“The Apprentice” puts you to climb on a corporate ladder. You’ll be representing marketing, customer service and manufacturing savvy, in eighteen businesses challenges. The whole idea of the game is to reach the summit of the corporation, with the approval of Mr. Donald Trump. If you failed on any step of the ladder, you’ll just be fired and the game is over. If you win, on the other hand, you'll become Mr. Trump's apprentice.
The game is organized by “seasons”. In the first season, your objective will be to make the most profit buying and selling food in New York City. To do that, you’ll be able to see the different stores available, seeing what you can buy. You’ll have to buy items in one location of the city and try to sell them in another, making the most difference on the trade.
When you first enter the game, you’ll see the welcome screen where the following options are shown:
- Start new season: this is one of the two modes available for playing the game. This option leads you to the first season (or level) of the game commented above. Before you can start playing, you’ll have to set up some options:
- Team name: there are several teams for which you can play. The list contain the following names: Versacop, Protege, Apex, Mosaic, Magna, and Net Worth.
- Gender: choose between male and female.
- Difficulty: there are several difficulty levels as follows: Intern, Manager, VP and Mogul.
Once you’re done with this, you’ll be seeing the introduction to the season, where a comic version of Donald Trump, explains to you how the game works. You can skip this introduction at any time.
- Free play mode: the other mode available for playing the game. In this mode you’ll be playing individual tasks, instead of 8-tasks seasons. In order to be able to use this mode, you have to complete a season before.
- Options: this is the menu from which you can set some game options like sound volume, music volume, voice over volume, full screen mode, and hardware acceleration.
- Help: it leads you to a very short help.
- About and Quit: no further explanation required.
You can try this game for 60 minutes before you buy the licensed version. If you like it, you can buy this game for only 19.95 dollars, right from the Oberon Media Game Center, on the Web.
About the system requirements, is not that big computer that you need to run this game. Take a look to the list:
- Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP
- Pentium® III / AMD Athlon® 450 MHz or equivalent
- 128 MB RAM
- 21 MB available hard disk space
- 12x CD-ROM drive
- DirectX® 7
- Compatible 16 MB video card
- Compatible sound card