The Movies, a business simulator, launched in November 8, 2005 and is still, today, played by an ongoing community who loves not only the fun of building your own movie studio but also the fun things you can do with the movie creation tools. YouTubers Life OMG! is, in so many ways, a modern streamlined version of The Movies, just without the animated movies built in.
YouTubers Life takes you into the life of a burgeoning online video star who starts their career with a potato for a PC, mic, webcam and general setup while living with their parents and follows their career house to house as they expand their video making empire. Each video you produce allows you to choose cards to decide outcomes that impact the videos script, acting, editing and sound level. You then go in and edit the video, working in post-production to match scenes together to build the best synergies and then wait for your video to render, then upload and finally be online.
In the meantime, depending on where you live, you have to manage both food and energy while studying, taking courses to improve and managing collaborators who work on making videos for your channel for you. On top of all of that, there are regular events like game shows, game and console announcements and trips to events like movies to take into consideration to meet new people. Going even deeper into the game, there is an entire relationship system and faux-social media network that you have to manage to promote your brand.
One thing I absolutely love about the game is that there is so much to do but all of it is easy and intuitive to understand. The game is also lenient with you and allows you to take risks. If you spend all of your money then you can still get free games by attending events or even visiting friends who will request you record footage of a game for them. Game events will give discounted consoles or free games for attending, which early on really help to relieve the pressure. You also have the option of focusing on music and cooking content (with fashion pending), which you choose at the start, which helps with the game’s replay value as while functionally is the same, you have all kinds of different mechanics.
Most players, from what I’ve observed, focus on the gaming track and I spent most of my time there as well.
There is a lot to love here, over a normal tycoon game. Lots of depth and challenge, it’s not “easy” to just keep advancing and you can get in a bind rather quickly if you make poor choices. However, that makes playing it even more fun.
The game doesn’t require a beefy PC to play, as well, it’s a great low-end system game and again has that wonderful tycoon aesthetic of managing a variety of bars and stats to grow ever increasingly bigger. Sort of like even, you could say, a Roblox tycoon style game. There are even some games within a game, like a Space Invaders spinoff that you have to score a certain amount of points in to get a discount on a game.
The negatives are that it is, I mean, it is a tycoon / business simulator game and they’re tons of them. This doesn’t innovate drastically from the formula. Once you gain a collaborator, you can quickly become a video powerhouse. The start can also be very slow, balancing studying (although you have a lengthy time to focus on that) with eating, sleeping and working on your videos.
So, should you buy it and the answer is yes if you’re a simulator or tycoon fanatic or someone who likes a good business sim. If you’re looking for Call of Duty then maybe skip this, as the game is very much a heady thinker type game befitting Chess over say throwing darts or Cornhole.
A quick mention, if you’re a streamer or YouTube star yourself I’d highly suggest playing it. The meta aspect is pretty neat and with all of the subsystems, there is a lot to ask your audience about if you’re streaming.
It’s on Steam and consoles and often comes on sale. The game is normally $24.99, which is about right for the estimated 20+ hours of content and the fact that you can easily replay to try different content types, with music being much harder than video games.