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Robot Tycoon

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cutesy but realistic business sim about building robots.

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ROBOT TYCOON is a deceptively detailed and in-depth business sim. Sure, you get to build robots in a circuit-routing mini-game, but the main objective here is to make a profit. And the amount of profit you earn will depend on how you spend your money. Do you push customers toward products that use cheaper parts? Or do you push them toward more expensive models that may cost more to make, but will earn you more in the end. When you hire helpers, you can save time by passing off work to them, but if they're new, they're likely to make mistakes and cost you money in ruined parts. You also have to consider which styles or models are popular among customers; if you push an unpopular style, you'll get fewer buyers. There's a lot to take in -- and a lot to learn. The game's one big flaw is its inability to really save your game. If you quit the app but leave your iPad on and then come back to it later, your game will pick up from where you left off (although, not seeing it be officially "saved" is unnerving). But if your iPad is shut off completely, your game is gone; you'll need to start from scratch next time you play.

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