How similar is this game to Fantasy Movie League?
Both games are based on U.S. box office for players to predict the most popular movies. There is also the budgeting aspect that is similar.
The basic strategy being pretty much the same, the simulation side of this game is, however, way more oriented on the management of the movie theater (cinema) itself.
Here, screens have different capacity - you will have to buy additional, bigger ones as you collect profits. You will also manage virtual concession snacks inventory, and even arcades.
You also have to predict not only a whole weekend gross, but showtimes, for each day!
We also added distributors contracts to maximize your picks, and genres bonuses to help you customize your experience.
How does scheduling works?
You drag-and-drop the available movies listed in the left column here onto one of your screen's daily schedule, on the right.
Don't forget to hit the ACCEPT button to save those!
Can I schedule a movie more than once per day?
Yes, but the elasticity of the demand will change the attendance: you will have less and less viewers per screen for those showing the same movie. Read the next answer for details.
How elasticity is calculated?
Three things affect elasticity: popularity (nation-wide theater count), recency (days running since release) and average performance (money each theater make).
The elasticity varies from 1 to 12, one being an old release, not performing well and showed in not so many theaters, and twelve on the scale being a recent release, popular and performing well.
Elasticity determines the profits markups (see question below) but can also give as much as twice the audience if you have enough showtimes, because "elastic" movies will attract more people if you schedule it more.
For example, a movie with a base viewers of 205 and an elasticity of 5, but scheduled 1 time, gives 179 viewers. If you plan it for 5 showtimes, it would attract 41 people per show, so 205 per day (because the elasticity of 5 assumes the movie was planned 5 times). Schedule this same movie 8 times, you'll get 27 people per show, so 216 per day.
Here are some graphs:
With an elasticity of 6, the maximum audience bonus is smaller:
...and with an elasticity of 4:
Finally, with an elasticity of 1 (minimum) then there is no audience bonus at all, meaning that the daily audience for this movie won't change, no matter how many times you schedule it.
This metric was "guessed" by us because it is not available publicly, and can only be guessed anyways (as the only data you get is the one that occured in real-life, you actually cannot know how many more customers would come if you showed the movie less, or at a different time)
Why does ticket profits are different from one movie to another?
See previous question. A movie with a big elasticity is probably new and popular, and we determine that the studio and distributor would take larger markups. An older, snubbed movie will leave you more profit.
How long does it take for the reports to become available?
Reports are based on real-life numbers and data, at least 90% of it. So, we must wait for the real numbers to be available out there, before generating your reports (and profits). It takes at least one day, sometimes 2 or even 3 days.
In reports, why some 'days running' are listed as 999?
Some distributors or studios don't track daily box office numbers for some movies. To prevent some of your schedule choices to earn zero, we indicate those as "999 days running" and we assign them a few viewers anyways.
When are the movies added (to be available for scheduling)?
Movies are constantly added to our database. Even if we try to have it done by Wednesday AM (for movies of the next weekend), some could occasionally be added on Friday morning (EDT) which is when new releases occur in real life... so don't plan your schedule too early unless you're going on vacation for the weekend...
How does demand for Snacks works?
If you have at least one product to offer, 20% of the customers will buy a snack. The more different options you offer, the more customers will be attracted: the increase rate is 5% more customer per additional option offered (maximum 40%).
I purchased snacks/drinks but cannot see it on homepage inventory?
That's normal - the "delay" is not only for you to wait until next "batch" can be purchased, it's also a delay for the products to arrive in your inventory.
I purchased a screen today but cannot schedule movies - I can't even see the new screen!
If you purchased the screen after 12:30pm (EDT) it won't be available for scheduling as of current day, as the "customers" are already arriving to your virtual megaplex. It's like a screen cannot "pop" in the middle of their evening!
Why some movies have bonus for having planned it early or late?
We think a G and PG rated movie will attract younger people earlier in the day (maybe they even come with their grandparents), so we give you a 5% or 8% bonus if you schedule it early.
Movies rated R, PG-13 or NC-17 would also tend to attract more people if scheduled later, so we give a bonus for this also (5%, 6% or 8%).
Here is the detailed bonus chart:
How does the genres bonuses (advertising) works?
Every 8 HOURS, you can issue an advertisement on the BUY page, for 500$ to get a +1% genre bonus, which results in attracting more people in your megaplex for every movie shows having this genre.
You cannot have more than 20% total genres bonuses.
What are the Screen upgrades?
Every 12 HOURS, you can get an upgrade for 1000$ on the BUY page, and pick one of the 3 available types of screen upgrades.
Only the screens of 150 capacity or more can have upgrades. Here are the maximum possible upgrades depending on screen size:
Screen size of 150 = maximum of 2 upgrades
Screen size of 216 = maximum of 4 upgrades
Screen size of 308 = maximum of 6 upgrades
Screen size of 364 = maximum of 8 upgrades
Here is a quick table to help you pick the best upgrade for your gameplay:
Upgrade name Bonus Affecting Reason to pick Better surround sound speakers 1% AUDIENCE Increases your total customers, also meaning more profits not only for this screen, but also from Snacks and Arcades Motorized seats 1.5% TICKET MARKUP
(with distrib. contract)
Gives more money per viewer of this auditorium, without bringing more customers Better HD/3D projectors 0.5%/genre ADVERTISING EFFICIENCY Like the first upgrade, it also brings more customers, but only according to genres bonuses you already purchased, ALONG with the genres of the movies scheduled on this screen
Those upgrades help give more value to bigger screens, without penalizing the player's rankings (having a good offset is more difficult to get when auditoriums are empty, and bigger auditoriums often struggle to be 100% full) along with giving more ways to invest money and customize your Megaplex.
What are the 'seating surplus' and shortage?
The seating surplus is the percentage of empty seats (theater too big for that show). The shortage is the opposite: the amount of seats missing to meet the demand (your theater was too small).
What is the 'customer satisfaction'?
It's exactly what common people would expect from a movieplex:
- a wide enough selection of showtimes and movies (you get 100% for this aspect if you have at least 10 showtimes from at least 5 different movies)
- enough seatings (100% if no seating shortage at all - you have 0% if the shortage is 200% or more)
- enough snacks and drinks (100% if you had all available snacks, and entirely met the demand)
What is the 'offset'?
The "offset" is the average between the seating surplus and the seating shortage of each Report.
In other words, your ability to match market equilibrium for supply and demand.
300 points in the rankings formula are currently based on this metric, as we feel is the most universal. A tiny megaplex can compete on this metric with a very large one, as this offset represents how good you were to fill your theaters without busting capacity.
How are the rankings (score) calculated?
Each player's score only takes into account averages of the last 3 days; a new subscriber could lead the rankings after only 3 days, but can drop from the first spot as fast, also!
Up to 300 points of the score is directly taken from the average offset of the last 3 days (see above answer). An average offset of 15 would give 285 points, as we calculate 300-avgOffset.
Up to 200 points comes from the Top 3 most popular movies of the last 3 days (basic visitors, without elasticity applied)
A final bonus, mixing both the average ticket profits per viewer and the showtimes/screen ratio, is also applied.
What we want the rankings to show are three things:
1. Was the player able to meet supply and demand as close to equilibrium as possible
2. Was the player able to guess the best 3 movies for each of the last 3 days
3. Was the player able to extract a decent profit from ticket sales, AND also, to maximize the potential of each screen.
IMPORTANT: Rankings are never affected by Arcaces, nor by Snacks and drinks. You can perfectly lead the rankings without playing with those options. However, Distributor contracts (?), Early/late showtime bonus (?) and genres bonuses (?) are taken into account, and may help your ranking.
How does the Challenge work?
Every 2 hours, you can play the Cashier Challenge on your home page, where random customers will ask for tickets of the movies you planned TODAY.
You must click the right time (hour, minutes) of the correct movie, 15 times. The movies are listed at the bottom of your homepage (your current day schedule)
You earn up to 500$ if you clicked all the 15 good "orders", and 100$ less for every mistake.
IMPORTANT: Challenge's results does not affect or impact your attendance/profits for that day - it's just a challenge of skills!
How does contracts work with Distributors?
When you get a screen of 150 capacity or more, you can get exclusivity contracts with a Distributor, meaning a screen can only be scheduled with movies from this distributor during the contract.
A screen capacity of 150 can give you +3% profits markup, and the contract lasts 1 week.
A screen capacity of 216 gives you +5% profits markup (contract lasts 2 weeks).
A screen capacity of 308 gives you +7% profits markup (contract lasts 3 weeks).
A screen capacity of 364 gives you +8% profits markup (contract also lasts 3 weeks).
Check your homepage for details (your screens section).
What are the 'showtime fees' in the reports?
These are your own costs for showing a movie on a screen. It includes electricity for projector, air conditioning, cleaning, etc.
Fees per screen are:
$5 for a screen capacity of 40
$5 for a screen capacity of 84
$7.5 for a screen capacity of 150
$10 for a screen capacity of 216
$12.5 for a screen capacity of 308
$12.5 for a screen capacity of 364
The reason for those fees is to avoid over-scheduling the screens with little audience, or booking a small release on a big screen. Thus you must be sure to attract a minimum of people before planning a showtime.
Which data comes from real life, and which are created in the game?
We take as many real, existing data as we can: movies release date, MPAA ratings, runtime; the daily nationwide theater counts etc.
Sadly, the available data isn't always as specific as we want. As an example, we must "guess" demand elasticity, because movie numbers are only calculated by theater, but we don't know if a movie was shown only once or 4 times.
How long can a movie be scheduled (run length)?
In this game, movies can be scheduled for 7 weeks. After this, depending on the remaining popularity of each movie, 1 to 3 weeks can be added to the run length:
+1 week if the movie still brings 15 viewers
+2 week if the movie still brings 25 viewers
+3 week if the movie still brings 40 viewers
No more than 3 weeks can be added to the default 7.
What are the most recent changes in the game?
Here is the devlog:
v1.0.3 (Oct. 2nd 2018)
- After the default 7 weeks of availability for scheduling, if a movie is still popular after that, 1 to 3 additional weeks are added to the movie's run length.
- Two new highscore boards: Total viewers attracted, and best Profits per viewer.
v1.0.2 (Aug. 14th 2018)
- Screen upgrades added
- Quarter pie charts overlays in Schedule page (on past dates, when numbers are available)
v1.0 (July 25th, 2018)
- Game reset, end of Open beta testing
- Late showtime bonus of 6% added for PG-13 movies
- Rankings formula changed, now taking into account both the average ticket profits per viewers and the showtimes/screen ratio.
- Added showtimes fees in Reports
- Added an option to edit a previously saved schedule (before, you had to Delete and re-do the whole schedule)
- Elasticity formula changed.
- 'satisfaction' metric added.
- MPAA ratings bonuses changed, for early/late scheduling
- Elasticity scale now ranges from 1 to 12 instead of 1 to 10.
- This dev log was added to this FAQ.
- New screen capacity (XXL) of 364 was added.
- Features requested on the Discord channel were added: Delete and Duplicate (copy) schedules.
- Seatings shortage mitigation in Reports (for same movie, parallel showtimes).
- Distributors contracts was added.
- Genres bonus (advertising) was added.
- Guests quick play login was added.
- Game reset (April 26th, 2018).