Really enjoying this game, but there are a few minor things that seem unnecessarily annoying.
Patents are a real bummer. I appreciate the added difficulty and strategy they bring to the table, but a couple things about them make them “unfun” to play with.
Whenever one of your current drugs becomes patented by an AI, your conveyor belt is clogged with useless medicine that cannot be sold. If you want to re-use that space, instead of being able to clear the belts of all drugs and ingredients, you have to delete all belts (at a cost of 50$ each) and make sure your machines are empty before restructuring the production line. Can’t there be a way to clear a belt of drugs so you can save money and not delete belts?
It is very difficult to determine what is and what is not patented at the moment. For example, I went through all the trouble of making a “tier 3” drug, and by the time I was finished - when the pill finally went to be sold, I was alerted there was a patent on it. Ten minutes of wasted time, 50$K or more in wasted money. Had to restart from a save.
I understand that you can view current patents by going to each individual company’s page and browsing every single patent to figure this out beforehand. It’s more of a “quality of life” thing. It would be really nice to have a readily available list of current patents before you engage in producing something so you can make decisions easier and faster. It’s just a pain in the butt to try and figure out currently.
Those are the big things that stand out to me. Also, they seem incredibly expensive to buy as a player - I wonder if the AI gets its money’s worth out of it.