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The object of Inside Trader is "to make millions of dollars without being apprehended by the [SEC]." The player starts with $30,000 and makes money playing the fictional stock market, keeping an eye on current events via "the wire service." It is entirely possible to play the game without using any inside information. (But what's the fun in that?)

The commands are very simple. The player either buys or sells stock, pays for information, gets reports, and, if caught, cooperates with the SEC or destroys evidence. Cooperating means an automatic fine, but he can continue playing. If he does nothing, there's a small chance they'll drop the charges, but if they don't he'll pay a higher fine. If he destroys evidence, there's a slight better chance of getting off scott-free, but getting caught means jail time and the end of the game.


Inside Trader: The Authentic Stock Trading Game DOS News scrolls buy as it occurs...stock ticker is on the right
Inside Trader: The Authentic Stock Trading Game DOS View reports on the stocks
Inside Trader: The Authentic Stock Trading Game DOS Title screen 2
Inside Trader: The Authentic Stock Trading Game DOS Buying and selling stocks

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Alternate Titles

  • "Inside Trader: Exciting Stock Trading Simulation" -- UK Release

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1988 6 out of 12 50
The Games Machine (UK) Nov, 1988 41 out of 100 41
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Nov, 1988 404 out of 1000 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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Instructions for customizing the company names, wire service events, and inside information database are included. (By default, all company names are fictional.) Each requires editing an ASCII text file in an exact format, so Cosmi must have had great faith in their customers' abilities.
Lee Seitz (722) added Inside Trader: The Authentic Stock Trading Game (DOS) on Sep 18, 2000