Real Estate Tycoon is a business simulation game created by Airborne. It is perhaps the only game of its kind tributed to real life entrepreneur.
Each office for five cities (Los Angeles, New York City, Atlantic City, London and Paris) opens at 6:00 AM and closes at 10:00 PM. Because of this, the player will sometimes have to focus on other cities or wait (doesn't take that long).
A player may choose and purchase a piece of real estate. The price varies on its size or how long the game progresses. After buying, a building can be constructed on it.
Before construction, the style, quality, number of floors (up to 12) and building duration are to be selected. The better the quality of the building and the faster the construction time, the higher the cost. Each floor of the building can made into three types of rooms; shops, offices or condos. Shops are the most the expensive to build but can be marketed at a higher price. Offices generate rather small profits but are cheaper to construct.
Once a building is complete, the player can market the rooms to two ways; selling or leasing. Through selling, a complete payment is achieved instantly. In leasing, payments are received on a monthly basis.
When short in budget, the player can borrow money from each of four banks. These loans are paid back automatically after an assigned number of months (the money the player has in hand will have some deduction for this matter). Therefore, sufficient amounts of profit have to be earned after borrowing.
A building's quality deteriorates overtime. When reusing them for commercial purpose, it is best to have them renovated. Through renovation, certain rooms can be changed into others. To change the building's style and number of floors can only be achieved through demolition and reconstruction.
Should the player passed through five missions, he/she will then have a business competition with the real estate mogul, Donald Trump. The object of the challenge is to go into business in a fixed number of years and come out with the larger capital. Unlike the previous missions, natural disasters and criminal activity occur which cause damage to property.