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Best Tycoon Games

Updated on September 3, 2012

Top Tycoon Games

Everyone loves a good tycoon game. Over the years many good tycoon games have come out, but which one is the best?The genre itself is very pleasing to a wide audience. Tycoon games are all about building and management. They task you with building theme parks, zoos, hotels, restaurants or sometimes even entire cities. Hire necessary employees, play on the stock market, build buildings to keep people happy. The ultimate goal of a tycoon games is to generate as large amount of cash as you possibly can. And depending on the tycoon game you have a lot of possibilities to do that. It is a sad fact that there are so few new tycoon games coming out. The tycoon genre has a lot to offer, and they make a good alternative to action full and violent games.

Rollercoaster Tycoon Series

Rollercoaster Tycoon has become a classic game, one to which all tycoon games will look back to. The objective is quite simple, you have to run a successful amusement park. You can build food vendors, souvenir shops, bathrooms, water rides, mild rides, thrill rides and most importantly rollercoasters. You can build the ultimate rollercoaster, it can be as long as you wish it to be. You can design your rollercoaster in every aspect basically. You have the possibility to built it piece by piece. Laying out the rides need some skill, and some planning, because you also have to entry and exit gates. All the three games in the franchise have security guards, handymen and entertainers. You can employee these workers if you feel you need them. Also the player can advertise the amusement park and if necessary close it down and reopen it later on. Although the Rollercoaster Tycoon series is quite old, it still runs strong to date and the Rollercoaster Tycoon games are often referred as the best tycoon games ever made.

Zoo Tycoon Franchise

Another great tycoon game. In this tycoon game the player becomes a zoo owner. The objective is of course to get as much cash as possible and more importantly to build your dream zoo. The ultimate zoo, the zoos in the game can get quite big. Both games offer a vast amount of different animals. And if the player doesn't build decent fences, animals can escape from the zoo and cause some panic. Zoo Tycoon games are one of the best tycoon games ever made. However, the sequel Zoo Tycoon 2, offers more animals, shops, plants and trees. And besides that, Zoo Tycoon 2 also has many expansions packs to buy, which gives the player more animals, shops, buildings, plants and trees to choose from. One expansion pack even gives the player sea creatures, to make the zoo even more entertaining for quests. Though both games are quite old, the series still stands as a small marvel in the tycoon game genre.

The Movies

Probably one of the best tycoon games. The idea of making your very own studio in Hollywood sounds great. You can build a lot of different movie sets, shops, bathrooms, production buildings, trailers for your stars and a lot more. There are many buildings you can build in this game to make your studio the best in Hollywood. You can also hire actors, directors , repairmen, assistants and sometimes big stars from competitive movie studio will join you if you have proven to be successful enough. It is a very addictive game, you just can´t stop until you upgrade and produce better movies. But, you won´t be the only movie studio in Holliwood, there will be others, they will have more cash than you, bigger stars even better movies. If you are successful enough, you can even win an award at the award ceremony. After you win some awards and you´re studio will grow, you will become one of the big guys on Hollywood. But the game does not stop there, you can also write custom scripts. Using that very cool feature you can make the movie you have always dreamed of. The game also has an expansion, which gives you more buildings and features, including stuntmen, then you can making very cool Hollywood movies, with explosions, car chases and much more. The game is also available on mac, so it is one of the best tycoon games for mac. Overall The Movies is one of the best tycoon games ever hit the market, and it has set the bar quite high for upcoming tycoon games.

Railroad Tycoon Series

One of the greatest works by Sid Meier. Railroad Tycoon games offer an unique gameplay, although the title might seem a bit deceiving, the game has a lot more to give than just building railways. The game tasks you to build your own railway company and compete directly against rivaling companies with the objective to come out as the market leader.The basic idea or the concept behind the game is to deliver materials and supplies between towns and cities in the late nineteenth and twentieth century. Those transported materials and supplies will activate industries that will produce wholesale products, that can be distributed and sold elsewhere. Essentially you are asked to create a distributionnetwork, but with some very cool features and interesting options, and that is all within the confines of the history of railroading. In general the game is that sort of game, that all upcoming business simulations games will look up to and envy, the series did set the bar very high. I personally believe that the Railroad Tycoon games can be considered as one of the best business tycoon games of all time.

Capitalism II

Many consider Capitalism 2 to be the best business tycoon game, instead of Railroad Tycoon. However, Capitalism 2 takes a lot more time to get a hang of. But once you get the hang of this game, it is really fun, especially if you are into business. You can build stores, farms, factories, apartments even the HQ for your business, you have to research and develop new technologies and products. If you think you might be going under, you can take a loan or enter your company to the stock market and sell some stocks, if they are worth anything. You can also buy up your competitors stocks and therefore take hold of that company. Once you get the hang of the game you will be addicted for a long time, it truly is one of the best tycoon games.

Sid Meier's SimGolf

The Simcity puts you in the role as major of a city, which you then have to improve until you have a metropolis. Over the years, the gameplay of the series has stayed pretty much the same. The graphics have improved greatly. Simcity 4 is the latest of the series and offers the best graphics. As a major of the city you can build various buildings. Your objective is to build the biggest metropolis there is, however it is a sandbox game, so there isn´t actually any goal to reach to. Simcity is for sure the best tycoon game when it comes to city-building.

SimCity

The Simcity puts you in the role as major of a city, which you then have to improve until you have a metropolis. Over the years, the gameplay of the series has stayed pretty much the same. The graphics have improved greatly. Simcity 4 is the latest of the series and offers the best graphics. As a major of the city you can build various buildings. Your objective is to build the biggest metropolis there is, however it is a sandbox game, so there isn´t actually any goal to reach to. Simcity is for sure the best tycoon game when it comes to city-building.

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It is a sad fact that game developers have turned their backs to tycoon games, each year only a handful of tycoon games are released, and most of them by small studios.

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      ImmatureEntrepr 4 years ago

      Great list of games! I really enjoyed the first Roller Coaster Tycoon back in the day. Squid Angel blessings for you. :)