I like to think that Gotham Gazette’s Balance! inspired the folks over at the Washington Post to create an even better budget game of their own but I am open to the possibility that they came up with it all on their own.

Take a look at both if you haven’t already. The Post’s works a lot (a lot!) like our game, but I’d say the layout that they came up with is a far more effective way to display the available information. On the other hand, I really like the way we handled revenue, by creating a menu of real and specific proposals like a bag tax or sales tax changes. Their menu of options is much more limited in that regard.

So there you have it. One more budget game — my question (as ever) is … is this really a game? As I check that category box for “Games and Virtual Worlds” a budget balancing widget seems a bit faint.

Unlike the Post’s game, though, ours is available for re-use and re-purposing. Let me know if you’d like to tinker with the skeleton of it!