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The 25 Best Tycoon Games - Free, Paid and Online

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The Best Tycoon Games - Free, No Download (Online) and Paid

Looking for a collection of the best Tycoon games? Tycoon games are a popular game genre, but there are so many available these days that it is difficult to pick one. This page features my personal favourite Tycoon games for you to play (I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!)

Whether you are looking to buy a Tycoon game for a couple of dollars, looking for a free game to download or just want to play a Tycoon game in your browser with no download required you will find a Tycoon game that suits your needs here.

The Tycoon games listed on this page also offer many different game experiences from rollercoasters to lemonade to being a fairy godmother. All the games on this page feature a short detailed description, a video to show-off the gameplay and any relevant download or purchase links.

Only the best Tycoon games are found on this page (most include playable demos so be sure to try them), you may also be interested in this great collection of tycoon games (by Big Fish Games), online tycoon games (Upjers) or the massive collection of classic simulation and tycoon games over at Good Old Games

I love the tycoon game genre and I'm always looking for new games to play so please don't hesitate to stop by the comment section and share your own favourites.

Prefer to watch a video? Check out my top 5 tycoon games video.

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Best Tycoon Games (Video) - Games Like Rollercoaster Tycoon

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My 5 Favourite Tycoon Games - My Personal Recommendations From This Page

I got a little carried away with my love for tycoon games on this page (trust me it was hard to reduce it to only 25). If you don't have the time to read all of my reviews for the games on this page then consider these 5 tycoon games below my personal favourites.

What Is A Tycoon Game?

Learn More About The Genre

Tycoon games at their core focus on management and building. Some Tycoon games have a larger focus on building (such as cities, theme parks or zoos) while other focus more on managing finances, staff or moods of customers.

The Tycoon genres mix of strategy and creativity make it a great alternative and casual game genre to the other games on the market.

Best Paid Tycoon Games

Best Games To Purchase

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1 - Rollercoaster Tycoon (Series)

One Of The Best Tycoon Games and My Personal Favourite

RollerCoaster Tycoon is often considered one of the very best tycoon games. Players are placed in charge of a theme park and go about building rides, hiring staff and managing the finances. Players can also design their own roller coasters to bring in visitors to their park.

RollerCoaster Tycoon is split into several scenarios which are completed by achieving particular objectives in a specific time period. Awards are also handed out to parks based on their safety, tidiness and the roller coasters on offer.

Currently there are 3 games in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series and several expansion packs to go along with them. If you are interested in buying a game from the RollerCoaster Tycoon series look towards the Gold and Platinum packages which include the game and the expansions at a nicely reduced price (shown below).

If you want a free game like Rollercoaster Tycooon, then check out Carnival Tycoon (Tycoon Game #16 on this page). There are also many other games like Rollercoaster Tycoon featured on this page of best tycoon games.

If you are interested in playing the original Rollercoaster Tycoon then I recommend purchasing RCT from Good Old Games to remove compatibility issues with newer computers. The second and third game in the series won't have issues and can be found below:

Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 - Purchase & Download The Game

Rollercoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack [Download]
Rollercoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack [Download]

Why wait to play one of the best tycoon games of all time? You can purchase the Rollercoaster Tycoon 2: Triple Thrill Pack now from Amazon and have the game downloaded within a few minutes. Physical shipping is also available (great for gifts or if you have limited download allowance).

This game pack includes the original Rollercoaster Tycoon 2 and its expansion packs (Time Twister and Wacky Worlds).


Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 - Purchase & Download The Game

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum  [Download]
Rollercoaster Tycoon 3: Platinum [Download]

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 is also available for quick purchase and download directly from Amazon. Why wait for product shipping when purchasing the downloadable edition grants you permanent access to the game (no more misplacing your install disks). Physical shipping is also available.

The Platinum game edition includes the standard game and its two expansion packs (Soaked! and Wild!)


RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Gameplay - Footage From One Of The Best Tycoon Games

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2 - Railroad Tycoon (Series)

Build And Manage Your Own Railroad Company

The Railroad Tycoon franchise began in 1990 with the most recent additions being Railroad Tycoon 3 (2003) and Sid Meier's Railroads! (2006).

The Railroad Tycoon games focus on building railroads and the management of a railroad company. Players are in control of laying tracks, purchasing trains, making train schedules and building stations.

Railroad Tycoon is one of the easiest tycoon games to learn and is a visually attractive experience. My favourite feature of the Railroad Tycoon series is how the game makes you feel like a mighty powerful business tycoon while requiring minimal micromanagement.

The pick of the series is without a doubt Railroad Tycoon 2 (pictured right and below) which scored a high 89 on Metacritic. It was also my favourite from the series which is why it is recommended here.

My Favourite Game From The Series

Railroad Tycoon 2 Platinum Edition - PC
Railroad Tycoon 2 Platinum Edition - PC

Choosing my favourite game from the Railroad series isn't easy but I have to go with Railroad Tycoon 2 (Platinum Edition in particular) simply because the game mechanics were highly polished and provided the best tycoon experience.

Grabbing the Platinum Edition means you'll also get the expansion packs that add even more content to an already impressive and packed game.


Rail Road Tycoon 3 Intro

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3 - Sim City (Series)

A Popular City Building Game

SimCity is a city-building game that also has a console series available. The game originally appeared in 1989 as SimCity and since then has grown to be a popular building tycoon game. Other titles in the series include SimCity 2000, SimCity 3000, SimCity 4 and SimCity Societies.

The goal of the SimCity games is basically the same for the whole series with each addition adding more options than the previous version.

Players in SimCity must build and develop a city while focusing on maintaining the happiness of their population and their cities bank balance. In the later additions to the series players are also given lots of choice regarding terrain adjustments to create more customisation. SimCity 4 is definitely the most popular game in the series.

If you are looking for something different then SimCity Societies offers a different style of gameplay compared to the other SimCity instalments. The game puts emphasis on social engineering and also doesn't include the tax or zone systems present in the previous games.

This offers players more freedom and flexibility when designing their city. The game also boasts tonnes of visual customisation options for buildings and people.

Buy SimCity 2000 - Good Old Games

Buy SimCity 4 Deluxe - Good Old Games

SimCity: Limited Edition
SimCity: Limited Edition

That latest SimCity game release stayed very true to the origins of the game and despite some early launching problems (now long over) the game is an absolute joy to play for both veterans and newcomers to the SimCity series. I loved every minute I spent in the game which also gave me a great nostalgic feeling.

Create your ultimate city with this ultimate SimCity experience.


SimCity Gameplay - SimCity (2013)

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4 - Game Dev Story

The Best Tycoon Game For iOS and Android

Game Dev Story brings the popular tycoon genre to your smartphone (iOS and Android) with a highly polished and unique experience that will appeal to every gamer's dream of running their own game development studio.

In Game Dev Story you take on the role of humble video game development team and their journey to becoming a leader (or failure) in the gaming industry. Not only do you advance your company but you also move through the history of game development with new technology becoming available and tastes changing based on the real life history of the game industry.

Players focus their control on the production of hit video games which must make more money than their development costs. In Game Dev Story you'll have control of staff, game genre and the speed of game development which all impact on the final product that your team produces. After completion the game is released to the public and is scored by critics which is always an exciting experience as you watch the praise roll in.

The simplicity of the game is its greatest asset and will prove to be addicting with tycoon fans especially fans of gaming and the industry.

Game Dev Story - iOS

Game Dev Story - Android

Game Dev Story
Game Dev Story

if you've ever dreamed about starting your own game development company (but can't afford the startup costs or lack the skills like me) then you'll love Game Dev Story.

Now you can be the head of a large development team and hire the best talent to produce the ultimate game or you can crumble like so many other game startups. Which one will it be for you?

I loved the gameplay so much in this tycoon game with the only down side being that it made me want to start my own development company (one can dream).


Game Dev Story Gameplay - (From iOS)

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5 - Prison Architect

An Upcoming (But Already Available) Tycoon Game

Prison Architect is an upcoming tycoon game being developed by Introversion Software which has you take control of your own maximum security prison.

The game has been available for alpha purchase since late 2012. The game already offers an amazing experience and despite not being fully released is well deserving of its spot on this page.

This alpha game purchase grants players full access to the game as it develops through the Steam platform so you can follow the development of the game closely up until its release.

Inspiration for the game comes from a mixture of games but the most notable is Bullfrog's Theme Hospital with its building elements and similar view perspective. As you would expect from the genre players have great control over the prison operations from staff, cell blocks, finances and keeping the inmates manageable.

I bought my alpha game version months ago and haven't been disappointed at what the game already offers or at the pace of updates.

Prison Architect - Official Website

Prison Architect (Steam)

Prison Architect Alpha Preview - An Overview Of What To Expect

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6 - Lemonade Tycoon

When Life Gives You Lemons (Also Available on iPhone)

Lemonade Tycoon is available on PC or your iOS device. However, the game is a must purchase to truly experience and enjoy this tycoon game. Lemonade Tycoon is simple in design and is very easy to learn, making it a great accessible tycoon game (especially if you are new to the genre).

Strangely enough the goal of Lemonade Tycoon is to sell lemonade while making profit. Players have control of numerous business aspects including recipe, pricing and locations. The game even features news and weather which will change the way customers interact with your store.

Lemonade Tycoon 2 builds on the original gameplay and is set in New York City. The sequel also allows players to own multiple stands across multiple locations.

The game is available for PC, iPhone and Windows Phone. Each game version has only slight differences based on the platform. I preferred to play the game on my iPhone as a casual game option.

When life gives you lemons, play Lemonade Tycoon.

Lemonade Tycoon - iPhone App

Lemonade Tycoon - Free PC Demo

The Second Lemonade Tycoon Game - The Better Of The Two Games

Lemonade Tycoon 2 - PC
Lemonade Tycoon 2 - PC

The second edition of the game series adds a number of additional features and takes you to New York City to follow your dreams of lemonade domination.

The game requires more strategic thinking than the original making it much tougher which I really enjoyed.


Lemonade Tycoon Gameplay

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7 - Zoo Tycoon

Create Your Own Zoo In This Popular Tycoon Game

The Zoo Tycoon series started back in 2001 and puts the player in charge of building up a successful and profitable zoo while also completing several scenarios and goals in Scenario Mode (similar to RollerCoaster Tycoon). While Free Play Mode allows the player to create and design their zoo without specific objectives and less limitations.

Zoo Tycoon focuses primarily on business simulation, players must design zoo layout, insert animals, hire the necessary staff and build various stalls to keep visitors happy.

The games are available on several platforms including Mac, PC and Nintendo DS. If you are looking to purchase Zoo Tycoon I recommend either the Zoo Tycoon: Complete Collection or the Zoo Tycoon 2: Ultimate Collection (my personal favourite shown below). These products combine the original games with the various expansion packs available, giving you tonnes of potential content in a single bundle at a reduced price.

Zoo Tycoon 2 - Grab The Ultimate Collection!

Zoo Tycoon 2: Ultimate Collection - PC
Zoo Tycoon 2: Ultimate Collection - PC

If the Zoo Tycoon series sounds like a tycoon game that interests you then consider grabbing the Zoo Tycoon 2: Ultimate Collection.

The pack offers the original game along with all 4 expansion packs so you'll have plenty of content to enjoy.

Create your exhibits, look after your animals and above all make sure your guests are happy!

After playing with the expansions for Zoo Tycoon 2 it is hard to imagine the game without it simply because of the huge boost in content it offers.


Zoo Tycoon 2 Trailer

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8 - Monopoly Tycoon

The Popular Board Game In A Tycoon Version

Monopoly Tycoon brings the popular board game of Monopoly into a tycoon style game focused on the construction and subsequent management of various properties and utilities. Monopoly Tycoon can be either played against the computer or with friends online, making it a great tycoon game option.

The player is in charge of a business that owns various stores and blocks of land (housing and apartments) that are based on the Monopoly game board. Depending on the chosen difficulty the objectives will range from gaining a financial to a political advantage over your opponents.

However, regardless of the difficulty selected the underlying objective is to create the most wealth in a specific time period.

I really liked my time with Monopoly Tycoon (I was always a fan of the board game so I think that helped). If you also had a lot of fun with the board game during your childhood then I strongly recommend you check out what the game has to offer.

Monopoly Tycoon - Board Game Turned Tycoon Game!

Monopoly Tycoon - PC
Monopoly Tycoon - PC

Fans of the Monopoly board game will love the shift to a Tycoon game platform.

Purchase blocks of land, businesses and apartment blocks to generate rent with the intention of making more money than your computer (or human) rivals.


Playing Monopoly Tycoon

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9 - Wildlife Park (Series)

A Tycoon Game Like Zoo Tycoon

The Wildlife Park Series is a collection of management and construction simulation game with many similarities to Zoo Tycoon. In Wildlife Park you are put in charge of a Wildlife Park and required to maintain the finances and guests that enter your park. The game has massive appeal to animal lovers, as it features over 60 different animal species to populate your park.

Popular animals available include Lions, Tigers, Polar Pears, Pandas, Dolphins, Goats and even Hammerhead Sharks. Players are also able to breed animals to create new additions into their zoo (only if you provide excellent conditions for an animal species).

If you are a fan of Zoo Tycoon or have ever wanted to design and manage a wildlife park filled with tonnes of different animal species then Wildlife Park is a great game option. All animal species are beautifully animated and even watching them interact with each other is an exciting experience.

Wildlife Park 2 - Demo, Patch, Wallpapers and Videos

Wildlife Park 2 - Gold Edition!

Wildlife Park 2, Gold Edition
Wildlife Park 2, Gold Edition

Wildlife Park 2 Gold offers the original Wildlife Park 2 game and the Crazy Zoo expansion pack which adds over 30 new animals and plants. Including Ducks, Koalas, Black Bears, Kangaroos and even Spider Crabs

The expansion pack also offers players many new buildings like helicopter rides and shark cages.


Wildlife Park 2

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10 - Fairy Godmother Tycoon

A Fun and Unique Tycoon Game

Fairy Godmother Tycoon has a heavy focus on business simulation and maximising profit in a unique game environment. Players must establish a successful potion shop in several of the cities available in the game.

Players are given control of a potion shop and must handle the budget and day to day activities of the business. This includes supplies, pricing and researching new potion recipes. The weather can also have an impact on the mood and purchase needs of customers (similar to Lemonade Tycoon).

The game also offers many interesting characters to interact with, including hired goons, loan sharks and freelance workers (all with a fairy tale theme behind them). Occasionally players will even get a visit from a popular fairy tale character that will trigger special events.

Fairy Godmother Tycoon offers hundreds of options within 9 different villagers and 2 different game modes.

Fairy Godmother Tycoon - Demo (Big Fish Games)

Fairy Godmother Tycoon - Become The Best Fairy Godmother In This Unique Tycoon Game

Fairy Godmother Tycoon - PC
Fairy Godmother Tycoon - PC

Build up your own potion empire and make the Fairy Godmother proud. Research new and exciting potion recipes while managing your stock levels to turn a nice profit.

With superior store management and customer satisfaction you can earn enough profit to defeat your competitors.


Fairy Godmother Tycoon Trailer

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11 - Plant Tycoon

Breed, Nurture and Grow Plants In This Great Tycoon Game

Plant Tycoon is developed by Last Day of Work and puts the player in charge of planting and growing seeds from over 500 species of plant in order to find the 6 magic plants available in the game.

The game runs in real-time much like the other games created by Last Day of Work (Virtual Families and Virtual Villagers). This means that even when you aren't at your computer your plants continue to grow.

Money is earned to buy supplies, upgrades and extra seeds by selling plant creations to customers in the nursery. There are also many other mini-games and optional activities available in the game such as bug catching and plant snapshots.

Plant Tycoon - Demo (Big Fish Games)

Plant Tycoon - Buy and Download Plant Tycoon

Plant Tycoon [Download]
Plant Tycoon [Download]

Start with a small handful of seeds and grow them into the 6 magical plants by cross-breeding over 500 plant species.

Plant Tycoon is one of the best Tycoon games available and will have plant lovers and tycoon fans alike hooked.


12 - Fish Tycoon

Breed and Sell Fish In This Addictive Tycoon Game

Fish Tycoon was originally released in 2004 for the PC and has since become a port for cell phones (iPhone and Windows Phone) and the Nintendo DS system. The game play is very similar to Plant Tycoon with the ultimate objective being to breed the 7 magic fish available in the game.

The player takes control of a fish store where you must care for hundreds of different species while also breeding them to unlock the 7 magic fish. Players must also manage the fish store's finances to keep it profitable.

Fish Tycoon is available through a number of different vendors but my favourite is Big Fish Games (shown below) thanks to their regular sales and the available demo.

Fish Tycoon Demo (Big Fish Games)

Fish Tycoon - iTunes App Store

Fish Tycoon - Buy and Download Fish Tycoon

Fish Tycoon [Download]
Fish Tycoon [Download]

Breed tonnes of different exotic fish together in an effort to discover the 7 magical fish.

Don't forget to feed and care for your fish, all in a real-time aquarium environment. You can even sell the best fish in your store to purchase plenty of un-lockable equipment.


Fish Tycoon Walkthrough

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13 - Cinema Tycoon (Series)

Create and Manage Your Own Cinema

Cinema Tycoon has two games in its series. Both of these games puts you at the head of a cinema and it is up to you to grow it into the best cinema around.

The game is very fun to play and has a great Tycoon style layout that is easy to navigate and perform the required actions on your way to the top. Fans of tycoon games may find the games a little on the easy side but the massive number of upgrades will make up for it.

Cinema Tycoon 2 has been higher rated than the original by critics (and I personally also enjoy it more) so I strongly recommend starting with the second instalment of this series.

Cinema Tycoon Demo (Big Fish Games)

Cinema Tycoon 2: Movie Mania Demo (Big Fish Games)

Cinema Tycoon 2 - My Preferred Game From The Series

Cinema Tycoon 2: Movie Mania [Download]
Cinema Tycoon 2: Movie Mania [Download]

The second game in the Cinema Tycoon franchise follows a similar gameplay style of the original and has you in charge of a growing cinema business. You'll hire the appropriate staff, set your prices and stock the candy bar with your favourites.

Of the two games in the series I definitely found Cinema Tycoon 2 to be more polished and generally more enjoyable overall.


Cinema Tycoon 2: Movie Mania

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14 - Restaurant Empire

Build Your Own Restaurant Empire From The Ground Up

Restaurant Empire was released in 2003 with a sequel (Restaurant Empire 2) being released in 2009. The player is in charge of every aspect of their restaurant (and eventually restaurants) from the design, cooking, menu and even staff hiring.

In Restaurant Empire you start with a small amount of cash and your uncle's restaurant, from which you can expand and purchase other restaurants to eventually build a massive empire of cooking. The game features many different restaurant and food types (American, French, or Italian) with the sequel adding German food as an option. There are also hundreds of recipes and even secret recipes that the player can find.

The main game is played throughout Story Mode which also offers the player challenges to improve their empire. There is also a Sandbox Mode where players are free to do anything they want.

Restaurant Empire Purchase and Demo (Big Fish Games)

Restaurant Empire - A Restaurant Tycoon - Purchase and Download My Favourite Restaurant Empire Game

Restaurant Empire 2 [Download]
Restaurant Empire 2 [Download]

The second game in this popular series of restaurant tycoon games has you tackle a variety of fresh new missions and cooking styles. The game also offers hundreds of interior design options. There is also a trial option available.

The second game in the series addressed my main issue in the original which was lack of dish variety. The inclusion of new dishes really helped boost the realism in this tycoon game.


Restaurant Empire 2 Gameplay

Best Free & Online Tycoon Games

Free To Download Or Play Online

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15 - My Fantastic Park

A Free And Online Alternative To Rollercoaster Tycoon

My Fantastic Park is one of my favourite alternatives to the Rollercoaster Tycoon series and can be played online for free within your browser making it a great way to past time regardless of your computer system (great option for laptop gamers especially).

The game is published by Upjers who run many great browser based experiences which means a high quality of service and game up time.

As you would expect from the title you are put in charge of developing your own amusement park with the game pushing you forward with challenges. The game is beautifully presented and offers a huge number of attractions and decorations to spread across your park.

The sheer amount of customisation in the game will have you playing for hours on end as you mix and match your favourite rides to meet the demands of your ever growing visitor population.

My Fantastic Park - Official Website

My Fantastic Park Trailer

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16 - OpenTTD

A Free Version Of Transport Tycoon

OpenTTD is a fan developed remake of the popular Transport Tycoon game. The original game was released in 1994 but because of its age (and lack of availability) I strongly recommend that gamers try out OpenTTD instead.

At the core of OpenTTD is a business simulation game, supported by simple 2D graphics. The player controls a transport company (did you guess that from the title of the original game?) and must expand while competing with other transport companies. The ultimate goal is to gain as much profit as possible by transporting goods and people by air, sea, road and rail.

The game offers a very similar experience to Transport Tycoon but has been updated (and supported) to work with modern operating systems so I have to definitely recommend it to anyone who likes the idea of a transport based tycoon experience.

OpenTTD can be played for free by using a different set of base graphics if you do not own the original Transport Tycoon game. You can read more about installing OpenTTD over at the OpenTTD installation page wiki page.

OpenTTD - Official Website

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17 - Becher Bar

A Fun Bar Business Simulation Tycoon

Becher Bar is a strategic business simulation game created using the Peter. The player purchases or rents bars, designs the interior, seating, decorations and entertainment in each bar and is even able to mix their own drinks to add to the menu.

You start the game with a small amount of cash and use this to go about building your bar empire. There are plenty of bar locations that you can purchase with the ultimate goal to own every bar in town.

The game play is solid and very enjoyable and offers hundreds of interesting things to do, allowing players to build and mix things together to find the perfect balance for customers. The game is very easy to learn and the controls are extremely straightforward.

The game has a very small download size (4.4MB) and can be downloaded from the Old Games Website - Becher Bar.

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18 - Carnival Tycoon

A Tycoon Game Like RollerCoaster Tycoon

Carnival Tycoon is a game like Rollercoaster Tycoon but free and playable completely online in your browser with no download required. The game challenges you to build a successful carnival and has 3 different difficulty levels to keep you busy (best to start on Easy as it provides a good tutorial about the game fundamentals and systems).

Like most tycoon games Carnival Tycoon has heavy emphasis on making sure the visitors in your carnival are happy. However, you must find the fine balance between what makes them happy and what is most profitable to your business.

Carnival Tycoon allows players to build tonnes of different stalls and rides, allowing you to build the perfect carnival.

Play Carnival Tycoon

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19 - My Free Zoo

Control Your Own Zoo In This Free Browser Based Tycoon Experience

My Free Zoo draws inspiration from popular Tycoon games like Zoo Tycoon and Wildlife Park Tycoon to deliver a highly polished and visually impressive free tycoon game.

Of course the game has particular appeal to animal lovers with its cute animal management focused gameplay. You won't spend all your time managing animals though you will also have to carefully design enclosures, build supporting stalls (food) and of course look after the finances.

As you go through your My Free Zoo adventure you'll level up and slowly gain access to new animals and objects to increase your park's popularity. Just like in similar games you are guided through your adventure by receiving main and side quests.

My Free Zoo - Official Website

My Free Zoo Trailer

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20 - Corporation Inc.

Create Your Push Button Corporation

Corporation Inc. allows you to build your own office tower and fill it with employees. Corporation Inc. is a Push Button company, where you make money from your employees pushing buttons all day long.

The games offers plenty of space to build an epic office and has many different staff that you can hire including workers, supervisors, janitors and researchers. The game also includes a bunch of objectives to teach you the ropes and get your office off to a good start.

The game also features 3 difficulty levels, so there is plenty of game play and replay value.

Addicting Games - Play Corporation Inc.

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21 - Grand Prix Tycoon

Manage Your Team To Victory

If you've ever wanted to be the head of a F1 racing franchise now is your chance. You start with 2 million dollars and are in control of everything including driver, pit crew, research and grid girls.

While the game has you running the F1 franchise you still have a big impact on race day results. Pit stops and qualifying is completed by the player through a mini-game that requires you to press the keys on your keyboard as they appear on the screen. While during the actual race you are required to manage fuel consumption, how hard your driver drives (higher levels increase fuel use and chance of crashing).

With all the different options this game is definitely a stand out in the free tycoon genre.

Addicting Games - Play Grand Prix Tycoon

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22 - GoldenTowns

A Very In Depth Tycoon Game That Can Make You Real Money

GoldenTowns is one of the more unique tycoon games I have played in recent years. It's got everything from building up a thriving settlement to managing your political relationships, starting war on other countries, creating new laws, managing your economic activities and more.

While the game does start out slow you're soon given a wealth of options as you join a large community of gamers that are creating the game world each and everyday.

So where does the real money come into the game? Unlike similar games that receive money from advertisers and users as they pay for premium currency GoldenTowns redistributes some of this to players. This money (represented by gold bars in the game) can be mined with gold mines or by selling resources to other players and then cashed out in a number of ways. It won't make you rich but it's a nice bonus to playing a game that is very enjoyable and has deep strategy already.


GoldenTowns Tutorial & Gameplay

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23 - Oiligarchy

Build An Oil Empire

Oiligarchy puts you in charge of our oil needs, you must explore land and sea to find oil deposits and then build wells on top of them.

The game also requires players to bribe governments and environmentalist groups in order to get pro oil laws past through parliament. If the player donates enough money to the party in charge they also gain access to the secret room where you can carry out evil deeds thanks to the president.

The game has plenty of depth and requires you to continually read the various random events that take place during the game in order to adjust your oil digging strategy.

Addicting Games - Play Oiligarchy


24 - Airport Tycoon

Become A Tycoon Of The Air In This Airport Tycoon

Airport Tycoon gives you 24months and $12.5 million to turn your average airport into the most popular airport around. You have complete control over many of the airport aspects including how many runways you have (and their maintenance), cafe/shop products, baggage handling and passport control capacity, destinations (10 possible locations) and marketing campaigns.

The game uses a simple graphic interface and is played with only the mouse. Players upgrade aspects of their airport as they see necessary and then receive a monthly report about how the various airport aspects performed.

Play Airport Tycoon

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25 - Youda Fisherman

Your The (Youda) Fisherman In This Tycoon Game

Youda publish many great tycoon and strategy style games, my personal favourite being Youda Fisherman. In Youda Fisherman you aim to rebuild a once popular fishing tycoon by buying blueprints and hiring fishing ships in return for oil.

The game is played with the mouse and in-game interface which allows players to hire ships, defend against pirates and trade objects. Each level has a different objective which could be collecting 10 boxes of Fish to collecting a hundred logs of wood.

Slowly the player unlocks new buildings which will unlock even more content. There is a limited version of the game available for free but the full version will set you back $9.95. This game is included in the free tycoon games section because there is so much content in the limited version it's almost a complete game in itself.

Play Youda Fisherman (Demo or Download)

Youda Fisherman Gameplay

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What Is The Best Tycoon Game? - (Not All Tycoon Games Listed)

What Is The Best Paid Tycoon Game?

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon (Series)
  • Railroad Tycoon (Series)
  • Sim City (Series)
  • Lemonade Tycoon
  • Zoo Tycoon
  • Monopoly Tycoon
  • Wildlife Park 2
  • Fairy Godmother Tycoon
  • Plant Tycoon
  • Restaurant Empire
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Did You Find A Tycoon Game You Liked? - Why Do You Love Tycoon Games? What Is The Best Tycoon Game? 159 comments

mcep5f2009 2 months ago

Wow this really brings back memories of my childhood. Nostalgia at its best!

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Hutch871 3 months ago from Aberdeen

I absolutely loved Transport Tycoon. I lost days of my life playing this when I was younger. I'll check out this version, as its difficult to find one that works well on a modern computer

mmoseeker 4 months ago

i love Wildlife Park games

GameNinja 5 months ago

So much enjoyment out of one Squidoo page, your rightfully #1! Keep on squiddin' :-)

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biorra2 6 months ago

I love the rollercoaster tycoons :)

2envelopparadox 6 months ago

nice lens

jincysurroop 8 months ago

i really like all the tycoon game... they are amazing . it helps me to relaxed after work.

hosibinh 8 months ago

I need it for my free time

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Yusuf Maulana 8 months ago

I love tycoon game, it's a time killer

Centsia 8 months ago

Really Addictive games Thanks for sharing. And Zoo tycoon is my favorite one

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leesholden 9 months ago from Derbyshire, UK

SimCity was cool - however, SimTower was always my fave!

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ErikAlexander LM 9 months ago

Rollercoaster and Railroad are my favorites! I still enjoy playing the 1st Roller Coaster Tycoon game.

I want to try SimCity, it looks super fun!

Zeraton 9 months ago

One of the best lenses I've ever seen, brings back a lot of memories

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fionajean 10 months ago from South Africa

I do - am a big fan of old fashioned games like Pharaoh and Poseidon.

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lucky7levin 10 months ago

really cool post man love it!

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zentao 11 months ago

I love tycoon games! Thanks for sharing this great list. Got a few on here I haven't tried yet!

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Ecosimon LM 11 months ago

Sim City the old 2D Version on my Amiga A600 was the most addictive game I have ever played.

Film_addict 11 months ago

Sim city is my fav, except the last one.

theturnip 11 months ago

New to the site but like what I have seen so far!! Absolutely love Rollercoaster Tycoon 3. Became really addicted to it at one point! Have to admit to not having played many of the the others though.

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B-heem 11 months ago

Roller Coaster Tycoon is by far the best tycoon game out there. I still play number one and number two.

richardrose 12 months ago

Wow you listed some of my favorite tycoon games here although its been a while since I had time to sit and play. Great lens

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QualifiedExpert 12 months ago

Great lens!! I will make sure to share this with some friends, spreading some love.

Cheers, Mike

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GeoffSmith LM 12 months ago

I remember all the times I've played Rollercoaster Tycoon (the first one). It was so fun. I didn't even know what I was doing at the time, but I made awesome attractions and the people were happy. Then it was fun killing others.. yup.. :D And Railroad Tycoon was really fun multiplayer!

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pcblogger lm 13 months ago

Great lens

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Tycoon Addict 13 months ago

Awesome site! Have also got a nice list of all tycoon games in existence. I have let anyone that views my page to come here to see the best. However if youve already played the best and are looking for MORE tycoon games be sure to check the massive lists here out

anonymous 13 months ago

I appericiate you

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JaspinderKaur 14 months ago

Great collection.

SamanthaHaupt 14 months ago

Rollercoaster Tycoon is the best! I'll have to try Zoo Tycoon. Great list!

xuxi111 14 months ago

Great list man, loved it :D

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mariacarbonara 14 months ago

Loved transport tycoon so will try openttd

OILDALE1 14 months ago

i love free stuff..thanks

ammas1 15 months ago

great list Thanks!

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LexCorp 15 months ago

What a great in depth Lens, Tycoon games are my favorite games, as well as Call of Duty :) I have to say i prefer Railroad Tycoon 3 opposed to Rollercoaster Tycoon as i find it is much more complex with having a seeded economy and stock market. Kills many hours! I think you should add CAPITALISM 2 to your list, this is a top economics/ tycoon game and i highly recommend to all.

anonymous 15 months ago

Nice list

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smine27 15 months ago from Tokyo, Japan Level 6 Commenter

great lens!

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GupteComputer 15 months ago

I will always go on my PC and play a Tycoon game, good lens!

chat2vishakha 16 months ago

Great list of games.Tycoon Game is a very interesting game.Thanks for sharing this awesome list of games.

GameHelp 16 months ago

Fantastic lens Sammy!

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MasterbuildRoof 16 months ago

Awesome list, only read half and still enthralled, well written and constructed lens.

chat2vishakha 16 months ago

Awesome list of games.I really like some of these games.Thanks for sharing this nice post.

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RockBou 16 months ago

Brings me back to when I was a kid, bout to try the Becher Bar game now

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WordChipper 16 months ago

My kids really like the Zoo tycoon games and little farm games (Hayday on Ipad)

DigitalWires 17 months ago

I really loved playing SimCity 4. It was a great fun. It was sad to see subways, farms and others game content (that were in the standard edition) become addons (with money),or even gone, in SimCity 5! I'm looking forward to a new city tycoon game in the futur.

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Joy2013 LM 17 months ago

For me RollerCoaster Tycoon is the very best/ Thanks for this lens

anonymous 17 months ago

There is no The Movies on the list. It doesn't have tycoon on its cover, but neither does Wildlife Park, and it is still very much a tycoon game. You make movies, deal with staff and actors, with either a hands on aprrouch going as far as a movie maker studio where you pick each scene in the movie, or simply let the writers do it.

Also its the staff, and actors, plus your studios tech that make up the movie qualty, especially with stunts installed seeing how they will use the first take good or bad when a stunt goes wrong. It does have a sandbox mode witch I loved, where you could turn off failed stunts among other things, but with every set to normal mode its one of the best business games I've played.

Ikey4088 17 months ago

Absolutely loved the Zoo Tycoon series and Sim City. I played them for hours. Also like the Youda games for something a little less in depth but still great fun. Thanks for creating such a great page

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PetSquid 17 months ago

Thanks for bringing back the memories of the classic Railroad Tycoon games!

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wolvyz 17 months ago

Awesome list.

ConvenientCalendar 17 months ago

Great list!

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BlogsWriter 17 months ago

A cool list of tycoon games, Roller Coster does seem to excite more.

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CameronConner LM 18 months ago

I'm not really big on tycoon games. I am more of a MMORPG or Shooter gamer. Roller Coster Tycoon was a very fun game though.

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Fart Pickins 18 months ago

I really like some of these games because there is some strategy involved.

anonymous 18 months ago

thanx for nice share for top games

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sapientzeal lm 18 months ago

Very cool lens! Tycoon games are always fun!


fifinn 19 months ago

Tycoon Game is a very interesting game. I like Youda Fisherman

xscottbx 19 months ago

I love these Tycoon games. Starting with nothing and building it into a huge empire is always fun. Great lens.

toronto-catering 19 months ago

Thanks for these game list.

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vinopete 19 months ago

These best of lists are actually super useful. Thank you!

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JessStone 20 months ago

The tycoon games are addicting! The free ones are awesome as well...

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hiddenobjectgam1 20 months ago

I like tycoon games.

Thank you for you list of games ;)

anonymous 20 months ago

I had some fun playing roller coaster tycoon and railroad tycoon, but my favorite is undoubtedly ZOO TYCOON!

Very good lens!

Charlie-Pace 20 months ago

That much Tycoon games! Who had thought. Great lens.

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helyearelyea 20 months ago

Roller coaster tycoon was amazing! Such a throwback!

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KateAdamsUSA 20 months ago

roller coaster tycoon all the way, so much fun. Love the attention to detail right down to the fuzzy walking animal entertainers.

anonymous 20 months ago

Ugh how is Choclatier not on this list??

anonymous 20 months ago

awesome post! i love tycoon games!

chonkqa 21 months ago

My daughter has Railroad Tycoon and I think it is Best Tycoon Game

john9229 21 months ago

Will get this tycoon games for my kids. They loved it!

anonymous 21 months ago

You really put some work into these sites and Tycoons was VERY well put together with research, and it helps when you are writing about what you know and not what you think you know. perfect work

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choosehappy 21 months ago from US

My nephews have a few favorites you've featured here ;) Cool reviews.

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ProsperoX3 21 months ago

Nice lens. I've played Corporation Incorporated a few times and enjoyed it, I haven't played the others although obviously I've heard of some of them.

anonymous 21 months ago

faltou prison tycoon, e mall tycoon

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strategylab 21 months ago from Regina, SK

Wow didn't know there were so many! Nice lens!

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Masterdevin123 21 months ago

Great lens!!! But I prefer strategy games, like the ones from Kairosoft. You should compare your lens to my lens on Grand Prix Story.

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kabbalah lm 21 months ago

My son loved these games

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DuaneJ 22 months ago

I adored Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 but was getting too addicted. So, I had to quit.

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gamecheathub 22 months ago

Old school Railroad Tycoon I fan here. When they changed all of the settings and functions, I lost interest. I'm an Atari guy and all of these new 3D aerial and 360 degree capabilities always seem to throw me for a loop.

anonymous 22 months ago

CAPITALIMS II is the best.

anonymous 22 months ago

You should replace Youda Fisherman with Youda Marine and thn put Youda Marina into 23rd. Now it's a good list! (I really don't see how Fisherman is better than Marina)

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avigarret 22 months ago

I have only gotten into Tycoon games recently, and this lens is a very useful resource for me, thanks :)

forextrading2000 22 months ago

Very cool lens! Great topic to highlight.

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kaposzta 22 months ago

By the way, you can add Locomotion to the list. I've been playing with this game for 7 years, and it's still amazing :)

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kaposzta 22 months ago

SimCity (3000) is the best! This lens just forced me to install and play SimCity and Transport Tycoon :)

anonymous 22 months ago

corporation inc? never heard of it.

Is it really that much better then Sim Tower and its japanese sequel Yoot Tower?

mistaben 22 months ago

Amazing Collection. I like Rollercoaster Tycoon =)

anonymous 22 months ago

Does anybody know a tycoon game about singers, talent show, etc..???

anonymous 22 months ago

@anonymous: Airline Tycoon isn't free.

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ErikAlexander LM 22 months ago

I like Rollercoaster Tycoon the best. I also like the Zoo ones too.

anonymous 23 months ago

Wheres Airline tycoon ? by far the best tycoon game out there

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libely 23 months ago

I love this game!

artmarks 23 months ago

nice lens with many awesome games, I played most of them and must say that they are good

anonymous 23 months ago

Awesome! Thank you very much for this post, It is very well.

Greetings from Turkey

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mlipskoch 23 months ago

Awesome List. Zoo tycoon is my favorite.

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mlipskoch 23 months ago

Awesome List. Zoo tycoon is my favorite.

dodgecommander 23 months ago

nice lens, you spent good time in filling it to provide good information

anonymous 23 months ago

I remember playing Zoo Tycoon 2. It was the first game I've ever played. Still one of my favorite. Wished it came out with number 3 though.

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dogface lm 23 months ago

Ahh, I still remember playing RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 as a kid. Boy, was it a great game!

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topgameslist lm 23 months ago

Great choice. Thanks!

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angelbucket 23 months ago

Nice lens. Rollercoaster Tycoon is my favourite!

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CoolFool83 23 months ago

Absolutely love these games.

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ilike2create 23 months ago

I love tycoon games. Thanks very much for this lens. I want to try out some of these games.

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swopegeorge lm 2 years ago

thats awsome

anonymous 2 years ago

Many moons ago, I was completely addicted to Railroad Tycoon (the first version). When they upgraded the technology and functionality of the game, I just lost interest. I really enjoyed that game. Brings back fond memories, as does your lens. Thanks!

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sus1974 2 years ago

I have many great memories of the Railroad and Rollercoaster Tycoon series-es. Excellent games, all of them.

anonymous 2 years ago

I love carnival tycoon. Great choices! :)

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squidingaround 2 years ago

yeah i did great lens

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kopox 2 years ago

those games makes me remember about my childhood. when gameplay is more important than the graphic itself.

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Lyra Kua 2 years ago

I love tycoon games! I used to play sim city. Nice list of games!

traktorji 2 years ago

Transport Tycoon best game, played for months :)

anonymous 2 years ago

Lmao I remember getting roller coaster tycoon in my cereal box.

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JBradshaw 2 years ago

Wow, this brings back memories. I played Roller Coaster Tycoon on my Sega Genesis lol. Great Lens

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cellphonezone lm 2 years ago

Nice collection. So many game options for my cousin.

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cellphonezone lm 2 years ago

Nice collection. So many game options for my cousin.

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thewafflingprem1 2 years ago

This is a great lens! I absolutely loved rollercoaster and zoo tycoon as a kid. Moon tycoon was pretty fun as well.

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Misery LM 2 years ago

Roller Coaster Tycoon is my favorite tycoon game. Especially the 3rd !

sandratan 2 years ago

This lens is so good, thanks

anonymous 2 years ago

Lemonade Tycoon! We need a good prison tycoon type game. Oh wait... (check my indie games lens ;) )

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CasualMonkey 2 years ago

Transport Tycoon Deluxe OpenTTD is just the most addicting game ever!

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karelito 2 years ago

Wow, I didn't realize there were this many tycoon games out there, great read! Used to play transport tycoon deluxe a lot back in the day.

anonymous 2 years ago

@Cavedweller: Westward Series is the BEST Tycoon games! Used to be owned by Sanderlot

Cavedweller 2 years ago

I haven't played any of the Tycoon games in years! I think I might get roller coaster tycoon!

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Squidpress 2 years ago

Huge fan of several Tycoon classics like Simcity, Transport Tycoon and Pizza tycoon! God I used to have so much fun with those.

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HuggsX3 LM 2 years ago

This lens is awesome! Nice man.

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nicks44 2 years ago

I really enjoyed all the similar games I played, but I must say that the top of the top was RC Tycoon 2 and Zoo Tycoon, I liked those the most :)

maxidef 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Great Lens!

maxidef 2 years ago

very interesting and helpful lens.


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nonaweeks 2 years ago from Woodland Park, CO

Tycoon games are my favorite! I love having to think, just wish I could do as well in real life :-)

Reversed 2 years ago

Love tycoon games, too bad most of them are paid.

grannysage 2 years ago

My husband and I used to be Roller Coaster Tycoon addicts. Which meant we hardly ever got anything else done. Have weaned myself off and now mostly play Hidden Object games. None of the other Tycoon themes seem to be as interesting. Great reference for those looking for some ideas.

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hisnameisrob 2 years ago

Thanks for this lens. I just played Oiligarchy which is interesting.

melhorcanetaespia 2 years ago

I'm still playing Sim City 4 and it my personal favorite.

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potovanja 2 years ago

I vote for Zoo Tycoon...:) Nice lens...

anonymous 2 years ago

Zoo Tycoon and Railroad Tycoon are games of my childhood!

anonymous 2 years ago

lol rdailroad tycoon was the best tycoon game for me!

JDEEZY 2 years ago

can't beat oldschool games hah

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kburns421 lm 2 years ago

Have you ever played Hotel Giant or Theme Hospital? I don't know if they're still around, but I used to play them. Hotel Giant was pretty good. Theme Hospital was... strange.

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AliciaAnn89 2 years ago from New York

Great lens, I love tycoon games!

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Starwrangler LM 2 years ago

Great lens, I've been looking for something to play online, and bam, here's the link. Thanks!

fashionyahoo 2 years ago

this is one of my favorite lenses now, games are in my blood

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JohnGcorner 2 years ago

Good list but it kinda got wierd toward the end.

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rawwwwwws lm 2 years ago

GREAT LENS AGAIN! I love roller coaster tycoon. You have such a strong passion with gaming. I see a deep passion with the effort and time you put into your lenses, IT INSPIRES ME!

ElleryAnne 2 years ago

Nice lens! I love Tycoon games, especially Zoo Tycoon. And I have to agree with Lemming13's comment that the Chocolatier games are also really good.

aSwellGuy 2 years ago

I was addicted to RCT I.

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SianaL 2 years ago

I grew up with Roller coaster tycoon, sim city, and zoo tycoon. I love tycoon games!

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Silverstar2154 2 years ago

I've played quite a few of these games before but I've mostly played the older versions of them so I'm thinking about giving a few of these games a shot. I'm about to go play Carnival Tycoon now so thanks for the suggestion.

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Lemming13 2 years ago

I enjoy making imaginary fortunes and the details of setting things up, especially games where I can design layouts for things like parks. I also enjoy the Chocolatier games, especially the ones where you can design chocolates.

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virtualboy 2 years ago

I owned the RollerCoaster tycoon myself

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shahedashaikh 2 years ago

My both kids are crazy about tycoon games,have tried all.But best is the Roller

coaster series.

blizzardofozz 2 years ago

Tycoon games are great! Appreciate your work on this!

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SimilarSam 2 years ago from Australia Hub Author

@carny: OpenTTD is a little complex definitely a game you need some patience with to get going. Its also probably a bit complex to setup if your not a regular computer user.

I also spent much of my time on Rollercoaster Tycoon causing destruction, you can't deny its not entertaining.

Thanks for the comment!

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carny 2 years ago

Open TTD is great, if a bit complex. I also played Rollercoaster Tycoon, but I mostly made rides which killed people... Haha.

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kranjchko lm 2 years ago

Tycoon games are fun and I like them !

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victoriuh 2 years ago

I love Rollercoaster Tycoon! Great collection of Tycoon games.

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APackageAtTheDoor 2 years ago

They all sound fun. Thanks!

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Mistl 2 years ago

I love tycoon games, this is a great resource! :)

JoshK47 2 years ago

I absolutely loved Roller Coaster Tycoon, maybe I'll need to check out some of these!

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WriterJanis2 2 years ago Level 5 Commenter

I love these kind of games. Learned about some new ones from this lens. Thank you!

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