After several starts & fails, here are some tips to win on Hard Mode Guide for Mad Games Tycoon 2. I’ve made $20 mill by 1981.
Guide to Hard Mode
Company HQ – I like Australia for Skill Games. Your main’s profession is Game Designer, Star Designer, Inexhaustible, and most importantly – Error-free. Pick one more trait you like.
Create 4 (and eventually 5) rooms in the first Building:
- Bathroom (4×3).
- Lounge (4×3).
- Research (4×3).
- And when researched – Quality Assurance (4×3).
- Development (the rest of the space).
Employ 2 more people at the start that will be part of the Dev team. At the start, move everyone (me plus the other 2) to the research room, to research the hot topic at the moment and the first 2 gameplay features.
Don’t start creating a game until you have the 4 gameplay features unlocked (2 given by the game and 2 researched), otherwise your games lose money in the long run. Early Games are English only to make the games profitable.
Add more people to the dev team (I work with 5 people in the initial dev team, 1 game designer (me), 1 sound, 1 graphic, 2 programmers, all with Error-free trait. Error-free is the best trait for all employees in the Dev room.
The Game Factory
Keep developing games and as the stars improve, so will your game score.
Add 2 Researchers to the research room to research other topics that compliment the trending Genre.
Vary the games topics, but with same Genre as the trending Genre. Occasionally research topics that you think will work well with the trending Genre.
Go with developers that have a higher market base, even though they pay less (eg. $7 with 3 stars is better than $8 with 1 star) – in the long run you’ll sell more copies, and make more money.
Create paid add-ons with max content for the games that are over 10 weeks old on the market.
Create sequels when the old games go off the market.
Research Quality Assurance and build it in the first building, hire two Game Testers, then improve the gameplay on max.
For the second building, rinse and repeat the above with a 2nd Dev Unit and 2nd QA Team of 2.
No need for marketing – the publisher does that for you.
What to Research
I have 2 Researchers, and focus on keeping the Engine features up-to-date, getting all the Gameplay features, and having a variety of compatible topics to use.
Create a best-in-show Engine with the trending Genre as soon as the Genre trend changes. Stick with the trending Genre, and then change Genre once a new one starts to trend.
The Big Thing
The big thing that helps is not to go too big a game, too fast.
For example, I stuck with the Game Size ‘B’ (10 Gameplay Features) right the way through to 1981 ($20 million in the bank). The faster the games get made, the more money rolls in. Most of my game scores were 70%-90%.
The Last Idea
Once you get a 4 or 5 Star Rating with a Publisher (remember to cultivate the Publisher with the biggest Market Share), then lock-in an Exclusive Contract. You get paid more per game.