Tap Tycoon is a game that’s made its way back on to my mobile device over the past few days, I’m not really sure how or why either. Maybe it was just meant to be. Tap Tycoon is a game where by tapping the screen you magically create money that you can then use to buy businesses, and upgrades. Of course it’s virtual money; don’t expect cash to start flying from your device screen.
So, you start a new game and start tapping the screen. Notes start dropping from the sky and you (shown as a character straight from Terence and Phillip) starts grabbing all that money and popping it into his pockets. It’s not too long before you can buy your first business, a restaurant which after a certain period supplies a little more cash for you. Keep on tapping and soon you’ll have enough to buy a post office or a power plant, maybe even a bank.
You can also spend this money on upgrades to your tapping cash, or how much profit the businesses bring in. There are upgrades that allow your business profits to be collected automatically, and skills with double business output and various other things. After a certain point in the game you can cash everything in for cards and bonuses. Both of these give you multipliers on your profit, but everything you’ve built and earned is lost and you’ll have to start making your money all over again.
So, I’m sure you get the idea. I’ve probably made that explanation way drier than it needed to be. The simple gist of it is, tap to get money, spend that money to get more money.
It’s an odd thing. I can’t say that it really excels in any one area. Graphically, it’s alright. The sound is kinda so-so. There’s no story to speak of, and the whole thing is kinda repetitive.
So, how has it got my attention?
I’m not entirely sure. Certainly, it’s a good thing that it keeps running in the background, so when you next play you have a big stack of cash to spend on your upgrades. I also admire the fact that cash transaction upgrades aren’t forced down your throat. Oh, and on a similar vein, there are no in-game ads. Well, if there are, I haven’t noticed them which makes them perfect for me.
The entire experience of the game hinges on one very simple concept, ‘Just one More Tap’. You want to put it down, but a new upgrade becomes available, or you get to add another increase to your restaurant. This goes on and on, until an hour or so has disappeared and there’s not a great deal to show for it except a slightly sore fingertip. Regardless, you can’t say you’re not having fun.