"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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"Very in depth simulator of making movies. Simple UI design and plenty of options to mess around with."
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March 18

Steam Trading Cards!

Trading Cards for Showtime! are now integrated into the game :) I hope everyone who enjoys building packs and badges will enjoy this added feature. It's taken me a while to integrate but I think collectors will enjoy this. Big shout out to Valve for making this a very painless and streamlined process :) Cheers!

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March 14

Update 1.4.1 Available

Hi there everyone :) I have a pretty cool update now available. I've been testing this for many hours now and everything looks good so I decided to release it a little earlier than anticipated. Check out the version log below for a list of changes:

1.4.01 (14.03.2015)
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- Added: A full-screen (non-scaling) option is now available during start-up!
- Added: You can now disable monthly studio upkeep tax when starting a new game
- Added: Start-up options now available from the main menu
- Change: AI studios are now more competitive during the summer months
- Change: Increased amount of screenwriters produced yearly
- Change: The "welcome new talent" page now includes new directors, producers and screenwriters
- Change: The grid views are now more attractive and more identifiable
- Change: Increased delay between typing number values and them being converted, now right aligned
- Fixed: Bug which sometimes didnt display the correct screenwriters list
- Fixed: Bug where by selecting a writer without a job required a screenwriters page restart
- Fixed: Bug which criticised your studio in the board meeting if your studio rank was too high
- Fixed: Bug which sometimes didnt enable auto-save when creating a new save file
- Fixed: Additional smaller bug fixes and game changes

Quite a bit has been changed through this update but if you encounter any problems please email me at support@myrtilusentertainment.com or post in our Steam forums. Thanks! :)

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Download the demo today @ http://www.myrtilusentertainment.com/showtime.html



"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

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 35 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: REQUIRED: English (System Language)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Additional Notes: REQUIRED: English (System Language)
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43 of 47 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
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.

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Nice little have your own movie studio game. I would recommend this game for those who like the genre. Being able to manually customize your posters for the movies your studio creates makes this game stand out from all the other similar games. Since there's a movie genre "Erotic", I make adult XXX movies ...
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=435165160
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
----- UPDATED -----

I've felt it was due time for a quick update on my review of Showtime!, as my previous one started with a sentence that no longer makes sense, as nearly 30hours of gameplay should be suffice to have a great idea of what the game is like.

As you can easily guess, you don't play 30 hours of something if you don't like it, and this is not exception. I really like the game. Not only because I'm a big tycoon games fan, but because I've always loved text-based games, which is a strong point with Showtime!'s developer.

Despite having released the game quite some time ago, the developer still keeps pumping out the occasional update, and he's EXTREMELY active around the forums. I've personally e-mailed him offering my help with whatever I can be helpful with for Showtime!'s sequel. I can only imagine what he'd be able to do with a team and a bigger budget at his disposal.

Everything from my previous review is still true, and the only thing I'd probably add up is that I really recommend this game for any movie and/or tycoon lovers.

----- Review from 20th January 2015 -----

Don't judge this review based on my playtime, I just got the game on steam.

I've been a "follower" of this developer and his games, and I really enjoy what he has to offer.
If like simulators, if you like movies, if you like text-based (despite having images, it's pretty much text-based) games, this is all of that, and much more.
Unfortunately the game doesn't have the real names, like its demo does, due to copyright stuff, and we can all understand that, being the company small and what not, but that doesn't take the fun away.

The price can seem a bit pushy, I agree, I suggest waiting for a sale, or if my previews statements convinced you, and you are really the kind of gamer that likes simulators like this one, then go for it!

PS. I really wish Myrtilus Entertainment would get a new and improved version of "Bestseller" on steam, really love that one. And while at it, Chart Wars, too! ;)
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
I struggled with buying this game because of the negative reviews that I read. When it went on sale, I really didn't think I could go wrong with buying it. I was right. It's a fun management sim, but it isn't flashy. After awhile, you're making money so fast that there really isn't a challenge to the game anymore.

It seems to me that the awards logic is completely random and not based on anything. At one point in the game, I had the 5 highest grossing, critically-acclaimed films of the year, yet I did not receive a single award at any of the ceremonies. A little hokey, I think.

If you can score this title on sale, like I did, I thing you'll get a good 10 -12 hours out of it. Not sure I'd spend the money for a full price download though.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
If you want a fun casual game that has potential to grow and is growing (the devs update once in a while) than this is the game you want. (If you can get past the 'tutorial' because I didn't, the first time, that is)

The idea of your own movie studio is cool and original(?), but the actual game is.... complicated.
So everything is text-based, fair enough but still the game has a high price, IF you want to buy this game full price, please don't do it. Get it in a bundle like me, e.g. from IndieGala. The game looks ok and it has real potential, but it doesn't live up to it. The tutorial, well it doesn't do what a tutorial should. I'm now kinda stuck (in my first save file) and I don't know what steps I should take for my first film, no overview of steps you need to take for a film, no explanation why you should or shouldn't get the most expensive writer etc. Another example is the fact that you first fill in the space of what your first movie title should be and a descpription and later tells you that 'action' movies are popular, but if you change the title or description of your movie then you get 10% less hype of you film....

Please don't get me wrong, just because I find it 'not soo good' doesn't mean it sucks [blank] because I didn't play for very long. Even if the game is kinda overpriced right now doesn't mean that the devs just leave it like this, they update once in a while and listen to feedback. (A lot of people can learn from this)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
84.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
Made 40 crappy horror movies called "Chainsaw ##"
Hired "B" level staff, put little money into scrips & sets
Put money into marketing

Made a crap-load of money selling garbage!

13/10 for accuracy

And since I got this free in a bundle, super extra franchise bonus.


Pro:
Steam Card
In Bundles
Easy to understand
Lots of details if you want it

Con:
Can't make p*rn blockbusters but I can make profits off crappy horror movies. lol
no steam achieves
No co-op to crush my friends with tons of crappy movies

Buy when under $5 or in bundle!
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
The game is too simplistic and the bugs too numerous to give this a serious recommendation. It was fun while it worked, but it lacks any kind of depth that would lead to meaningful gameplay. I wish tmy choices meant a little bit more. It seems that when you are making a movie it just comes down to the numbers you assigned to the movie. Generating a 5* script and tossing a big budget at a movie are both simple to do, and my experience, always lead to a profit. Game is as simple as clicking the button to re-write a script until it hits 5* (takes a few re-writes, but this is absolutely not something that is difficult to accomplish) and then tossing a giant budget at it. It's a simple as that.

There are also tons of bugs. Save often. My best advice is save often and toss big numbers at your movies.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Okay, so this game can be really buggy. And if you're expecting something like Lionhead's "The Movies," you're going to be disappointed. It's pretty much a text-based sim. It really reminds me of Extreme Warfare Revenge, the wrestling promotion game.

First, the bad stuff:

The interface is TERRIBLE and fairly unintuitive.
Sometimes you have to click (+) or (-) buttons or use a slider instead of just typing in the value you want.
The game will occasionally crash, so make sure to save.
Speaking of, after you select a save slot, the game will tell you that autosave is now enabled. It isn't. Go to the options and enable it manually. Oh, and you have to make your first save manually before you can do that.

Then the good stuff:
It's just fun, and fairly addictive. Once you get the winning method down for producing movies, it's not a hard game.

I released a series of big-budget action flicks that made me BILLIONS of dollars. Then I produced a horror movie based on Gulliver's Travels.

All in all, despite its flaws, I'd still recommend this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
My erotical musical "♥♥♥♥♥song 2: ♥♥♥♥ Choir" just won best director, screenplay and actress, while my artsy documentary "The Narcissist Philantrope" had it out with my other artsy documentary "Haggard Housewife" for all the technical awards. My Grimdark Fantasy series "Grim Valley" ruled the box office.

Then the game crashed.

I loved coming up with new ideas for movies and probably spent just as much time finding the perfect picture for the posters online as I did on actually playing it. It's extremely addictive and a lot of fun until you figure out that money fixes everything, but in my opinion the game is more like the groundwork for a sequel that could be truly great.

More depth, more stability and more variables coming into play for achieving success and this would be absolute genius.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
[Edit] The developer responded and there's also a recent update to the game so I'm changing my review while still being as honest as possible.

1. No resolution options, it's windowed mode and just takes up a tiny part of a 1920x1080 screen.
[edit] There is now a fullscreen option but the game is still locked to 4:3 ratio.

2. No matter what time period you choose, it still talks about internet and social media buzz.
[edit] Dev response: "That shouldnt be the case. I've deliberately made most of the news events decade-specific so you dont get those sort of news items. A couple might have been missed so for that I apologise- let me know what they say and I can fix them easily."

3. Not enough feedback to base decisions on. I made a movie with top notch talent, rewrote the script to make sure the story was great, had 100% star quality, but the movie still bombed.
[edit] I'm still not sure why the movie bombed, other than the fact that I only had 12mil left for the marketing budget and the recommendation was 22mil, which was double what the movie cost to make.

4. When you make a movie, you're locked into your choices and then whatever you have left over you can use for marketing. But marketing is 2x-3x more than the movie cost to make! I don't think that's how it works, but I could be wrong!
[edit] I still see this as an issue. The game doesn't tell you what goes into the recommended marketing budget, so it's almost impossible to tell how much money you'll need to set aside after production costs.

I'm super impressed by the developer taking time to address my points, and also still supporting this game over a year after release. I think this game would be fun for people who enjoy tycoon type games, or who are fascinated by the business side of movie making.

Ever play The Sims 2, 3, or 4? You know how on that game you can write a novel or something, pick a genre, give it a name, and then send it off and start receiving royalty payments? Imagine a game based around that idea, except you're making movies instead, and you have a lot more decisions you can make. That's what this game is like.

I'm changing my review to a thumbs up because I can tell this game is made with heart by a passionate, responsive developer, and that's too rare these days.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
This is one of the best casual games that I have played on Steam. It reminds me slightly of The Movies, by Lionhead Studios, which came out in the mid-2000's. It is a much simpler game than The Movies, but it still is fun in its own right. In addition, the developer of this game has released frequent updates over the course of the last year, improving the base game in multiple ways. It's not a game from a high-budget studio, and it's not perfect, but it is certainly worth the price and it will provide hours of fun for those who enjoy strategy-based games based on movies.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
This game is surprisingly addictive. Honestly, you cannot help but fall in love with its simple, yet intuitive design. Everything is easy to do, and find, I've experienced no bugs, and while I would like more titles for films in built, at least you can add your own!
Oh, and /spoiler/ sort of, if you put in an actual celebrities name (Christopher Nolan for example), their picture is also in built!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
solid game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
A few warning:
-So addictive (if you like game like game dev tycoon)
- You can loose tremendous money on a big budget film if one of your member kick a koala/badger during the production (however you don't control that, it is totally random)
- You'll forget what time it is, go sleep sometimes.
- I don't know why but people who look like ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ cost alot more money

A must buy!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
I've never met a developer who is as devoted as the developer of Showtime.
After I had an issue with crashing, I emailed the support email and got a response on the same day.
I got the issue resolved on that /same day/ and got the game running again.
Props to you.

Great casual game too, can't wait for Showtime! 2.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
In Showtime!, you are the proud owner of a film studio from 1927- 2010. Eventually, your studio will ascend to the point of relevance, and gradually become the top dog in Tinseltown ( if you're any good, that is).

You're not on our own. Other studios will try to bring you and your upstart studio down. The rival studios release films too, and more often than not will take home the awards at the formal ceremoies in place of your films.

The managing aspect of Showtime is quite in-depth , but not in an overwelming manner by any means. There is a wide array of buildings that will enhance yor studio's turnout, for a hefty sum, in most cases, and you really do feel like you own an actual stuio.

The game is rife with parodies of modern award ceremonies and studios ( Metro Silver Slayer, anyone?) and the writing is generally to a high standard.

The film making itself won't be everyone's cup of tea, unfortuantely. You hire actors, writers, directors, producers etc. to appear in your film, and this is quite in depth in itself. You create posters for the film and allocate a budget. However, you don't really have a hand in your film from there. You leave the guys to it, and they will be finished in a couple of months. Simple as that. You then wait for the money to roll in, and voila! On you go to your next film. There is more to the system, but you get the idea. Although I don't find fault in it, I presume others might.

Finally, the dev ( yes, just one) is extremely active in the community, and makes a genuine effort to listen to player's feedback. The game was released quite a while ago, yet only yesterday was another update released for the game. He really is interested in making the game the best it can be, which is more than can be said for an awful lot of other devs. He is also working on a sequel to the game, and is committed to implementing much-desired features.

To summarise, the game is quite enjoyable and very resonably priced, and although your mileage may vary, this is definately worth a purchase - if you're into this kind of thing, of course! :)

Verdict: 8.3/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
95.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
I really did like this game, I play it a lot, but I just hate this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ runtime error message that comes up every single time I am playing, I really regret buying this game now because when you're in the game, you're mind is set in it, I don't want any errors, Please just fix the run time error because it's been happening for months and you guys have not done anything about it...........

Edit: I've talked to the developer and he's planning an update, so everythings worked out now :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Its a little suprising to see this in the "mixed" reviews portion of my search because this game if fun. I think most of the issues are bugs, but the dev seems to want to fix every one of them. I have never had a crash issue.

The game is a little barebones and there are some wonky search and sort issues (Actors screen, I am looking at you!). The graphics are pretty lite, but its something you get into, so your imgination should take over. but overall I would say buy this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 6
This game seems interesting to anyone that like film, actors and actresses, and directors. Unfortunately, it isn't for the faint of heart. It can be somewhat weird in that the computer player seems to win all sorts of awards for films, while the player isn't even a "runner-up" in any category. There isn't really a way to know what sort of film genre would be popular at any given time, which actors, actresses, directors, and producers work well together, or even what sort of stage or camera equipment is best. I found myself quickly becoming broke, falling into bankruptcy and in need of loans, and if there was an end in sight I couldn't guess how to get there. When you prepare a film for distribution... good luck. I had to ask other players, "What do I do to release the film to the public?" This is by no means intuitive. Overall, I will be generous by giving this a ranking at 2 out of 5 Stars.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Made a movie about an Amish community in Ohio being invaded by aliens 10/10
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