Cartel Tycoon Review

Hola mi amigos, ever wondered how it felt like being the Capo rising from nothing but a business opportunity that leads you to riches through smuggling of drugs, battling rival gangs and becoming a notorious kingpin in the 80s?

Cartel Tycoon has this and more to satisfy your needs, grow your own drug empire by any means necessary, outside of the usual drug smuggling in legal products such as vegetables to get legal tender or selling them as-is for dirty money, you will also be able to recruit lieutenants which all has unique abilities from assassination that can be useful when a business partner goes rogue or demands to have his money back, to robberies and hostage-taking to get that extra bit of cash to bribe the major to gain control of his City.

Up till this point, it sounds wonderful and like a lot of fun, but the bigger your cartel becomes, the more challenging it becomes to keep everything under control including the upkeep of all the buildings such as Farms, storages and churches. Wondering why I mentioned churches? Because it’s not just about being a criminal, it’s about gaining the people’s trust, this is useful for taking over enemy gang or government-controlled areas, and can also be used to ask the major for favours to lower the heat on your cartel.

Every action has a reaction in this game, it might be easy getting extra cash through robberies and kidnapping but it raises your heat up until the part where you feel like you no longer have control of the situation and the game. Once your cash hits 0 you lose the game.

You will be able to enjoy a Story mode which starts with simple tasks but escalates relatively quickly, a Sandbox mode where you select your Capo and region where you would want to begin and for the mode I am most excited for, Multiplayer.

If you do ever feel like the game is becoming too difficult for one to handle or stuck at a certain point in the game, the devs are streaming often which can be found on the Steam store which I have found to of helped me in my time of need.

There is much talk on these streams of what they are planning on changing and automating to make the game more enjoyable for everyone.

Final Thoughts: A challenging yet fun Business Sim that would recommend to anyone who is looking for a challenge and enjoy the in-game music that just feels fitting with the game and vibe it gives off, extremely excited for the Multiplayer to release to test my skills as a kingpin against other players.


  • Addictive Game
  • Challenging Story Mode


  • Legal Money feels less useful than Dirty Money
  • Micro Management can become draining


Story - 7.8
Graphics - 7.5
Audio - 8.7
Gameplay - 8.2
Replayability - 9.7
Lover of MOBAs and FPS type games, very competitive type player who enjoys games that also has some complexity added to them, would spend hours on end farming on a game such as Warframe, BDO, Elite Dangerous or any other game in that line.

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