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CEO Test
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Oct 2, 2016 @ 9:30am
Nov 13, 2016 @ 9:38am
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CEO TEST update 2: takeover targets
4 (of est. 13) companies in the CEO TEST

Glazial Group
Zurich, Switzerland
CEO: ?

Formerly a vast conglomerate, today an empty shell of a company with nothing but derelict offices. And money. As the new CEO of the Glazial Group, your task is to expand our corporate empire into the crisis-weakened European market.

Molecule Pharmaceuticals
Rennes, France
CEO: Dr. Andreas Tong

A pharmaceutical company that researches and sells psychiatric drugs and performance enhancing nutrient supplements - anything to enhance the human condition. Their CEO, Dr. Tong, currently has a hard time convincing shareholders of the value of their latest research. Mainly because the research is secret and slowly eating away their capital, making the company prone to hostile takeovers.

Kiev, Ukraine
CEO: Isabelle Vann

LarvaTech is a promising tech company specializing in manufacture robotics but also consumer-oriented gadgets like smartphones and -watches. The apple of the east. But the War in Donbass has made Ukrainian companies unattractive for investors. All the more reason for the ambitious CEO Isabelle Vann to look for a rich partner or parent company.

Finland, outback
CEO: Prof. Susanne Suter

Formerly a research department of the Glazial Group before it was spint-off and sold. For Prof Suter, former head of the Glazial AI research department and now CEO of Animus, this was an annoying process that slowed down her research. It would be even more annoying if the Glazial Group would, for whatever reason, buy Animus back again…


The CEO Test represents the complex process of acquiring companies as four stages:

1) STEP ONE (usually): negotiations

Negotiate with the management of the target company. Consider using substances to bring yourself in the right emotional state and "click" with your business partners.

2) STEP TWO: M&A or hostile takeover project

Depending on the outcome of the negotiations, initiate a merger or hostile takeover. This requires extensive paperwork on contracts and documents for financial market supervision authorities, meaning an army of office drones and lawyers. You may also consider hiring expensive consultants from investment banks.

3) STEP THREE: acquire shares

At any time, you can acquire shares of a target company directly via stock market. If you buy without asking first, it is considered a hostile takeover.

4) STEP FOUR: consolidate, restructure, fire management

After acquiring the target company, consider sensible measures to increase value. Such as: firing everyone and rehire at lower wages; or initiate synergy projects between your acquired companies.

CEO TEST update 1: Gesicht software & gameplay

COURSE PLANNER – In order to best all competitors, the Glazial Group seeks to augment all its assets, including your brain. From artificial intelligence research to marketing, the pathways of knowledge are open to you – paid for by the Glazial Group.

EMOTION EVALUATION – We care for our employees on the deepest level. Your emotions guide your actions, which is why we take a great interest in them. Our system measures 8 mental states: aggression, joy, sadness, fear, detachment, focus, curiosity, and love.

SUBSTANCE CONTROL – Psychoactive substances are great tools to take an active role in your emotion ecology. We at the Glazial Group realize that we cannot stop our employees from using coffee, alcohol or LSD. This is why we encourage sensible use, be it for recreation or performance enhancement.

CALENDAR – Plan every weekly activity and decide how much time you wish to allocate to actual work, courses, or recreational activities such as powernapping, meditation or sex. Each activity is measured for its emotional effects.

CONFERENCE CALL SYSTEM – As CEO of the Glazial Group, you will never have to leave your chair. All human contact you need is transferred to your office, directly analyzing emotional interactions.

DEADLINE KEEPER – Keep track of your deadlines, from whom they are, and if they conflict with each other.


CORPORATE MAP – See the Glazial conglomerate expand all over Europe, plan acquisition and hostile takeovers, travel between our firms.

COMPANY CONTROL – Manage resources and financials, and keep track of our shareholders.

CONSTRUCTION – Construct new floors, from cubicle offices and server rooms to robotic production facilities – depending on what the market requires.

EMPLOYEE TRACKER – The Gesicht software calculates company resources by work hours. Each office drone, programmer or lawyer is important to the firm. (make sure to fire them after projects to avoid redundancies)

EXECUTIVE SURVEILLANCE – Your top managers are the backbone of the firm. But since they are also often the source of intrigue and power shifts, their financials and psychologies are carefully observed. Have them manage company floors, assign them to projects and send them on missions.

PROJECT MANAGER – This is where all the resources, work hours and cash reserves of the company go into. Shift priorities between running projects, allocate resources and outsourcing to external companies to finish projects as efficiently as possible.

STORAGE – Equip yourself and your managers with useful items such as golden golf clubs or experimental laptops.


The story of the CEO Test will branch according to 1) the choices you make in conference calls (depending on your emotions, substances how well you get along with other characters) and 2) which deadlines you choose to meet (depending on your economic and strategic choices in the game).

What is left is integrating the Gesicht software with the nonlinear story, or the countless story branches. We at the Glazial Group are anxious to present you, potential CEO candidate, with a playable version of the CEO Test soon.

Jon Roth

IT Director / CEO Test lead designer

A nonlinear, story-driven game about corporate control.

The Glazial Group is developing a software to test potential candidates for the position of CEO. This CEO Test will be released as a single-player game, combining nonlinear storytelling with strategy-building elements to test potential applicants’ abilities to deal with economic complexity and emotional challenges.

Apply for the position of CEO by playing the game once it is released.


  • MANAGE THE COMPANY: Construct new floors, start strange projects, hire (or, more amusingly, fire) hundreds of employees and give bonuses to your top managers.

  • GROW THE CONGLOMERATE: Expand your corporate empire into the weakened European market by acquiring unique companies or engaging them in hostile takeover battles.

  • EARLY STORY BRANCHING: Even the very first conversation in the game can alter the plot dramatically. We achieve this by simply writing a lot of stories.

  • PSYCHOLOGICAL SURVEILLANCE: Any substance you consume influences your emotions, which in turn determine your choices in dialogue. And your choices themselves also have an emotional effect, naturally.


The Glazial Group has a relentless marketing machine, but Steam is on to the likes of us, since it does not allow posting direct links. Learn more about our CEO Test on our website: you can find the link on Facebook or the Youtube description.

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Gesicht  [author] Jun 1 @ 5:29am 
@Wights: The game is still under development. There will be a closed demo to gather first feedback in a month or so. Let us know if you are interested in testing it.
Wights Apr 24 @ 11:29pm 
Any news about the game?
NGrav Oct 10, 2016 @ 1:35pm 
Appears to be a great game. Can't wait to play it.
Gesicht  [author] Oct 7, 2016 @ 9:08am 
Thank you! Still a lot of work ahead.
Tom Oct 7, 2016 @ 1:01am 
Looks awesome :) great job!
Gesicht  [author] Oct 5, 2016 @ 3:15pm 
Thanks, much appreciated!
Quak (Memed) Oct 5, 2016 @ 2:26pm 
But great game.
Quak (Memed) Oct 5, 2016 @ 2:25pm 
Well vibes gives it off or I'm going into much conspiracys...
Gesicht  [author] Oct 5, 2016 @ 2:11pm 
Definitely not ARG, just a plain RPG/strategy game with tons of storylines to create the nonlinear experience. Thanks for the feedback, will try to make that clearer.
Quak (Memed) Oct 4, 2016 @ 3:45pm 
Feels like ARG to me and feeling of watched who knows?