56 Sage Street, online money management game

Wow – in the last week I’ve been mugged, slept rough, been left £50 by an old lady whose dog I walked, played football (badly) and had my hair cut twice.

I’ve also had 6 jobs, from washing cars to gutting fish – but it’s all in a day’s work for a character in 56 Sage Street where the aim is to earn money, work for a local businessman and eventually, if you’re good enough take over his business empire.

It’s an interesting concept, and at its core is a money-management game. So it should come as no surprise that a bank is behind 56 Sage Street – although this is no bad thing. If only all high street banks were cool enough to get involved with something like this:

After being mugged upon arriving in the city, your character is invited into a stranger’s car. After ensuring that you are OK, the stranger advises you to prove your worth by earning £100. Once this is done, you can then begin completing tasks set by the businessman. In the best traditions of free browser-based game, there is a lot of pointing and clicking going on, with energy, appearance and reputation levels all requiring management as well as your bank balance.

Awards in this free game are acquired as you complete certain tasks, and all of this can be displayed on your Facebook account. Progress in 56 Sage Street can also be saved by linking it to your Facebook profile.

So the question is – is it any good? Well, yes it is. There are plenty of tasks to complete and choices to make – make the wrong decision and you might end up back on the street, working in a rubbish job or desperately trying to balance a meagre income with the financial outlay needed to get a decent night’s sleep in a local hotel.

If you do pay a visit to www.56sagestreet.co.uk, here’s a word of advice: get a flat as soon as you can!

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