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 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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Windows 64-bit 59 MB
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Mac OS X 68 MB
Linux 67 MB

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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

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. 

<font>Finally, here are my ideas.</font>

<font>1. Keep a notebook of stuff you plan to add</font>

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...

<font>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.</font>

5. Employee management

<font style="background-color: rgb(228, 238, 248);">6. Moving into bigger offices</font>

<font style="background-color: rgb(228, 238, 248);">

<font style="background-color: rgb(228, 238, 248);">Again, great game!</font>


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. 

<font>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</font>

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.

butwhe i load the game the money doesn't go up. why?


There's nothing I can do, sorry!

ok :(

ah ok i see it should be alot more than 20

Why can't I ever finish the game?

every time i tryi am at -3.000,000

howcan i avoid this?

Is 1979 the last year with research?

At the moment yes, but I plan on adding much more.

Thanks for the reply!

When I load a game the money does not go up.

It's a known bug, If you're loading a save where a CPU is selling there are minor problems with the game's logic. Unfortunately I can't do anything about it, as this problem is mostly caused by Construct 2's poor save/load support.

Please don't stop updating this game.it is very VERY addicting and fun.

tfw I'm still not popular, great game though played to the 2000's

Thank you! it was a nice game, I can make profit until my last research now :) 

looking forward how it will develop :)

I experienced 83's big crash the hard way x,D

...Got like $6,000,000 of debt!

Very good game, i hope you will 

continue the developement

i completed the game, and now its just boring. when will it be updated?

Hey friend, how do I get out of my current save? I would love to start another game but I do not think any button. ;)

The only option right now is to go into options and delete all save data. Click the menu button in bottom-left corner, then click the last icon and then click delete all save data.

So ... I just tried that I tried 5 times only this did not work, I already tried to uninstall and install the game again, but it did not work ...

Yeah it works differently on the stand-alone version, that method only works in browser :/ Today is the last day I'm home so I'll try patching this up.

Thanks for your support, and I love your game and I hope for more.

Thanks! Actually before I release the update, it's possible to delete all saves by deleting the game's folder in C:\Users\%YOURUSERNAME%\AppData\Local on Windows. Just delete 'HardwareTycoon' from there and all the data will be gone.

small glitch: money count will freeze and only update when I make a purchase (in 1981 if that helps)

Maybe there is just no cash flow and your money count doesn't change? Could you describe what were you doing at that time

I was selling and making CPUs and my money only went up (300k to 1 mil while my cpu is still selling) when i bought something

Oh. That happens when you load from a slot where a CPU was selling. I was looking for 2 hours for the cause, but could not find anything. It might be just because of the poor save system Construct 2 offers. Your money goes to normal when you take your cpu off market or it stops selling. 

I dont seem to be able to unlock any more research when i get to 1982, i jusst have to keep releasing the same cpu again and again

There is no more research at that point, the game is in early stages, far from finished and it doesn't have lots of content yet.

Plz fix the losing money every time a sale is made around the mid 1980's eventually. it happened to me in 1987 even though the rating was 100/100.

You're probably just setting your CPU's price too low. Always set it at least ~20$ higher than unit cost, maybe even more further into the game.

Great job Haxor!  I love this game and I can see improvements that could potentially occur.  For example, new hardware types.  I can't wait to see what you have in store next update!

Thanks for the kind words!

Unfortunately, I won't be able to work too much, beacuse I'm going on holiday and when I come back it's almost time for my next school year :/

No problem, and I understand.

There's this bug where no matter you price the cpu you cant make money everytime somone buy a cpu you lose money

Uh.. never happens to me. What prices are you setting, and what's your CPU's unit cost?

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the cpu price is 52ish dollars and the i price it around 60ish dollars

(i tried it on the web version and it worked but when i use the download version it still broken)

That is way too low, you should set your price at least 15-20$ higher than it costs to produce it


ok! you made a cool game and are very responsive to the comment hope it do well!


One hour later and i got to much money! Very good and fun game! keep it up!

Nice so far!! I would like to be able to see multiple products selling at the same time, and also a general sense of when the product will stop selling


You will be able to sell multiple products, but not of the same type (ex. 2 CPU's at once). At least that's what's planned. I'm also planning on revamping the way you distribute everything, so that might change.

As for the selling time: I have redone the formula completely; I will probably post it on the wiki after 0.2.1 is published. The current one is pretty much entirely based on the rating you see in the review and the max. (with 100/100) is ~284 days.

I think you need more staff for this game cuz this game have so much potential :)

And Pls Be active with this game this will be excelent if you take this opportunity to make better this game.

I will! At least until my summer holidays end... I don't think I will be able to work much on the game when my school year starts.

I don't want any more people, except me and my friend who does mostly art, at least for now I want to keep it small.

ok but keep it in development so if you get another friend (idk if you have another friend, no offense) your job will be much easier

And Balance the game i cant make an hardware without almost be bankrupt...

I do a part of the game. And I had idea for add new content, I suggest to add like different building to buy, each building have different attract and different size. Also, maybe add a worker mechanics for reduce time of conception of hardware.

That all for my proposition

Thanks for the feedback! That is planned, but I don't know when it'll be added yet.

Also I found a bug, the diagram doesn't work

It's there, it just scales like this and you can't see it. I can't control the chart's width, so I made it clear itself after a while.

Tl;dr fixed in 0.2.1

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

You probably set its price too low. Always set your hardware's price at least 15$ higher than its unit cost.

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.

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