Cartel Tycoon is a survival business sim inspired by the ‘80s narco trade. Expand and conquer, fight off rival thugs and evade the authorities. Earn people's loyalty and strive to overcome the doomed fate of a power-hungry drug lord.
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Mostly Positive (1,144) - 78% of the 1,144 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Mar 18, 2021

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Why Early Access?

“Cartel Tycoon is a unique production management game with permadeath survival and a major emphasis on character management. Because we want players to have a great experience, community involvement is super important, every step of the way! Releasing the game in Early Access is the perfect way for us to steadily grow our playerbase, while at the same time communicating that the game is still changing and improving.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to release it in Q3 2022”

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

“Cartel Tycoon is designed to be replayable so that every playththrough tells a unique story. So our remaining development time will focus on expanding that narrative component: We will be adding more characters with different quests and abilities, more boss, lieutenant and mayor quests, and more character interactions.. At the same time, we will constantly upgrade, balance and polish the tycoon/management component — new mechanics, buildings and resources are already on their way! Other upcoming highlights include new music, difficulty options, achievements, and more. Check out the detailed Development Roadmap on our blog for more information!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“After a year in EA, Cartel Tycoon is highly polished and free of critical issues. Content-wise, the game now features a Story mode with three scenarios: tutorial and two large branching stories, "This Sinking Feeling" and "Hopes & Fears": each would take 10-20 hours on average. There is also a hardcore Survival mode and a highly customizable Sandbox mode with limitless possibilities.”

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

“Yes, the price may increase for the full version.”

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

“Every new mechanic or change triggers a chain reaction in the game systems (and every day it gets more complicated as the game gets more complex). Luckily, we are all about iterative development: frequent updates and patches will be released, and everyone is encouraged to provide feedback. Let's have fun making this together!”
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About This Game

Set in the fictionalized '80s Latin America, Cartel Tycoon tells the story of a time when the cocaine took over first the US, and then the whole world. Ridiculously rich drug kingpins rule over glorious empires, creating thousands of jobs. But a maelstrom of violence threatens this criminal underworld from within.

Build an empire of drug production and smuggling chains while managing rogue lieutenants, state authorities, and public opinion.

Rival gangs, the DEA, army and even the CIA all threaten your growing business. Death is inevitable, but not the end. When you die (it never really ends well for drug lords), crown your successor, and build your empire from the ruins all over again.

In Cartel Tycoon, failure is inevitable and violence begets more violence — but for the cunning kingpin, unimaginable profits await.

Play a variety of modes

Story mode for those looking to dive into tens of hours of rich narrative within the game's world. Hardcore permadeath Survival mode for those looking for a challenge. And a highly customizable Sandbox mode for those looking to play by their own rules!

Key features

  • Grow your empire. Develop your humble farming operation into a massive logistical system comprising plantations, laboratories, aerodromes, and more.
  • Reign your way. Tycoon action on an epic scale with dozens of upgrade paths and endless strategic combinations.
  • Death is inevitable. When your capo falls, promote one of your unique lieutenants to take control and continue growing your cartel.
  • Everything - and everyone - has a price. Launder your hard-earned cash to develop your empire, maintain your lieutenants' allegiance, and bribe corrupt politicians.
  • Defend what's yours. Evade the authorities and square off against rival cartels on the path to profit.
  • Endless replayability. Explore a dynamic narrative system with dozens of unique characters combined with limitless sandbox gameplay.
  • Play a variety of modes. Story mode for those looking to dive into tens of hours of rich narrative within the game's world. Hardcore permadeath Survival mode for those looking for a challenge. And a highly customizable Sandbox mode for those looking to play by their own rules!

Featuring an original soundtrack that captures the era with psychedelic and Latin American influences.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Drugs, non-graphical violence, foul language

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 and up
    • Processor: i5 and up
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 960 4GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: i7 ~3 Ghz / Ryzen 7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated

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