We've Pretty much seen it all when it comes to Tycoon games, so it's no surprise to find Mall Tycoon land in our laps. And likewise it's not entirely surprising to discover it's quite possibly one of the most pointless games to ever pass through the office.
As the name suggests, Mall Tycoon is about constructing a giant shopping centre and getting loads of people to shop there. You can provide them with a variety of stores like toyshops, lingerie outlets, shoe shops and big fat Harrods-type department stores that offer virtually every product you can think of.
The variety of goods is certainly impressive, but unfortunately Mall Tycoon is simply not fun in any shape or form. Technically it's fairly robust with a decent 3D engine providing good access to each store and every floor, but when it comes down to it, the game's as shallow as a Sloane on King's Road. There's literally nothing more to Mall Tycoon than building stores, making a profit and throwing out punks who hang around the slot machines. OK, there are around 30 scenarios to attempt but they all follow the same basic formula of get X amount of shoppers and earn X amount of profit.
I used to think that being dragged around the ladies clothing section in Debenhams for an entire Saturday afternoon was tiresome, but if it's a choice between that and playing Mall Tycoon, Debenhams would win. Shopping was never fun and it never will be. End of story.
Download Mall Tycoon
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP