Create and run your own TV show! An isometric management game where you craft scripts, populate your world with characters and cast actors to play them. Hire and manage staff, develop your studio and gain a dedicated following.
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Mostly Positive (89) - 74% of the 89 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jan 17, 2023

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We had a positive experience of Early Access for our first game, This Merchant Life, and we’re keen to try it again! It provides an opportunity for feedback to influence development to a greater extent and for players to follow and engage with the progress of the project from an earlier stage.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The plan is to remain in Early Access for around 12-18 months although this will somewhat depend on how development goes.”

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

“The plan is to greatly expand the game throughout the Early Access period, including the addition of more complex mechanics, additional script cards, new HQ levels and room types, greater customisation options for characters and staff and a more living, reactive world around your studio (rival studios, contract negotiations, actors moving to other projects, reputation over time etc).”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The initial game loop is in, where you can make episodes of a show and earn rewards from that to gradually expand and improve your studio with studio item upgrades, staff and character levelling and unlocking of more script cards. There is a fair array of different show themes and costume variety available. The studio is currently only available in its level 1 form, with more HQ levels and room types to be added.”

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

“The price is likely to increase somewhat after Early Access.”

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

“As with our first title, This Merchant Life, we’ll be looking to actively respond to feedback on the game’s Steam forums throughout the Early Access period. Taking on opinions and ideas, giving detailed explanations for decisions taken, trying to fix issues raised and involve interested players more in development progress.”
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About This Game

Create your show

Name your show then pick a genre (options include drama, comedy, procedural, thriller or mystery) and a theme (for example sci-fi, fantasy, medical, office or historical). Score a lucrative contract with a television or streaming company as long as you can meet the goals they set for you!

Craft scripts

Lay out episode scripts by playing scene cards, defining the overall story structure. Each card will increase the score of the script in various categories (plot, characters, visuals, comedy, drama, action) with smart selections and powerful combinations earning special bonuses. Unlock new and more powerful cards over time. Gradually define themes for each season that pair well with your scripts and characters.

Make characters and select actors

Pick an archetype for each character then try to find an actor that fits the bill. Define the character’s appearance from extensive customisation options then develop them over time to be more nuanced and unique by picking perks that further characterise them and provide major boosts.

Hire and manage staff

Hire writers to complete scripts, directors and crew to handle filming and editors to bring together the final cut. Staff have varying stats and classes which tend towards specific strengths and weaknesses and they gain experience over time. Rotate and rest your team to manage their energy and keep everyone working at their best.

Design and manage your studio

Buy items and furniture to personalise and improve your studio, gaining staff boosts in the process. Build new rooms, upgrade existing ones and increase your studio's reputation. Manage this while trying to balance your finances and keep your studio in the black!

Make episodes and gain fans

With the outline for a script ready the writing team will work their magic from there. Have your actors, directors and crew film the scenes then the editors wrap things up. Build a dedicated following for your show and grow interest with good reviews and popular characters.

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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