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Was thinking about this game my brother bought called Game Dev Tycoon and I was lead here:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronology_of_business_simulation_video_games

 

I think this is a very good market to enter. And I think I might put my effort into making simulation games. I am thinking "Custom simulation games for your business" that could serve as a training mechanism. 

 

Now, how would you go about designing a sort of Programmer Tycoon game? What software would you use, or what type of engine would you use?

 

The game looks fairly basic to create visually, but I wonder how hard it would be to code such a game. 

 

 

 

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What software would you use, or what type of engine would you use?

 

This isn't a Game Design question. Moving to For Beginners.

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Well the game is all about building so.

 

1) You need a comprehensive UI to get to all the tools.

2) Advanced AI and pathfinding. Simulated people need to find there way to all the places they need/want to go. These places they visit have to be logical too.

3) Building cues, things cost time to deliver, construct and repair so you need to be able to cue things up.

4) Graphs and charts, since it is a business simulator you need to show all those numbers to the players.

5) A very good and balanced difficulty curve, what i usually see is that these games begin hard but once money starts rolling in and invested again the bank balance graph starts to look like the path of a launched rocket. One "building" game that is very balanced is simcity4 in simcity4 there is always more to give your sims then you have money for. With simcity you start with a lot of money so you do not have to wait for more income early game and you have sliders to adjust funding in different branches.

 

It has very different elements then a FPS. But the basics are the same for a 3D sim game. For the tools i would sugest C++ SFML or perhaps it can be done much faster in Unity. It does not matter really, java or C# would be fine too. Every game is hard to make finish, even a "good" pong clone.

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I have the free version of it, and from what I see, I think it would be easier to build than most 2D platformers (assuming you build it from scratch, since you won't have to worry about physics, collisions, and such). About engines, I don't know any engines that would actually simplify development of these types of games significantly, since most engines are geared towards action games. I'll go as far as to say that even if you use a very user-friendly tool like Unity, it won't give you a significant advantage over a low-level framework like XNA, since games like these are basically text-based games on steroids. Hell, you can even use WinForms for the frontend (it just won't look pretty).

 

Of course, that is assuming that your game is similar to GameDev Tycoon (no moving objects, etc.).

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