Donald Trump is used to being in charge. As such, you never really expect to be in the position of critiquing “the boss” himself, yet that’s where we found ourselves when Trump Tycoon made its way to the App Store. As much as we’d love to turn the tables and really put The Donald in his place, we’ve got to give credit where it’s due, because Trump Tycoon is a fun little diversion that brings no shame to his empire.
As a budding young apprentice, you’ll be managing a growing portfolio of real estate in Los Angeles for the man himself. Unlike most management games on the platform, Trump Tycoon doesn’t entirely consist of map screens and menus. You’re able to navigate around three of Trump’s megatowers from a first-person viewpoint, with controls similar to shooters like N.O.V.A. and Modern Combat: Sandstorm.
It’s an FPS: a first person seller.
Of course, there’s nothing to shoot at here– just business contacts to speak with and housekeeping chores to be done. It seems The Donald carelessly scattered bags of money throughout his properties, which you can pick up and keep. We wish there was a bit more to do in these buildings, but the exploration breaks up the normal gameplay of flipping properties on the map screen.
Speaking of flipping properties, it’s the main aspect of Trump Tycoon, and also its greatest stumbling block. On the map screen, available properties are displayed. For a fee they can be appraised, or you can just blindly lowball a bid and hope it’s accepted.
At first, we took great care to appraise property values and thoughtfully construct our bids. After extended play, however, it became apparent that lowballing offers and flipping the properties for thousands more was remarkably effective. In fact, we didn’t lose money on a single one of our 50 transactions.
Words of encouragement from the man himself.
While this lack of difficulty sounds like it’d break the game, eventually we discovered that it’s quite fun to maximize the amount of profit you make per transaction. Your profit can also be increased (or decreased) depending on what renovations you make after purchase.
Your goal is to be efficient, from the initial bid, to the renovation costs, then to the final selling price. Set that last number too high, and you can watch as your property sits on the market and becomes devalued due to wear-and-tear, eventually requiring another renovation.
As you progress through Trump Tycoon, you’ll move on to bigger and better locations by meeting The Donald’s goals. These usually consist of amassing heaps of cash. While the game ends rather abruptly, it’s after quite a few hours of play and only after you choose to end the game. As far as we could tell, you could go on building your fortune indefinitely if you desired.
While Trump Tycoon doesn’t present much of a challenge, it’s good for short bursts of play and gives you a feeling of accomplishment when you flip a property for a huge profit and get congratulated by the boss himself. If you’ve got an interest in management games, we suggest you give it a shot.