International Racing Squirrels

Release Date: March, 2012

Developer: Playniac

Learn financial literacy while managing a team of racing squirrels.



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International Racing Squirrels combines the thrill of managing a group of racing squirrels with a deep understanding of financial management skills such as balancing monthly bills, income taxes, credit card debt, and more.

This title was developed by Playniac, a London-based independent and commercial game production studio. They’ve collaborated with the BBC, Channel 4, Nickelodeon, and more to produce titles that involve rich subject matter, entertainment, and various learning goals.

International Racing Squirrels is a highly detailed online game that encourages young players to manage an interesting cast of “Racing Squirrels” who travel around the world competing in races across all terrains. As players level up their squirrels and begin making more money, they have the option to buy bigger and better homes, hire more squirrels, purchase stronger power ups and create the best team they can. With all this money comes great responsibility and the impending end of the month billing cycle.

To gain success in this game, players must spend an equal if not greater amount of time understanding and managing their finances. Players start with a small cash balance and move onto gaining a checking account. To promote longevity, players must navigate the best options for a savings account and as they are pressured to do more, players have the option of applying for a credit card. As players receive more gameplay options, a healthy and well thought out financial system is the only way to progress deeper into the game. Learning the intricacies of proper finance is the only way to keep your squirrels racing.

Funder: Channel 4

Contact: Playniac Contact Page


  1. 8
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    I think it is great but the only thing that gets me is the amount of information. There is just too much being blasted at you and your excitement to play the game does not help. I think if they tone the info then they would be golden

  2. 5
    Total Game Reviews: 1

    It was an OK game. It is hard to enjoy racing while having to manage money all the time. If you don’t play it just right you go bankrupt easily.

  3. 10
    Total Game Reviews: 2

    This is actually a very good game. The idea is you have racing squirrels and you get money by winning the races. You have to make sure you dont run out of money and you have to buy stuff to keep the suirrels energy up. All in all its a good game.

  4. 7
    Tom Mowbray
    Total Game Reviews: 30

    Very complex and extensive game environment with 25 levels, sort of like a Mario with finances to manage. I was a bit overwhelmed with all the details.

  5. 10
    Game Developer | Total Game Reviews: 1

    Great game. I played the online version for a few hours. The money management aspect of the game is very detailed.

    I wish I was as good with my real finances as in the game!

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