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Movie Empire
Movie Empire
by Stimulus Games (2020)
Player Count
1 to 4

Player Ages

Playing Time
45 minutes to 2 hours
  • Movies / TV / Radio theme
  • Designers
  • Karsten Schulmann
  • Mechanisms
  • Set Collection
  • Worker Placement
  • Artists
  • Allan Ohr
  • Family
  • Crowdfunding: Kickstarter
  • Cities: Los Angeles (California, USA)
  • Manufacturing: LongPack Games
  • Theme: Movie Industry
  • Rating: 8.75/10 from 4 users


    Welcome to the world of Mr. Bartholomew Grumpy, the most prolific producer in Hollywood. In Movie Empire, you are a junior producer working for that guy and are competing with other players to be the heir to his throne. You do this by producing movies (a few big blockbusters or several small trash movies) and publish them at the right time in the right market and hit trends to get awards. But also keep an eye on pleasing your boss as this will have an influence on your assets.

    Movie Empire is a mix of worker placement and set collection for 1-4 players. And as Hollywood is a shark tank, you have the (completely optional!) black dossier variant, that adds a take that mechanism to the gameplay. Let the clubbing and stabbing commence!

    The game consists of four phases: Grumpy phase, working phase, premiere phase and upkeep phase.

    The most important phase is the working phase. This is where you send out your production assistants (a.k.a. workers) in order to get production assets, cast stars, buy scripts or do some other tasks. But since many tasks can only be occupied by one player, you have to choose your strategy carefully. The gathered resources have to be attached to a movie. Pay attention to special laying rules and requirements - for example, post-production has to happen after shooting the movie and not before.

    Then if you feel like it, prepare for releasing your movie. Choose a market (each one with its own advantage) and reap your rewards. If you release the right movie at the right time, get ready for an award. But don't forget your boss, Mr. Grumpy. The more he likes you, the more possibilities you have. The sympathy value defines your budget every round and can open a second production line for you.

    So, who's gonna be the best producer in town?

    —description from the designer

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