Fluffy Fairy Games is the company behind Idle Miner Tycoon, and they are back with a very similar title called Idle Factory Tycoon, which is now available for iOS and Android devices. You can play this game by building a lot of work stations across multiple factories, with each station producing different types of products based on different types of raw materials. As you unlock more work stations and build more products, you’ll earn more money, especially if you step away from the game for a while, and with the help of managers, you can automate your operation and minimize the amount of clicking and tapping you need to do. Additionally, you can upgrade your machines and productions to further increase the amount of idle cash you can earn.
As you might have guessed, this is a title that is mostly similar to your traditional idle clicker, though this isn’t exactly a paint-by-numbers experience. Of course, every idle clicker has their own differentiating features, and even if you’ve been playing these games for some time, there may be some aspects of this new title that you might not find too familiar. That’s why we’ve tried to make this Idle Factory Tycoon strategy guide as thorough as possible. If you’ve played Idle Miner Tycoon before, some of the tips we’ll be discussing may sound familiar, but we’re guessing there are so many others who haven’t, so read on and see how we can help you earn more money and unlock all those work stations sooner, rather than later!
1. The Basics Of The Game
Let’s start out with a little primer on the basics of Idle Factory Tycoon. As the name of the game suggests, this is an idle clicker, which means you can just sit back and relax, as the game does most of the work for you. Of course, it won’t always start out like that, as you will have to do a few things manually, such as tapping on the Warehouse and Market workers, and on the worker managing the first of the desks. But once you’re able to unlock Managers, who become available early on, the game will then be automated, leaving you to handle the upgrades, and to choose which products need to be manufactured at a certain work station. That’s pretty much the gist of this new title — it’s not exactly 100 percent unique as an idle clicker, but it will hook you in nonetheless, with no shortage of features to keep you interested.
Once you’re in charge of upgrades and assigning products to manufacture, the main thing to keep in mind is that each factory has a maximum of 20 work stations, with each succeeding work station producing more base revenue than the last. You will need to upgrade each station as you go along, and when it comes to assigning products, you need to keep in mind the type of materials required to make a new one. For example, it makes sense to manufacture steel bars and cans right behind the work station that’s in charge of toasters, which require those two product in order to manufacture. It may seem like there’s nothing to it, but you will need to make certain considerations as the game continues, which we shall be discussing in the next few tips.
2. Upgrade Your Warehouse And Market
The Warehouse is the area in the top left portion of each factory, and it is in charge of supplying certain raw materials as imports — for your default factory, that would be Iron Ore, Copper, Oil Barrel, Electronic Component, and Aluminum Bar. There are four products per import, giving you a total of 20 (one per work station) which you can produce in each factory. The Market, on the other hand, is found in the upper right side, and that’s where you sell the products you manufacture.
There are workers assigned to each building, and the rule of thumb in Idle Factory Tycoon is that you need to make sure that the number of work stations active, the number of Warehouse workers, and the number of Market workers are all similar to each other. For example, if you’ve got five work stations unlocked so far, the idea is to have five Warehouse workers and five Market workers, give or take one worker. That way, it won’t seem like you’re in over your head by having too few people to supply the imports and sell the finished products, though it wouldn’t hurt if you’re overstaffed in relation to the number of work stations — that’ll allow you to earn cash faster, though it’s not like you’ll always be able to afford such a luxury, hence the above rule of thumb.
3. Don’t Let Manufacture Of A Certain Product Stall
Occasionally, you will notice some exclamation points appearing by a given work station. Tapping on the exclamation point will reveal the prompt, “Input Missing,” which will show you what you need to do to rectify the situation. Don’t make the mistake of swapping one product with another, such as swapping steel bars on station #1 with cans on station #2, or vice versa. There’s no need for that — all you need to do is to go to the work station that produces the required material, then click on the left-side box underneath the table, to activate further processing. That would prompt the Warehouse transporters to bring the required item to the work station that needs the resource. That way, you can confidently step away from the game, and live up to the “idle” part of Idle Factory Tycoon — failing to properly attend to these “Input Missing” notifications will only have you going back and forth to the game when you shouldn’t!
4. Maximize Idle Cash Revenue
When assigning products to be manufactured at a certain work station, there’s also a general rule for that. Ideally, you want the cheapest products to be manufactured ahead of the more expensive ones. Click on the item being produced, and check the “Sells For” information, and take it from there — when it comes to Iron Ore products, for instance, that would mean assigning Steel Bars (sells for 1 cash), Cans (sells for 3), Drills (sells for 27), and Toasters (sells for 78) respectively for work stations #1-4. That way, you’ll be maximizing the amount of money you can earn while you’re away from the game. The more idle cash you’re earning per minute, as shown in the upper left corner of the screen, and the longer you’re away from the game, the more you can earn once you return and start playing once again.
As the case so often is in idle clickers, you can double your offline earnings by watching an ad video, once prompted. The videos served up by this game last only about 15-30 seconds, so it’s always a good idea to watch those ads after you claim whatever you’ve earned while not playing. That’s twice the money, easy, meaning more upgrades, and consequently more earnings!
5. Use The Pyramid System When Upgrading Work Stations
By this, we’re not referring to those shady “pyramid schemes” where investors could lose tons of money. We’re referring to the system in which you upgrade the work stations you have active. This is a common concept in idle clickers, but just to show you how it works (and because someone else might have described it differently), that would simply mean the first workbench being at the highest level, then working your way downwards, until the bottom-most active work station, which will still be at level 1. Depending on how much cash you have to spend, the intervals in levels from one work station to the next could vary, but we prefer using the “Huge Production Increase” milestone levels as a marker. For instance, work station #1 could be at level 175, with the second one being at level 125, the third one at level 100, and so on, just as long as it’s a milestone level where you get those “Huge Production Increases.”
6. Work On Those Production Upgrades
You know the deal in these idle clicker games — it’s all about making it rain, earning as much money as you could. While leveling up your different products/resources is a good way to ensure that you’re earning as much money as possible, you also need to perform some actual production upgrades, which could take any where from a few minutes to a few hours to complete, depending on how far along you are. Click on any product, then tap on the “Sells For” button — that will open up a master list of all the products you’ve got unlocked, and allow you to upgrade any of the products so you earn more money for each item sold. The first production upgrade results in a 30 percent increase in revenue, the second 80 percent, and the third a whopping 150 percent increase from the base amount you can expect. You may be trying to focus on those work stations, as well as your Warehouse and Market, but don’t forget the actual products.
7. How To Earn More Super Cash
Super Cash is the premium currency of the game, and you’ll start out with 20 units of this currency, which you can then use to unlock new work stations or speed up upgrades. Generally, the best way to add more Super Cash is to buy it at the in-game store, or to buy the Starter Pack (150 Super Cash and more goodies, for only $5 USD or its equivalent in local currency), which is the epitome of value for money, should you not be averse to spending real-life money. But you can also earn Super Cash by claiming it every four hours. Click on the Super Cash button (the green dollar bill) on the bottom left of your screen, tap on the “Free” button under the Free Super Cash area, and claim two units of Super Cash, easy. Yes, we know — that doesn’t sound like much, but you can double that amount by watching a video after claiming the Super Cash. Still, that’s just 4 Super Cash, though those free units could really add up if you play the game regularly!
8. Manage Your Super Cash Properly
As we mentioned above, Super Cash is generally used to unlock new work stations in Idle Factory Tycoon, and while the cost of each new work station may increase progressively as you unlock more of them, there is a way to reduce the Super Cash cost of these work stations — just keep on upgrading the Warehouse, Market, and existing work stations, and the cost will go down gradually. Generally, we suggest spending Super Cash for this only when it costs WAY too much to purchase it with regular, common cash. Also, we strongly recommend that you do NOT spend your Super Cash on speeding up production upgrades! We get that no one enjoys waiting, and that it usually costs single-digit Super Cash to speed up those upgrades, but it’s best to hang on to your premium currency for as long as possible, and avoid using it for things that can be done for free if you’re patient enough.
As a bonus tip, there are a few packages in the store that you may want to check out in lieu of the Super Cash packages, which start at $2 for 20 Super Cash, and can be as expensive as $100 for 1,450 Super Cash. You can pay $5 for the Idle Cash Clock, which doubles your Idle Cash Income while you’re away from the game, and $10 for the Production Clock, which allows you to double your production while you’re playing the game. We suggest the former clock, not only because it’s cheaper, but because it could allow you to earn money faster, especially if you spend more time away from the game than you spend in it.
9. Earn Skill Points With General Factory Upgrades
Every now and then, you’ll see gear-shaped prompts on the left side of your screen while playing Idle Factory Tycoon. Clicking on that gear will lead you to the General Factory Upgrades screen, where you can spend some cash on upgrading the factory in question. Sounds vague, doesn’t it? That may be the case, but each upgrade of this kind will earn you an additional Skill Point, which you can then spend on certain short-term boosts. For example, the first available boost is the Speed Upgrade where, for 30 seconds, all your workers will operate at thrice their usual speed. That will then be followed by the Sales Upgrade, which allows you to triple your sales for 60 seconds. You can then upgrade these boosts at the cost of one skill point each — that’s going to extend the time these boosts are active, for example, increasing the length of the Speed Upgrade from 30 seconds to 40 seconds.
10. Watch The ‘Ad Campaign’ Videos
On the bottom of your screen, there’s a button with a “play’ icon in it. Tapping on it will allow you to double your sales earnings for four hours, with each subsequent video accessed via the “Ad Campaign” adding another four hours. There’s a limit, though, to the amount of time you can have your income boosted — at first, you’ll only be allowed to have a day’s worth of boost, though this figure will increase slightly as you go on and unlock more work stations. As more earnings allow you to perform more upgrades, and of course earn more money, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to double those earnings with an Ad Campaign!
11. What Happens When You Upgrade The 9th Workstation?
This is something we somehow noticed in the General Factory, but when you upgrade the ninth work station, that results in a more substantial increase in Idle Cash, even when regularly leveling it up. You’ll notice substantial increases, even if you’ve been playing the game for a while, whereas you might not notice any increases when you upgrade the other work stations once your Idle Cash is in the Aa/Ab range. If you can afford it, focus your upgrades on station number nine, though take note as well that you can also increase Idle Cash quite effectively by unlocking a new station.
12. Unlocking New Factories
Once you create a certain work station (you can view this by scrolling down, assuming you haven’t gotten there yet), Idle Factory Tycoon will notify you that you can go ahead and buy a new factory — the Transport Factory will be the first, in specific, that will be made available to you. The mechanics of the new factories are the same as they are in your default/General Factory, but the main difference here is that you’ll be starting out automated. The currency will also have another name — for example, cash for the Transport Factory is called “Wheel Cash,” but other than that, you’ll still have to focus on leveling up your Warehouse, Market, and work stations, and the same “pyramid system” would still apply. Also keep in mind that your Ad Campaigns for one factory will be different from those in another — that means if you have an Ad Campaign running in the General Factory, it won’t apply to the Transport Factory, where you’ll need to tap the button separately to launch its own Ad Campaign.