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Best Mobile Business Simulation Games
Best Mobile Business Simulation Games
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The mobile gaming revolution has brought just about every gaming genre — from first person shooters to war games and empire builders — to our smartphones and tablets. But not all games are about battle and conflict, with some tapping into the constructive side of your inner gamer. Business simulations, city builders and other management games let you unleash your inner mogul. Found your own mega-corporation, build a town from the ground up, or sail the high seas in search of fortune with these 12 business and management games for your mobile device.
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 (iOS) ($4.99)
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Can’t make it to your favorite theme park for the spring break? No vacation leave banked up for the near future? Well, you can still have a bit of vicarious theme park fun with Roller Coaster Tycoon 3. an iOS game that has you in charge of a theme park, managing its attractions, designing rides and keeping your visitors happy. You can even take a virtual ride on your roller coasters and rides. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is a full premium game, which means no pesky timers and in-app purchases to get between you and the fun.
Brass (Android, iOS)
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A mobile port of the hit eurogame, Brass (Android. iOS ) has players taking on the role of rival industrial magnates building up their many businesses, mines and factories in a newly industrializing England. Every turn, players play cards to either build or develop industries, build rail or canal connections between locations, or take on loans, jockeying for position with other players and attempting to take advantage of their own moves. The mobile version of the boardgame features a detailed tutorial, as well as numerous features to smooth gameplay. Players can engage in local or network multiplayer games with three to four players, or pit themselves against a moderately challenging AI.
Hipster CEO (iOS) ($1.99)
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Hipster CEO is a tongue-in-cheek parody of the startup world that puts you in the shoes of a budding entrepreneur making your way in the world. Players start out by selecting a product (such as mobile gaming, dating apps or file sharing) as well as a target market, and then you get a small amount of seed capital and an employee, and then it’s up to you to get the ball rolling. As your startup evolves, you can hire more staff and specialists, train your personnel or spruce up the office and more, all while keeping an eye on the bottom line, while courting venture capital or holding out for buyout.
Game Dev Story
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Just as it says in the title, Game Dev Story (Android. iOS ) gives players the opportunity to craft their own story as a game developer. Granted, the “story” basically involves assigning staff members to craft a video game with stats driving the results. But it’s still fairly addictive, especially if you possess some knowledge of the video game industry and its history. This inside baseball element gives the game a lot of appeal, but what keeps you playing is that eager anticipation of results: waiting to see what your staff puts out and the fulfillment of critical praise (or the disappointment of a critical drubbing).
Transport Tycoon (Android, iOS) ($6.99)
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Even with the addition of a modern touch UI, this is not exactly the most attractive game on our list. However, if you give it a fair shake, Transport Tycoon (Android. iOS ) will consume whole afternoons. With a business loan you need to pay soon, you’ll start buying vehicles and setting up the infrastructure on your journey to become the emperor of land, sea and air travel. Each level is a scenario with its own transportation problems to solve, but also act as open sandboxes to indulge in. If you love the freedom to experiment and have an obsession with details, Transport Tycoon is for you.
Fiz: Brewery Management Game (Android, iOS) ($1.99)
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Beer aficionados will work up a mighty thirst with Fiz: Brewery Management Game (Android. iOS ). As head of your own micro-brewery, you start out with a tiny operation selling small batches to local stores. As you grow in experience and develop new brewing recipes, you can make a name for yourself in brewing competitions, discover larger markets and improve your facilities and staff. Behind the cute pixelated exterior and the monotonous chiptune is a decent stat engine that allows you to fiddle with the quality of your beer, track sales figures and feedback, and run market research in your quest to become a powerhouse brewery.
Cook, Serve, Delicious (Android, iOS) ($3.99/$4.99)
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A different take on the business sim genre, Cook, Serve, Delicious! (Android. iOS ) demands business savvy and nimbleness. As the manager of an up and coming restaurant in a rundown business tower, you’ll serve and prepare food, flush toilets, wash dishes and more. In between opening hours, you’ll be buying food, upgrading equipment and improving your restaurant. ‘Menu rot’ will require you to keep things fresh by rotating items in and out of the menu. And when the day starts, you’ll be swiping meat cuts, tapping ingredients and pressing down drink levers. Cook, Serve, Delicious serves up a variety of things to do to make for a business sim that’s never dull.
Wizards Wagons (Android, iOS) ($4.99)
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Ancient evils have been defeated and peace has returned to the land. As the land’s resident Hero, you’re now out of a job, and the only way to make a living is to buy low and sell high. Wizards Wagons (Android. iOS ) is a tongue-in-cheek combination of trading game, tower defense and RPG as players travel through the land’s many settlements in order to buy and sell goods, upgrade their wagon and gear, and take on odd jobs and quests from the world’s many strange inhabitants. Besides the trading, players have to manage space on their wagons, as well as fend off attacks by bandits and monsters as they travel down the road to wealth.
Star Traders RPG (Android, iOS) (Free)
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Following in the tradition of games like Elite and Privateer, the Trese brothers’ Star Traders RPG (Android. iOS ) sees you as an interstellar merchant trying to earn a buck through honest trading or pawning the loot you win from fighting other ships. The game is nominally an RPG with its level-based accumulation of character abilities and turn-based space combat. Still, it’s the galactic economy that forms the game’s meat and potatoes. It’s a unique combination that will have you shooting and looting for a long time, despite the game ‘s lack of audio and visual polish .
A Story of A Band (Android, iOS) ($2.57/$1.99)
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A Story of A Band (Android. iOS ) casts you as a disgruntled musician looking to gain revenge against other bands by becoming a band manager. By imparting your rocking wisdom to young musicians, you hope to show everyone up. The game is more in depth than you’d expect. You recruit band members, choose a music style and invest a lot of time and money in improving skills and purchasing gear long before you can start being even recognized by the press. Sustaining the kind of momentum you need to get big is challenging, but battles with other bands is the most rewarding chunk of this game.
Football Manager Mobile 2016 (Android, iOS) ($8.99)
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As much a business sim as it is a sports game, Sega’s Football Manager Mobile 2016 (Android. iOS ) puts you in the manager’s seat rather than right on the pitch, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less challenging than any tycoon game. Players will need to carefully manage their personnel and roster, deciding on coaching styles, configure your team’s tactics, all while trying to please fans and owners, as well as keeping an eye on funding and the bottom line. A more detailed (and pricier) version, Football Manager Touch 2016 (Android. iOS ), includes a more advanced match engine, more features, and cross-platform saves between the desktop and mobile versions.
The Westport Independent
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Taking inspiration from Papers Please, The Westport Independent (Android. iOS ) is both a political parable and business sim that puts you behind the editor’s desk of a newspaper carefully dancing the fine line between telling the truth, selling newspapers, and appeasing the censors of the Loyalist Party. Each week, players choose a variety of stories to feature, as well as edit their content to make it more palatable, appealing, accurate or salacious. Once you’ve set your layout, fixed your advertising, and sent it to the presses, sit back and pay attention to how your staff writers react, as well as check out the mail, propaganda, and thinly-veiled threats from censors and readers. Can you avoid being shut down by the Loyalists? And can you shape the fate of Westport with the power of the news?