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Art Mogul (Mac) Review

 
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Formats: Mac
 
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7.0
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Great artwork and plenty of opportunities to buy low and sell high.

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Not much in the way of progression - what you see is what you get.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Art Mogul is an interesting simulation game that puts you in the shoes of a fine art dealer. From buying your first painting to stocking your own gallery, you’ll be treated to visions of fine art from all over the world. Unfortunately, buying and selling paintings is really the extent of the game, so it can get a bit tedious at times – so this is a game best taken in small doses. The great artwork in combination with skillful buying, selling, and challenging hidden object finds makes an artfully fun game for the right player.

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Posted April 11, 2013 by

 
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“Art is the proper task of life. ” Friedrich Nietzscheam_slides_mac_en-01

If the heart of an artist beats inside your chest, then have we ever got the game for you. Art Mogul, newly ported to Mac, gives you the opportunity to live the life of a professional art dealer. Buy low, sell high, travel the world – you can have it all, right from the comfort of your living room. But is the life of an art dealer really as glamorous as it sounds, or do the colors all just run together in the end?

Art Mogul begins with a short tutorial that sets you off on your art career as an amateur. You start out with a small amount of money to start your collection. If you want to get your business off the ground, you’re going to have to buy desirable paintings at a steep discount, and sell them off for a hefty profit. Your ability to do so depends largely on your skill in choosing desired paintings, and your ability to find hidden objects with the paintings.

You begin the game in San Francisco, but as you advance various other cities around the world will be unlocked. You will travel around the globe, buying and selling paintings, fulfilling requests, and even stocking your own galleries. Each city has a gallery, cafe, and auction house that provide very different opportunities to buy the paintings you need, earning cash and stars along the way.

Galleries are the most stable place to buy and sell paintings. By finding all of the hidden objects listed on the bottom of the screen in the paintings offered for sale, you’ll be able to acquire paintings at the highest discount price. Selling your paintings works the same way, with the exception being that all of the hidden objects shown at the bottom of the page may not be in the paintings you own. They reflect instead what is most desirable in that city. If you want to make the highest profits, you may have to hang on to certain paintings until you find the city where they are fashionable.

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Cafes are a great way to find an unbelievable deal, if you have a little patience. For the most part, the paintings sold at cafes are forgeries – but once in a while, you can find an original for a rock bottom price. You’ll compare the painting for sale at the cafe (just one each time you enter the city) with an exact copy of the original painting, looking for any small discrepancies between the two. This is done by flipping between the two, rather than a side by side comparison, which can be an annoyance at times. The cafes are worth a look, though, especially if you’re short on cash, because the rare original finds net such a tidy profit.

Finally, each city contains an auction house. Here, you can take requests for specific paintings. Requests will show you a picture of an item, and you’ll need to find the painting to contain that item in order to get your reward. It’s often a very small item, and the painting could be in any city around the world, so it can be a time consuming task. Thankfully, your notebook keeps track of the items you’re searching for and the city that desires them, an easy reference when needed. Naturally, you can also attend auctions at the auction houses. These consist of one painting, different each time you enter the city. You’ll bid against three other dealers. By bidding fast, and quickly finding hidden objects within the painting, you’ll be able to stun the other bidders and hopefully snag the painting for well below retail.

Once you have acquired enough cash and a sufficient number of stars, you’ll be able to purchase your own gallery. Once you have purchased a gallery, you will no longer be able to by and sell paintings there. Instead, you’ll choose a collection to stock the gallery with. Much like the requests, you are given a list of specific objects, and you must find the paintings that contain those objects in galleries and auction houses all over the world. Once one gallery is completely stocked, you’ll be able to buy another, for a total of three galleries. Finding these specific paintings can be quite time consuming, and you’ll have to keep your eyes pealed to ensure you don’t miss the very paintings you are searching for.

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Art Mogul is an interesting simulation game that puts you in the shoes of a fine art dealer. From buying your first painting to stocking your own gallery, you’ll be treated to visions of fine art from all over the world. Unfortunately, buying and selling paintings is really the extent of the game, so it can get a bit tedious at times – so this is a game best taken in small doses. The great artwork in combination with skillful buying, selling, and challenging hidden object finds makes an artfully fun game for the right player.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)