big-pharma
Metacritic: 72/100
Release: Aug 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Big Pharma

Site Score
7.0
Good: Plenty of research and ingredients to explore – Unique experience
Bad: Core gameplay doesn't ever evolve
User Score
8.9
(10 votes)
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Ever thought you’d be great at running your own giant pharmaceutical company? Chances are you haven’t but Big Pharma lets you live out this life anyway with a unique setting that combines the likes of puzzles, business management and tycoon games with a sprinkling of ethics.

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Throwing half a dozen different scenarios at you with over 30 challenges within them Big Pharma is about taking your company from its current position to riches while curing the planet along the way. Scenarios range from the easy beginner level where you have ample cash and only a single competitor to larger maps where you might start with significant debt and multiple drug companies to compete with.

At the start of each scenario you’ll get to choose your company and which CEO you’ll play as. After this point you’ll be thrown onto the factory floor which will start small but can be expanded for your hard earned dollars to improve your output.

On this floor it is up to the player to devise an appropriate manufacturing drug process. This has many intricacies to it but for the most part boils down to importing an appropriate ingredient and then processing it through a mixture of machines for the desired effect. This requires players to carefully balance the benefits with the downsides of drugs while also ensuring they are being as efficient as possible in their delivery.

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The core formula is then built on with players hiring scientists to develop new techniques and explorers to find new ingredients. Players must also keep a watchful eye on competitor products and how much demand their is for certain cures which change with world trends and disasters.

With a unique premise and interesting mechanics Big Pharma is surprisingly addicting as you save the planet just enough to keep them coming back for more cures.

Summary:

  • Create your own pharmaceutical company.
  • Blends management and puzzle into one.
  • Plenty of depth to explore.
  • Fight off competitors, research technology and find new ingredients.
  • Over 30 challenges split over several different scenarios.

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Big Pharma, 8.9 out of 10 based on 10 ratings

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