"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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Mixed (296 reviews) - 65% of the 296 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

    Minimum:
    • 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)
    Recommended:
    • 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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Mixed (296 reviews)
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Aksel
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This game is amazing, please buy it if you are into movies and tycoons. Also download the real actors and movie companies mod from the creators website, which makes the game a lot better.
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keohookalani
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
If you're running windows 10 this game may or may not display text.

Issue has been present on and off since August of 2015.

Avoid as game may be broken for you. Dev isn't sure what the problem is.

Overall 0/10
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Lisa-chan
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
Working on my new project...
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NikBee
( 39.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Fantastic played it for about 2 hours and im loving the hell outta this and why is it mixed?
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Dentface
( 29.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Fantastic game! The controls are simple, easy to use (although there is a BIT of a learning curve if you don't pay attention in the tutorial). The game has a great "replayability" factor and it's really fun to try and get your films to the top of the box office. There are occasional bugs that cause crashing, but it's few and far between, and there's an autosave feature so you don't lose more than two minutes of progress.

Overall, the game is engrossing and well thought out. Can't wait for Showtime 2!
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ResIpsaMew
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 31
The game sounded like it would be a cool concept, but it has a lot of bugs. With the latest load, the buttons don't all have words on them, so I have no idea what the options are. I've tried upgrading computers and operating systems with no luck. I do hope they'll get it to work at some point. It seemed like it had some potential.
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Trainfan2015
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
this game is just amazing thank you
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Mihon
( 35.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
After playing this game for so many hours whitout knowing long I played is a true testament to its entertaiment value. I like how can pick your actors and directors and such. How you can edit your star list etc. Pick a writer and genre. Its all there from previous movie studio tycoon games done much much better. This is focused on making the best script and match itr withe matching director and actors. The rest is sheer gamble. Just as it should be. I wish thoughtthe bugs in the awards section of the editor launch was fixed with an new update. Alsoe for an update or a sequel would be nice if you cloud pick the whole gang from writer to casting to art director and cinematographer. Expand the demand and a bit of a fix to the poster maker. Other wise its a super fun game that I will keep player until I get feed up witch wont happen anytime soon.
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Martin Shkreli's Assistant
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 19
i can't start a new game
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bullseye_n
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
Crashes constantly.
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deantonyj
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
Half the words in the game aren't there
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blazingduelist
( 67.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Showtime! is a simple, straightforward game. You manage your own movie studio. This means creating film budgets, releasing your films at the perfect time, and on occasion, dealing with rival studios. Unforseen events may even halt the production of your movie.

My complaint about the game would be it is too simple. For example, You can hire actors but outside of Lead Roles and Supporting Roles, you can't specify what characters they play. (It should be noted the developer is making a sequel and has changed this).

Overall Showtime is fun, and addicting. You sit down with the thought of playing for a few minutes and end up an hour later looking at the clock realizing you got lost in the movie making process.
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ThatPazuzu
( 27.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8
I bought this while I was on a spree of "Media Sim" genre games. While this one isn't terrible or unplayable, it feels like a beta of a much better game. Seriously, parts of it feels unfinished and unbalanced and the weird character portraits feel like placeholder art.

Once again, it's not bad, it's just so unpolished that it gives me the feeling the devs must have run out of money or interest.
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lordjuhca
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
I see nothing. I have a Windows 10 64-bit laptop and all buttons/drop down menu's are blank. The game (right now) is unplayable for me.

UPDATE 1: OK a reboot fixed the issue.

UPDATE 2: It was a fun game. But you could implement that in the sequels the actors could be the same.
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Jesus of Nazareth
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 5
Awesome game. If you like Game Dev Tycoon, you'll like this! It seems to even have more options and interesting, none-linear gameplay than Game-Dev!

This is just a first impression, but it seems to stand up so far.
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Andrew4Gaming
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 14
Game for anything..
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Wolfebman12
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
The text boxes don't say anything...
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mordmorgan
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
I had fun building up my movie empire, making sequels, gets a bit old though after a while, I suggest you start in the 40s or 50s
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Groden
( 67.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 6
I spent too much time playing this awful game, I want my time back!
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testoo7
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 28, 2015
-1
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
If you're running windows 10 this game may or may not display text.

Issue has been present on and off since August of 2015.

Avoid as game may be broken for you. Dev isn't sure what the problem is.

Overall 0/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Working on my new project...
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Fantastic played it for about 2 hours and im loving the hell outta this and why is it mixed?
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
After playing this game for so many hours whitout knowing long I played is a true testament to its entertaiment value. I like how can pick your actors and directors and such. How you can edit your star list etc. Pick a writer and genre. Its all there from previous movie studio tycoon games done much much better. This is focused on making the best script and match itr withe matching director and actors. The rest is sheer gamble. Just as it should be. I wish thoughtthe bugs in the awards section of the editor launch was fixed with an new update. Alsoe for an update or a sequel would be nice if you cloud pick the whole gang from writer to casting to art director and cinematographer. Expand the demand and a bit of a fix to the poster maker. Other wise its a super fun game that I will keep player until I get feed up witch wont happen anytime soon.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Fantastic game! The controls are simple, easy to use (although there is a BIT of a learning curve if you don't pay attention in the tutorial). The game has a great "replayability" factor and it's really fun to try and get your films to the top of the box office. There are occasional bugs that cause crashing, but it's few and far between, and there's an autosave feature so you don't lose more than two minutes of progress.

Overall, the game is engrossing and well thought out. Can't wait for Showtime 2!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
67.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Showtime! is a simple, straightforward game. You manage your own movie studio. This means creating film budgets, releasing your films at the perfect time, and on occasion, dealing with rival studios. Unforseen events may even halt the production of your movie.

My complaint about the game would be it is too simple. For example, You can hire actors but outside of Lead Roles and Supporting Roles, you can't specify what characters they play. (It should be noted the developer is making a sequel and has changed this).

Overall Showtime is fun, and addicting. You sit down with the thought of playing for a few minutes and end up an hour later looking at the clock realizing you got lost in the movie making process.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
The game sounded like it would be a cool concept, but it has a lot of bugs. With the latest load, the buttons don't all have words on them, so I have no idea what the options are. I've tried upgrading computers and operating systems with no luck. I do hope they'll get it to work at some point. It seemed like it had some potential.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
this game is just amazing thank you
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
I love this game. It's one of those "menu games". You won't get any flashy graphics, but if management sims are your thing, you'll probably like this game. It's pretty in-depth, and you can find yourself stuck in a cycle of similar gameplay, but this is easily remedied by changing up the movie genres you are focusing on. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Awesome game. If you like Game Dev Tycoon, you'll like this! It seems to even have more options and interesting, none-linear gameplay than Game-Dev!

This is just a first impression, but it seems to stand up so far.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
I see nothing. I have a Windows 10 64-bit laptop and all buttons/drop down menu's are blank. The game (right now) is unplayable for me.

UPDATE 1: OK a reboot fixed the issue.

UPDATE 2: It was a fun game. But you could implement that in the sequels the actors could be the same.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
This game has a very hard learning curve and can be very stressful to understand on your first play through even if you were doing sandbox mode. However, overtime this game becomes extremely addicting and is well worth it's price tag. In short, I can describe the game in three vital areas:

- Building, maintenance, and development of a studio and facilities that contribute to your publicity and production

- Very detailed 6-phase production of a movie (can work on 6 movies at a time, though it is very difficult to do so if you're trying to make 6 star quality screenplay) Script-writing phase, casting (Even the Producers and Directors you choose matter) , production, marketing, and release.

- After all of your production work, then it comes to release. How did the audience like it, critics, did it make or lose money, where did you open it, what was the appeal? Then there is several award ceremonies that occur over the course of the year (this game is turn-based on a monthly scale) and your movie winning an award can increase home release sales if you choose to market it - adds prestige to your studio - and you can create a filmseries that makes even more money as you attract a fanbase to that series. Huge emphasis on this point, it's very fulfilling too after all of your hard work

Overall, this is a very addicting turn-based-tycoon-style game that really makes you feel involved in the Entertainment Industry.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
I had fun building up my movie empire, making sequels, gets a bit old though after a while, I suggest you start in the 40s or 50s
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141 of 148 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 382 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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45 of 49 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.0 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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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