With the recent release of Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 and Zoo Tycoon 2, we here at Inside Macintosh Games thought that it was about time we reviewed the history of the tycoon game on the Macintosh.
Though not as cluttered a genre as it is on the Windows platform (games such as Mall of America Tycoon, Skatepark Tycoon, and Ski Resort Tycoon come to mind), there are a fair amount of tycoon and tycoon-style games available on the Macintosh.
The tycoon genre evolved from sim-style games like SimCity and Civilization. While these games have a broad focus, like managing a city or country, tycoon games generally focus on one smaller aspect of the world around us, from ventures as small as a lemonade stand to as large as a zoo or amusement park. Most tycoon games try to strike a balance between micro-management and chaos. While you may not be able to control every bit of minutia in a tycoon game, you have a great deal of control over the game in general. As the titles may give away, the ultimate goal in a tycoon game is to make money. Lots and lots of money. Become filthy rich with a railroad system one day, and then become even richer with a zoo the next. It's all up to you.
Tycoon games, like their sim-brethren, will take a long time to get good at, and even longer to master. These are not games for the 10 minute twitch gamer. They require planning, balance, and some business sense to become adept at them. Games can go on for hours, days, and even weeks. Well constructed zoos and amusement parks can go on almost indefinitely, giving the games a true-to-life feel.
With that said, here is a brief guide to tycoon games that you can play on the Macintosh.
Lemonade Tycoon 2Lemonade Tycoon has been a popular game on the PC for quite some time now. The game allows you to take control of a lemonade stand and try to turn it into a successful business, spread across multiple neighborhoods. Lemonade Tycoon 2 brought the popular game to the Macintosh, with improved graphics, new locations to build, and a more advanced game engine.
Like the original, the purpose is to run a successful lemonade stand business. Starting out in a small New York neighborhood in the Bronx, you begin to build your business, one stand at a time. As you progress through the game, you will build stands in various locations around New York, including Central Park, Grand Central Station, the Statue of Liberty, and Times Square. You can use the new LSX (Lemonade Stock Exchange) to post your top scores and compare with other would-be lemonade tycoons around the world.
This game is very easy to get into and is an excellent introduction to the world of tycoon gaming.
Lemonade Tycoon 2 review