Create, manage, and guide your very own band to success!
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Mostly Positive (206) - 78% of the 206 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 13, 2017

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June 21

The Dev Journey (50% off for Summer sale!)

Hey rockstars and washed-up-has-been rockstars! Today we would like to take a moment to celebrate/discuss how far this game has come.

Tycoon games have always been held to a pretty high standard in regards to balance and pacing. The truth to it is that no game will be perfect for everyone and Rock God Tycoon is no exception. We've read reviews praising the game for being the very best tycoon game they've ever played! But we have also read reviews stating that this is the absolute worst game they've ever played. Neither side is wrong, they just enjoy different games.

With that out of the way... We are proud of how far this game has come and now we will go on a short journey following the development of Rock God Tycoon.

Was it a coincidence?
Many years ago Panos (the artist) and I met through a website called IndieDB in its job section. He had made a post requesting to team up with a programmer to create some musical tycoon game. I had never wanted to work with anyone but for some reason this seemed like a good opportunity to give it a shot. We got together in a Skype call and before we knew it we had worked the entire day on our prototype "Metalhead Tycoon". I still have the original executable and let me tell you it was a horrible game.

We then posted the game on Steam greenlight where it sat for quite a while with little to no votes or recognition and reasonably so. I went on to create another game after splitting up with Panos.

Another stroke of luck
The game I had been working on had been approved on Greenlight and coincidentally so had Metalhead Tycoon. Panos rebranded the game at some point as "Rock God Tycoon" with all new artwork. He and I talked for the first time in a LONG time where he told me that he wanted to recreate what we had started a year prior. Again without a real reason I said, "Sure!"

Days later we were both working on Rock God Tycoon! During this time I was working 40 hour weeks at a retail job and was still developing my other game (which was early access at the time) while Panos was still going to college full-time. It was only by sheer luck that we managed to get the game all the way to early access 1.5 years later.

Shocking responses
Panos and I are usually pretty cynical people and so we expected the game to flop once we entered Early Access. We were absolutely blown away when the game sold well enough for us to pay bills and all the meanwhile we were maintaining 95%+ in Steam reviews. Never before did we feel so motivated to work on this game. There were regular posts with pages of feedback and suggestions, and just so much positive/encouraging energy all around.

I don't think either of us had been that happy with ourselves before.

Fast forward
The game went into full release in February of 2017 and we again were surprised by how many people had been waiting on the game to leave Early Access. It was shortly after that time that Panos was getting a job in another country and I had to move forward with a new project. Many people felt we had abandoned the game so we came back and did a massive overhaul.

We implemented an expanded tension system that took away a lot of the normal "busk 24/7" grind that people had told us was ruining the experience. It took about a week if I recall and when we pushed it out we got mixed results. It seemed that nobody was bothered or impressed so we just left it at that. The core of the game isn't going to change with tweaks and new features.

Where we are now
Panos is working for a game company in Germany now doing what he loves and paying bills like an adult. I'm working on my 4th game whilst finishing putting my previous title onto consoles. Both of us are proud of how far we've come and with the overall experience of Rock God Tycoon (from a developer's point of view). We started with nothing, no help, and no recognition. We had to claw our way here and every inch of it was gruesome but worth it.

So why did you write all this?
There is the occasional review/comment that Rock God Tycoon is dead. Saying a game is dead puts out a very negative idea that a game is completely broken and abandoned. This is obviously not the case and we wanted to clear the air. No we are no longer working on Rock God Tycoon (actively) and we have both since moved on to new projects/jobs. We have to make bills, grow as people, and progress in our careers.

To say this game is dead is to say that we didn't put 1.5 years (and additionally updates/patches for 5 months, not mentioning minor fixes even recently) and that just sucks to hear. Especially from users with 40+ hours put into the game.

I hope this post was an interesting read!

Seabass's Twitter (programmer)
Panos's Twitter (artist)

Keep rockin' on! :RockSign:
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“Rock God Tycoon represents everything that is good about Greenlight and Early Access... This is the single best thing I have purchased on this platform.”
Gary MacDougall

“Despite the simplistic art style, it actually looks surprisingly deep with all the different knobs and levers you can control...”
PC Gamer

Steam Greenlight

About This Game

Rock God Tycoon (RGT) places you at the helm of your very own band and on the path to your own rock destiny. Choose your character’s discipline from guitar, bass, drums, or vocals, then hire the rest of your band before hitting the road to stardom. Manage your group and decide when deadwood needs to be cut. Fed up with the drummer missing shows? Fire the slacker and replace him!

Model your fully customizable characters with 300+ available items, all exceptionally detailed, beautifully designed, and with frequent new additions. Everybody needs to pay their bills though, and you’ll need to book the right shows and practice your songs to keep the money coming in; going from small town bars, to concerts halls and stadiums. Your band isn’t performing and is struggling to hold a note? Better put down that coffee to pick up that gauntlet and step on stage yourself to show them how it’s done. Gigging across 76 cities, each with unique venues, you'll constantly be on the road; whether it be in a van, tour bus, or a private jet.

As your skill and renown grows, so will your fan base. Head to the shop and use some of your cash to upgrade your instruments, equipment, and buy promotions in a fully realized catalogue of features. Make sure to manage the tension and egos in your band carefully, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to pay the rent. Well placed info tabs show you every actionable detail of your band, and allow you to manage all of your band's day to day goals. RGT allows you to write your own songs, develop and release your own albums, and sign record deals with a variety of labels.

This is the music tycoon game you have been waiting for and deserve.

  • Character creation
  • Band tension and solidity affecting your band throughout the game
  • Ability to write and create music
  • Rehearsing and recording songs
  • Signing a deal with a record label and album releases
  • Booking and simulating gigs with review feedback
  • 76 playable cities in the USA, each including their own gigs and/or recording studios, labels or video clip events
  • Leveling system that affects everything your band does
  • Information tabs about every detail of your band
  • Billboard system and world ranking
  • Bands in the world release albums and change throughout the game
  • Shop system that allows you to buy promotions, vehicles, and props
  • Hiring, editing, and firing bandmates
  • Stage editor that allows you to place your band members and props
  • Song creation, an awesome tool that lets your create your own music
  • Perform your songs at your shows
  • Random events and a not restrictive story line
  • Multiple homes

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB graphics with DirectX 11, Shader Level 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 750 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated sound card
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel i3 550 or AMD Phenom II X4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB graphics with DirectX 11, Shader Level 3.0
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 750 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated sound card
    • OS: Ubuntu 14 or above (64-bit Only)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB graphics with OpenGL 3.0 or better
    • Storage: 750 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated sound card
    • OS: Ubuntu 14 or above (64-bit Only)
    • Processor: Intel i3 550 or AMD Phenom II X4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB graphics with OpenGL 3.0 or better
    • Storage: 750 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated sound card

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