What’s great about portable Android devices is their constant availability to be consulted at any time. It’s what gives mobile phones the edge over PCs, as you can check important figures and facts from anywhere in the world, such as the data used on your Android phone. Managing real businesses from your phone isn’t the only thing that’s made possible by the best android handsets. Management and tycoon games simulate growing and maintaining a business, accompanied by assorted gimmicks, engaging grind, and amusing personalities. So if you feel like growing a quirky business in your pocket with some of the best Android games, AP has a few ideas with a roundup that covers the most engaging management and tycoon games around.
Sim Companies is a management simulation in which you control your own company, orchestrating the use of your assets and business dealings. You start with a small number of assets and build upon them in your preferred industry. There are multiple directions for you to progress; production, retail, and research, each offering unique benefits and drawbacks. The game draws on the weirdly useful skill of sensing good business opportunities and which pursuits to take or leave. This also relates to the game’s virtual economy, where players implement their strategies for growth, requiring wise decision-making and foresight to stay ahead of the competition. It’s a great time if you want to get the CEO experience without the off-putting complexities like the law or worker rights.
And now, something completely different, Farm Frenzy, a farming sim that allows you to build up your own farming business via mini-games. Over an impressive variety of levels, the game demands the generation of assets from playing a collection of farming-themed mini-games, from gathering eggs to milking cows. Think farming in Minecraft, but a bit more frantic. The cash these mini-games generate can be used to construct institutions like bakeries and dairies, which earn even more money. It has the clicker game effect of getting you caught up in farming (no pun intended) and resources, which is simple but effective. While there are some stability issues and a couple of balance problems, none are deal breakers, and you can still manage your farm as you see fit. Farm Frenzy is a cute game with a solid gameplay loop and a progression ladder that’s easily engaging enough to keep you occupied for ages.
Fallout Shelter is a literal base management sim based on the famous Bethesda property. You are placed in charge of a vault beneath the surface of the Earth after a post-nuclear war and are tasked with making it the best possible living space for those who dwell within. Dwellers can be fully customized and assigned different roles to complete tasks that improve the vault’s facilities. There’s even a mechanic that allows you to make dwellers “repopulate,” creating even more dwellers for additional jobs (no idea where they came from). Dwellers can also be sent out into the wasteland to search for weapons, armor, and supplies useful for defending themselves. The game’s aesthetic is pretty cool; it has that jaunty commercial look for the sprites and a variety of styles for indoor decoration. A superior choice if you like a more thematic experience with solid gameplay to back it up.
A far more simple example of the management genre is Project Highrise, a game in which you construct a series of 2D skyscrapers for 2D characters to inhabit. Its gameplay is centered around the construction of skyscrapers, the facilities built within them, and the tenants that take up residence. Your goal is to keep the tenants happy with good quality of life and decent living conditions, both for those living in apartments and those running businesses of their own. Retail institutions like restaurants and stores can be included to increase your cash flow, which in turn creates opportunities for further upgrades. As management sims go, this one’s more on the realistic side, as tenants must be kept happy and will leave if underserved. Despite its simple presentation, Project Highrise is pretty absorbing.
Game Dev Story
Well, this is about as meta as it gets; Game Dev Story puts you in charge of your own video game development company. Duties include what you might expect, hiring and firing employees of varying skills, managing assets, and maximizing the appeal of your brand to the public. Game development revolves around improving the skill and productivity of your developer workforce, which improves the game’s stats in turn. Realistically, game development grows in scope as your workforce grows in skill and number, and your office space will expand both its size and number of computers to accommodate the new employees. All in all, the game is relatively charming with its cute pixel art and expressive sprite animation and is absolutely worth playing.
Egg, Inc. is a business simulator that manufactures an amusing experience through simple means; it gives you control of an egg farm and places zero tariffs on the scale of growth. You start with a simple chicken coop, tasked with harvesting eggs and growing your livestock, expanding your farm, and researching ways to sell your product, all in order to excel to the furthest stars on a solid basis of egg-borne cash. The fluid animations make it very satisfying to watch your egg operation develop and expand, as well as watch a swarm of chickens flock around in a strangely mesmerizing amorphous swarm. Egg, Inc. does resemble a clicker game, but a solid presentation and a quirky sense of humor make it well worth your time. Sometimes all you need is the commitment to an idea to make it special, even if that means blowing it up into a universe-spanning intergalactic chicken processing empire.
Have you ever dreamed of owning a vineyard? Well, here’s Hundred Days, a vineyard development and wine production simulator to satisfy your highly specific fantasy. You’re placed in charge of a rural grape farm; tasked with growing this business via manufacturing by selling various kinds of wine. This game goes a bit harder than the others on this list, with multiple spreadsheets for managing business opportunities, profit projections, and other admin stuff that tycoon games normally don’t bother with, so it has niche appeal. This complex business sim gameplay is somewhat at odds with the laid-back tone of the game’s countryside setting and calming music, but those who enjoy more complicated admin jobs in a tycoon game will appreciate the chilled-out atmosphere. Hundred Days looks lovely and has a strange, intangible calming effect, so it’s a good choice for stressful times.
Time to drop the pretenses and conquer the world. Earth Inc. is an idle tycoon game where you transform a small mining operation into a world-spanning company, even while eating, sleeping, or doing something else entirely. Gameplay includes various mini-games designed to generate profits, from hiring miners to improving the clicker mechanic efficiency to controlling deliveries. Your business expands as your workforce and capital growth, that is, until you eventually run out of Earth to conquer and move onto other worlds. This is, bizarrely, the second game with an unassuming business that takes you to space, even weirder considering you start as a mining outfit. The game leans into the capitalism theme with its aspirations of endless growth and apathy towards environmental preservation, which can be a little repellant despite the obvious irony. But the unbridled enthusiasm the game has towards the idea of a hyper-capitalist company makes it hard not to get invested, helped along by the lovely pixel art and motivating music. Earth Inc. is worth a look for the sheer spectacle.
Get that business booming!
Putting your energy into progressing up a ladder is the heart of what makes the best RPGs so appealing, and these management games follow the same pattern. You get invested in your business and want to see how it grows and develops. This satisfaction can now be found anytime, whether you’re bored traveling or looking for a couple of cozy Android games to curl up with this winter. You also have an opportunity to learn some actual skills within these games, or at the very least, develop an interest in real business management and administrative skills. So it’s time to give one a try and feel that simple joy of watching your business grow. Enjoy!