Big Pharma

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

  • Plenty of research and ingredients to explore – Unique experience
  • Core gameplay doesn't ever evolve

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.


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.


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.


  • 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.



Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on February 25, 2016. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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