|Release date(s)||Summer 2009|
Football Tycoon is a Java-based sports strategy video game developed for a range of mobile phone handsets by BAFTA-award winning game studio Dynamo Games. The title is the first to be released by the developer under the Dynamo Sports brand of sports games.
Football Tycoon was launched as a J2ME Java game on the 21st of May 2009 across the major UK mobile operators. Other versions focusing on other sports including Formula One, Rugby, American Football, ice hockey and Golf due for future release.
Football Tycoon places players in the role of a wealthy business owner overseeing the running of a football club. The position of owner opens up many tactical decisions typically not found in managerial simulation titles. As such, the game is comparable to the popular Rollercoaster Tycoon series rather than managerial series such as Championship Manager and Football Manager.
Players have free rein to hire managers, control finances, develop stadiums and orchestrate intense media campaigns to take their chosen club to new heights. The game gives players a vastly diverse range of choices when compared to management simulators.
The title features two expansive single player modes. The rags to riches Grass Roots mode tasks players with taking a small team to the top of the Tycoon Owner Rich List within 30 years.
Scenario Mode allows owners to tackle a variety of set challenges, such as taking over a small club and pulling them out of administration. How these goals are achieved is entirely up to the individual.
Players have the freedom to act as they see fit throughout the course of each season but must remain mindful of repercussions. For example, owners can inject some of their clubs hard-earned cash back into the local community, or bank it all to better fund campaigns in higher leagues and gain entry to elite European competitions.
While Football Tycoon is primarily a strategy title, players can also dabble in games of chance by spending club funds at casinos, race tracks and other gambling venues. Financial gain is possible using this route but can have severe consequences.