Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
Buy On
  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. Even those that aren’t well versed in managing a living, breathing city-scape, will be right at home here, with an easy to navigate interface, and simplified economic models.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    81
    A quality building game. Unfortunately there is not much else to do but build, a better business simulation would have been good. [Mar 2006]
  4. Each district also serves up specific challenges, so that opening a business at a certain time or reaching a profit milestone will unlock reward buildings such as churches and law courts, which please the locals and boost their satisfaction levels.
  5. 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.
  6. CPUGamer
    79
    Graphically, Tycoon City is gorgeous.
  7. It never really takes the kid gloves off and makes you deal with the realities of running a real estate empire.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 12, 2016
    7
    The game is really good, the only problem is that you can easily get stuck in a district after completing all quests (called Oportunities),The game is really good, the only problem is that you can easily get stuck in a district after completing all quests (called Oportunities), without knowing what to do. Also some quests require a specific date to complete, which annoys me a bit. Full Review »
  2. Aug 17, 2013
    9
    Ive been playing this gem since it came out, The game still has superior graphics compared to other simulation games. This is not a townIve 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
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  3. JackS.
    Jun 7, 2008
    10
    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 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 (*****). Full Review »