Advantages Educational and fun
Disadvantages Can get boring if played for a long time
At the end of the month each player has their PAYDAY, they collect their wages and pay off all or part of there bills, again as in real life any outstanding amounts have interest charged on them.Working out monthly finances and calculating profit and loss may not seem like fun to kids but the game has many features dependant on the throw of a dice and other features where the person winning can be brought down to earth with a big bill. This adds to the fun and ensures that all players old or young have a chance to win.
The money is easy to use and the instructions for playing the game are straight forward and easy to follow. Cards used during the game are clear and precise so that any child from 8 upwards would have no problems starting and playing with other children of their own age. I have played Payday with some of my kids younger than 8 and they have managed a good game and grasped the general idea of what was happening.When you reach the end of the game (dependant on how many months you agreed at the start) the person with the most money left after paying all their bills and paying off any loans (there are always loans and interest) wins.
One tip: Do not agree to play for more than 3 months at the begining, if it goes too quickly you can add another month but if you agreed to play for 10 months your kids will make sure you play for 10 months and it will feel like 10 real months by the time the end comes.Its great fun and a good lesson in life for the children and provides an entertaining few hours for a dad and his kids.
Cost is under £20, well it was when I bought it and it is available from most good toy stores.
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