Review: Showrunner— TV production simulation tycoon game at its finest

4 min readJan 11

Showrunner is a game that lets you run your own film studio and create hit TV shows. You get to craft compelling episode scripts, hire staff like writers and directors, cast actors, and design and manage your own studio.

There’s a good balance of strategy and creativity, and plenty of content to keep you entertained for hours on end. Overall, it’s a solid game that’s worth checking out if you’re a fan of TV production or management games. It’s a new management game with a good balance of strategy and creativity to keep you entertained for hours on end.

There is a TLDR review at the bottom if you just want to get the short version of it. There’s also the video review with some gameplay action if you’re looking for a more interactive medium.


First off, I have to say that I was pretty excited to try out this title. I was intrigued by the idea of taking on the role of a showrunner and crafting my own TV series. If you enjoy tycoon games, as I do, you probably remember Game Dev Tycoon back in 2013. I feel that somehow there’s a lot of that game in Showrunner which is a great indicator because I had plenty of fun running my game development company back then.

So, how does Showrunner stack up? Well, I’ve got to say that I was rather impressed. The gameplay is really engaging and there’s some depth to it. Although, it is very important to state that the game will release on early access. Meaning that there’s a lot of content missing that will be added periodically throughout this year, maybe even the next year? On a good note, I didn’t run into any serious issues when playing despite the occasional opportunity to improve on specific areas.



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