Lua Scripting Tutorial - 13

Roblox Lua Scripting Tutorial - Episode 13: Creating a Tycoon Game

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Roblox Lua Scripting Tutorial - Episode 13: Creating a Tycoon Game

Welcome to the thirteenth episode of our Roblox Lua scripting tutorial series! In this episode, we'll dive into creating a basic tycoon game. Tycoon games are popular on Roblox, allowing players to build and manage their own businesses or empires.


Before we begin, make sure you have a basic understanding of scripting in Roblox Lua and have completed the previous episodes in this series.

Setting Up the Tycoon

Part 1: Design the Tycoon

  1. Open Roblox Studio and create a new baseplate or choose a custom terrain for your tycoon game.

  2. Plan the layout of your tycoon. Decide on the type of business or empire players will build and manage. Common tycoon themes include restaurants, factories, theme parks, and more.

  3. Create a structure for your tycoon with different sections or levels. Each section represents a stage in the player's business expansion.

  4. Insert various parts (such as conveyors, production machines, or decoration) to represent the player's assets and buildings. Customize the parts' appearance to match your tycoon's theme.

Part 2: Player Starting Point

Players need a designated starting point in the tycoon. Create a spawn location for new players:

  1. Insert a spawn location part (e.g., a spawn pad) near the entrance of your tycoon.

  2. Rename the part to "SpawnLocation."

Part 3: Currency and Resources

To create the tycoon's economy, you'll need a currency and resources:

  1. Create an IntValue named "Currency" in each player's PlayerData folder to track their in-game currency.

  2. Decide on one or more types of resources your tycoon will use. For each resource type, create an IntValue in the PlayerData folder to track the player's resources.

Scripting the Tycoon

Player Initialization

Create a script named "TycoonGame" and insert it into the workspace. This script will handle player initialization, resource collection, and game progression.

-- Variables
local spawnLocation = workspace:FindFirstChild("SpawnLocation")

-- Function to initialize player data
local function initializePlayerData(player)
    local playerData ="Folder")
    playerData.Name = "PlayerData"
    playerData.Parent = player

    local currency ="IntValue")
    currency.Name = "Currency"
    currency.Value = 0
    currency.Parent = playerData

    -- Create IntValues for resource types (e.g., "Wood", "Steel") and set their initial values
    -- Add more resource types as needed

    return playerData

-- Function to teleport players to the spawn location
local function teleportToSpawn(player)
    local character = player.Character
    if character and spawnLocation then

-- Connect player join event
    local playerData = initializePlayerData(player)

In this script:

Resource Collection

To simulate resource collection, you can create models or parts that represent resource nodes or generators in your tycoon. Players can interact with these nodes to collect resources. Here's a simplified example for wood collection:

  1. Insert a part (e.g., a tree) in your tycoon that represents a wood resource node.

  2. Create a script in the tree part to handle resource collection:

local woodValue = 10  -- Amount of wood to give when collected

local function onTouched(hit)
    local character = hit.Parent
    local player = game.Players:GetPlayerFromCharacter(character)

    if player then
        local playerData = player:FindFirstChild("PlayerData")
        if playerData then
            local currency = playerData:FindFirstChild("Currency")
            if currency then
                currency.Value = currency.Value + woodValue
                script:Destroy()  -- Remove the resource node


In this script, we listen for the Touched event on the resource node part. When a player touches the resource, we check if they have a PlayerData folder, update their currency, and remove the resource node.

Game Progression

To advance the player's tycoon, you can implement a system where they can purchase upgrades, unlock new sections, or buy new resource nodes. Here's a simplified example for purchasing upgrades:

  1. Create a UI button that players can click to purchase an upgrade.

  2. Add a script to the button to handle the purchase and apply the upgrade:

local upgradeCost = 100  -- Cost of the upgrade

local function onClick()
    local player = game.Players.LocalPlayer
    local playerData = player:FindFirstChild("PlayerData")
    if playerData then
        local currency = playerData:FindFirstChild("Currency")
        if currency and currency.Value >= upgradeCost then
            -- Deduct the cost from the player's currency
            currency.Value = currency.Value - upgradeCost

            -- Apply the upgrade here (e.g., increase resource collection rate)


In this script, we check if the player has enough currency to purchase the upgrade, deduct the cost, and apply the upgrade.

Testing Your Tycoon Game

  1. Publish your tycoon game to the Roblox platform.

  2. Invite friends or other players to test your game.

  3. Play the tycoon, collect resources, and purchase upgrades to expand your empire.


In this episode, you've learned how to create a basic tycoon game in Roblox, including player initialization, resource collection, and game progression. Tycoon games offer endless customization possibilities, and you can expand on this foundation to create more complex and engaging tycoon experiences.

Stay tuned for future episodes, where we'll continue to explore advanced scripting techniques and game development strategies. Happy scripting and game development!

Tutorial created by ReauofinveFb

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