Construct and design buildings for optimal working conditions. Hire people to design and release software, so you can defeat the simulated competition and take over their businesses. Manage and educate your employees to make sure they are skilled and satisfied with their job.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (84 reviews) - 94% of the 84 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: May 1, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

The development of Software Inc. is a one-man operation. I chose Early Access because I'll need feedback, since it’s impossible to uncover all design flaws and issues by myself. The support I’ve gained through Early Access has allowed me to work on Software Inc. full time, which has enabled me to greatly speed up development and give it the full attention it deserves.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Software Inc. will be out of Early Access when I feel it is ready. This is not a race and I don’t have investors pressuring me into releasing it early. I have a great opportunity to make this game as good as I possibly can. Hopefully, the backlog of patch notes will be testament to my ongoing efforts developing the game at a reasonable pace, while adding interesting new features. I’m aiming for a full release in 2018, but I won’t promise anything!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“You can find the roadmap on Trello at https://trello.com/b/9I286Mhu/software-inc. My plans for Software Inc. change often, depending on feedback and suggestions I receive, or if I stumble upon a good compromise. That said, I have a clear goal in mind to keep me from working on the game endlessly.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game currently features complex and expansive building mechanics, a very deep market simulation and an engrossing simulation of the day-to-day life of a software company. The game still lacks in content, but it has Workshop support with more to come. The game is not fully balanced and the core gameplay is still being revised.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

The price will increase as the game progresses from alpha to final release. The game is cheaper the earlier you buy it as a “thank you” for supporting the development of Software Inc. in its early stages.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

The community plays a huge role in the development of Software Inc. I constantly read feedback, take on suggestions, and I often reconsider my stance on certain features. The development process is a big part of the product, which I believe is the way Early Access is supposed to be. It is important to note that as one developer, there are limits to the amount of feedback I can physically absorb, while still finishing the game and making sure I don’t pass out in front of my computer.”
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June 25

New save system in testing branch(Again)

Sorry about my mess up in the last update. Fortunately the faulty update was only out for 1 hour and it appears that at most 7 people were affected. Unfortunately someone had to run into the issue for me to find it. Your save files should still be recoverable by replacing them with the "savefile.sav.bak" version, unless you loaded the game, saved it, exited the game, then loaded it and saved it again.

The save system has been fixed up and I've run some tests that compares every single variable of every single object in a save file, to make sure there are no differences between the old and new save files. This new version also saves an "orig" version of your save file, which is your save file exactly as it was before this update.

If you have any save files from the last update, make sure to revert to the "bak" version.

To switch back to a backup save file, go to the Saves folder where you installed the game, delete the bad save file and remove the ".bak" from the end of the backup version.

Fixes in this version

  • Fixed not being able to change List<> variables in furniture mods
  • Limit company and employee name length
  • Limit amount of vertices being added to line charts to avoid mesh size error

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June 24

New save system in testing branch(Rollback)

This update has been rolled back to prevent further corrupt save games as the save system is broken. To roll back to your old saves, go to the Saves folder where you installed the game, delete the bad save file and remove the ".bak" from the end of the backup version.

Alpha 8.10.36 tests a new save system, which might break your save files. To mitigate this the game will save a backup version in the old format every time you save a game, which you can switch to in the event something goes wrong. This means the game will save two files, which takes up extra space and takes a little more time. You can switch back to the default branch in Steam if you want out.

To switch back to a backup save file, go to the Saves folder where you installed the game, delete the bad save file and remove the ".bak" from the end of the backup version.

The purpose of the new save system is to reduce file size, increase save speed and give me 100% control over the process, so I can reduce the amount of save breaking changes I make to the game. Alpha 9 will still not be compatible with Alpha 8.

Fixes in this version

  • Fixed not being able to change List<> variables in furniture mods
  • Limit company and employee name length
  • Limit amount of vertices being added to line charts to avoid mesh size error

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About This Game


Construct and design buildings for optimal working conditions. Hire people to design and release software, so you can defeat the simulated competition and take over their businesses. Manage and educate your employees to make sure they are skilled and satisfied with their job.

Software Inc. combines tycoon gameplay with multi-story building mechanics, employee management and a simulated market. It is inspired by games like Game Dev Tycoon, Prison Architect, The Sims and Theme Hospital.


  • Build, furnish and maintain office buildings up to ten stories + basement, on an enormous Land
  • Hire employees to design, develop, support, research and market software in teams
  • Build roads and parking to ease commuting for your employees
  • Tend to your employees' needs, demands, skills and specializations, while making sure each team has compatible personalities
  • Customize your own employee avatar
  • Create your own software products and franchises
  • Compete in a simulated or event-driven market by selling your products, taking on contract work or trading stocks
  • Hire staff to repair your furniture and computers, and clean your office
  • Mod what kind of software you can develop, what kind of companies will be simulated, game scenarios, missions, personalities and random name generators
  • Delegate important tasks to your team leaders, such as managing development cycles and human resources
  • Set up your own servers for products, source control and running your own online store

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB dedicated video RAM, Shader Model 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Laptops with power saving graphic processors might need to be configured for Software Inc.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7+
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB dedicated video RAM, Shader Model 3.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB dedicated video RAM, Shader Model 3.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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.Bait
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
This game combines the best elements of The Sims and Game Dev Tycoon - The game is simple to pick up, but dont be fooled by its simplicity - If you dont manage your company, employees and budget well, you WILL lose.
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rocket2guns
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
Probably the best tycoon game I have played in a long time. I sat on the fence about buying this game for a long time because the trailer and the screenshots made me a little cautious. After reading some reviews I decided to try it... boy am I glad I did.

The tutorials are excellent. The mechanics and design are fantastic. It is a very complex game but it's surprisingly intuitive. It's not an "easy" game to pick up, but it is also not an overly confusing game. There are some extremely unique design aspects that marry up the more casual approach to tycoon games, with the complexity of building we see in titles like "the sims". This is something I have not seen before and this game successfully melds the casual tycoon and construction genres.

The art style is a perfect blend of simplicity and substance. It suits the title perfectly and looks amazing. Performance is excellent. I am operating on the beta branch and have encountered no bugs.

If you, like I was, am sitting on the fence - I would strongly recommend you buy this game. It's in an excellent state.
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Brandon
( 38.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
I like this game, but its a little slow in the start...
Worth ab buy!
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Kog Dawg Overwatch
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
If you ever wondered what it'd be like to run your own tech startup, then you owe it to yourself to get this game. Do not get this game if you aren't comfortable with failing and learning.

I was a bit hesitant to purchase Software Inc. because of the early acccess bit, but after browsing the game's official forums and the steam forums I can see that the developer pays attention to and shares information with the community. For being a solo developer, that's quite impressive and I'm glad that I can support him by getting his game.

Regarding the actual gameplay, it's essentially Game Dev Tycoon on steroids with the Sims, with micromanagement and far more complex mechanics. You will fail multiple times on your first few companies until you learn how to get off the ground and stay above the red. I enjoyed the learning process because I felt it somewhat emulated real life tech startups (failing multiple times to succeed).

Once you grasp the core mechanics and gameplay loop, you'll find quite a few interesting systems to interact with. Some of these systems are as follows:

1) A stock market (you can release stocks, buy out other companies, etc.)
2) Distribution networks (change who sells your software, online/brick-n-mortar, etc.)
3) Server management (some software will require you to set up a network for server access)
4) Employees/teams (build teams, assign work to them, train/management)
5) Research
6) Development cycle (design, alpha, marketing, beta, post-release support)
7) Mods (easy to mod due to developer support, almost anyone can mod XML files)

So yeah. Get the game if you're on the fence about it. It's a fantastic simulation game even in alpha with great promise and a developer who communicates with his community.
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7Elliot77
( 19.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26
This game, well.... Its Awsome! It's like everything I every wanted in a game such as this. For comparison you could say that it's a way more advanced, way more enjoyable and way more customisable than "Game dev Tycoon". Being able to build you own offices and design them inj whatever way you want is just plain great! The way you can manage staff and construct so many different types of software makes it a very deep in depth game for Early Access. Yes of corse their are a couple of bugs, and yes it does need a bit of balencing seeing as you can very easily make 100 of millions with yoyur first software but the team is great with lot's of new updates and bug fixes to make the gtame better. Overall i would give it a 9/10, if you'r the kind of person that just reads the score. but hey just go and oplay it too see what i'm talking about!
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( 16.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 25
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DJ Bubba
( 39.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23
love the game. it is addictive and fun
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EagleXpro64
( 57.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 22
this game is worth every cent!
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BionicTang
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 21
Type: Game
Platform: PC
Developers: ONE GUY

Quality: Outstanding
Units Sold: Not enough
You see Game Dev tycoons everywhere, and they all are more noticed than this. It's a damn shame. This game is so good. You can build your own office, your own staff, set wages fine tune your game/software down to the last detail and yet this game still hasn't sold enough by a long shot.

It's so intricate too, it doesn't skip details. You can bet stocks on your company, purchase insurance, compete with rival companies, develop contracts and build your own enourmous offices.

Put on your favourite podcast and play this game for a really long time
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Veljex
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 21
Everything about this game is great. It's a fairly niche genera with a Sims(ish) style building system that allows you to build your own company from the ground up. Like most games, there is a small learning curve but it's very fun once you get into it. The game is in early access however it has active developers that release nice features on a regular basis.

Worth picking up and I'd love to see more games like this.
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30 of 30 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 30
Software Inc. has to be the of the most underrated games on Steam. I accidentally found it while searching for tycoon games and what a surprise it was! This is the best software development game I've played compared with Game Dev Tycoon, GamersGoMakers, Mad Games Tycoon etc.

What sets it apart is the simple graphics and the smooth interface. It is easy to learn the controls and build big impressive looking office complexes.

You start as the founder of the company starting to work on a few small contracts. From there you start developing your own software: Antivirus, games, operating systems, audio and visual design software, ect. As you grow, you can expand your office and workforce. It's entirely up to you how much you'd like to micromanage. You can assign team leaders and send them on HR and project management courses allowing them to hire and manage teams and their own projects completely independently. The game scales incredibly well as you expand your company.

Some might find the micromanagement a little overwhelming. This game was really well thought out and you have all the data you might need at your disposal.

It is early access so there are some glitches, and the game could do with more content. Most notably furniture is currently a bit limited, but that said all the necessary stuff is already there. There's also some minor balancing issues that will be sorted out later but nothing gamebreaking and nothing that will ruin your fun. So far the developer of Software Inc. has built a great foundation for what will probably become one of the most unique and fun management simulations on the market.

In the simulation/management genre, this game is right up there with the best of them.

THE GOOD

+ Great interface
+ Level of micromanagement is optional
+ Regular updates
+ Workshop support

THE BAD

- Still Early Access
- Limited content
- Ballance issues
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 17
It is everything you could possibly want in a game from this genre, You can micromanage everything or you can automate your company. You can do almost anything you want even if it isnt in the game chances are there is a mod for it I highly recommend this game for anyone interested in the genre
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 6
Do not let the quirky graphics fool you, this is a solid, content heavy game for any management/tycoon fans. With a growing modding community, a great deal of base content, as is, I feel this game is very well priced and only becomes an even better deal with each update.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
Probably the best tycoon game I have played in a long time. I sat on the fence about buying this game for a long time because the trailer and the screenshots made me a little cautious. After reading some reviews I decided to try it... boy am I glad I did.

The tutorials are excellent. The mechanics and design are fantastic. It is a very complex game but it's surprisingly intuitive. It's not an "easy" game to pick up, but it is also not an overly confusing game. There are some extremely unique design aspects that marry up the more casual approach to tycoon games, with the complexity of building we see in titles like "the sims". This is something I have not seen before and this game successfully melds the casual tycoon and construction genres.

The art style is a perfect blend of simplicity and substance. It suits the title perfectly and looks amazing. Performance is excellent. I am operating on the beta branch and have encountered no bugs.

If you, like I was, am sitting on the fence - I would strongly recommend you buy this game. It's in an excellent state.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 4
This is a totally underrated game.
You can do alot of things and it requires alot of thinking...
I would say this is the best tycoon game on steam with on seccond place: Mad Games Tycoon.
You need to build, furnish and adjust your building to employees needs.
You need to assign teams. automate things. run a server. hire employees...

TL:DR
I freaking love this game and it is easy to mod to :D
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 31
even though i bought the game the same day it came out and never got many hours in the game it still is realy fun
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 8
This is an absolutely brilliant game, with a very in-depth simulation on how to conquer the world and fire annoying people.
11/10, would fire again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
49.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 8
Very interesting game, I'm loving it a lot and cant wait to see where it goes :) I really really really need furniture to rotate at an angle though.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 9
Software Inc. is VERY GRINDY in the beginning when you are the only employee. It is also not very clear on how to start making money. Stocks are also a little bit confusing to me still, and you're not able to view the features of a software you are currently working on. Marketting does not seem to have a progress, meaning I don't know how much a product has been marketted. THOUGH, I do like the idea of the game, and it is still in beta so you can't really judge it realisticaally that much. Anyways, I like the game overall and would definitely recommend it.

P.S. I never ran into any bugs.
P.P.S. I don't really know why I'm making a Post Script or Post-Post-Script.
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Early Access Review
Posted: June 18
Steve Jobs simulator.
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