Welcome to the Game Industry! The year is 1982. Three young entrepreneurs discover the computer and potential to strike it rich in the Games Industry! Their love for computer games is a common bond that they all share but they are also in fierce competition with one another in a race to build a successful Games Development House… They...
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Release Date: Feb 11, 2014

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About This Game

Welcome to the Game Industry!

The year is 1982. Three young entrepreneurs discover the computer and potential to strike it rich in the Games Industry! Their love for computer games is a common bond that they all share but they are also in fierce competition with one another in a race to build a successful Games Development House…

They quickly find that the Games Development business is not as simple as it appears… Banks, Investors, Magazines, Retailers, Distributors, Manufacturers and the Press are all breathing down your neck...they want results! Do you have what it takes? You are now an up and a coming entrepreneur in the Games Business. Do you have what it takes to be the next Game Tycoon?

Features

  • Cartoon style graphics
  • Three characters to choose from
  • eleven mission including tutorial as well as a continuous play
  • Interactive advisor (when you need advice)
  • Realistic strategy game
  • Different market situations in accordance with the customer's requests of the respective years
  • As the years progress new technological advances offer new game development techniques
  • Animation of all speaking characters
  • Voices in English and German
  • A lot of laughs and jokes

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10
    • Processor: Pentium 3 with 600 MHz (or better)
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphiccard with a minimum of 256 MB Ram
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This game was the fourth game I've reviewed for my "Steam Redlight" series, where I review games when they're 'in the red' in reviews to see if it's as garbage as everyone says it is.

You can see the review / reaction video here.

In summary, this game is broken af and isn't worth getting. Even for free. Time ain't gettin' refunded here. In this game, you're supposed to be playing as a game developer that's supposed to be evolvin' through the ages, and with those ages, you're supposed to be developing better games. Makes sense in theory. The game starts in 1982, and ages from there. Unfortunately I never got to figure out what year the game goes up to because I never really got to play.

The game crashed on startup for campaign mode after I tried to cycle past the third character, thinking that the characters cycled. They don't. The game obviously doesn't have enough data to loop back to character one so it decides to suplex your game into a vegetable state. On Windows 10, I also couldn't force close the game with task manager, I had to lobotomize my computer by restarting it, or signing out and signing back in.

The game was nice enough to let me play after my fourth attempt, but only when I gave up on Campaign Mode and went into Endless Mode. The bad news is that Endless Mode doesn't have an explanation or tutorial, so I was about as ready and experienced to play the game as a couple who waited until marriage to bang it out for the first time. The game's feature advertised an interactive advisor (for when I needed advice). I saw Clippy approximately zero times during my experiences in Tycoonsville.

But after making my industry-breaking engine, and being insulted by my PDA for clicking on a mouse-hole, I sought a loan at my neighborhood loan shark. But as I approached his (or her, never met 'em) den, the game crashed again for the last time.

Score & Breakdown

Score: 0/10

  • +5 for Existing
  • -1 for having the game crash on me
  • -2 for having the game crash so hard i had to restart my computer
  • -2 for having garbo sound, art, character development, plot, and just about everything else

If you think this review has the potential to crucify Jesus Christ, then feel free to review its fully URL'd glory below:

https://youtu.be/GXox0e4Ox1Q
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Product received for free
I would have refunded this if I hadn't got it for free, because it freezes all the time and is a headache to play. It doesn't work well with Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. I did not try it on any other systems, but it's a very broken game on those very popular OSs.

The idea behind the game is a sound one. Tycoon games can be fun. Game Tycoon is actually designed at least on paper in an interesting way. Unfortunately, even though the game clearly has a lot of assets created for it (voice acting, 3D character models, etc.), it's not playable. Not only is it an extremely unstable game but the navigation design is weird and unexplained.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
1,339 of 1,431 people (94%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
There's a major problem with this game at the time of this review being written: There's no executable file. The game doesn't run. If you buy this, you will be throwing your money away on a game that does not, cannot, run.
Someone in the forums linked to an archive on dropbox that is supposed to fix the problem by flat out replacing the game files, but seriously, don't get suckered like I did, just go buy a better game that actually works, like Game Dev Tycoon, or Game Dev Story.

TL;DR: Don't buy, it doesn't work.
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721 of 756 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
One of the most counter-intuitive games I have ever had the misfortune of playing. This game is so raw and unpolished. Some of the screens are still in German. I'm fairly certain there are only 2 voice actors for a multitude of characters. The tutorial is far from user friendly. For a game about games and the industry, you'd think this studio might have taken a moment to consider their audience / customers. Just terrible.
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689 of 728 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
Dopey me, I mistakenly thought this was a sequel to Game Dev Tycoon, which I actually enjoy. Alas, this is a completely unrelated (and FAR inferior) game.

Terrible, terrible interface design; horrible (and buggy) tutorial; actual game play is dull and confusing.

Do not bother purchasing this game, it has no redeeming qualities whatsoever! :-(

If you think this concept sounds interesting, I would seriously recommend you check out Game Dev Tycoon instead. It's a pretty simplistic model of the game development industry, but quite decent for a casual, under-$10 title, and far more interesting with a much better user interface.
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345 of 359 people (96%) found this review helpful
137 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Game about game making needs to learn how to put together a playable game. If this isn't irony I don't know what is.

Avoid this product like the plague!
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390 of 417 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 12, 2014
AWEFUL, after waiting a day for them to fix the missing executable problem the game is lacking in some necesarry features. such as: the ability to mute sound effects without muting voices, the ability to go directly to an office rather than needing to all over the place, the tutorial doesn't tell you specifically where a place is, you can't change the resolution, you can't customize your apearance, too much back and forthe (why would a starting developer have an office in a seperate building for himself while his programmers and whatnot work in a different building). To name a few problems. This is aweful, Game Dev Tycoon is much more enjoyable.
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264 of 271 people (97%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
Game Tycoon is a very unique tycoon game to the point it could be considered a point and click adventure / tycoon game. Nothing is laid out with menus, its all places and locations. You have a university, office plaza, media plaza and your home (which seems pointless). In these locations they are like city streets, you need to scroll your mouse left and right and click on doors. One click will have your player character enter, two clicks will automatically enter. When inside a building, you see a room and need to find what you want to do. It makes the controls needlessly cumbersome. To see how many copies you have in stock, you need to go across town. To see your finances, you need to go back across town. It is crazy.

The game is very click base as if it could be a mobile game, you won't find hot keys or even menus. Right mouse clicking exits you out of an area. Stats and charts need to be found in rooms and areas. Even then, there's no depth. There is no way to see how well games are selling, you just need to hope they sell well that month at the price you've set. You can visit a university magazine stand to find out the most popular games and genres for $4 each time. You can visit a game store in the media plaza to see where your games rank. You can visit an advertising executive to publicize your games, your company and see how you stack compared to the two other companies you're competing against. You can even visit a banker, take out a loan, buy and sell stocks of your company and the other three. Those are nice features, but when you visit the banker and executive, you need to talk with them. Click something to say and listen for them to say it before you can continue. If you dare click on something else it could cause a glitch that will loop the speech if not crash a menu 10 seconds later. It is stunning.

When you play, there is no hand holding. I needed to figure out to visit my office, create a game engine (or license one), then click and drag the 'print out' into my inventory. Then go next door to the development office? Once there, I need to click and drag the 'print out' into the project list. After that, since I had no employees, I had to go to the university and figure out that I needed to click a bulletin board in order to find employees. The hiring system is nice, it shows you the quality in stars, and their tempo to complete the job. You hire programmers, artists and composers. Some you can hire and others that are independent. So they can get better jobs and come back to you when you need them most, but they don't get paid when they're not working. Then its back to the development studio with my employees. I need to click the project, then assign programmers to the engine and click start project.

After you wait a few in game days, weeks or months, its time to take that game engine project, click and drag it back into your inventory, then go next door to your office and make a new game after clicking and dragging the engine into the proper position. Creating a new game project is easy. You'll get to chose things like what languages and what platforms. By platforms I mean, PC, arcade and console. There are no specific consoles. Just those three. Then when that is all 'printed out,' its back over to next door to click and drag the 'print out' from my inventory into the project window. Once there, I need to click on the project, then sift through my employees to assign programmers, artists and composers. The more people I have working, the faster they'll get done. The higher quality they are, the better the game.

From there, you don't just release the game. Once you click and drag the finished project into your inventory of course. Its off to the manufacturing facility where you click on the design table to include everything that will come with your game. By design, I mean pack the box with stuff and raise the manufacturing cost. Shirts, buttons, stickers, black and white instruction manuals, color instructions, an insert. Its all up to you! With some click and dragging. With that done you'll visit the manufacturing machine that will churn out the copies of your game. The more copies, the cheaper they become to manufacture. Click and drag the finished product into the machine. Then start manufacturing! After a few game days, all of the copies will arrive.

Do they just sell themselves? Nope. Time to find a publisher! So you need to visit a publisher's office and select a publishing deal from books on the wall. They all have minimum quality ratings, so your 45% quality game can't be published with a 53% quality deal. There is a punishment for failing to release the game by the allowed time and for your trouble of making a game, you'll get 6% of the profits depending on the deal. Some deals are far better than others.

After that, its back to the factory that has your copies. You need to click on the pallet with the finished copies and click and drag your publishing deal from your inventory into the game's slot and flip the checkmark switch to officially release it! Wasn't that easy? No hand holding at all!

Of course 5 hours into the game, I finally discovered the tutorial was in the campaign, but wasn't marked as a 'tutorial.' I thought it was just another scenario in the campaign. The tutorial explains what to do, but it gets caught on itself and could explain things better, such as flipping through a gaming magazine had me clicking all over before I figured out to click a game title. The voice over will talk over other voice overs. Not just that, but if you go to a different location than you should be in, the tutorial narration will tell you what to do as if you're in the correct place, instead of saying no this is the office, go to the university.

As soon as you get the hang of the 1,000 step process, it becomes an insane juggle of going between locations since there is no menu. Waiting to pan the street to the right or left. Waiting for your character to walk to the building before you realize double clicking enters the door instantly. Even though there's a game speed, that doesn't speed up the character. It doesn't speed up every time I need to hear 'I would like a bank loan,' then hear the banker's rebuttal.

There are visual errors here like text not disappearing when the dialog boxes do. Text overlapping out of windows. Sometimes the ticker PDA doesn't show anything when it should have a message. The PDA (ticker) is nice, it pops up useless information like you need to pay $3,000 for golf clubs or you're having a bad hair day. Its all random things that might as well be Chance cards from Monopoly. The PDA pop up changes the game from fast to slow, which is good, but the problem is that a lot of what the PDA shows is useless moments to make you laugh. You didn't sleep well, because your bed broke. Stealing MP3s is bad. Visit the gametycoon website. Your employees will get sick and will be unable to work for 12 days.

The only way to get a game over is if you go into debt for more than 90 days. You can get loans and sell stock to stay a float, but even on normal, it seems difficult. Your games only make money at the start of every month. You have full control over the price of your games at the factory, but to put publicity into the games, you need to go to a different area down the street.

The game itself is difficult even on normal. Luckily there is an easy mode. To top everything off, it has crashed or permafroze a few times, so you'll need to keep saving frequently, since there is no auto save feature. With all of that being said, there are some interesting elements in the game, but the juggle and struggle of going location to location over and over again is unfun and begging people to not play it. If only there was a menu and no traveling. The time it takes to hear people talk is just too long with no way to skip it.
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153 of 165 people (93%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Info for deaf and hard of hearing people:
No subtitles. I pretty much can't play it. Not sanely anyway.

Cons:
  • The intro movie looks like it's made in the early 1990s. Think Theme Hospital.
  • There are absolutely no options except for volume levels.
  • Even though you can turn the volume all the way down, there are no subtitles.
  • Tutorials are only spoken. Don't blame me if I don't know how the game works.
  • Steam's Release Date: 11 Feb. 2014. It's probably a decade older than that.
  • Buggy. It asks you to do things you already did and ignores that fact so you can't advance.
  • Buggy^2. Not intuitive, or it simply won't respond to the seemingly correct clicks.
  • Buggy^3. Starting to get convinced that this is secretly a pixel-hunt game.

Pros:
  • ...
  • Oh wait, maybe one: Trading cards. If you're into those. :P

Conclusion:
Avoid.
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GiraffeTamer
3.0 hrs
Posted: September 13
Product received for free
This game is great if you like collecting or trading cards on steam.

To get it to run on Windows 10, change compatability mode to Windows XP service pack 2.

Controls are difficult, nothing is intuitive. I tried to give it a go, but I'm not a fan of headaches so I gave up. Now I have some extra pennies in my steam wallet, thanks Sunlight Games!
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warlordak47
1.6 hrs
Posted: September 1
make a game and stuff bosss
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DjGodary86
3.6 hrs
Posted: August 31
Product received for free
nothing special, it's cheap quick fun game
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Riscas
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
Product received for free
Unplayable. Worst game ever made.
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PR0XIDIAN
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
I don't even remember how this junk got into my library. Probably some bundle inclusion. Ugh. Well, I gave it the old college try, because I guess I'm a masochist or something. This game makes you wait, and wait, for no reason. The time management is not fun. The controls are clunky and slow, the music is annoying, the tutorial doesn't make sense. This is just a mess. I couldn't even make it through the tutorial. Stay away at ALL COSTS. -PR0XIDIAN
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Radioactivebear 🐹
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
Alas, just another bad rats clone
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Burliest
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
I wanted to like this game, I really did. I enjoyed the first couple of minutes in the tutorial, but then it froze, and I couldn't get it to close. Finally I figured out I had to lock my computer, then hit the escape key to get my lock screen to show. I was then able to force the game to close. Tried again, hit Career, changed the character and the game froze again, and again, and again. This game is actually unplayable no matter how many times I reinstall it. If the developer would bother fixing this issue, then I would love to try it again. Got it for free through Indie Gala, and it wasn't worth the time it took to redeem it.
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