Festival Tycoon is a tycoon game developed by Dreihaus Studio and published by Future Friends Games. As the title suggests, Festival Tycoon sees you setting up and managing all aspects of a music festival. You’ll do everything from setting up portaloos, tents, and stages, to making deals with sponsors, and more. Playing as the festival manager, you’ll have to book bands and fulfill their unique whims and wishes, keep sponsors happy, and make sure your festivalgoers are entertained at all times. The game comes with a career mode and a sandbox mode.
Visually, I loved the colourful environment in Festival Tycoon. The game’s graphics are presented in a cute low-poly voxel style, and its bright colours made me want to dive straight in. Everything from the stages to the food and drink stalls are rendered in great detail and add to the immersion when you see your festival come to life. The festival grounds vary in size from playthrough to playthrough. In career mode, there are easy, medium, and advanced scenarios, allowing players to either familiarise themselves with the game at a gentle pace or jump straight in the deep end. I opted to start with a smaller festival taking place on a patch of land in Wales. Once I started the game, I was prompted by several tutorial tool tips to build all the essentials in order to expand my festival.