Multi-account No
Type Rpg
Initial Review Date 12/19/09
Last Updated 12/19/09
FAQ
Files/Tools
Game Link Click here to Play

This is fairly straight forward. It reminded me a lot of Tiny Adventures, but with prettier graphics. Basically you play as a hero and go on adventures. There are a couple things you can do in the game but for the most part it’s designed to be played passively. That is, you have it running in the background while you’re doing other things, interacting with the game every now and then.

It’s interesting that in this game multi-accounting is strictly prohibited, and yet you wouldn’t really benefit from it in a meaningful way anyway. This is because aside from attacking the random person there isn’t really any character interaction in the game. You just do adventures until you’ve filled your quota of 5 per day and then you spend the rest of the time working. This of course is interspersed with some duels but having multiple accounts wouldn’t help you much there since you get points only for fights that against other players of a similar level as yourself.

Getting Started

Now, right away there is something very important you need to realize about this game. In this game money is more important then expereince is. Again money is what matters. The reason is pretty simple. you can spend money to directly increase your stats.This means that early on having a bunch of cash will improve your stats more then gaining a level will. So you want to always focus on the adventures that give you the most money.

Also, I would recommend against spending all of your cash on gear. While gear does help generally speaking you can pick up twice as many stat points or more by upgrading your stats directly. The main thing you get from gear is armor, block % and base damage. Everything else is just Icing.

Also, I would refrain from spending blood-gems unless you have to. This is because the only way to get more is to spend real money. So, it’s best to save them for items you really want that you would be unable to get otherwise.


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FarmVille – Multiple Coops and Infinite Coins

December 7, 2009

Well, if you thought being able to produce more then 1 mystery egg each day was cool. Wait till you see what I have in store here.

First I’m going to go over a few simple techniques. On their own none of these things is particularly fantastic but I want to help you understand how each piece works. That way even if they disallow the gaining of infinite gold later on, you’ll likely still have a few useful tricks.

Mailing Links

This is useful for any facebook game where you have the ability to post gifts to your wall. The following works for lost animals, flowers, ribbon awards, mastery awards and mystery eggs.

First you’ll want to accept the gift and go though all of the dialog boxes until you finally get to the one where you’re ready to post to FB.

Next you’ll want to right click on the picture and select the option to copy the url (this varies from browser to browser, I personally use firefox)

Now that it’s copied and since we don’t want other people to “steal” the item click on the x in the upper right hand corner of the dialog box to close it w/o posting it. Then send a message to your friend explaining the link that you are sending them as well as pasting in the url that you previously copied.

Hit send and you’re good to go. On their end if they click on the link it will be exactly the same as if they had clicked on the post on your wall. Obviously in the case of mystery eggs the url  you copied is good for up to 5 different friends so feel free to spread the wealth.

Buying Mystery Eggs

There is a way to directly purchase white mystery eggs (and only white mystery eggs) for 5000 coins each. This would be awesome except you’re buying them for your friends instead of yourself. Basically, every time you place a chicken coop you automatically produce a single white mystery egg. So as long as you have the cash to do so you can sell your empty coop (don’t want to lose your chickens after all) and purchase a new one to continuously produce white mystery eggs. It should be noted that you do get 1 white chicken with every chicken coop.

Getting Multiple Coops

If you recall in a previous article I mentioned that it’s possible to get a mystery coop from mystery eggs if you do not already have one. Well, it turns out you always get a chicken coop from mystery eggs if you do not already have one. Below is a YouTube video explaining how you can use this to get multiple chicken coops.

Now, if the above video isn’t working or you just don’t feel like watching it the steps are as follows.

  1. Empty and Sell your chicken coop(s)
  2. Open every mystery egg you can find – you’ll get 1 coop per egg you open
  3. Purchase and place a chicken coop
  4. Open gift box and place the remaining chicken coops

Multi-Accounting

This is the last simple strategy I’m going to talk about here. The following combinations assume that you are either using multiple accounts or you’re working with a friend to produce the effect. If you’re not sure how to setup multiple accounts you can check out my article on the topic here

If you’re using Firefox I highly recommend this add-on and setup each account with it’s own profile. This will allow you to run your accounts simultaneously greatly streamlining any multi-account technique you are employing.

Buying 30 to 180 chicken coops for the Price of 1

for this I’m assuming that you’re using 3 or more accounts in concert with each other. If you’re only using 2, then it becomes a 2 for 1 deal instead.

  1. Go to all accounts and empty and sell all chicken coops as per the multiple chicken coop strategy
  2. Go to a single account and purchase 1 chicken coop and place it
  3. Copy and email the mystery egg link to the other accounts as per the mailing items strategy
  4. Sell the chicken coop
  5. Go to one of the other accounts, retrieve and place a single chicken coop you received this will cause you to gain a mystery egg same as if you’d purchased the coop (as per the purchasing eggs strategy)
  6. Repeat steps 3, 4 and 5. Each time around each other account will gain a coop in their gift box

It should be noted that if wish you can remove the chicken from the coop before selling it. This will cause that account to also build up a supply of chickens in the process, all for the price of a single coop.

Infinite Coins

As you may have already guessed. It’s possible to sell the coops out of your gift box for cash. The only reason the above strategy will give 30 per account is because this is the maximum number of gifts you’re allowed to have in your gift box. Each coop will sell for 250-270 coins depending if you remove the chicken or not. This is a pretty hefty sum that can very quickly build to a fair amount of cash. Once you have eliminated the gift box limit (by selling the coops) there is no longer a limit to how many extra coops you can acquire and sell, meaning money becomes simply a matter of patience.

I will also point out that once you have the cash, you can easily power level to any level by one of the following methods

  • Planting soy beans and then deleting the plot
  • Buying and selling hay bales
  • Buying and selling expensive buildings

Each of these will generate xp for you and they are ordered by efficiency. The more efficient methods will give you more xp per coins spent but the less efficient methods give you larger chunks of xp each time meaning they tend to be less time consuming.

I’ll also point out that if you spend your money buying chicken coops you not only can power level but you’ll also generate even more mystery eggs for your other accounts.

Infinite Brown Chickens

This is just a slight modification to the buying 30-150 chicken coops for 1 strategy.

  1. Build up a large number of coops on each account
  2. Go the account you want the brown chickens on and sell all but one of your coops.
  3. Take the last coop and place it on your farm
  4. Continue with the normal multiple coop strategy

Since this account has a coop placed you will no longer be able to send mystery eggs to the other accounts from it. However, this is because now the account will get the random white mystery egg rewards which includes brown chickens. Since the strategy can be repeated infinitely you can gather as many of the rewards as you wish building up a large supply of brown chickens. Once built up you could then sell the coop on that account and build up brown chickens on another one until all of your accounts have as many brown chickens as you wish.

Additional Notes/Warning

If you’re going to use any of the above strategies I strongly recommend against posting the eggs to your wall even if you’re not using 5 accounts. Other players might think it’s cool when you produce 5 or 6 mystery eggs. However, if they see you suddenly flooding their wall with 50-60 white mystery eggs every day someone is going to report you and you risk getting banned. So as with multi-accounting I recommend not advertising what you’re doing to others. Everything I’ve listed here is exploitation not hacking. But, when done well some players have difficulty distinguishing one from the other.

So please enjoy yourself just don’t upset other players, that way everyone can have fun 🙂


Part 1: FarmVille – By Zynga
Part 2: FarmVille – Harvest Profit Margins
Part 3: FarmVille – Power Leveling
Part 4: Farmville – Tree and Animal Profit Values
Part 5: FarmVille – Leveling Costs
Part 6: FarmVille – Speed Working and Machines
Part 7: FarmVille – Cow Barn Profits
Part 8: FarmVille – Chicken Coops and Mystery Eggs
Part 9: FarmVille – Mystery Eggs Multiplied
Part 10: FarmVille – Multiple Coops and Infinite Coins