Smart Factory Tycoon is a pretty chill management sim where you run an automated factory operated by autonomous robots, every conglomerates’ CEO’s dream come true.
I covered the demo for Smart Factory Tycoon a while back and the full release feels pretty similar to the demo. The game is a simple, chill, and streamlined management sim. You start the game by designating a Production Room. After zoning the production room and placing a door, you can purchase machinery for the production room. Each product requires different machines and varying quantities of those machines so you will have to modify your production rooms or create new ones later down the road.
One tip I received from the publisher was to create a small general zone inside your production room so the robots can drop the intermediary products close by the machinery. This in turn means they don’t need to move around as much, saving you a lot of time and money from having to maintain your robots.
After setting up your production room, the next step is to set up a Robots Room. This is where you place the machinery that will keep your robots running. Each robot needs to be recharged and lubricated so I would recommend building a big enough room that can house multiple recharging and lubricating stations.
Once the robot room is set up, you need to purchase the robots themselves. Robots have four stats, movement speed, processing speed, charge capacity, and oil capacity. Purchasing the more expensive robots are well worth it as it means less downtime from the robots having to recharge and lubricate themselves constantly. Each robot does level up and you can then put a point into increasing one of the four stats by half a star each time the robot levels up.
The final step is to choose a product to produce. You can observe the market trend data to see if profitability of the product is going up or down. There are upgrades to let you see more advance market data to better plan out your production lines in terms of profit. After selecting your product, you then simply link the necessary machines to each step in the plan and start production. The robots will take care of everything and all you have to do is sit back and relax and watch the money roll in.
As you sell products, your factory will level up and gain R&D points. These will let you unlock new technologies and produce more complicated products. It is well worth using your R&D points as it will help you increase profitability and make it much easier to maintain your robot army.
Overall, Smart Factory Tycoon is a pretty chill game. It’s a very streamlined management sim. I love production line design games such as Satisfactory and I wished that the game offered a bit more depth in designing the production lines themselves but there’s sufficient enough content to keep most people occupied.