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National Lampoon: University Tycoon - PC

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Windows XP
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Decide the curriculum for your school - Choose to focus on Medicine, the Sciences, Law & Humanities or less-reputable subjects like Magazine Studies
  • Keep an eye on your school's finances - Balance your spending while hiring new teachers and improving facilities
  • Every decision is in your hands -- from setting the tuition to deciding how much parking will be available
  • Face the school boards and make important decision that affect the school's popularity - decide whether there should be cheerleaders, to allow smoking, etc.
  • Meet multiple game goals to ensure you stay in control of the university - Improve enrollments, launch advertising campaigns to build your reputation and increase profits

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Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0004F3D82
  • Item Weight: 5 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,213 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

National Lampoon's University Tycoon gives you a chance to get rich off the pursuit of higher learning! Take charge of a low-ranked school attended by dropouts and party kids, and turn it into a bastion of higher education. Use your business sense to keep the spending down while improving enrollments and academic performances -- and try to turn your little slacker college into a famous learning institution!

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Substance (And Programming) October 25, 2004
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
National Lampoon is the type of game that after 20 minutes or so makes you think, "I want my money back". Alas, since I had read up on some previews before purchase I was disappointed to see it suffered from false advertising. Gamespot, for example showed preview pictures of students seen in a sim like manner and summarized it:" Create your own campus environment, complete with wild parties, beautiful girls, and plenty of alcohol." Well sure you can zoom in close and see that, but what is the point? This is not a "The Sims" type game; you do not control the characters what so ever. They do not have personalities and interact with you. Like Theme Park World or Zoo Tycoon, they are simply consumers with certain demands.

There are 5 types of students and 4 sub types that are similar but prefer something a touch more or less. Jocks, preppies, nerds, hotties, and outsiders. Building different sorority/fraternity houses allows them access to your campus. Each of the types has something that is very wanted, some of which overlap with other types. For example, Jocks want to eat a lot and nerds love pizza. So the pizza restaurant takes care of both these needs. They all kind of act the same, walk the same, talk the same but maybe this one drinks 1/8 less than this one. Gets pretty repetitive and boring and I found myself wishing I could "get rid of some of them". Here the game takes a genius turn, saving it from being a complete atrocity: You can build a clock tower and shoot the students. Pretty messed up when you think about it, but I guess they must've realized what annoying little creatures they had created and how angry consumers would need some way to vent their emotions.

The buildings are colourful enough, and some are locked (i.e.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete rubbish January 16, 2005
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This game was overly simplistic with the effect that I was bored out of my wits within an hour of game play. The graphics are poor and the game lacks any intuition whatsoever. Very repetitve and boring.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Terrible Terrible June 12, 2005
This game is horrible. I saw it at Best Buy for $9.99 so I grabbed it thinking it would have depth like most of the Tycoon series. I was sadly mistaken.

It has 1 dimension of things you can do and that is about it.

Don't waste your money.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a waste of money August 23, 2005
By mads
i bought this game thinking it would be similar to the rollercoster tycoon/ sim games. and it was, only harder to use and the graphics were something one would expect 10 years ago. it was very difficult to zoom in and out, make money, do anything!! and there wasn't much point in trying because it didn't do anything. grr!!
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