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american dream

A collaboration with terry, jasper and tom.

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download source code (flash builder / terry’s framework)


  1. Radiatoryang wrote:

    I HAD OVER $250,000 MR. LAVELLE

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:22 am | Permalink
  2. Jasper wrote:

    Oh, I want to finish the graphics at some point… Would you be ok with rebuilding when I do?

    I like the additions you’ve made since the jam ;)

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink
  3. Noyb wrote:

    Was there a whole shopping mechanic that was cut for time? Selling household items feels a bit superfluous, unless the game’s meant to portray a stock market gambler satirically as a starving artist, which the ending might hint at.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink
  4. Noyb wrote:

    Okay, I’m tired. Those are items to buy, not sell. -.-;

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  5. >Would you be ok with rebuilding when I do?
    I’m afraid that you’re totally misled if you think it’s anything other than 100% complete.

    >Selling household items feels a bit superfluous
    You don’t sell items, you buy them…misunderstanding? Hmmm.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink
  6. Jasper wrote:

    Fair enough.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  7. Noyb wrote:

    My stock broker was unintentionally a complete ascetic. I wouldn’t read too much into the clarity of that mechanic. Buying new items is pretty well telegraphed. Totally a sleep-deprived misunderstanding on my part.

    The party scenes were more than worth a quick replay, and tied together the fetishistic themes nicely.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink
  8. Cellulose wrote:

    The ending was more positive than I expected from a game like this. Call it an artifact of artists’ general dislike of American society.

    Or did I miss something?

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:33 am | Permalink
  9. Noyb, oh right you made that second comment as well. I didn’t…put them together. I think your misunderstanding also presents an interesting scenario.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink
  10. daphny wrote:


    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 11:14 am | Permalink
  11. Andrew wrote:

    *sniff* That was … beautiful. Oh man, what a ride! I got hooked on playing the stock markets for the first 5 minutes. Didn’t do anything else but make shitloads of cash (maybe you should burn out if you do nothing but go to work). I loved the commute screen. And then buying shit was a joy. And then I just got richer. And richer. My house was full of the most beautiful items I could imagine. I was complete. And a millionaire to boot. What a dream.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Permalink
  12. James Patton wrote:

    That was… disturbingly appealing. I know it was all pointless – the fact that I had to keep buying more and more pointless things to stay in fashion was a brilliant mechanic – but I was still hooked on making money and buying things, simply because I was “winning”.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Permalink
  13. Aquin wrote:

    Wow, that really was a happy ending. I’m glad the little guy got everything he ever wanted!

    (of course it was pretty easy thanks to all the orgies)

    Hang on waitaminute… won’t someone get arrested for insider trading!? :O

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
  14. Weeble wrote:

    Awesome. I feel like I deserve to be a millionaire and I have done nothing. :D

    Obviously what this simple and cheerful game needs is the ability to construct and trade complex collateralized debt obligations and other such financial instruments. Obviously. ;)

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Permalink
  15. Jasper wrote:

    I forgot to say I love the music.

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink
  16. thanks :)

    Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Permalink
  17. djp wrote:

    That was distastefully optimistic.
    Almost like saying: “Oh, hey, turns out capitalism works after all!”

    Friday, February 11, 2011 at 1:03 am | Permalink
  18. teebee wrote:

    I guess I did this wrong because at heart, I just don’t see the point in spending money for another bed, another toilet, etc.

    Or maybe what I should be getting out of it is the futility of making money for the sake of making money. Um, yeah, I just want to have some feeling of security. I really am one of those people who feel safer when I see how much my bank account has grown.

    Friday, February 11, 2011 at 5:16 am | Permalink
  19. MegaRichards wrote:

    I hope it was OK to just give up and not go into work again once my materialism was sated. As soon as I got a Spectrum I didn’t see the point in all of the commuting so I ducked out of the rat race by clicking the X button in the top right hand corner.

    Friday, February 11, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink
  20. MegaRichards wrote:

    Just played through again to see the millionaires ending – I didn’t bother buying anything though – lovely music – I think I liked it better when I was happy with just a Speccie

    Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink
  21. jonas wrote:

    yiihaa! did 1,2 million in 50 weeks. great simple game!

    Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  22. guy wrote:

    I wish i didn’t party, but I winning is the fun part, not sitting there hoping things would work out

    Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 5:19 am | Permalink
  23. gekko wrote:

    i followed a gamma-neutral trading strategy, hedged my michael jackson risk with various exotic bill cosby options and a large short position in rick astley. took a bath on a leveraged one-way bet on madonna but then it was bonus season so i became a millionaire anyway.

    good game!

    Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Permalink
  24. Michael wrote:

    When I owned the whole market, I quickly got tired of all the orgies and quit without getting any ending.

    Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Permalink
  25. guy wrote:

    Played it again without partying
    I feel more intelligent

    I was only buying parts instead of full 50 of stock on suspect they would rais despite they weren’t necessarilly Extremely low. likewise Sold at intervals as a stock was raising since the market at times was shifty

    It wasn’t just “Wild Orgy, Buy this stock, Win”
    It was more like “Wow, this actually needs a little concentration, not much, but still”

    Monday, February 14, 2011 at 3:22 am | Permalink
  26. James wrote:

    The music is excellent. Especially the trading-screen music.

    Monday, February 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  27. Jonas wrote:

    Excellent game. I giggled out loud a few times.

    Friday, February 18, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  28. localcoder wrote:

    I know this is supposed to be satirical but playing the stock market made me feel really good. (I have a few shares in real life and it’s unfortunately much more difficult to predict the market there.)

    I didn’t realize what triggered the parties until near the end – I wasn’t that into buying stuff. Towards the end I bought everything because I could, had endless parties and it started to feel silly – for a while I thought I was going to get tricked or that there would be some kind of twist to the story, but there never was. I endured the parties for a while and won and felt super-great.

    Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 11:16 am | Permalink
  29. Michael Cohn wrote:

    The first time I played I won handily, and noticed that this game actually encourages a few habits that are safe and valuable in real stock markets (and a number of other habits that are only valuable in stock markets that feature a limited number of commodities that fluctuate around a single and unchanging mean value, so maybe it isn’t a great training tool after all).

    The second time I played, I decided I wanted to see all the catalogs and all the perversions my co-workers could dream up, so once I had a million dollars on paper, I began dumping money into anything that could soak it up, so I’d stay beneath the limit. Every time I was just about ready to cash out, some new image would appear! (in particular, the riding crop and the pineapple only showed up after over a year of nearly continuous parties). Finally I gave up around week 68, when I needed to get to work. At that point it was also becoming clear that new seasonal catalogs were going to just keep coming out. I know the goal was to finish and ascend, but I guess the dream was so beautiful I just wanted it to keep going!

    It also became clear that the wild-sex-and-cocaine parties weren’t leaking information about wild swings in the market; they were causing them. So maybe this game is a decent model for the real-world stock market after all.

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 12:27 am | Permalink
  30. GUSTS wrote:

    Ended with about $1,500,000, probably the best I’ve done at any of your games but I’ll always keep playing them~

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
  31. Aescula wrote:

    I have one small, very simple complaint about this game: It stops you after a million. I would LOVE to keep playing, and see how much I can gather, just because… Well, because I get bored, to be honest. Not with the game… Just in general.

    Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink
  32. vivlo wrote:

    i wish trading were as simple irl. i couldn’t buy next gen consoles. idea : trading game based on daily research results on google. Would be fun, no ?

    Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  33. When I was in college, as part of a summer internship I worked on a trading game where the commodities were physics buzzwords and their worth was how much they were cited in journals. It didn’t take off.

    Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  34. Jackie Daniels wrote:

    Is there any way to download the tracks from the game? If not, is there any chance you will? I loved the game and the music, especially in the ending, was truly amazing

    Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 4:50 am | Permalink
  35. They’re in the source code zip file (linked above).

    Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink
  36. B. wrote:

    I love this game. :) It’d be awesome if an expansion or a sequel for this game was fun.

    (Please do make it playable in a browser though – I am, and I’m sure that there are other people as well, who are dissuaded to playing when there is a download or a plugin attached to it.)

    Monday, July 11, 2011 at 12:31 am | Permalink
  37. “I love this game. :) It’d be awesome if an expansion or a sequel for this game was fun. ”
    Getting conflicting messages here.

    “(Please do make it playable in a browser though.”
    It’s a flash game. It’s playable in-browser for the vast majority of people without any plugin downloads.

    If you’re offering to do a javascript port yourself, then great, knock yourself out. For me, the technology doesn’t exist yet to make this stuff pleasant to make in a javascript, and the browser support isn’t good enough yet.

    Monday, July 11, 2011 at 9:08 am | Permalink
  38. B wrote:

    Actually I wasn’t talking about the whole game being in javascript – it’s just that most of the games that I’ve been looking through on your website require a download.

    Flash, Silverlight and Unity are all awesome because they can be played within the browser and are platform independent.

    A sequel would be great. :D

    Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink
  39. Game Dev wrote:

    I made a few changes to the source code and would like to release a new version at some point. Are there any licensing issues I should be aware of? I see some license text in (, Richard Lord), but I didn’t see an increpare or Stephen Lavelle copyright. I would like to at least give you credit when (if?) I release the new version.

    Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 4:12 am | Permalink
  40. “I made a few changes to the source code and would like to release a new version at some point. Are there any licensing issues I should be aware of? ”
    You don’t have any permission to release altered versions of the game. If there are bugfixes for serious problems, then send terry a patch and maybe he will incorporate them.

    It’s great that you have an interest, but the game is quite a personal thing, and I can’t personally bring myself to give permission for other people to release a “new version” of what I view to be a complete and finished game.

    “I didn’t see an increpare or Stephen Lavelle copyright.”
    Copyright is implicit (and, for clarification, this game was made by the combined efforts of four people, as stated both on this page and on the page the playable game is hosted on).

    Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink
  41. xjapanboy wrote:

    i just got a million dollar afer 269 weeks

    a simple forex for newbis likes me :)

    Thank you

    Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  42. Anonymous wrote:

    *Everything you own is now out of fashion*

    Very depressing to live the american dream but luckily there’s some good jokes as well:

    Antique 32″ television!

    I love this game!

    Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Permalink
  43. JUAN PABLO wrote:

    your american dream game on ouya is just awesome. how could you have such a good concept idea?

    Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink
  44. david wrote:

    I just found out about this because merritt kipas featured it on forest ambassador

    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

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