Game Tycoon 1.5 (PC)

By Steven Marsh

Published on Thursday, February 14, 2008

Graphics: 4.00
Sound: 4.00
Gameplay: 1.00
Replays: 1.00
Gamelength: 5.00

Gamers finally get their own mainstream simulation game with “Game Tycoon” and it’s about as fun as smashing your face with a bag of bricks.

The “Tycoon” line of games has been a serious hit throughout the years since it’s original conception, allowing players to delve into all sorts of simulations. These days, you can even run your own prison in style. These games are always a simple hit or miss, with some becoming famous hits, such as Zoo Tycoon and Roller Coaster Tycoon. Game Tycoon is easily one of the worst Tycoon games out there unless you’re seriously into economic strategy. It’s about as fun as filling out financial papers because that’s what this game is about.

Quite honestly, the graphics are terrible by modern standards. They’re tolerable, but they look as if the game was made several years ago. Nothing looks outright bad, but nothing about the visuals in this game can even come close to meeting modern standards. If graphics are a deciding factor for you, this game probably isn’t going to be worth playing. However, most people know that graphics aren’t everything and that there are many, many good games that aren’t visually appealing. I wish I could say that this game is one of them.

The music and sound effects of “Game Tycoon” are average. None of the music will make your ears bleed, but it surely isn’t going to stand out, either. The voice acting sounds bland and for the most part, gives off the impression that the voice actors weren’t even trying. Otherwise, the sound effects are okay, but nothing unexpected or impressive.

The story is pretty basic. You’re 1 of 3 people trying to make a world class game design company. It starts off in the year 1982 and as time goes by, you can potentially obtain newer technology. The basic idea is the same from start to finish and there’s no real story elements other than the opening. That’s how most Tycoon games are, so this aspect of “Game Tycoon” is fine.

As for the game play, if you can even call this a game, you’ll be delving into all aspects of running your company. At the beginning, you’re presented with a very small list of choices to build your starting company set up. The only extensive choice here is that you can upload your own company logo, but the game doesn’t tell you this. You’ll need to look in your instruction manual or consult an FAQ on the internet to discover this on your own. From there, you’ll live the life of your game developer, but you never actually do any of the fun work. Most of the game uses a simple check box or picture interface. You simply click on something and wait until the next chance to make a choice. For the most part, you’re basically watching the time go by and making basic choices. As for the difficulty, it’s not a difficult game by any means, but you can’t just randomly click things and hope to get by, either. There’s a degree of strategy that must be put into this game to progress, which is probably the only good thing about it. The game is somewhat short, too, using a mission-based interface that wont take most players long to complete. Most of the time spent “playing” this game is simply watching things happen.

Overall, I have to say that this game is one of the worst that I personally have ever played. I hope that massive improvements are made in the event a sequel is ever developed.

Pros:
-I can’t think of anything.

Cons:
-Graphics.
-Music.
-Voice acting.
-“Game Play”.
-User interface.
-Tutorial.
-Pretty much everything else.

Bottom Line:
This is the second game that I’ve reviewed and one of only a handful that I feel is absolutely terrible. I can’t even stand looking at the box anymore. Do yourself a favor and avoid this game unless you’re one of the very few people who can stand this kind of thing. Also, those people deserve an award.

Overall Rating: 2.00

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