"Empire TV Tycoon" Review: Manage Your Own Network

Updated on March 11, 2019

Kalypso Media has brought management simulation game Empire TV Tycoon to iOS tablets. Previously the indie game was released on Steam after a successful Greenlight campaign and now mobile gamers can get in on the television network tycoon fun. In Empire TV Tycoon players take on the role of a network executive trying to grow their television station to be the most popular and lucrative.

Starting Your Television Empire

An interesting choice for a management sim theme, Empire TV Tycoon immerses players into the dying industry of broadcast media. You won’t have to worry about YouTube and online streaming media services eating into your profits in this game but you will have to have the freshest content that appeals to the widest audience compared to your rival networks. There’s a lot to manage from scheduling your everyday content to making marketing deals and creating original content-not to mention the quests you can take on to try and make more money and gain more prestige.

The sheer amount of choice available to players in this little 2D indie simulation is both the game’s strength and challenge. There are many ways to get ahead in Empire TV Tycoon making various strategies viable so that players can have their own playstyle. This also means that there is a lot to learn and get the hang of without a very comprehensive tutorial to teach them to you.

To get started you’ll choose a difficulty level and game mode-arcade, endless or custom- as well as the genre of content your network will focus on. Focusing on a certain genre of content will allow you to have various bonuses and synergies between the advertising you run and the audiences it appeals to. That doesn’t mean you can just air nothing but horror movies though, you’ll have to keep an eye on who is tuning in and what they want to watch or risk losing your viewership.

Know Your Audience

Micro-managing your audience is a key skill in Empire TV Tycoon. A few hours before things air you’ll get a sneak peek as to the demographic that will be watching.There will be between 1-3 different groups tuning in during any block of content and it’s difficult to please everyone so you can “ban” one audience during an hour-long block of scheduling three times a day to optimize your ratings. I bet TV executives in real life wish they could do that. This means knowing your audience and what appeals to them.

Appealing to your audience includes buying and selling the rights to the correct types of movies and shows, making advertising deals that will reach the right people and news and marketing that’s right for your channel. Buying and airing news blocks will give you stat perks depending on what programming is being aired and can help manipulate the audience demographic. Advertisements on the other hand need to reach a certain amount of people over a certain amount of time and if achieved will pay out cash and if not will incur a penalty fee. At first figuring out these marketing requirements can be tough at first but once you figure it out, that’s the best way to make money.

Who is watching?
Who is watching?

Choose Your Programming

Choosing what to air comes down to a combination of who is watching and the quality of your content. Quality of content is determined by how “fresh” or novel it is as well as its rating. You can also make your own content from a TV show to a feature film that is written, cast and filmed in house and can later be entered into award shows.

The more people like your content and the better you perform in award ceremonies the more fame you will accrue. Money and fame allow you to upgrade your studio-from hiring more workers to having access to better movies and reaching a larger audience-which will hopefully lead to gaining more money and fame.

Ride the elevator from the basement to the restaurant on the top floor.
Ride the elevator from the basement to the restaurant on the top floor.

Pros and Cons

The mobile controls can be a little frustrating. Set in a tall building with various floors housing different actions, even on tablet there are a lot of little details that can be difficult to select with the touch controls. Also some things require you to drag while others need to be tapped or held down and the process isn’t intuitive. To get around between each floor you’ll have to take an elevator. Waiting for the elevator can be tedious although it may help balance the game by making you take the time to move around instead of having everything you need conveniently clickable from a fixed viewpoint. This also results in not having access to all your stats when you need them. If you need to know your audience demographic or number for a given time block while choosing programming then you’ll need to memorize it or head back to the office and then back to choose your programming.

Aside from an overwhelming tutorial, less than optimal controls and a tedious lay out, Empire TV Tycoon is a management simulation game that fans of the genre will get hours of enjoyable play out of. Movie buffs will enjoy the myriad of Easter eggs strung throughout the game and references to popular films and shows from the last 50 years. The amount of choice and ability to micro-manage every aspect of your channel allows players to find their ideal strategy, although figuring out the ins and outs of the game can be a challenge. Check out the Empire TV Tycoon available as a premium game for iOS tablets on the App Store.

3 stars for Empire TV Tycoon (iOS Tablet)


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, levelskip.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)