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What is a tycoon game, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?
What It Is: Tycoon = Business Strategy Simulation
What It Means: A tycoon game is strategy game where the player builds a business of some kind, balancing finances whilst trying to achieve growth.
Why You Care: Tycoon games are a well-beloved sub-genre of strategy games. The player takes control of an enterprise and tries to grow it, turn a profit and keep customers and investors happy. Titles you may be familiar with include Roller-Coaster Tycoon, Airport Tycoon, Zoo Tycoon, Game Dev Tycoon and Hotel Tycoon. Very popular in the ’90s and ’00s, the genre seems to have waned a little in recent years, for reasons that are unclear.