Version 1.0.0 is Out!


Startup Freak is finally in full release with a number of requested features, UX improvements, and bug fixes! It's been a fun and challenging journey and the game has come quite a ways from its early days on itch.io and Steam early access launch. My aim has always been to bring you an experience that's unique and different, and captures a more faithful and in-depth look at software making and software startups.

But first, let's look at what's new:

Features

  • Added an "Experiment Mode" where you start with $1,000,000 so you can try out strategies at your heart's leisure. Achievements are disabled in this mode.
  • Added 24 new investor traits.
  • The overall products stats are now shown in the main view so you don't have to jump to the backlog.
  • You can now disable tutorial hints in the options menu.
  • You are now prompted to confirm when trying to overwrite a save file or load a save file.
  • Employees' salary can now only be reduced to 50% of their market value, and they take a few sprints before quitting. This avoids getting around paying redundancy by forcing the employee to quit.
  • Network topology graphics have been updated.
  • Add a "Guide" button to the main menu which opens the related article in Steam community. Be sure to check it out if some of the concepts in the game are unclear.
  • When moving to a new office, once the credited furniture have been placed you automatically exit "place mode". This avoids accidentally purchasing new items.
  • When opening the backlog, the view is automatically restored to feature mode.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed: clicking on an employee does not open the right tab and focus that person.
  • Fixed: the store panel on the left does not use up the whole vertical space on tall resolutions.
  • Fixed: changing the screen resolution after the investment area has been opened causes clipping or a black bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Fixed: when closing the investor UI there is a small pause.
  • Fixed: when closing the investor UI the store panel on the left can get stuck.

Hope you enjoy the changes. Happy starting up!

Files

Startup Freak 1.0.0 71 MB
25 days ago

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