Empire TV Tycoon review

Empire TV Tycoon

Ever thought of owning your own television network like Sky or ABC, well you can do exactly that in Empire TV Tycoon. Organise your TV schedule for each day, hire staff members to carry your network forward and create your own productions. I’ve always been a fan of tycoon games, but I’ve never played a TV network one before, so it was interesting to play something different.

You’re the person in charge, so all the executive decisions come from you. A key skill to Empire TV Tycoon is understanding your metrics. You want to place the top rated TV shows and movies in the highest viewing moments, which are shown on your TV schedule. If you want to generate revenue it all comes down to managing your advertisements during these busy periods. The more ads you place throughout the day, the more you’ll earn. So a combination of both good movies and TV shows, combined with advertisements will have you on the road to success.

Empire TV Tycoon
This elevator gets used a lot.

In turn, you’ll be able to spend points based on your Fame rating to upgrade your TV station, from a bigger movie library to live TV, there are a wealth of upgrades to progress into. If you do happen to run out of money, you can always hit the canteen and borrow some money in the form of a loan. I had to┬ádo this on my first playthrough due to spending too much on higher rated movies.

I would say the most enjoyment has to be creating your own productions. You hire a scriptwriter, pick a genre such as romance and they produce a certain quality of script. If you want the next big thing like The Walking Dead, I suggest upgrading your scriptwriter a number of times. Once you’ve got past this stage, it’s now time to pick the actors for the show. Getting the bigger names is probably most desirable, but sometimes you can bring through emerging talent and make a star out of them. It really all depends on your quality of script and how many points you spend into the production elements at the end. Do you focus on make-up and costumes over special effects, this will be the one of the decisions you have to make.

You’ll also have to get to know your audience metrics. When kids watch you want movies and shows which are friendly to them, not to mention adverts which appeal to them. Think about it? Do you see perfume adverts on CBBC? This just shows you how much you need to think about your choices of shows and adverts, as you have to consider your audience times. You’ll want more beauty adverts on at later times.

Another thing to consider is freshness of shows, as you don’t want to keep scheduling the same stuff day after day. You need to wait a while before showing the same film or show again. The freshness rating will regenerate over time, but try to keep variation going throughout each day. If you want to spice things up trying to western genre films for a whole day, just for a bit of fun.

Empire TV Tycoon
Know your audience!

I haven’t managed to make any high end TV shows or movies yet of my own, but hopefully soon I’ll be onto a winner. If you do manage to make something on this game let me know in the comments below and let’s celebrate! There’s also an award ceremony every few days, so you can try and enter something for them. You’ll also notice a few random objectives pop up such as run a modern sci-fi movie at 22:00, which is something to keep your eyes peeled for. They’re fairly easy to miss if you don’t pay attention to your messages, as are most messages.

All in all, I have to say Empire TV Tycoon is fairly addictive and works very similarly to Game Dev Tycoon once you start trying to make your own productions, which I think is the bulk of the game. Organising your schedule kind of comes naturally, but I wish you can forecast for the week ahead rather than the day.

Score: 78%


  • Plenty of dynamic events occur throughout
  • Quite addictive
  • Very much like Game Dev Tycoon when you get to creating your own productions


  • Very quickly run out of money if don’t know how to play
  • Can’t schedule TV shows and movies for the week

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