Similar to Hollywood Mogul in concept, Pornography Tycoon places you as the head of a fledgling pornographic film company. Your job is to bring it back to the dizzying heights it achieved during the golden age of porn. Hopefully a real version will be more tongue in cheek.
The company is mainly
centered around the video division, though you can use other sub-forms such as internet streaming or interactive DVD porn (but these have added costs). You can also specialise in either hardcore, softcore (i.e. Cinemax) or both, but they have their respective disadvantages.
Like Hollywood Mogul, you create your project from source material featuring plot, location, genre and list of sex activities. You can also create compilation projects from stuff in the archives. Also independant projects can be brought and released by your company.
Finding those to participate in this is a large talent base of pornographic talent and associated crew, though some of these may be temporaily locked out due to contracts with other studios. Your talent scouts can also notify you of any rising amateur talent.
Performer talent are graded on attributes such as their sex appeal, performance and "acting abilty". Also noted are physical attributes such as hair and skin color and bust/penis size (you can pay them to get boob jobs/penile extensions).
But more important is their "sexual arsenal" table, which indicates they're sexual preference and determines which sex acts they are good at, which they are crap and those they wouldn't touch with a 10 foot dildo. For example if a performer prefers "couples" type porn, they would probably turn down "Car Park Gangbang 10".
Crew are attributed on items such as artistic tendencies, speed of production etc.
The actual "artistic quality" of your project essentially depends on how much money that goes into it. If you want a high class porn with a decent plot you'll have put money in screenwriting and set decoration. Name pornstars of course get top dollar. Softcore T&A movies costs much more by the fact that they have to masquerade as legitimate cinema. But obviously you can just release a no budget screwfest set in a friend's bedroom.
Success depends on several factors, such as evidence of big name and popular pornstars and if the movie is actually a good watch. Also genre plays a part as a straightforward sex tale will be more successful than something like "Taste the Golden Spray".