Games I Own: Executive Suite
Posted on 14th Nov 2010 at 15:13 by Joe Martin with 2 comments
Essentially, it’s a business strategy sim, but one where all the strategy comes from negotiating office politics rather than share prices. At the start of the game you interview for a job at Might Microprocessor Corporation, after which you are given a choice of entry positions ranging from engineer to postal clerk. You stay in that role for one year, and then you’re moved to a new role. The format repeats, with each job lasting only a year before you’re forced on.
Each year/job is presented as a series of multiple choice scenarios. As a compensation clerk, for example, you might be tempted to give a payout to a friend who you know is faking an injury. Do you adhere to policy or friendship? Pass the buck or try to find a compromise? Your outcome will vary based on previous choices and your job performance.
At first glance Executive Suite seems to be a very simplistic game, but on closer inspection it’s remarkably sophisticated. An enormous amount of variables are tracked throughout any one playthrough and there’s even an in-game economy that can alter your promotion prospects.
Year-end prospects function quite cleverly too; since you can only have each job once each occupation also functions as a life. The overall aim is to get to rise to the position of company president, or simply to remain at MMC until you reach retirement age depending on how optimistic you’re feeling. It’s not an easy job – I’ve only ever reached the Executive Suite twice and have been fired for gross negligence enough times to make me question my place in the real world.
Executive Suite is currently listed as abandonware by many sites where it is available to download, but we’re unable to confirm if the publisher has relinquished the rights officially.