"Showtime!" will allow you to control and build your very own movie studio from the ground up! As a newcomer to Tinseltown it will be your job to create movies your audiences want to see as well as develop new technology to stay relevant in the film industry.
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Release Date: Sep 1, 2013

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"Showtime!" will allow you to control and build your very own movie studio from the ground up! As a newcomer to Tinseltown it will be your job to create movies your audiences want to see as well as develop new technology to stay relevant in the film industry.

  • Create the type of movies you've always wanted to make! Or buy film rights from other studios to reboot a franchise.
  • Contract actors/actresses to your studio to use them whenever and whatever you desire!
  • Stay ahead of the curve by upgrading your studio facilities and keeping up to date in the latest film and sound technology.
  • The in-game Editor allows you to easily customise almost every facet of the game - from actors/directors/producers to film titles, studios and even critic reviews (plus much more!)
  • Showtime! will also allow you to import your very own movie posters.
  • Featuring 9 dynamic AI studios to compete against. Compete for the #1 spot to receive annual government bonuses and rewards!
  • Have aspiring screenwriters pitch you movie ideas, or build your own scriptwriting office to do it for you!
  • Compete against the highest grossing movies of all time for the top spot in the Hall of Fame
  • Cheat your way to the top! Think of a famous quote and try your like... Psst; "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" torches your competitors' studio lots! -- And you didnt hear that from me ;)

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 35 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: REQUIRED: English (System Language)
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Additional Notes: REQUIRED: English (System Language)
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148 of 155 people (95%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 27, 2014
In 2005, developer Lionhead Studios released “The Movies”, a game that enabled you to build a movie studio from scratch and make movies. It was a great idea, but since then, there’s been precious little that’s attempted to tackle the same subject.

“Showtime!” isn’t on the same level of production as “The Movies” but it does take on the same concept. Where as “The Movies” was all about the pretty graphics, “Showtime!” attempts to do it largely via text. When you build a sound studio, don’t expect to actually see it; likewise, when you release a movie, you won’t be able to watch your masterpiece.

Some people will already be turned off by that, because they think it sounds dull and boring. And probably for some people it will be. But if you’re checking out this game then you’re presumably interested in the concept, and considering there’s pretty much nothing else out there like it, I feel it’s at least worth a look just for that.

You can start your career from any year, back to 1927. As the years pass, technology will progress, which means you’ll need to upgrade your equipment, or risk producing poor quality movies. You have to hire a script writer (or perhaps buy an existing script), hire a director and producer, as well as actors. There are many factors that go into deciding whether you produce a turkey, or a monster global hit.

The game isn’t perfect. It’s a great concept, but it’s limited in scope, although that’s perfectly understandable considering the tiny independent developer. There has also been bugs in the game, sometimes big ones. But the great thing is that the developer is very eager to identify and eliminate the bugs. For example, I reported a game breaking bug, and within 24 hours a new patch was out that fixed it. How many developers, big or small, can honestly say something similar?

Another problem with the current build is that some technologies aren’t linked to the year of movie development. For example, you can use CGI in your movies right from 1927. Likewise, if you wish to purchase an existing script, one category you can chose from – again, right from the start – is video game adaptions. The developer is aware of these limitations, though, and is apparently keen to try and find ways to address these concerns, once all the bugs have been squashed.

I do think it’s worth buying this game, because of the concept and because the developer is very eagerly continuing to work on it. However, I only recommend it if you understand that the game is essentially text based and that you’re okay with that. You should be because it's actually rather addictive!

UPDATE: Those technologies that were wrongly available right from the start have already been fixed, so now no long will you be able to use CGI nor buy a script based on a video game in the 1920's. And the bugs are rapidly getting ironed out, and I can't applaud the developer enough for his diligence.
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269 of 383 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2014
Tried to make a movie called Twilight. Crashed the game. 10/10.
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42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2015
tl;dr -> I made a blockbuster movie in the vein of The Avengers, turned it into a successful series, milked it for several sequels, then eventually turned it into a successful TV series when the ratings started to fall. 11/10, would play again due to realism.

I got Showtime! in a bundle, and was interested in the concept - I had really enjoyed playing Game Dev Tycoon, and any other management simulator-style games. I was very satisfied with this title.

If you are interested in a movie studio simulator and do not mind a lack of animations (gameplay is all text-based), then you will most likely enjoy this game. For some mindless, casual playthroughs, this is the game for you.

The aesthetics are decent - since the game is entirely text-based, you will encounter numerous menus and backgrounds. When you make a movie, you have the option of selecting an ad poster from a small pool of premade templates, however, you can also load any other image you have saved on your computer. You can customize the lettering on the poster a bit, like manipulating the font and color. There is no music, so I play my own. The sounds when you click things are okay, but can get repetitive fairly quickly (I turned all audio off after about 2 hours).

You will use the mouse to click on different buttons and menus, and the tutorial is very helpful at showing you everything you can do in the game. The learning curve is mostly minimal to (maybe) moderate, depending on your experience with management simulators. You can adjust the difficulty accordingly by changing how much money you start with and/or what year you start in (more modern years give access to the latest cinema technology).

Gameplay consists of you making movies and conducting research to give you access to the latest technology. When you make your first movie, you will have the option of customizing the scripts you'd like to use (or, you can buy scripts offered by hopeful prospects). You may change the themes you'd like in your movie, and this part is very interesting, because it will affect the target demographic, and is also sensitive to the time period you are currently in. For example, lots of adult themes and profanity will most likely give you a 18+ (or higher) rating, and lots of violence will be very, very controversial if done in the early 1950's.

You will need to fill your movie with actors, actresses, supporters, directors, and producers. You can hire accordingly, or you can sign contracts with people if you want them to be exclusively yours (for a time). The contracts will expire after x movies have been made with the individual, or after x years (whichever comes first) - higher values will cost you more money. If you are careful and experiment, you will realize that signing contracts is much more cost-efficient in the long run, but ONLY if you are intending to repeatedly use the individual(s).

As your movie is being made, you can invest your networth in things like better sound stages, more advanced technology (you will have to keep up as new technologies arise with time, or lose market share to your competition), and better working conditions.

The game plays a lot like Game Dev Tycoon, where you can select from a large number of movie genres (as well as sub-genres if you desire). From here, you will have to do a bit of matchmaking, as different individuals are more proficient at certain genres, and certain themes are better fit (for example, you won't necessarily want a lot of violence in a family film). Balancing these different elements will help you get better ratings, which lead to more viewers, and also more revenue.

Pretty frequently, you will be invited to attend various award shows, however, you do not have to attend (it can be a waste of time if you know with certainty that you won't be nominated). Getting awards bolsters your studio rating, and higher studio ratings allow you to hit a larger target market.

Although your playthrough can get very repetitive very quickly, it is still worth giving this game a try if you are the least bit interested in movie studio management. The gameplay is very casual and not at all demanding, so it plays well for a time-filler, or as a break from your more intense games.


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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
The game maker has been working hard on eliminating game bugs and making the game more enjoyable and I do believe that the game is getting better by the update, it is now much easier to understand how to make a movie that will bring in $20-30 million to get going.

I think the biggest downside is that it costs a lot of money to improve sound and film, $150 million to update film and sound technology each is way too high and it may take ages to raise that kind of cash to update and compete.
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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2014
Fairly simple but fun game. Get's pretty repetitive fairly quickly.

I would say that it is good value for such a cheap price. Give it a blast. You may well like it.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
Really fun to ♥♥♥♥ around with. You can make a porno with full-body nudity and hardcore sex scenes in 1928 and it still becomes the #1 movie of the year. Other than that, you can make very intricate movies about almost anything.

Definately buy this if you've ever wanted to make your own version of the Wizard of Oz.
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34 of 52 people (65%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
If Hollywood Mogul and Lionhead's the Movies had a baby, it would be Showtime!.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
143.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2015
I love this game. If you are a fan of Management/Simulation Games, then this game is a MUST OWN.
  • You will spend hours upon hours making your Movies.
  • Hire the most talented and also the most suitable Directors and Actors.
  • Improving your studio’s Technology and reputation.
  • Create your own movies Posters (not mandatory).
  • And the developer is working on a Sequel too. Great Stuff!
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
39.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2015
My zombie horror film wins "Best Picture" but not "Best Picture: Horror"

10/10 for realism
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
110.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2014

Buy it or I WILL personally fund The Matrix 4 and ANOTHER Die Hard film...you HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

In a sentence, this is to Red Carpet Chic what Game Dev Tycoon is to Geek Chic....in other words, if you love movies and always wanted to play the cigar-chomping studio boss....it's your lucky day.

Many people have made the obvious reference to 'The Movies' in their reviews of this game, and whilst that's a fair comparison I have to say that simply saying, 'it's like The Movies but without graphics' is slightly missing the point...imho!!

It's like the movies but without all the irritating running around and time-wasting.

You can take your sweeeeeeet time in this game, pondering over the exact cast / dir / prod for your film, the genre/sub-genre to choose and even what to call your new cellulose masterpiece...or you can just jump in and make some films. The former WILL garner better results BUT the latter is great fun and, on the easier settings, will still produce some great results.

Whilst the game DOES lack a little depth, it does possess a lot of charm and replayability...it has that undescribable, 'just...one...more...turn' that Game Dev Tycoon is probably the best exponent of in this type of game.

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Raziel Igor
42.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
This game is like like civ. games, you keep playing one more turn until realise that its 5:00 AM.

Keep saving often though, it's crashing right and left...
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
Product received for free
(For some weird reason Steam thinks I ticked the "Recieved for Free" option, but I got this on sale)

When I purchased this game, I was hoping it was similar to The Movies. I was quite wrong.

I know it's a cheap little indie game, but I found it boring. When you create a save, you are immediately put to work, coming up with a movie. You hire actors and actresses, directions and stuff. Then you wait for something because you can't continue until something happens? I don't get what I'm waiting for because the game makes it confusing. At this point I decide that I'm bored, I've just wasted 10 minutes of my time and I want a refund.

So I got that refund and now I'm leaving a review on this game to tell you why I wouldn't recommend it, but honestly, it's up to you what you want to do with your money. If you want to spend it on this game then I can't stop you.
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Huxley Pig
8.6 hrs
Posted: August 12
I very much enjoy playing this game, you might too, if you like this sort of thing!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 1
I can't load the game! Waste of six dollars! I'm on Windows 10 not Windows 64! Error 339! HELP!
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The deceitful
8.9 hrs
Posted: July 22
I bought it for less than 2$ and it doesn't worth more.
It medium mode, this game is just too easy and boring.
Turn to very difficult mode to get some fun.

Game crashes frequently (under windows 10) and I couldn't get the auto-save game back :(

It's a small game, fun to play on a rainy day then move to something else.
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9.2 hrs
Posted: July 12
The best tycoon game I've ever played. It gives you the possibility to make your movie in any way you want. No problems on windows 7. BUY IT !!!!
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25.5 hrs
Posted: July 11
- Made a movie about the struggles of slavery with an A+ star list.
Terrible reception and lost 80% of my money.

- Made a movie about naked girls fighting clam aliens with a cast full of no one i have ever heard of.
100% reception and made me 600% of my money.

10/10 would make crappy movies again.
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7.0 hrs
Posted: July 1
The reviews for this game are rather negative. I enjoy it to be honest. It is well made, and very addicting, trying to make more money and be the best. And..it is SO cheap. It is definitely worth it. I enjoy it, I give my opinion, not the majorities.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: June 26
The buttons don't show any text so I'm not able to play it
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3.0 hrs
Posted: May 30
I dont see any text...
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