[Update] Beta 21: Dress to impress (now with 100% more in-game tutorial!)

Idol Manager's latest beta build is live and available for download via the game's itch.io page.

This update includes the addition of a long-awaited feature: the tutorial! If you've been waiting for the addition of an in-game tutorial to get started with the Idol Manager, wait no longer! (Feedback from new players is immensely valuable as we work to continue improving Idol Manager, so if you are trying out the game for the first time, be sure to drop by the beta forum and let us know what you think!)

For those of you who are already beta veterans, don't worry: this update has some new stuff for you, too. Are you ready to get stylish?

New clothing options for idols

Idols can now change their attire, with each idol getting a new dress option in 7 different colors/patterns.

To access the new styling menu, you'll need to build a dressing room and hire a stylist, then head over to the idol's profile card and click the "styling" button in the lower-right corner. (If you try to click the styling icon without meeting all of these requirements, you'll get a friendly tooltip reminder.)

CG gallery and career stats

You'll find a new option added to the main menu: "gallery."

Career stats

Under "stats," you can view your career game completion stats, including:

  • Dialog scenes
  • Dialog lines
  • Events
  • CGs
  • Endings

(Have you seen all of Idol Manager's endings yet? It might be worth taking a look at that checklist to find out if you missed any...)

CG gallery

Here, you can view all of the CGs you've unlocked, as well as any variants of the CGs you've unlocked. The CG variants viewing option is especially relevant for CGs that feature the main character and rival character, who both come in male/female variants. (Want to see what a particular scene would look like if you had chosen to play as a different gender or chosen a rival of a different gender, but don't want to start a new save file? Check out the gallery to take a peek at the world that might have been!)


When starting a new game, you have the option to enable the tutorial. The tutorial consists of a series of interactive prompts that will highlight various parts of the UI and guide you through the process of setting up your agency for the first time.

You can drag the tutorial UI window around, and you can quit at any time if you'd rather continue forward at your own pace. You can review the text of a tutorial you've previously viewed by clicking the "logbook" icon.

The tutorial covers a number of other topics that should be relevant to first-time players, like how to hire staffers and put them to work, and the basics of producing your first single. You can view a record of all tutorials on the "tutorial" tab on the main agency view (the "lightbulb" icon).

Do you think there's something we missed? Stop by the tutorial feedback thread in the beta forum and let us know! Your feedback is critical to helping us improve Idol Manager.


Changes to the in-game notification system:

  • Redesigned Notifications popup
  • Replaced "Idol lost X mental stamina points for a mysterious reason" messages with messages that provide more info (e.g. "you heard a rumor that one of your idols started dating")
  • Fixed: getting spammed by notifications every Monday if you have many idols in your group


  • Z, X, C - to trigger promotion, performance or spa. (Note: these daily performance hotkeys overlap with some existing of the keybinds that are used for debugging, so if you have debugging tools/"cheats" enabled, these shortcuts won't work.)
  • Page Up - cycle to previous tab on the default agency screen.  (Switches between the tabs for idols, staff, activities, singles, etc.)
  • Page Down, Tab, Middle mouse button - cycle to next tab on the agency screen
  • Home, End - Open first/last tab (idol/settings)
  • Right mouse button - Close/Open tab
  • Esc - Close current tab (or open "settings" tab if no tab is currently open)

Other misc changes:

Scandal points now affect election results

Bug fixes

  • Fixed: "Phantasm Facade" task stuck in incomplete mode
  • Fixed: One of the CGs ("secret recording") not displaying if player and rival are not the same gender
  • Fixed: Cursor flickering on some computers
  • Fixed: The game could trigger Aya's route even if player selected Fujimoto's (you can check in the Stats if you finished the correct route)
  • Fixed: Notification settings not saving
  • Fixed: One of the story tasks to release 3 singles in one genre in one month didn't actually check the genre, just the number of singles
  • Fixed: Money tooltip didn't show theater profits
  • Fixed: Various bugs caused by returning to the main menu and starting a new game (e.g. your Rival's name carried over)
  • Fixed: You could break the new game popup by switching between genders too quickly
  • Fixed: Duplicate relationships showing in idol profile's bond tab
  • Fixed: Time freeze caused by socializing with the same idol too often
  • Fixed: Time freeze caused by idols being in a relationship with a non-existing idol
  • Fixed: Game could use player's character in some story events as a generic staffer
  • Fixed: Game could use a spriteless nameless idol in some events
  • Fixed: Elections - no idol reactions in the bottom left
  • Fixed: Elections - blurry UI
  • Fixed: Election getting stuck in an unfinished state after canceling a production task
  • Fixed: Election concert automatically starting after loading the game
  • Fixed: Idol snitching on herself ("phone unlocked" message)

As you may recall, at the end of last year we launched our biggest update yet. We're thrilled with the amount of feedback we've gotten since then, and we're grateful to the many of you who have helped us out by reporting bugs you've encountered. As always, please let us know in the forum bug thread if you run into any problems!

As for what lies ahead, we still have a few surprises in store that we'll be able to say more about at a later date, and we're eagerly anticipating the day when we get to share the details. Thank you to everyone who has helped us get this far!


Idol Manager 1.0.6 - Windows 64 bit 2 GB
Version 49 Mar 11, 2021
Idol Manager 1.0.6 - Windows 32 bit 2 GB
Version 33 Mar 11, 2021
Idol Manager 1.0.6 - Mac 2 GB
Version 49 Mar 11, 2021
Idol Manager 1.0.6 - Linux 2 GB
Version 44 Mar 11, 2021

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Has to be one of my favourite games <3 thank you guys for working so hard on it, each update never disappoints!<3


When I got the beta one year ago, I just wanted to help some indie developers to make an idol game, simple thing. I never imagined that it would grow so much. Congrats to the team for making it so good.

Will you be adding anymore things to the dating section?

Hey, I'm struggling with making the cafe generate income. I can have my idols create special dishes - but I cannot add anything to the menu. Is this a bug? Or did I miss something crucial? .__.

From what I can tell, Menu is broken. I think you can continue to generate income from a save as long as you do not open the cafe options.

Yeah, I see the bug. I'll fix it in a day or two

Fantastic stuff! It's very impressive what you've been able to achieve with the game so far.

There are not enough people for the election

When can I add more to the number of people in the election


Yay! Are save files from the post-Beta 20 patch compatible with this?

Yeah, old saves should work