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Star Tycoons

by MechanicMoon - Jam Entry

This is the new game from Mechanic Moon Studio: Star Tycoons

You must select one of the companies to control the transport market of the alien system. You can buy ships, expand your hangar and build new outpost in moons, are you ready to be a star tycoon?

How to play:
Use the button of the upper-left corner to access to your base and expand your hangar and buy ships.

Touch a ship or its icon to access to the path menu. Select the first planet and then the second planet to create a path to buy products in the first one, and sell products in the second one.

To reset a ship and empty its cargo, select it and press "Return to Hangar".

First steps (for example):
1. Buy two ships
2. Buy an outpost that offers Pigs.
3. Select a ship and create a path.
4. Click in the moon with the outpost and then click in the big planet. Confirm.
5. Earn money and explore more planets to create new commerce paths.
6. Expand hangar, buy ships,etc.
7. With the time, the system economy will change, depending of the offer and demand. Try to buy low and sell high, but taking care of the balance of each planet.

A gif with how to do a path:

Game done with Game Maker Studio

Programmer: javifugitivo
Artists: Eduperez and Sinda


There are some bugs with Windows and Android Versions: If you have problems, please send the report to [email protected]

Downloads and Links




SelfishGenome says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:44am

Interesting idea, some of the best graphics I've seen so far.

Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:46am

i realy like the art style of your game.

dustyroom says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:51am

Looks absolutely stunning. Seriously. Didn't know what to do though.

Jod says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:53am

Whaaaa, those gorgeous graphics. Just wow! Very well done, solid gameplay and a lovely mood all around. I could spend quite a lot of time on this! Very well done!

Only improvement I could think of was some variations in music.

Hippolyta says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:56am

Nice game with good graphics and sound - well done!
Unfortunately, I'm a bad "Star Tycoon"... I didn't get far and was raided by evil space pirates ;-)

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:58am

Thanks for comments. The music is always a big problem, because we dont have a musician at the time, we will try to improve that part in the future ;-)

Terrabalt says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:11am

Played till it crashed.

SiMouth says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:16am

Nice mood ! But I couldn't figure out what to do after having assigned a path to my ship, I think we lack some explanations to fully get into the game

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:19am

Sorry for the problems, Terrabalt, when you have a moment can you send me some information about the crash? [email protected]

SiMouth, I have posted some instructions to begin, if you have more doubts, ask me without problem ;-)

LuisDC says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 10:25am

Great game. I was a bit lost at the beginning, but once I understood what to do the game was fantastic. 1kk gold! I am rich :D

Nichii says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:07am

I love the music, its calming and soothing, and it suits this game perfectly well. The only problem I saw so far is the clicking on the ship and the pirate ship message issue. Other than that, this is a pretty nice game to waste your time on.

Bugs found so far:
- The pirate space ship, on the second raid (second time attacked), they showed the same message of your previous action, like if you have paid 2000, it will show the same message again. Maybe you forgot to reset it?
- Clicking on ships that are stacked together (very close to each other) will spawn all their info boxes.

KigurumiDevs says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:13am

Cool simulation game :) Well done!

Tanner says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:25am

Great graphics! Well done!

xxmicloxx says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 11:26am

Really cool graphics and gameplay, however, I bought every outpost within 10 minutes... Should be a bit more difficult probably

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 12:05pm

Yeah, thanks for the comments xxmicloxx ,Tanner and KigurumiDevs. We must consider this as a prototype. Maybe in the future the game could be expanded. It depends of your votes ;-)

Nichii I will try to do a fix for the pirates problem, thanks!!

Aug 26, 2014 @ 1:46pm

Great game!
Very awesome graphics and a interesting gameplay.
Maybe this is because of my Internet or my pc but this game lags ... this makes me sad but in the end its a great Jam-game!!!

Aug 26, 2014 @ 3:25pm

Looks good! Not sure how to play through..

jackyjjc says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 3:28pm

Another tycoon game :P I made a tycoon game as well. It took me a while to figure out what to do in the beginning, have to read the descriptions in this post. After getting used to it, it gets better. I raided by the pirated tho :( Would be nice to have a button to speed up the game speed because waiting for money to come is a bit boring. Overall nice job!

blurryroots says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 4:31pm

All hail the 3 eyed space pigs!
I really liked the graphic style, but felt a bit lost concerning the mechanics.

spitfire87 says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 5:04pm

This game is an overkill for a ludumdare. I can see lot of work behind this. I hope you finish and publish this game. It fits wells on mobile platforms. Good job.

lkr says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:23pm

Great game :)

I failed badly the first time after being raided by pirates and having 4 ships on the same route until I was buying for more than I was selling for, and losing money.

The second time I maxed out easily, and would have loved to have more to do.

Shivur says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:31pm

Good graphics and gameplay! The trade system is easyer to understand than mine, but the path can be simplified by drag and drop. Well polished game.

bobrocks says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 7:55pm

Thanks for the "comment" on my game... Interesting game, definitely takes some getting use to. Looks good.

Dramentiaras says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:05pm

Nice art!

bobrocks says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:16pm

Currently my ship is flying back and forth between a planet and an outpost. I am making large sums of money, but the interface seems frozen as I am unable to buy more outposts or ships. Using Win 7, latest Chrome, 2.4ghz i5, 8gb RAM.

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:22pm

bobrock, what version are you playing? html5 or windows? Can you remember what were the last action that you did? Maybe were you attacked by pirates?
Thanks for the feedback!!

bobrocks says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:36pm

HTML5, I was attacked by pirates but I paid them off. There is a purple ship flying around, though. Maybe that has something to do with it?

bobrocks says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:47pm

The only part of the interface that is working is the grid toggle. I'll try again after dinner with my family this evening. I find myself really wanting to play more... haha

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 8:51pm

Yes,there is a known bug with pirates, tomorrow will study it to try to solve again, thanks for test it!

twintrite says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:13pm

I played the web version and there were a lot of things cut off...have to test the windows version in the next days. I like the cartoony graphics.

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 26, 2014 @ 9:14pm

I have updated the game removing the pirates event due to the bug :-( . They will be again inside the game for the post-ludum version and we will add more events too. ;-)

John Drury says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 7:19am

Interesting game play. Lots to think about!

madmaw says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 12:32pm

Wow, such pretty

Fumiko says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:26pm

I played the game till i reach 25o k moneyunits and achieved all outposts. It's a solid experience. I miss some kind of enema or opponent though - I liked that the prices of buys and sells did vary quite a bit - but in the end my ships were always able to make profits. Graphics and Sound both were not AMAZING but fitted the game pretty well. However the game seems pretty finished and polished for an 72 hour competitiongame - i tap my hat. :)

neosam says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:46pm

Nice idea, very cool graphics :)

Otrora says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 3:13pm

Love this type of games. Incredibly polish. You did a really good job here.

IAmSpencer says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 6:22pm

It's a little bit confusing to grasp what to do, but with some tutorials, I could see myself wasting away hours with this game. Really clean and nice looking graphics, hope to see you develop it further, great job!

mechabit says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 9:53pm

By the end I was making 30k on pigs each run. Shame you removed events cos there's really no challenge after that. O noticed what might be a bug if you max out your hangar upgrade the planet image reverts back to level 1.

Dohan says ...
Aug 27, 2014 @ 10:30pm

Beautiful art! What a pity I didn't play the version with the pirates in it, as I became the king of the system without any kind of trouble.

barryrowe says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 12:52am

This is well made. I like the concept, the controls are solid, the animations are solid, and the audio is solid. Had fun just collecting resources.

dylanwolf says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 1:31am

A good economic game. Even with the tutorial, it's a bit hard to figure out--I think it'd help if there was more in-game explanation.

BitDemon says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 4:27am

Graphics look great!

nonetheless says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 9:50am

Was pretty hard to start but working fine when I figured it out. Considering the fact that you even put the gif I assume more people had trouble? :) Nice entry

puppetmaster says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 7:43pm

Graphics are great, gameplay is not so intuitive.

insane66 says ...
Aug 28, 2014 @ 9:38pm

SPACE SPACE SPACE (space core)

danidre14 says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 3:24am

Ummm the title screen and start screen got me excited about it, music not bad. But then, when I tried to play the game, I couldn't seem to do anything!

Crazi456 says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 6:18am

Took me a sec to figure out how to play, but it was great once i got the hang of it. Very nice graphics, great job!

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 9:03am

danidre14 Did you see the the top-left corner button? You can buy ships and then click in the ship and create a path between planets to buy a product in the first one, and sell it in the second planet. Try again, and ask me for help if you have any problem ;-)

hoyt hoy says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 1:55pm

Wow, nice game. Good idea!
Nice use of theme, and really great art style, suit very well with the proposed.
It was difficult to start play, but after I found the list of what to to, was easy.

pjimmy says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 2:18pm

nice game, well done

ninjascript says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 3:10pm

I think this game is really good, it would be fun to see multiplayer. Do you have plans to keep developing it?

Tomker says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 3:50pm

So much graphic work here :o, nice work.

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 4:12pm

ninjascript, It depends of your votes. Our last three games in LD were part of the same universe: Hidden Prison, Tentacle Rails and this. You can think about it ;-)

Snicklodocus says ...
Aug 29, 2014 @ 8:16pm

The audio and graphics are some of the best I've seen so far! Mechanics took me a while to understand (I just jumped into the game and came back to read the description). Very impressive game. Great job!

RookMage says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 6:58am

Kind of confusing. I enjoyed nonetheless, thanks for making. (graphics looked amazing)

jahmaican says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 9:52am

It needs a tutorial and stuff. It's quite complex!

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 11:22am

Try to read the descriptionof the game, now I cant change the game, because the rules of LD.

CatOnMars says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 11:34am

Nice and simple simulation game. The mechanic is fun and the graphics are quite good. I did not read the tutorails so I stuck a bit at the beginning. But once I figured it out, I like it!

Encofrado says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 5:03pm

A good simulator game, great graphics and a enjoyable mechanics and game system. When I started to play I feeled a bit confused, but soon I was trading and building like a Star Tycoon.

TowelKing says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 5:36pm

well polished game. I bit tricky to get into and I wish there was a little more clarity on what my ships were doing, but I enjoyed the game overall.

Chaoseiro says ...
Aug 30, 2014 @ 11:04pm

Played the version without space pirates. I took a while to understand how trade routes worked, but finally made tons of money after a while :P
Nice graphics and music :)

stasss says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 12:53am

Really nice! Great setting, great artwork, like this game a lot. So cute!

jukimv1986 says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 5:45am

Complex game, with neat graphics and soothing music. A bit difficult to play unless you read the instructions. Very interesting gameplay and literal take on the theme. Well done!!

MechanicMoon says ...
Aug 31, 2014 @ 8:09pm

We have updated the game with some fixes:
- A crash relative to the economy changes in planets.
- Pirates have been reintroduced, but we need some feedback, if somebody has crashes, please report it!

vividhelix says ...
Sep 2, 2014 @ 4:03am

One of the best entries I've seen. Gameplay feels a bit slow, it would be nice to be able to speed it up - unless you're going for a grind-heavy mobile game / pay gems to speed it up feel :)

Sep 4, 2014 @ 5:00pm

Nice game with great graphics. Mechanics are difficult to understand. I got 3 ships, tried to do routes but it seemed that only one planet was allowed, having outposts everywhere but I don't understand what for...tried to upgrade hangar when having 3 ships and couldn't do it. So said, I believe it is a great effort that needs some fine tune and in-game instructions to be an awesome game.

H1S2 says ...
Sep 5, 2014 @ 10:10am

i didn`t figure out how to do what. looks interesstion thou. You might consider a little more tutoreial.

Posva says ...
Sep 7, 2014 @ 4:06pm

Nice polished graphics ^^

Sep 9, 2014 @ 7:21am

Great graphic and interesting idea. The gameplay is really deep for only this amount of time. One suggestion is that in some cases, you should use more contextual menu and less modal windows cause it breaks the flow a bit imho.

ambi says ...
Sep 11, 2014 @ 10:21pm

I couldn't confirm a path to fly to a planet. The button didn't work.

MechanicMoon says ...
Sep 12, 2014 @ 4:24pm

Did you select two planets to do the path? First one (buy a product) - Second planet to sell the product.

Rage Paint says ...
Sep 13, 2014 @ 8:41pm

Nice job. I didn't get how to set the routes at first then figured it out and got 100k in a few minutes XD

ajopart says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 1:48pm

Amazing job on graphics !! Nice concept, well executed ! Congrats

Kayelgee says ...
Sep 15, 2014 @ 8:18pm

Fun game. I struggled with the UI a little but overall I had fun with it. The presentation and audio were nice aswell.

Does the game have a winning condition? Sometimes when I clicked my hangar I couldn't click anything anymore and had to restart the game.

It's a little annoying that the planet windows can leave the game screen. It would be nice to have a tutorial ingame that follows your description. I could do many things that didn't make any sense e.g. pay pirates money I don't have, return to hanger even though I had no money, make a trade path where I try to sell a ressource which the planet doesn't accept.

I would like to see where you can go with this if you fix the bugs and give a clear goal.

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