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Game Tycoon (Windows)

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In Game Tycoon the player founds and manages a business which produces games. The process of game development is basically always the same: At first the player chooses between 13 genres - of course it is important to observe the zeitgeist, in some time periods platformer are more popular as adventures or vice versa. The second and last pre-production decision concerns the graphics engine. The player can either license one or program his own. The latter is time-consuming and expensive but the engine can be used for multiple games.

After choosing the employees - programmers, artists and composers - the only thing left to do is setting the test times, searching for a distributor and watching the progress bar. Right before the release there is also the marketing to take care of, which means ads and box equipment (manual, maps etc.). When the game is fully developed the player can read reviews from magazines and selling statistics.

The game features two playing modes: ten missions and free playing. However, the game always starts in 1982 and progresses until the modern times of Xbox and DVD. The handling is very similar to Mad TV: the whole game is played in real-time and the player character has to walk through the cities to reach the menus. But since we are talking about development times of several years, the typical hectic atmosphere of Mad TV is missing.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Game Tycoon 1.5" -- Re-release title

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The Press Says

FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network Apr 25, 2006 65 out of 100 65
Gamesmania Sep 30, 2003 62 out of 100 62
Game Captain Mar 13, 2005 58 out of 100 58
Looki Sep 24, 2003 52 out of 100 52
4Players.de Sep 12, 2003 51 out of 100 51
PC Games (Germany) Oct 03, 2003 49 out of 100 49
GameZone Apr 19, 2006 4.1 out of 10 41
GBase - The Gamer's Base Mar 08, 2005 4 out of 10 40
Gamernode Sep 05, 2006 2.5 out of 10 25
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2003 23 out of 100 23

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Patrick Bregger (108838) added Game Tycoon (Windows) on Sep 27, 2009