Hello good people!
Fow a while now I've been working on an isometric pixel-art style business sim/tycoon game called Office Management 101
, that draws inspiration from such classics as Theme Hospital, Pizza Tycoon and Kairosoft games, but also Dilbert, the movie Office Space content-wise.
The game will put you in the shoes of a regional branch manager of a consumer electronics company and you will be responsible for designing and building the office, hiring the staff and starting different projects that will go through the cycle of research, development, design, testing and marketing to be put on sale on market. The game will feature weird and humorous characters, corny jokes and some unexpected unlikely events happening while you're playing. In addition to the staff that works on products, there will also be supporting staff like managers, human resources, accountants, lawyers, janitors etc. that might not be required, but still strongly suggested to keep the office working smoothly.
Office Management 101 will have a free-play mode and a story mode that will take from office to office in different countries, while each country has different laws, culture and economy. As the story mode progresses, more and more options will become available also, but at the same time you'll have more problems to tackle.
The plan for now is to get an alpha version done and tested first, then try to balance the gameplay a bit and put the alpha out to play for free. I will decide my next move depending on how well it does. Of course the alpha won't have a lot of the features mentioned previously, it would be just a simplified bare bones version of the full game.
The game is targeted to PC's first, but everything so far has also been tested on several Android devices. Further platforms will depend on the reception of the game.
Of course the game is still in very early development stage, so everything you see is subject to change and improvement. So far I've been mostly working on the engine and there's a lot of work still ahead, so right now I can't really give any deadlines, but I am working on it full time every day and it's steadily progressing. I'll try update this thread periodically to get both feedback and criticism, so I'd be very thankful if you left your input.
Thanks for taking a look,
Some animated images as well:
* Office creation
* Furniture placement
* 2013-12-27 offices
* 2013-12-27 hiring