I am not sure why it crashes for some people, I have 17 hours playing so far, the in game timer has reached day 8 in mission 2 and no problems.
Only one time did it "crash" but I had alt-tab out of the game, then returned after an hour to play some more and it froze up. But other games will do this at times.
Game play is more puzzle than anything, but you still have to get a strategy to finish each mission.
The only downside is there is no free play. Once you complete a goal for a mission it moves to the next goal and you have to start all over building again.-- No free play after you finish a mission---
There is free play in the custom game.
- "Create your own character and guide them through your own hard-earned television empire"
You do not get to create your own character in game, you get to play the story presented as Matt. There is a seperate exe that lets you make a custom character
Overall, a fun game that is worth one go around, but does not seem to have much replay value. I was glad I picked this one up.