Hardware Tycoon is a simulation game where you run your own hardware company, influence the market and compete with other companies to stay up-to-date. 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 feel free to ask via comments or e-mail!

Sounds by Bertrof are licensed under CC 3.0

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Published 1 year 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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yey 2.3

I was playing and got pretty far, than something started selling really well but it was selling in reverse and taking money from me. was this punishment for playing for 1 hour straight or a glitch? Or is it just your version of a "stop here I didn't make this yet."

You probably set your product's price too low.  Always set it to at the very least 20$ more than its production cost. When price turns orange thats means you will be losing money with each unit sold.

I don't know, but I am pretty sure I set it to 175 like always but it doesn't really matter.

Weird. I have never encountered a bug like this. Can show me a screenshot from History showing that CPU?

At what date is 2.3 being released?

No idea.

How much longer do you expect the wait to be?

I got back from the hospital yesterday and I'm just doing my overdue schoolwork. No idea when I'll start working on the game again.



Hardware Tycoon will not launch on mac

Uhh, you can play it in the browser and there is a download for Mac OS X. Not sure what you mean

it works to download, but it doesnt launch I tried downloading from the itch app and the website but it doesnt work

(this might not hep you but i think tube tycoon has the same problem)

(this may help though, MacOS(yes it is called that now) has recently had a file system update, so if you can you should update the dmg using the engine)

Also the research stops shoing thing after awhile

Probably because you've researched everything already, there isn't much stuff to research atm. As for the issue with Mac - I have the latest version of Construct 2 and there have been no changes to the way it exports games to macOS, everything is the just like 3 months ago. I can't find a way to help since I don't have a Mac

ok, well this seems to be a common problem with the games that use construct 2 so they might have an update soon like in the next few months. keep an eye out for an update please :)

Also i found this on the web

Publishing on OS X and Linux

The most common problem with publishing to OS X and Linux is the execute permission for the executable files. File permissions work slightly differently on Windows, and it generally recognises any file ending in .exe as something that can be run. On OS X and Linux, executable files have no special file extension, instead requiring an "executable" file permission to be set. Windows is not usually aware of this, so if you copy files from Windows to an OS X or Linux system, the files may not have execute permission and therefore fail to run.

On Linux, the following command enables execute permission for the file 'mygame'. Run this from the terminal to ensure the file can be run:

chmod a+x mygame

On Mac OS X, there are actually several files inside the app package that need to be executable. The easiest way to preserve the permissions is to copy the exported project using OS X instead of Windows. If you network a Windows and OS X machine together, log in to Windows, and copy the files to the OS X system, it isn't aware of the file permissions and can lose the execute permission, causing the resulting app to fail to run on OS X. However if you log in to OS X and copy the files from the Windows system, it preserves the permissions and should produce an app that can run.


Love your game hexor just wanted to ask you how you made a game like this, I am aiming to make a game like this but i don't know where to start tips please.

I made it using Construct 2 which has a free demo. I started by just doing whatever came to my mind and when I didn't know how to implement a particular thing I just looked for tutorials. There are lots of good tutorials for beginners on https://www.scirra.com/

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Thanks for the help but can i also get help knowing how you design a clicking simulation games, I manly want to know how you made the ui so that every time you click you have option etc.

Are you also able to tell me how i can make a script that lets the player publish a (Video or in your case Hardware) and then let them have the chance of getting popular or going bankrupt.

If you can also tell me how you did the rating UI that would be awesome, sorry for asking so many questions it is just that i really was inspired buy your game and i want to make a good game like your's.

I think that you should start with a smaller project if you're a newbie. I can at least try to help though. The easiest way to accomplish something similar as in Hardware Tycoon would be:

create global variables that increase when the product's (or video's) quality goes up

and when creation of that product is finished, set a different global to its sales (for example quality*1000/price)

That's pretty much how it works in big simplification.

Sorry, I can't describe it to be easily understandable. I think it will be the best if you would experiment for yourself. That's how I did it.

easly got to 2017 on vhard make it harder plz

When is 2.3 coming out?


When I will stop getting sick every 2 weeks and buried with schoolwork :/ Even when I have free time I spend it sleeping or generally unstressing after school... I don't know. Honestly it's pretty much done but needs polish and debbuging

vary hard mode crashis the game so dont try it it crashed me

just beaat it an medeam going to vary hard now

What studio do you recommend to make games kind of like this. I am not

trying to copy you, just trying to make something of my own with a
studio that does not have a complex UI like the one I currently use.

I'm using Construct 2 and it isn't complex, Clickteam Fusion is a good choice too.


I am far into the game, And its amazing. I am just saying, You should add more hardware soon to make it more exciting and add more random events. I am now just sometimes giving exclusive hardware away for 25 dollars.

Finished the game? Idk

look at these pics




in 0.2.3 will there be more cores?


Hello Haxor, do you need any help with your project? I like your game very much, but there is not much content in it. So I offer my help to you.

Yours, faithfully DaHobbit!

Thanks for the offer, but I have turned everyone down so far, mainly because I want this project to stay mine for now


Ok, I wish you good luck with your project, Haxor. and you did a good job so far.

If you need help conact me. ;)

Sincerly DaHobbit

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hey dahobbit i can use some help making my game.

you should add graphics cards and operating systems in 2.3


Graphics cards are planned for later updates, not 0.2.3 though. Operating systems are software therefore won't be implemented (at least you won't be able to develop them, but maybe you could make someone else do it).

Soo the graphics cars of course are not going to be in this update or atleast the next update right? ok well is a posibility the graphics cards are in maybe in the 0.3.9 or in the 0.4.5? or went the game is in the the version 1.0?

There is a possibility. I honestly don't know when I'm going to implement them


i will waiting in my chair getting old waiting for the graphics cards XD

I'm having problems with the game. I dont know how to restart the game. I'm pretty much bankrupt and the game is still playing but it only stopped at 1980

You can start a new game by loading for a -No Data- slot (if all your save slots are occupied you can go to options and click 'Delete save data').

is normal that went i the 80s i don't have more research? is because is like a alpha or a beta right? anyway this game is really awesome i hope this game still free or atleast have a very cheap price or not i don't really care i not the creator i hope this game have a lot of sucess and i hope the people don't think this is a copy of GDT (technycally is almost a copy but bit a lot of changes XD) well this comment is soo long i think is better if i stop yeah Adios amigo or bye boi (and Sorry for my bad english i from spain)

Yeah, it's not finished and there's little content atm, so there isn't much research to do.

Thanks for your feedback!

easy to learn and fun to play

when does 0.2.3 comes out

uhh.. It's almost done but when I wasn't buried in schoolwork I was sick and laying in bed

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I am loving this game, but not a fan of the fact that it is so difficult to save. I lost much of my progress.

This is a very good game! I enjoyed it.

Hey Hax, my game stops at 1988, and goes on with like 700 months, without andvancing the year... new reasearch doesnt show up either beacuse of that. Do you know why?

Yes, that sometimes happens when you load a game. I fixed in 0.2.3 which should be up pretty soon. Don't worry, it doesn't change anything this late in the game.


With this game, I can develop hardware that lets me smurf in CS:GO in 8K at a 372% faster speed than any other company can.  12/10 would smack Inlet again.

(Seriously tho, great game)

Ayy, thanks best feedback coment I have received so far

hey i was wondering when this game would be finished, it seems to have potential and may even be able to compete with GDT, I really look forward to this game, but right now it doesn't have much in it so, i'll come back in maybe like, a year?

Kudos Haxor!

I honestly don't know. Right now I have a lot of schoolwork so there won't be a major update anytime soon. But I'm sure I'll update the game in that time

Yo hexorcan I get an updated chart of the resarch plz

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It is up-to-date for 0.2.2 though

Unless you mean a link to the table on wiki

thank you

Great graphics. Is this based on Game Dev Tycoon?

Yes, the art and interface were inspired by GDT.

How do you succeed? I always go bankrupt, Easy and Medium mode. O.o

I want to make a guide in the near future (so probably in 2 years), but for now just check if your price isn't too low. If it's orange then it means you'll be losing money for every unit sold. Setting it to around 50$ higher than unit cost is pretty profitable. You can also take loans from the bank if you need to.

Oh, ok thanks for the help and quick reply! Great concept BTW. 


Loved the game!  If it gets a final version released, I will be there to purchase it for sure!  Thanks!


I just registered to say that i love this game, it's awesome! to me, the best game ever!

it was really good but after getting all the upgrades the game continues and there is nothing to do. (pls fix this by putting an ending or continuing the game)

Yeah, the game is doesn't have much content yet, it's in a very early phase of development. There will be new content.

k thanks

Check out my first game.  Its not to good but ill be taking suggestions.


I commented on your game's page, but I wouldn't like anyone posting links to their games here.

ok thanks and i wont again

Great, but should have a greater variety of products


Much more hardware is planned, the game is currently in a very early stage content-wise.


Good to know that this game will have more content. I beat the game in about 30 min and it was very fun

Ok what format do u upload in HTML etc

Not sure if I understand..

In Construct 2 I just export it as a HTML project and upload it here.

oh ok thats what i wanted to know

Hey could send me the .capx  so i can work on it while your not

Nah, I want this project to be mine, as personal as possible for now.

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ok np is there anyway i can dm you

On gmail at haxordp@gmail.com or Twitter @Haxor1336

What software are the models made in?


I didn't make them, but my friend who did used Adobe Illustrator iirc.

Cool. I've used that before.

you could release it as 02.2.1 Beta

This game is great as is, but I still think that all of the computer components should be added before it is given the title of beta.

Yes, that is very understandable vex5012. Ok now lets look at it from my perspective  i've played on every difficulty  and its still fun me and my friends have weekly competitions on it. But i would love to have it updated in the near future or like I said before release what he has done as 02.2.1 "beta"

Ok, that makes sense. There should definitely have a beta phase, but I would say not for a while until more features are added.

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Well..... It all comes down to what he wants to do. But Before Beta Alpha Etc. Should do  i trail period

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Man u r doing a great job but could u release what you have done now so we can "beta" test it?

I still haven't implemented too much, most of my work was in spreadsheets - balancing, tweaking etc. 

Releasing beta versions 1-2 days before the official release is actually a neat idea. Not sure if I'll do that for 0.2.3 because it doesn't mess with anything, but we'll see.

So will you be implementing most of the items that vex5012 talked about.... Its also refreshing to see a active developer  on here also your game is awesome. 

Well, they are planned to be added to the game, but no one knows when... and thanks, although I won't be as active after my school year begins :/

yeah my school starts in about 3 weeks.... Also how big the update going going to be More CPU Cores, (Maybe Bigger Offices) Added More Researches

0.2.3: Hard Drives Motherboards Ram 

0.2.4: Cases, Now able to build a complete Pc and sell it

Nah, nothing as major. I should publish a devlog explaining the new update today.

Let me just say, WOW. This game is amazing! And it's at the price of a google search too! I understand that there are glitches, some out of your control, but there are a couple things that need to be fixed. 1. The save and load money glitch. There should be some sort of a line of code the makes sure money goes up, or a refresh button that refreshes the game's logic if possible. 2. I noticed that the bank would sometimes glitch out, giving my debt up way higher than it should have been. 

Finally, here are my ideas.

1. Keep a notebook of stuff you plan to add

2. More computer components (computer case, memory, hard drives, ect...)

3. When the company starts producing all the right components, you should be able to make computer builds and sell them. You would be able to select the cpu, memory, ect...

4. Arduino. If you don't know what an Arduino is, you should look it up. It basically is a microprocessor. Make that a component to sell.

5. Employee management

6. Moving into bigger offices

Again, great game!


1. That gave me an idea and I think I actually fixed it!

2. I'm not quite sure what you mean, does it take a higher loan than you wanted to...?

1. I have a google spreadsheet with everything about the game, including my to do list and changelog. I could publish it on the wiki though

2. Planned

3. Planned

4. Might do

5. Planned

6. Planned

Thank you for your feedback and please elaborate on the bank glitch, I can't  find anything wrong, maybe I just overlooked something.

You are very welcome! This game has so much potential! I don't know why my comment glitched out though, which is funny.  I am glad I inspired you maybe? For the bank glitch I can't replicate it again but it didn't increase my loan but my debt when I checked it. After a month. Maybe it was something I did. For real, though I am so glad that you take feedback. I wouldn't publish the spreadsheet on the wiki as I wouldn't want anyone to steal your ideas. 

I do want to elaborate more on the Arduino function though. It would basically be like a computer where you would choose the components once you have unlocked them. Great game, again! The Arduino would be something to add once everything else is implemented

Also, another thing. You said you think you may have fixed the load glitch. Did you release the update which patches it yet or are you waiting? Thanks!

I haven't released anything yet, there would be a devlog post so you you wouldn't miss it! More about the new version here

I'll make a devlog explaining 0.2.3 tommorow


Need a discord page, also love the game. Keep up the good work!

Thanks! I could make a discord server, but I don't know if it's necessary - there isn't that much feedback and I answer every question in the comments.

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