"I'm not sure if it's just me, or there is a severe shortage of thoughtful tycoon games out there lately? It was just a few years ago that just about every game company was pumping out low-quality, unoriginal and just plain old boring tycoon games. Since Rollercoaster Tycoon is one of my favorite games, I have always looked closely at the genre, but after a few times burnt, I do tend to be more cautious of which tycoon clones I'll dig my hands into.
Build-A-Lot is a casual tycoon-style game in which you start as a small-time investor and attempt to work your way to a larger goal in each following scenario. You are hired by town mayors as a real estate investor, you start off with a bit of money and some property in each location, and then you build and/or upgrade homes to make a profit. Your objectives vary from scenario to scenario, but for the most part, it has to do with reaching a certain profit level or income amount from rental properties."