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Big Business Deluxe opens shop on Windows 8 and RT

Last week we reviewed Big Business Deluxe, the latest city building game for Windows Phone from Russian publisher Game Insight. The game combines traditional city building tropes with some business management mechanics, allowing players to create, process, and sell products as they grow their cities. The economic focus and variety of businesses players can manage make for a smart and interesting take on the genre.

Big Business Deluxe launched on Windows Phone 8, but not tablets and PCs. In our review, we promised that a Windows 8 version would be coming later. Not too much later, it turns out. The game has just launched on Windows 8 and RT today! Now everyone in the Windows ecosystem can start his or her own business empire in this simple but addictive simulation game.

Big Business Deluxe

One business at a time

Initially your city will consist of little more than a farm and a milling plant. But that farm produces grain, which the milling plant can turn into flour. Buy a truck to move everything around, initiate production at the various facilities, and then you can sell the end results or use them to produce even more commodities. Most buildings here produce a specific commodity (or commodities); you just need to supply the ingredients and order them to do it.

That's not to say that genre staples like residential buildings don't play a part. New businesses require people to man them. You'll have to build homes and then collect the people they produce in order to keep the city populated. Restaurants, swimming pools, and other amenities that your citizens will want can produce money over time without supply management.

Population and money are not the only resources needed when building new businesses. Most things need electricity in order to run, so you'll also have to erect windmills and other power-generating structures. Juggling the general resources is simpler than the My Country series, likely so that players can concentrate on producing goods and shifting them between buildings.

Optional side quests frequently appear on the left side of the screen. These involve building or upgrading buildings, putting out fires, delivering specific goods, and other tasks. Completing a quest gets you both coins and experience, so they're always worth doing. Collect enough experience and you'll level up, unlocking new buildings and items.

Multi-tiered quests add long-term goals to work towards. One such quest involves building the Eiffel Tower in your city. The construction process consists of five phases, each with multiple steps. If you can complete a multi-tiered quest within a certain time limit (30 days in this case), you'll get extra rewards. Larger goals like building the tower give the game more of a purpose than city builders that only consist of endless single-step quests.

http://www.windowscentral.com/big-business-deluxe-windows-8

Not a cloud in the sky

As far as I can tell, Big Business Deluxe does not share save data between phone and tablet and PC versions. If you want to play both versions, you would have to play them separately. The lack of cross-platform cloud support is disappointing given that Game Insight's own Cloud Raiders boasts exactly that feature.

City builders are an ideal genre for players who like to check in with a game throughout the day rather than playing for extended sessions. But Big Business Deluxe can be played for longer than most of these games, as most of the business-related functions don't use up your stamina resource. That reduced need for stamina and the welcome complexity of the business simulation make for a fun time. Give it a try and let us know how you think it stacks up to Game Insight's other city building games!

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Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

19 Comments
  • They need to fix the WP version, bout time with everyone playing it. Download new graphics gets stuck at 39% :/ the new buildings are all covered up. Feel free to add me on WP: NYC88
  • yep, It happened to me too, downloading new graphics stucks at 39%, try reinstall it, but doesn't fix
  • Reinstalling it wont work. I wonder why it takes that long to fix a small thing like this.
  • Added you brother!!
    @aman2901
  • Thanks, ill accept asap ;)
  • Ohk!! Keep sending gifts and I'll keep returning the favour!!
  • No problem, I will. :)
  • I don't like the games from this company, they have too much IAPs... still is good that a new game came to Windows
  • Too much building game. Need an innovative idea!
  • Same downloading issue here on 520.
  • Self defined sanctions. Can't look at it.
  • Still not available here in Brazil.
  • Never been into these SimCity type games, but glad new games/titles are coming to RT!
  • I play 2020 My Country. And I prefer that over this Big Business Deluxe.
  • Link is taking me to Mortar Melon in the store.
  • I love this game! Better than the others I have tried or seen on Surface RT. But it kinda sucks that there is no cloud support, because I won't be playing this on my tablet now that I started playing it on my phone. Or at least not until such support is added.
  • These developers are really working hard in bringing their games to WP.
    Sure mostly they are same but each has its own taste.
    Because of them,we have Cloud Raiders. The finest and the most greatest Alternative of Clash Of Clans!
  • Russians building cities? I thought they just helped destroy them these days.
  • Lol