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Tycoon games have a long and storied history. Some of the most popular include SimCity, RollerCoaster Tycoon, and Transport Tycoon. There are modern gems in this space too. Game Dev Tycoon is fairly successful. The SimCity-inspired Pocket City is also quite good. Tycoon games are basically business management games. Your goal is to build the best possible business. These all count as simulation games. However, they definitely feel different from your usual simulators. Here are the best tycoon games for Android.
The best tycoon games for Android
Battle of Polytopia
Price: Free / $4.49
Battle of Polytopia is a strategy sim with a heavy kingdom-building element. You build your little Kingdom, take over other kingdoms, manage your resources, manage your troops, and unlock new technologies. The game focuses heavily on your ability to generate resources to further your technological needs so it technically falls under the scope of a tycoon game. The game also has online multiplayer, offline support, play-and-pass local multiplayer, and leaderboards. There’s a lot to like with this one. It’s also free with Google Play Pass.
Fiz: Brewery Management Game
Fiz is a brewery management game. Players start out with a brewery where they concoct various types of brew. As you play, you collect new ingredients and upgrade your equipment. The result is higher quality stuff that you can sell for a higher price. The developers boast over 20 hours of gameplay, 60 recipes to uncover, various employees to hire, and competitions to win. There is also a new game plus and randomized content. That makes the replay value rather high. It’s $2.99 with no in-app purchases. It’s also free via Google Play Pass.
Game Dev Tycoon
Game Dev Tycoon is one of the most popular tycoon games for mobile. It is exactly what you think. You start a game development company, make video games, and try to make your business successful. There are various obstacles like piracy you have to deal with. You also move into larger offices, hire employees, and stuff like that when you become successful. It’s not overly unique in the tycoon space. However, the execution is just lovely. It’s a premium game at $4.99. This one is also available on Google Play Pass for free if you have it.
Hundred Days lets you manage your own winery. This one also includes a lot of long-term decision-making. Players choose their own starting points and the decisions they make affect the game as they play. However, at its core, it’s a reasonably good tycoon game. There are resources to generate, wines to make, and you upgrade stuff over time to do better at both of those things. This one is relatively new as of 2021 and we think it needs another coat or two of polish. Otherwise, it’s a good game overall.
Kairosoft tycoon games
Price: Free / Varies
Kairosoft is a developer on Google Play with some excellent tycoon games. One of its most popular is Game Dev Story, which is a direct competitor to Game Dev Tycoon. Other options include Mega Mall Story 2, Silver Screen Story, The Ramen Sensei, Grand Prix Story 2, Cafeteria Nipponica, and several others. Each game has its own set of mechanics, but a similar overall premise. You grind for resources and upgrades in order to pay for better resources and upgrades. Many of Kairosoft’s games are free with Google Play Pass and there is a healthy number of both free to play and premium options.
Mini Metro is a subway simulator where you build a subway for a growing city. It’s a lot more minimal than most tycoon games, but honestly, that only adds to its charm. That’s especially true when you consider how complex this game can get. You draw lines between the various stations, redraw those lines as needed when new stations come out, and keep things as simple as possible. The game also includes real city subway systems so you can practice your skills. This game is simultaneously less and more complicated than most tycoon games and it’s an easy entrant on this list. The game is also pretty cheap at only $0.99.
Motorsport Manager Mobile 3
Price: $7.49 with in-app purchases
Motorsport Manager Mobile 3 is a racing tycoon game. Players build up a whole motorsport business. It’s actually fairly involved. You can hire personnel for everything down to the driver of your car. There are various upgrades to get and better employees generate better results. You can also get even deeper by creating pitstop strategies and dealing with weather changes. Plus, you can actually race the car yourself if you want to. It does just about everything a tycoon fan would typically want. It is a bit pricy at $7.49 with in-app purchases, but it’s honestly pretty worth it.
OpenTTD is an open-source mobile port of the original Transport Tycoon Deluxe. It’s a transport tycoon game where you build highways, railways, and other transportation infrastructure to transport goods. This is a classic tycoon game. Thus, it is a lot deeper and more granular than modern games. It also takes a bit to learn since it is a port of an existing game. We recommend reading the Google Play description for some tips and tricks along with helpful links. The official Transport Tycoon is on mobile (Google Play), but the developers for it are struggling to make it work right on mobile.
Price: Free / $2.99
Pocket City is about as close to SimCity as you can get on mobile. It’s a town simulator where you build a whole town. You’re responsible for making sure there is a proper balance of residential and industrial buildings. Plus, you can add entertainment and all of that. The game gets very deep when you get into things like how much tax to charge citizens. It’s truly one of the outstanding mobile city-builders and much better than the official SimCity BuildIt mobile game (Google Play). There is a free version and a premium version for $2.99. It’s also free on Google Play Pass.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic
Price: $5.99 with in-app purchases
RollerCoaster Tycoon was one of the first great tycoon games. The mobile port is actually pretty good. It contains the entirety of RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 and 2. There are also two expansion packs and a park scenario editor as buyable DLC. Rollercoaster Tycoon is a pretty simple game. You start a park with a goal in mind. You build the park as you see fit to try and achieve the scenario parameters. Players can do everything from custom building coasters to demolishing landscapes to suit their needs. There is an official free-to-play version (Google Play), but again, this version is just so much better.
Price: Free to play
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Tiny Tower is a little building management sim. You’re tasked with managing the businesses inside of a tower. Each floor can be its own thing that generates more revenue for you. From there, you simply use the revenue to build more businesses inside the tower. This is one of the few decent free-to-play tycoon games on mobile. It doesn’t lean heavily on its microtransactions which we really like. The game mechanics are pretty simple. You can hire and trade people, customize the look of the place, and even check out what the people in your world are saying with the BitBook feature. This one is a good time killer for tycoon fans who may not want hour-long play sessions.
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