"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 (121 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)
- 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

    • 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)
    • OS: Windows Vista or later
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
139 of 146 people (95%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 27
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268 of 379 people (71%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Tried to make a movie called Twilight. Crashed the game. 10/10.
Posted: June 1
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 24
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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 24
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
107.0 hrs on record

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.

Posted: June 3
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