"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.
User reviews: Mixed (126 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 1, 2013
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October 6

Update 1.3.5 Available

Just a small update to fix some minor crashing bugs and colour inconsistencies between monitors. Here is the update log:

1.3.05 (07.10.2014)
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- Fixed: Colour correction done throughout the game
- Fixed: Additional smaller bug fixes and game changes

Thank you!

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September 7

Update 1.3.4 Available

Got a big update for you guys :) Been looking forward to sharing this one and thank you to everyone who has supported me and posted some great suggestions for the game in the forums. Its really cool, so keep it up :) Here are the list of changes in 1.3.4:

- Added: 47 new sub-genre's added to the game! New genres include: Cyberpunk, Dystopia, Monster, Fairy Tale, Comic, Gangster, Post-Apocalypse, etc.
- Added: 'Max All' buttons added to the bank screen
- Added: Additional helpful tips to the game for new players
- Change: AI studios are now more competitive when it comes to summer charts
- Change: Tweaked how sales are calculated if you release an inappropriate movie for the era
- Change: New talent generated is generally younger than before
- Change: Unsigned actors are no longer 'busy' after filming has completed and freed up for another film
- Change: Legal staff now effect contract negotiation
- Fixed: Family-friendly genres are no longer pitched with inappropriate themes!
- Fixed: Additional smaller bug fixes and game changes

As always any problems please feel free to email me at support@myrtilusentertainment.com or shoot over the forums. Thanks!

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About This Game

"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 ;)

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

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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
i made a movie where Daft Punk wen't to Africa to liberate it. one guy died on set.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
I'm a fan of these kinds of srategy sims. But I have a couple gripes that I think are easy to fix:

1. This game suffers from a lack of clean step by step instructions. There is a tutorial, pop-ups, but it is timed rather than screen based. If you get ahead of the tutorial the only way to get past certain screens was to click on the pop-up which made it go away. So I ended up wasting several months in the game not knowing what to do to release a film. I recommend that there be a clear pathing for each movie so that you can click the title and it will immediately take you to the next step. That way you can't get lost. I also recommend an icon next to each movie in your queue to clearly state where they are visually instead of having to click them and read.

2. In order to set up auto-save to start you have to create a save game first. I think that's backward. It should auto-save to start in my opinion.

Overall, some technical issues hold me back from recommending this game at this time. However, the dev is actively looking to improve the game so with a dev like this and a game that has almost everything you need I am willing to thumbs up this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
The year was 1927. When my father died, i was left with a 25 million dollar inheritance. I was told by so many that I as set for life. But no! I couldnt stand idly by as just another rich man! The movies were the place for me! So I started my own company, Fattened Cow Films as it was called. My very first film was "The Dusty Trail", It was my dream to make this movie. And obviously being as rich as I was expenses were no bother to me so Money was flowing and what a joyous sight it was! But Alas! before I was done making my movie, I looked at my bank account to see that I was -500 thousand in the red. But I had not even the money to cover the marketing, no I was far from complete! But to my chagrin I could only stand idly by and watch as My film flopped and now I trudge the streets of the poor begging for the alms that fall from the purses of gentlemen.

10/10 would go bankrupt again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Meh.

If you are competent, this game is way too easy. As long as you're conservative advertising your first three or four movies, and don't build much in the way of facilities until you have spare cash, you're golden. Rewrite till the script is perfect, cast decent actors, watch money roll in. (Also helps to use your own plots, rather than buying adaptations.) Starting in 1950 with $25 million, at the hardest setting, I maxed out every film studio aspect possible and amassed over $2 billion in less than five years game time, with 10 films in various degrees of completion.

It wasn't even necessary to pay attention to what kind of movie I made or what time of year I released it. I made over $270 million on two documentaries, for God's sake. Sequels are seemingly impossible to lose money on. (I assume you have to cast at least one of the original stars; I never tried recasting everyone.) I changed genres in sequels without alienating the audience. My LEAST successful film--my first--still made $17.5 million. Of course, it may be that I was born to run a film studio, but I have my doubts.

Also, a design bug: If you put people under contract, you only have to pay them once for up to 8 movies, and then they do all the movies for free. That doesn't SEEM likely. And it is hardly necessary to make money in the game.

I like this sort of game, and the designer is still working to improve it, so I will give it the most grudging of thumb's up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Very good game, need still some work for improvements. I'm waiting for the release on steam of "Bestseller"
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
The game offers you a chance to run a major Hollywood studio, which is a lot of fun. While the mechanics are bit oversimplified, and a tad too repetitive as the game goes on, it does have a lot of potential of being a great game once all the kinks are removed.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I was a big fan of the Hollywood Mogul games back in the day and was hoping that this would improve upon those. However, it felt instead like a dumbed down version of those games that didn't offer nearly the same amount of features. Hollywood Mogul 3 has now been renamed "Hollywood Movie Studio" and it's not available for Steam, but it was a much deeper game than this with a much better interface and it came out in 2006. I simply cannot recommend this game; the gameplay is incredibly simplistic and causes it to feel repetitive almost immediately. Furthermore, I had to change the Display settings on my computer to even get the game running.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This was written in Visual Basic 6. I'm not even kidding, read the patch notes, this is literally running on the VB6 runtime. For a game released in 2013.

Every line of this game is self-evident crap, from dead-eyed Poser model thumbnails used for the randomly-generated "characters", to the bag-of-random-values simulation logic (it's common to be presented with directors over 80 years old with no experience), to the error-ridden flavor text (the plural of comedy is spelled as "comedy's").

"Special Effects were not invented until the mid 1970s" is an actual assertion this game makes. Apparently, previous versions of the game allowed all special effects (like "CGI") to be accessible from 1920 onward, and this was the only fix the developer could think of - declaring that films like "Metropolis", "King Kong", "2001: A Space Oddysey", and Ray Harryhausen's entire career could never have existed.

This game wouldn't make the bar for inclusion in Microsoft Plus for Windows 98. Avoid at all costs.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Expected something like game dev tycoon. Sorely disappointed. Not worth the dollar I spent on it.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
This game is not worth it at any price. There is no challenge in the game play. Another reviewer commented that all you have to do is buy the best directors, actors and producers and you will do well. This is a very accurate statement. Anyone looking for a good tycoon-management game should look elsewhere.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
The game is fun, when it makes sense. The box office is not reliable, and often fails at working. Fix the box office, make rival studios produce better movies and adjust the openings so they are not so "poof" 1 billion!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This game is OK; if you are into tycoon(ish) & games similar to this, you will probably enjoy it for a little. To be honest, it feels a little basic, clunky and outdated, but it does make for some fun. It is relatively easy as well, and not difficult at all to grasp what is taking place. I would recommend this to someone who takes up a lot of interest in the idea of the game, but do not hold your breathe or hope for any miracles. I appreciate the effort and time it took to create the game, and it is fun (for a bit), but there is room for improvement.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
This game goes in the trash. Get The Movies and play that instead. It's out of print, though, so good luck.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Buggy. The game froze after just a few minutes.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I don't know why I bought this game!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
This does not feel like making movies. All you do is juggling variables to get the most revenue and possibly a good movie rating. Even Hollywood Mogul - which was the obvious inspiration to this game and is very dry to begin with - has more flavor than this one.

In addition to being no fun at all Showtime offers a bad user interface and a lot of bugs, including some crashes.

Avoid at all cost, even if you are a fan of the genre.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
As a big fan of the 90s game "Hollywood Pictures" on the Amiga, I hoped for a similar experience with "Showtime!". Unfortunately the game crashes randomly and generally lacks in customization. The different stats for actors/writers/directors are not very interesting and the overall gameplay is not compelling at all.
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5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Decent (abet) short game. If you see it on sale and enjoy simple "tycoon" games, grab this - otherwise take a look elsewhere (or wait for the sale).

Gameplay wise once you figure out the "formula" its fairly slam dunk and you can neglect the market and ride on your own coattails of good releases - expect to probably restart your game once after you figure this out so you can dominate. Only part I couldn't figure out was even with making movies that brought in the dough and were rated well by the critics, I found it hard to sweep any award shows, but didn't feel compelled to try / figure it out either.
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140 of 147 people (95%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
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 380 people (71%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Tried to make a movie called Twilight. Crashed the game. 10/10.
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