Definitely Not Fried Chicken is a PC sim game about running a drug empire


Talk about a side hustle

In the upcoming PC management sim Definitely Not Fried Chicken, you’ll need to balance the day-to-day of running a genuine public-facing establishment while also growing a hidden drug empire on the side.

Pack your bags – we’re heading to a “sunshine-soaked city in the glamorous ’80s.”

While developer Dope Games is leaning hard into fast-food iconography, you don’t strictly have to run a restaurant – a nightclub or laundromat can also get the job done. And in terms of wheeling and dealing behind the scenes, your empire can revolve around weed, meth, coke, or “other goods.” Take your pick.

According to the Steam blurb, Definitely Not Fried Chicken lets you build out and customize your dual businesses, upgrade equipment as you can afford it, and manage employee duties and morale.

As the devs put it: “Design and lay out your complete production line and establish distribution routes. Fortify your compound’s defenses and make sure any ‘overly-enthusiastic’ customers can’t break in. Research and develop better strains of narcotics like marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.”

This is a fantastic premise for the genre, one I think players will be into, but it always comes down to the nitty-gritty details. A management sim can’t be judged in a day – it has to be fun upfront and stay fun.

Definitely Not Fried Chicken is releasing on Steam in 2021, and the creators say fans of Cartel Tycoon, Prison Architect, Two Point Hospital, and Planet Zoo will feel at home; that last one made me chuckle.

I’m curious to see how successful I can be as a good-natured drug lord with a heart of gold.