Hardware Tycoon is a simulation game where you run your own hardware company and change the market. Right now you can only develop and distribute processors, along with researching features for it, but many more features and hardware are planned.

Haxor - programmer
Senzo - artist/designer

If you have any questions/feedback about the game or overall the best way to ask them is through comments or e-mail!

Sounds by Bertrof are licensed under CC 3.0

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Published 338 days ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Tags2D, Casual, hardware, html, Isometric, simulation, Singleplayer, tycoon
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


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so think i found a bug i made a cpu but when it started selling it was getting negative money and i went from 4 grand to -400grand in like 2 days

Hey hexor I've been playing your game for a couple of days now, and now I wish to give you some awesome ideas if you didn't think of them already.

One idea I had was have [in certain years] store open and also to have online stores appear to sell your hardware. Some the names could be Great Buy,  Amezin, and Freshegg. and also the stores would and could go out of business depending on the year.

And the other idea I had for the game is for you to sell keyboards and mouses. that's self-explanatory.

Hope you liked these ideas and hope a new update comes out real soon. I will also continue to give you ideas as they come to me! :)

Thanks! Keyboards, mouses and other peripherals are planned. As for online distribution: I want to redo the way your hardware is distributed and this fits it well. That's for later though

You can continue to provide ideas, every single one is welcomed!

cool cant wait!

Can you make some sort of modding system? So its possible that if you cant make updates anymore, it can live through modders. Modders can make use of xml files to make modding easier. I personally want to add more research material and parts like GPUs, CPUs and motherboards!

Hi! That is a nice idea, unfortunately the engine I'm using would make an eventual mod support hard to implement and with very limited functionality.

What years or time are the reasearches availavble


Here's a list of all researches in 0.2 (which isn't the current version so there are some researches that aren't available in the game yet!)

Ive done some searching and seen how you are on the greenheart forums. So gonna be blunt here, what are the chances of there being an update by Q4 of this year

Yeah, that's true, GDT was an inspiration mainly for the visuals.

As for the update.. I've started working again yesterday, so there SHOULD be an update before the end of the year, it's just the matter of what the update will deliver. If I keep this tempo up, 0.2 might be out this week, but it won't be a major update.

This game is awesome! it reminds me of game dev tycoon and i hope it gets developed into a full possible steam game

Thanks! I doubt that's ever going to happen though, but we can always hope

when is the last year you can research stuff

I don't remember for sure, but there is not much content after 1973 yet

Is there a devlog or anything? Or an ETA for the next update?

Nope, nothing of sorts :/ No big progress on the game

Well I'm in love with the game, hope there is an update soon!


What's the maximum level you can get?

Right now I don't think there's a cap to it, but even if you could get to a level higher than 3 it doesn't change anything. Higher level means a bit shorter development time, but I need to buff the effect a little

Okay, thanks. Take as much time as you need. I love this game <3

I see a glitch where if you devolop a cpu thats bad and lose profit on it and while doing so you build a cpu thats great and expensive the bad cpu will start making alot more money then it should be

Good game! Can't wait to see further updates!


how close are yoy to the next update?

I don't have my pc atm, I don't know when I will get it back. I have my last exams in a bit over a month so I should have plenty of time afterward.

I'm pretty close, but the things that I still have to do are the worst to work on - they'll take the longest.

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  • nice game
  • nice graphics
  • idk how Haxor make it using HTML language


you must play it / download it guys

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I just dumb some ideas for you

  • let the player decide when he wants to stop selling a hardware (the hardware stop selling before new research was avaiable, so i either wait for new research or produce the same hardware again)
  • when you implement other hardware: get experience for the different hardwaretypes, which reduce development cost/time (specialisation for a hardwaretype)
  • a small notification when new research is avaiable
  • competition
  • different develeopment areas(size and price -> faster development, more staff)
  • staff system (research, production, PR)
  • a small notification during alpha when there is now further research
  • endless research (especially clock speed and core)
  • new core production(automaticly put in the best clock speed

some more things

  • more stats
    • in the history screen: planning cost, total income, selling price, sell period, cores, socket, clock speed,... of the hardware
    • in the mainview a graph of the selling period of a hardware: how it changes over time to see if the market for that hardware is going down (usefull when you can decide for yourself when you want do stop selling it)
i think that's it for now, will wait for the next update.

a yes, i found a bug. i was playing on very hard. i released a cpu and researched the cheaper production. after that i wanted to make a new cpu but had not enough money, so i hit cancel, after that my current selling cpu didn't make anymore profit instead my money went rapidly down in the negative numbers.

Half of the ideas are already implemented in a very basic form to be further expanded on in later updates. The other half that isn't sounds like it's not necessary to have, but would improve the game experience. Thanks for the ideas and the bug report!

It's a very addictive game, but there aren't anything beyond 1980.

Any news about 0.2?

It's mostly done, but the stuff that needs work really takes a lot of time for me. And the next couple of weeks I'll be especially busy with school, so no progress then. 0.2 should add more content to the game so there's something to do in the later years.

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Good concept, but the downtime between available researches is high. Maybe some more options to make different CPU's like instruction sets? I will play through it some more, but for now the winning formula seems to be easy. Just make the best thing you can, and release it, make it again and again untill a new research is available.

There is a writing fail in the window for when you release a new DIP processor. It say's DPI. I hope this game turns out well :) I am looking forward to it!


I have ran the game for almost 10 years without an research available. I would love to see an update to the game :) You are certainly hitting some good notes with it! Keep it up!

Thanks! It's true, the game is lacking some content atm.

Thanks for pointing out the typo too.

its realy fun

its realy fun

its hard

Please tell me you're going to do a standalone, non browser version :D Quite enjoying this

Thanks! And yes, I plan on releasing a downloadable version which should hopefully run a bit better

Excellent, can't wait to see what you do with it. Umm, it peaks out at 2GHz, single core at the moment, is that right?

There is dual core, but very late in the game, and I believe 3GHz is the max but I'm not 100% sure.

Ah, I wasn't sure what was left as I seemed to peak at 2Ghz single core early on and didn't have any research available

It's been over a month. Please tell me there are updates or there are future updates. This is a type of game I love and just ask the community for help.

Please Make the time buttons bigger or add an option I play on my phone sometimes and it's impossible

I'll look into it. I didn't think it would be played on mobile, on PC you can change the speed with 1-3 and 0/space


Can you give us any updates about this game? I'm dying for it to have updates!

Unfortunately there are no major news, the update is almost finished but with no major progress for weeks. I'm focusing on school and if I find a hour or so I prefer to spend it on entertainment :\ I hope to get something done on my next holiday, but that's still quite far away. I will post about any news here.

How do we know when an update happens? If there is nothing, can you release something to tell us please?

I don't think there is any way to tell everyone there is an update on the game page, I'll look into it. There were no updates yet though.

Will This eventually be on steam?

I doubt it. I'd need to get the greenlight for 90$, so that's not happening anytime soon.

I like this game of hardware development. I don't have a lot of cash but donated 50 cents (all my earnings from youtube) as some help. XD

Thank you very much! It's not much but it always helps and boosts my motivation. I hope you'll enjoy the next updates too

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I don't need any help just now, but thanks anyway!

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The game is AWSOME! It's still misses a lot of things, the HUD is a GAME DEV TYCOON rip-off, but the core gameplay, is good. Sure it's not as original, because you guys just use Hardware instead of Softwares, but, it's really good. In these early stages, the game is really fun to play! So just keep it up, keep those updates coming! ;)

Thanks for the feedback! It is still missing quite a lot of features, it's just an early version, so updates are on the way.


I would probably not call it a "Rip-Off", It is pretty much the same as saying that Duke Nukem 3d was a rip-off of Doom