Hollywood Animal Lets You Craft Your Own Movie Empire

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Hollywood Animal Lets You Craft Your Own Movie Empire

Hollywood Animal is a seedy management sim that puts you in the shoes of a media mogul at the dawn of sound cinema.


Hollywood Animal enters stage right as the latest game in the strategy management genre. The Weappy Wholesome title takes place in the golden age of movie-making, where you'll steer your Tinseltown through decades of creative innovation, glamour, scandal and endless debauchery.

With the recent rise of indie hits, unique city-builders are also entering the spotlight. So let's take a gander at Hollywood Animal, and why you should be excited about it.

Start Your Movie Empire in Hollywood Animal

On the surface, Hollywood Animal is an unassuming city-builder management sim that lets you hire the brightest talents to make your movies. But the creative process takes a left turn pretty quickly.

Starting with the basics, you start with a near-vacant lot in Holywood Animal. But as your influence grows, you'll transform your sets into a picturesque megastudio with the Landscaping progression system.

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Specialized buildings like the Script Department also offer new and better ways to create big box office hits. You can craft stories with the game's ‘Themes and Events” system any way you want. But choices matter in Hollywood Animal, so even your choice of contractor can have repercussions down the line.

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Beyond laying the groundwork for future blockbusters and premium movie production, random events like creative disagreements or your leading man overdosing on heroin can derail your plans, setting production back months.

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Satisfying your directors and managing your studios is the name of the game. But it's already hard enough without all of the scandal.

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From here, you either cut your losses or forge ahead. The story premise sets you up to get ahead of other studios, so you'll face some tough decisions like replacement actors and story revisions during the worst of it.

Luckily, there's always a pocket to fill and a few associates to call when there's trouble in La-La Land. In Hollywood Animal, bribe the press, police and advertising companies to look the other way. You can even hire some associates to politely convince clients who aren't being very cooperative. See methods below!

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But at the end of the day, you are in the business of making movies. How you work your cast and crew — and the contracts you forge — matter a lot with the bottom line. So Hollywood Animals lets you set the pace with your filming schedule. But that's not all.

When your movie drops also plays into the money you'll earn. A weekend drop won't nearly rake in as much profit as a Thanksgiving release. That said, rival studios can take up these spots first. But the right bribe can work wonders in the world of cinema.

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But even if you don't produce the next Citizen Kane or a Gone With The Wind, if you appeal to the general population, you'll get your money's worth. And there'll always be a sequel or two if you leave the ending open to interpretation!

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Hollywood Animal is strategy city-building with a noir twist, offering the best the genre has to offer while pitching unique gameplay. We've seen the gameplay flow in the pre-released trailers. And it looks like we're in for a surprisingly dark plot.

Hollywood Animal turns its lens towards the unseen side of the entertainment industry. The game has a 2024 release, and an upcoming demo that already looks enticing. But this picture might not be suitable for younger audiences.


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Paul G
Paul started writing game guides and match predictions for ESTNN's editorial team in 2022. Since then, he's covered big-ticket esports events and the latest news on tech and AI.