The Lone Detectivefree online detective game
1996 classic Amiga game - economy games
German game that gave us chance to be a film producer and find out how hard it could be to make it in the showbiz. Since this is German game of course it is more an economy simulation than game itself - with some starting budget we can prepare our first movie and enter the market. First of all we have to buy or order script for the movie, then we have to hire a director, main cast, choose studio, author of the soundtrack and finally hire the crew.
It all sounds like well prepared simulation, but in fact Der Produzent is very simple game that offers far too little options and to make it worse we just have to repeat them again and again with each project. Of course with time we gather the contact to people from showbiz (actors and directors) and thus hire them for our next production, but apart from that and random events the game is far too simple and far too repetitive to be interesting.
Even after we sell our film there is constant feeling that some options are missing, some of the areas we could explore were left untouched. The game consisted of 6 disks and was made for AGA, but apart from few images it is hard to spot what exactly those 6 discs were needed since the game is rather shallow and do not allow us enjoy being the producer, f.e. after screen tests we can’t improve the film any more, if we order a script from author we do not have any influence on that script, etc.
Overall an average game that looks promising, but offers far too little options.