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The Seven Wonders of Economics

A series of interactive modules to accompany
ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics
by Chen Feng Ng

You can either download the game to your computer below (recommended, to minimize the potential loss of saved games) or if you're having problems installing it, you can play it online (opens in new tab).

Download

Windows version (Zipped file: 47.6 MB, unzipped: 98 MB)

Mac version (Zipped file: 48.5 MB, unzipped: 109 MB)

How to play

Mouse: left-click on a location to navigate there, on a character or item to interact with it, and to advance the dialogue or to select a choice. You can right-click to access the Menu or to cancel.

Keyboard: Use the arrow keys or the WASD keys to navigate. Press the ENTER or Z key to interact with people or items, and to advance the dialogue or to select a choice. Use the ESC or X key to access the Menu or to cancel. Press the SHIFT key while walking to walk faster.

To exit the game (hopefully after it's been saved!): On the Windows desktop version, click on the X in the top right corner of the game window. On the Mac desktop version, click on the program name near the Apple icon on the top left, and select Quit Game. On the web browser version, close the browser window.

Frequently asked questions (for my ECON 101 students)

Will I be graded on my performance in this game?
You will not be graded on your progress and badges in this game and no personal information is collected. However, the Aplia participation assignment accompanying each module is graded and is based on the material covered in the module.

What if I'm unable to play the game?
First, be sure to try both the downloadable and online versions of the game, and from different computers and web browsers if possible (recommended: up-to-date versions of Firefox or Chrome). If you are still unable to get the game working, you can do the alternative activity listed in the Aplia participation assignment for that week.

How do I unlock a module?
The first module is unlocked. I will provide the codes to the class over the course of the semester on the BeachBoard course website and in the Aplia participation assignment for that week.

How do I save the game?
The game will be auto-saved periodically. Please note that if you exit the game before you see a message saying that your progress has been saved, you will lose all progress since the last autosave.

My game didn't save properly/I lost my saved game!
Unfortunately, I will not be able to recover your save files. Please make sure you're playing from the same computer/browser as before. If you can't find your saved game, don't worry, you can replay modules and start new ones without needing to have completed others.

I'm stuck and don't know what to do next.
First, you may want to look at the instructions for the game or see the help by going to Menu > Help in the game itself. For the most part, the character who is explaining things in the module will tell you what to do. Try talking to him/her again, and to the other characters in the game. You might get a hint as to what you should be doing next.

I can't access the Menu.
The Menu cannot be accessed during certain times in the game, e.g., during a timed mini-game when you're gathering blueberries, or when other characters are talking to you.

The sound effects are too loud.
You can adjust the volume either through the volume control on your device or by going to Menu > Options in the game.

Why isn't there any music in the game?
So that there won't be any distractions and because music files can be large and may slow down the game.

The game is slow to load or the characters move and speak slowly.
If you're playing the online version, you may want to check your Internet connection. Unfortunately, older computers will have more difficulty processing the graphics in this game, so please be patient. Tip: When a character is speaking, you can show all the dialogue at once by left-clicking or pressing ENTER or the Z key. Just be careful not to select an option by mistake once a character has finished speaking.

How do I uninstall the game?

I have a suggestion/I want to report a bug.
Any feedback and bug reports are welcome. Please see my contact information for the best way to reach me.

Credits

This game was created by Chen Feng Ng and posted on this website on January 15, 2018.

Game engine: RPG Maker MV (C) 2015 Kadokawa Corporation./Yoji Ojima

Plug-ins: Yanfly, Galenmereth, Galv, Quxios, Catball Games and Yami

Graphics: Kadokawa, Enterbrain, Panda Maru, Avery, Bougainvillea and hiddenone

Resource pack: FSM: Town of Beginnings Tiles (C) REFMAP, Publisher: Degica, Co. LTD

The following textbooks were used as references:

Contact

If you have any feedback or questions or if you encounter any issues that are not addressed in the FAQ above, please email me at chen.ng@csulb.edu with a description of your issue and in which part of the game you encountered it (e.g., module number, what you were doing, etc). Please include a screenshot if possible.

Last updated on March 22, 2018.