Computer Tycoon is an indie business strategy game about Computer Evolution. Start your company in the 70s. Invent until 2034, create the best hardware and operating system, upgrade your infrastructure and handle your marketing! Promote games, rule the global market and become an immortal!
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Why Early Access?

“Early Access is the best way for me to get relevant feedback and advice. I do believe that by starting in EA, I will greatly increase the value of the final product. I'm a solo indie developer with some outsourced specialists so I need any help that I can get to create the best game I can.
I've been dreaming about a game like this since my first childhood computer, I count on you in helping me.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I'd like to stay here until I'm satisfied with the project. I'd like to release a stable and fun game. The development time will greatly depend on the feedback/bug reports that I get, so I can't promise anything, but I guess it will be around 4 months maximum.
Although this is a very small project I work literally day and night on the game between 12 and 16 hours a day to make you (and myself) happy with the result.”

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

“I will polish the GUI and gameplay greatly and expand the features of the game. I will add more kinds of technology, site environment variations and make the game more stable. Please check the included feature list in the description!

Please consider that the EA versions of the game won't guarantee that your saves will be working correctly after version changes.

Also, I will add OSX support and maybe Linux support for the game as well.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“This is an alpha stage of the game. You can start a company and manage its building sites, research new technology and create your own hardware and computers. The world map is done, and a basic AI is also implemented. All of this means that you can play, win or lose a game, but the experience will be different in the end product.
At this moment you don't get reviews about your products and tutorials are nearly non-existent. Also, the balance of the game isn't as good as it should be.
Please read the included feature list in the description!”

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

“I plan to gradually raise the price as I ship new content and features. The amount isn't decided, yet.”

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

“I'm very interested in any kind of advice and suggestions about the game. Feel free to find me on Reddit (the game has its own subreddit) or on the official Progorion Forum.
Computer science is a very deep subject and although I'm a passionate hobbyist on the topic, my knowledge is still limited, so I would greatly appreciate any corrections or suggestions about the technology part of the game, too.”
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October 19

VERSION 0.9.1.16 - New Saving System

Hi all,

This new version has a new saving system. From now on you won't have problems with loading speed.

As a drawback, unfortunately, your old save files won't load anymore. Until now I tried to keep up backward compatibility. But with this update, I'm unable to do it. I'm sorry guys.

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Another news is that I managed to create the first build of an OSX version of the game. It is still under testing, so you will have to wait some days before I publish it, but it is clearly coming soon.

Also, Russian and German localizations are under progress. This is something that will need plenty time still - I just wanted to tell.

My next priority tasks are creating more resolution options and making a huge rebalance. My plan is to make research much more expensive and slower while giving you much much more PP and adding additional sites - taking care of different difficulty levels and powering up the AI a bit as well.
Meanwhile, I will continue to eliminate bugs. Still, we have plenty of them.

This day will close the first week of the game on STEAM. Unfortunately, the sale numbers are bad, and I'm really afraid that the game is going to be a flop. But I have the budget to finish it, and I will make it happen anyways.
I always wanted to create this game. I won't jump out as the devs of "Pro Gamer Manager 2" for example. I wanna play that game, I won't let you down. I work really hard on this.


Thank you very much for your amazing help with the bugs, and also your support on the game's STEAM page. I really appreciate and need it!


Your friend,
Andris
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October 17

VERSION 0.9.1.15 - is here!

Hi guys, after taking care stuff around my company and making a trip to my dentist and also luckily feeling better than last time I've made a new version for you during this night!

0.9.1.15:

- I've created a design select window that will appear before creating a new hardware. This way people won't forget to choose a design, and also they won't be confused about the "first you have to choose a design" message.
-If you create a new hardware starting originally from the hardware menu/hardware list (not from starting a new computer design), when you finished with the new hardware and you go back to the hardware list, the hardware list filters will be updated by the new hardware's design and type - so you will surely see it in the hardware list.
- If you'd like to create a new computer you first select the design of the computer. No change. But after that when you select the desired hardware into the computer, the hardware list will be filtered by the computer's design, and the type of the hardware automatically.
- Also, if you don't have a hardware in the list to put into the computer, by pushing the "new" button, the hardware window won't ask for the computer design (neither the old way, and neither by the new design select window), but it will be automatically selected.
- I'm not sure about this point, but I tried to solve the negative customer number in the upper info bar. I've given a much bigger number type for it that should fix the problem (if that was the problem). Please let me know if you see the negative customer number again!

Also, I tried a totally new saving technology to speed up the saving process, but it seems that I already use the fastest solution. My only way to speed up the process is to reduce the saved data. I will do my best in that because I saw that many of you have way too much loading times resulting in a barely useable saving system. I'm aware of that

Also, I'm very thankful for the reports! You are awesome, keep them coming! Thank you very much! Thanks for the support on the store page as well, the game really needs it.

Let me know in the discussions if you like the update.

Andris
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About This Game

Computer Tycoon is an indie business strategy game about Computer Evolution and starting your own company in the 70s. Lead the research race until 2034, create the best hardware and operating system, take care of your infrastructure and even handle your marketing. Find video game gems to promote them on your platforms, conquer the global market and became literally immortal!

Computer Tycoon is different from other building/tycoon games because it has a "grand strategy game" aspect. You will control your "computer empire" viewing a world map and managing resources.

A journey through computer history


Start your adventure in the 70s as a small business somewhere in the world. Learn more about hardware and software inventions that were the first steps to our current modern world, and get a taste of what is waiting for us in the future. Find the classic video games and help a new culture to be born.

Create computers your way!


In Computer Tycoon the decisions you make during development really matter. Take advantage of the technology, upgrade and design combinations! Does your product need more computing capacity or should you focus more on features, low price or prestige? Maybe change to portable computers or develop more easy-to-use Operating Systems? These decisions will have a major impact on the success of your company.

Expand your multinational corporation


Expand your corporation in a smart way into multiple countries, build more offices, factories, laboratories and other required facilities. Poor countries have cheaper labor, but richer countries will give you more educated engineers.

Market your computers!


Having the best product isn't enough. You must take care of people's needs or even "change their needs" using different marketing tools. Balance your budget well between development, production, marketing, and expansion.

You have only one life


We'll all die one day... but not in Computer Tycoon! You can win the game by becoming a monopoly or reaching the technological singularity if you are fast and healthy enough. Healthy? Yes, you have a small chance to die in the game, so you should regularly check your health.


The game is in an EA alpha state. It has bugs and missing/simplified features. Everything is subject to change. Please read the EA details! Also here is a brief list of what is and isn't included (yet):

Features implemented
  • Start a computer manufacturer company in the 70s
  • Design and create hardware, home computers, personal computers, portable computers and handheld computers
  • Rule the market of the world on a grand strategy level
  • Research and study the technology of the earliest models to the near future computers
  • Expand your industrial sites across the globe
  • Basic AI opponents
  • World Map with algorithmically generated data for increased replayability


Features not implemented yet
  • Reviews about your products
  • Historical world map with more realistic population/economy/border data
  • Multiple industrial site environments (I will give some industrial environment variations)
  • Smarter AI opponents
  • Random events
  • Achievements
  • Localizations

    *Important! I will enable OSX and maybe Linux support during EA. Unfortunately I falied to deliver this before the EA, but I'm aware of that! OSX users please be patient.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD 6850 or similar
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: minimum 1366x768 resolution
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Better than Radeon HD 6850
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1920x1080 resolution
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