Tycoon games, also known as business simulation games, are a great genre for people who love to control and manage things. These games let us take the role of business moguls or managers, and climb our way up the career ladder to succeed. If you love tycoon games as much as I do, then here are seven of the best tycoon games you might want to try!
RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3: Platinum
From the famous RollerCoaster Tycoon series, the RollerCoaster Tycoon® 3: Platinum is the third installment released in October 2004. Similar to its predecessors, the game lets you manage amusement parks, build rides, adjust terrains, and decorate scenery. There is a goal in every amusement park that you need to achieve to win the game.
Game Dev Tycoon
Game Dev Tycoon is a business simulation game that lets you replay the history of the gaming industry and start your video game development company in the 80s. Create best-selling video games and research on new developments to set up and invent new game types. Strive to become the leader in the gaming industry to gain popularity and worldwide fans.
Transport Tycoon more popularly known as TT is a game developed by Chris Sawyer. It is a business simulation game that features isometric 2D view graphics, where the player takes the role of an entrepreneur who is in control of a transport company. You must learn how to compete with your rivals by carrying passengers and goods by road, rail, air, or sea.
Zoo Tycoon 2
Zoo Tycoon 2 is the sequel game to Blue Fang’s 2001 Zoo Tycoon. It was released in 2004 and features similar gameplay to its predecessor. The primary goal of the game is for the player to build his zoo and operate it by creating exhibits and aquariums. At the same time, he must keep his guests and animals happy, as well as maintain its employees, terrain, and scenery.
Prison Tycoon is a game developed by Virtual Playground released for Microsoft Windows PCs and gaming laptops in July 2005. It puts the player in charge of a correctional facility. The player must prevent the prisoners from escaping, keep them in line while trying to make money. Another notable thing about the game is it allows you to choose prisoner-styles such as New England, West-Coasts, and U.S. Southwestern.
Probably the most famous city builder and management simulation, SimCity was first released in 1989 and has spawned several games including its latest installment, SimCity BuildIt published in 2004. In the game, the player must develop a city from a patch of green land. To do this, the player must construct buildings that the Sims need, as well as services and amenities.
Sid Meier’s Railroads!
Sid Meier’s Railroads is a business simulation game developed by the renowned Sid Meier. He was also the creator of Civilization, Starships, and Alpha Centauri. Sid Meier’s Railroads is the sequel game to Railroad Tycoon 3 and developed on the Gamebryo game engine. The gameplay heavily focuses on economics and requires the player to build and sustain several industries through developing railroads.