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  • Summary: Here's your chance to make it big in the Big Apple… New York City, the city that never sleeps! Go for broke building your own Manhattan empire, creating and customizing over 100 types of major businesses: run a hot nightclub, oversee a media conglomerate, open a lucrative Broadway theater — the choices are endless. As your success grows, so will your reputation — your face on TV reports, your name in lights, and the city at your feet. With world-renowned landmarks, true-to-life neighborhoods, and spectacular New York events, you’re constantly in the thick of the action, becoming a major mogul in America’s most exciting metropolis. High-profile industries, real-world brands, and a bustling 24-hour city give every player the chance to make it big. [Atari] Expand
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  1. 84
    What's great about Tycoon City: New York is its accessibility. Whether you're a rookie on the bottom rung of the tycoon-gaming ladder or an old hand, friends with Sir Alan Sugar and as proud as can be with your magnificent railroads, rollercoasters, pizza restaurants and intergalactic cityscapes, the game never tries to make you feel unwelcome or try to confuse you.
  2. There's definitely a market for this type of game, it's easy to get into, easy to play and you get a good sense of achievement from it.
  3. It never really takes the kid gloves off and makes you deal with the realities of running a real estate empire.
  4. Tycoon City: New York may be big and colourful, but under its ostentatious, shiny surface and character-driven tasks, it's ultimately just another by-the-numbers tycoon game. [PC Zone]
  5. The interface elements in the game are also fairly well conceived, but the overall package suffers from gameplay that doesn't offer much challenge, eliminating any sense of tension.
  6. Once you've breezed past the campaign and sandbox modes, you'll wish there was more to this Sim City for dummies. [Jun 2006, p.76]
  7. As an urban sandbox, Tycoon City: New York is passable. As a strategy game, it's the dumbest deal since that urban legend about the Indians selling Manhattan to the Dutch. [July 2006, p.61]

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  1. JackS.
    Jun 7, 2008
    This game is awesome!, I mean just look at the scenery and all the buildings like times square and the virgin megastore and the chinese restraunt. its so amazing. This is my vote: 10 out of 10 (*****). Expand
  2. Aug 17, 2013
    Ive been playing this gem since it came out, The game still has superior graphics compared to other simulation games. This is not a town planner type style of game play, you are in competition with 15+ other business people (AI) and must buy land and make it profitable, various areas have more appeal to students, moms and dads and the type of business they would like to shop at, for e.g a student wont buy a super car so there is not much point building and super car showroom in an area full of students.

    There are so many business's you can get into, you can become a landlord and earn money from rent, you can also rent out office space to increase revenue in an area and earn rent. you can start a specific resturant chain like french food, there are numerous real world brand names like lacoste, NBA, virgin mega store and many more. when you have a sufficient amount of a store chains you may invest in a depot which is a huge business building and you go on the leaderboard with the other AI, The idea is to have the most sucsessful stores. you do this in so many ways but that is all the gameplay.

    What makes me play this for so long is how insightful the AI is, i have had 1 deli store turn huge profits because its the only food store in a heavy office area. I mean you can take a really bad business idea like a chain of locksmith (ace idea, cutting keys and mending shoes) and acctually somehow make it semi sucsessful. you cant really explain it but it always does real gooduns like this. Then youll want to buy out the competition and totally domintate locksmithing in new york. EVERYBODY NEEDS TO HAVE THIER SHOES MENDED BY ME ALONE, its a passion.

    There are also little side quests that unlock historic areas, and sometimes a student just wants a stationary shop. You earn points that you can spend to give you the abilitiy to entice in new business for exsample more seating in resturants or flashing lazershows, mascots and clowns. and if you get bored you can stalk people, and thier AI is actually good and they tell you what they want what thier job is what they would like to do and you feel like you are asking them questions as the details surround the business consept the game is built on plus they dont look like mine craft models. I cant explain why or how the gameplay works, but it just does, it is a business model dressed in cool gameplay if your not interested in business models and simple economics like supply and demand, it might not be for you.

    9/10 because eventually you run out of space to build more depots, and you need to buy out things you cant afford