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Ready to start your music career? Tour Star is a real life music simulation game. You’re going to make albums, schedule tours, build a fan base, and more in order to make it big. There’s a big emphasis on decision making, reflective of real life music stars. Will you record a full album or do a single? Do you sign a contract with a big, well-known studio or keep it small and independent? Who should you hire for your manager? We’ll help you weigh the choices with our Tour Star cheats, tips and tricks strategy guide!

1. Starting out!

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When you start the game, you won’t have any band options unlocked. You only have access to the level 1-2 tour offers. Just keep getting gigs and earn money! Start with the small ones, then work your way up, all the way to the Local Mall Appearance. You’ll earn a good amount of fame and cash, assuming none of the bad random events happen, and after a little while you’ll gain enough experience to hit level 2.

2. Your mileage may vary, but the Warm Up option at tours seems to work the best!

When you go off on a tour, you will be given several options preceding the actual concert. Chill Out gives you different ways to increase your fame and energy. Warm Up and Tune Gear are two mini games that give you a bonus to the show you’re about to play, and Nothing does… well, nothing! When you pick the two mini game options, you’ll have to wager some energy. Unless you’re banking on a really good high level show, always opt for 10%. For Warm Up, you have to tap and hold until the meter reaches the line on the right side. Let go, and the meter will decrease. Tap again when it reaches the left line. The closer you are to the lines, the higher your fame multiplier will be. For me, this is the easier of the two and I can usually get 100+ fame bonus easily. For Tune Gear, two meters will rise and lower constantly and you have to slide the switches to match them. This one seems to be the harder of the two and I can’t ever get more than a 70% bonus. Try them both and whichever one is easier for you, make sure to pick that one when you’re going for a big fame bonus!

3. When you start to unlock Band slots, start with the cheapest members!

When you’re hiring new band members, you’ll see that they have three stats to them: their signing fee, which is their initial cost, their week salary, which is how much money you lose per week with them, and their level requirement which you need to meet to hire them in the first place. To start out, you should hire the very first member you see, because they all have +5% cash and a 100-250$ salary range. They have no fame bonuses, but when you’re first starting out, fame isn’t really that much of a priority. You need a lot of money to upgrade and buy the better things, so money should come first.

4. When recording albums, don’t pick the same options multiple times!

Freshness is very important when it comes to creating albums. If you choose the same genres/lengths over and over again, they will lose their appeal quickly and your albums won’t make any money. Always change it up every time you make a new album to keep your fans happy and the sales steady.

5. Hire the right people for the job on your albums!

When you get to the last step of recording an album, you have to choose a producer for it. Each producer has a little description box that hints at what they’re good at. Make sure you read them to know who goes with what! For example, if you pick R & B as your genre, you would want to pick “Carl Shalimar,” as he is described as a former R & B singer.

6. Albums are amazing sources of income! Always have at least one on sale!

With all of the above info said, albums are a great way to earn money. The first one I recorded netted me around 20,000$! It goes without saying that they will be your primary source of income after you get your feet off the ground. They can be enhanced even further if you sign a label with a major record company. This will dramatically increase your album sales, granting you even more money!

7. Buy some effects for your shows for passive bonuses!

Effects, like light shows and fog machines, are great ways to increase your show performance. They give great fame and cash bonuses, usually around 20%, and they’re not too bad on your wallet. You only have to pay the purchasing fee, then you’re free to use them however you like.

Unfortunately our tour had to be cut short, as the game only allows you to progress to level 5 using the free version. This guide should cover about everything you can do in the free version, however, so have fun and if you have any suggestions or questions, leave a comment below. Until next time!

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