In Game Dev Tycoon you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games. Research new technologies and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (11,800 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 29, 2013

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"A game with a lot of strategy and planning. You start out as a garage programmer, and then build up to become a AAA game developer."

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August 11

Celebrating Game Dev Tycoon with Workshop support.

Today, we are happy to announce that Game Dev Tycoon now ships with Steam Workshop support and, even better, there are already a dozen great mods available for you to enjoy. From simple mods that add topics and platforms, to more advanced mods adding competitors or allowing you to build custom PCs. Head over to our Workshop page to check out what's on offer.

Create your own mod!

Whether you are an expert modder or a complete beginner, you can create a mod for Game Dev Tycoon.

For beginners, our community has created a wizard-style mod creation tool that requires no programming knowledge. With its simple UI, the Ultimate Mod Editor allows you to create your own mod in no time.

Game Dev Tycoon is written in HTML5 and if you do have some programming knowledge, the open nature of this technology doesn't put a limit on what you can achieve. To start with, you can use our modding API but skilled modders are *not limited* by what the API provides. We have an enthusiastic and friendly modding community and we'd love to see you become a part of it. Head over to our forums and say hello :)

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About This Game

In Game Dev Tycoon you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games. Research new technologies and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.

A journey through gaming history


Start in the 80s
Start your adventure in a small garage office in the 80s. Enjoy the hand-crafted level design while you develop your first simple games. Gain experience, unlock new options and create your first game engine.

Create games your way
In Game Dev Tycoon the decisions you make during development really matter. Decide which areas you want to focus on. Does your game need more gameplay or should you focus more on quests? These decisions will have a major impact on the success of your game.

Grow your company
Once you have successfully released a few games you can move into your own office and forge a world-class development team. Hire staff, train them and unlock new options.

Make larger more complex games
With experience and a good team, you can release larger, more complex games. Larger games bring new challenges and you will have to manage your team well to deliver hit games.

Features


  • Start a game development company in the 80s
  • Design and create games
  • Gain new insights through game reports
  • Research new technologies
  • Create custom game engines
  • Move into bigger offices
  • Forge a world-class development team
  • Unlock secret labs
  • Conduct industry changing products
  • Unlock achievements
  • Modding support
  • Workshop support
  • Community translations for German, Spanish, French, Portoguese (Brazil), Russian, Czech, Swedish, Dutch and Italian are available through the in-game menu.

The full game has many more features which are not listed here to prevent spoilers.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Additional Notes: minimum resolution of 1024x768
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.7.5+
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Additional Notes: minimum resolution of 1024x768
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.8
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Additional Notes: minimum resolution of 1024x768
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Additional Notes: minimum resolution of 1024x768
Helpful customer reviews
36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
I released Day Z too early with 14 unfixed bugs....
Everyone loved it.
10/10
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50 of 70 people (71%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Got air conditioning and went bankrupt 10/10
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
173.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Look at my hours. I love this game, in fact, the only reason i stopped playing was because i broke my game with mods. i recommend the developers release some more content for the playersas when you become the best company in the univers eit quickly runs out of things to do. I recommend custom PCs to be built by the hardware lab. Just more things in general. This game is virtually complete as it reaches the point of modern technology and can advance no further. people complain about the lack of content and while it may eed a little bit more it does have just about everything. I recommend you get mods for it once it gets boring on normal. The mods and more topics and allow you to build different stuff. Be careful though as you may break the game and have to restart from scratch. I highly recommend this game it is defintatly woth $10.00. If you have played this before then you will understand me when i give this game a 10.25 out of 10
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
really nice, it may look ridiculous but it is totally not!
in fact, you are constantly aiming to get that infamous 11/10 score for your game, and probably willing to play until you get it.
so you just start in your garage with a pc and some knowledge for developing games, you make your first game, get some money, make a new/better game, research some stuff and gain some fans until you get a bigger office, after that you search some workers to help develop bigger games, and so on....
you have to look out for getting bankrupt and scammers, so it's not just adjusting sliders to make a game, create new stuff and become one of biggest game developers in the industry!

good luck ;)

i give the game a 8/10 a bit more stuff would be nice, but ofcourse it's from a small company so it's pretty damn nice!
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
12/10

Ive had my eyes on this for quite a long time,
until i finally got it i felt so stupid for not getting it sooner.

This game is Perfect and so addicting, Its simplistic and yet hard which makes it so much fun
the moment i got this with o ther games on sale, i completely forgot i had other games.

You get the hang of this game pretty fast and the game is pretty straight forward,
with an amazing and very helpful tutorial which i find few games can pull off
again i cannot belive how much fun i have with this game.

-Fun
-Addicting
-Simplistic
-Great Structure
-Great Mechanic
-Fantastic Tutorial
-Worth every minute of my time (steam doesnt show my offline spent time on it)

I personally want to say to Greenheart Games Thank you so very much for making a perfect game by my standards,
And i can't wait to see more of your awesome future works, Keep up the Fantastic Job and always believe in what you can achieve.

Hopefully you can take in fan reviews, it may help you create more awesome games. c:
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This game is probably the only casual game I've ever gotten "really" into. And I have a large amount of respect for its developers, Greenheart, when this game was first released many people simply pirated it, so Greenheart anonomously slipped out a pirated verserion of their own game, but they tampered with it so anyone who played it would never make a successful game due to pirating! Well, with all that being said, all you need to know is that this is a clever, and altogether fun game about developing games.
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33 of 55 people (60%) found this review helpful
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Yes
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I enjoyed this game greatly, Unfortunaly the mods do not work for me, but that is a personal problem (bad pc) so don't let that discourage you. I shall now make a list.

The Good :
  1. The replay value is very good for a non-sandbox game
  2. Many strategies (bumps up replay value even more)
  3. Steam Workshop (mods available)
  4. I just always wanted to make my games, but I am terrible at code (personal opinion to fill up the list)
    Many other small touches to the game (how they changed the console names a bit, but enough to be rocognized, historical events {nigerian scammers for example} or other small things)
The Bad
  1. Too short of a history period
  2. Not enough historical events, or even normal events that make big impact
and The Ugly
  1. Not enough offices
  2. Need a news reporter that says when a big event occurs (ties in with nr.2 in The Bad)
Wishlist
  • DLCs!!!!!
  • When new engine is available (lol) a sequel
  • That more people get to play this awesome game and feel the joy it brings..... oooow wait... that's my part as a reviewer right?

Thank you for reading
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I think almost every gamer once dreamed of developing games. With Game Dev Tycoon, everyone can imagine yourself with your own company, creating your own games, engines and technologies.

GDT is a casual and light-hearted game about making games for people who love games! It's a great time killer with a lot of options to keep you occupied for a while and Steam Workshop support with nice mods from the community. GDT isn't great as Theme Hospital, for instance, but it's worth your time. You can have fun and discover some things about the gaming industry.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
I bet that in as simple game as it is, every game developer will find some stimuli for her bored and troubled mind.

We don't have many games reflecting on game making creative process (a sign of media immaturity?) so take this one as a prescripted pill.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I had orginally bought Game Dev Tycoon of their website when it first came out, I only just got round to putting the steam code in.

Let me first say, if you can create a dancing simulator called Slappin Dancin Bit**es you will have good fun.

First let me say, Game Dev Tycoon has a solid idea behind it, the use of the sliders to decide what you want to spend your time on can often be annoying.

The reviews sometimes seem to be alittle harsh, maybe though its because I make bad games.

Currently, on steam I havent played that much of Game Dev Tycoon, but trust me, I have played many hours of it from when I had it installed off the website. Eventually it does become quite repatative but I feel you will probably go back and play it again like I will.

7.5/10
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
HELP ME. I CANT STOP PLAYING. TOO ADDICTING. ILL LIST THE REASONS ITS ADDICTING.

PROS
DECISION MAKING
A TOPIC GAMERS ENJOY
LOTS AND LOTS OF DECISION MAKING
NICE AND RELAXING
SO MUCH DECISION MAKING
RESEARCH, GENRES, TOPICS, AND DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES RELATED TO GAMING
DO I HAVE TO SAY IT AGAIN?!(DECISIONS, DECISIONS!)

CONS
REPETITIVE
LOTS OF WAITING

DON'T PLAY THIS GAME IF YOU WANT TO MAINTAIN YOUR SOCIAL LIFE. OR HAVE A JOB.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
101.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Game Dev Tycoon is a casual business sim game. From the post-console crash of the 80s to modern gaming scene, you run an indie game studio from your garage, aiming to become a world-renouned developer team.

Pros: You progress through different location, from your garage, to small office, to upgraded small office, to a larger office allowing expansions. Plenty of freedom in game type, select one (or later two) genre, a theme (from a huge amount), a target audience, a game engine (which you develop as you research new technologies and assemble new engines) and a platform (allowing multi-platform later in the game). You can hire additional staff members (while keeping a balance of design and technology), train them, and specialize them if the various fields you focus on through the various development stages. As you progress through the years, the game parodies events from actual gaming history, a nice wink to “old school” gamers.

Cons: The game is very, very simplified. There is no clear competition, no way to determine how much you concentrate on tech use (besides selecting whether or not you use them at all), no way to grow to a larger company (the likes of which, say EA did, from a small indie studio to one of the largest publishers). Topic/genre/target audience combinations are fixed no manner how good your game’s specs are (and I’m sure you can think of actual games that broke those conventions and were great successes). The difficulty grows with your success: hit a 10/10 game and make your life hell for the next few games until you develop better techs and train your team more, until you eventually peak and can’t continue without restarting a new game.

Verdict: This is a fun and addictive game! Sure, there are games that dig in deeper into realism (I’m looking at you, GamersGoMakers), but if you just want a casual game you’ll play an hour or two (or more) at the time, give this one a try!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
85.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Are you ready to be the best game developer you can be?

Game Dev Tycoon is a charming business sim where your main aim is to make great games (and rake in cash by doing so). The system is fairly simple: pick a genre and platform, then adjust the sliders as needed to allocate different amounts of time to different aspects of the game, and assigning different people to handle said aspects. However, while the basic development process is simple and easy to grasp, there's a surprising amount of depth to the game. As you progress through the years, new platforms will appear on the market, and you'll be able to unlock new genres of games to make, and new features to put in your custom engines, so that you can customize your games to be just about anything you want them to be. Eventually you'll be able to do massive projects like AAA games, MMOs, and even original consoles. Mods for the game often add even more features, topics, and events, increasing the customizability. All of this makes a really simple but entertaining and addictive game, as you let your imagination run free.

The game has very bare-bones graphics, but it doesn't really need much to work anyway. The main appeal of the game is letting your imagination form its own image of what kind of games you're making, and trying to make them as good and successful as possible. It doesn't have much music either, but what few music tracks it does have are nice enough, Still, it wouldn't have hurt to add a few more songs.

It's not a perfect game, though. While the customization aspect is one of the main draws, it can actually end up a drawback as well, in a couple of ways. First, there are sometimes simply TOO MANY options, and not enough resources to obtain them for use (a problem that can be exacerbated by mods that add even more). See, the way you unlock new genres and engine features, is by researching them by spending research points. You get these by developing games and engines, and by completing contract work, but you don't have any control over how many you get, while new features keep costing more and more as the game goes on (each new genre costs 10 RP... early engine features like mono sound also cost 10-15, but more advanced ones will cost 20, 40, 80, or more, up to 200). You also have to spend research points to upgrade your team's skills, spreading them even more thin. This can often feel imbalanced, and like you never have enough points to upgrade what you want.

There is also, unfortunately, a degree of railroading in the customization as well, because while you can make whatever kind of game you like, there are pre-set combinations listed as successful or otherwise on different platforms. You CAN go and make that Horror Simulation game for Young audiences, but you shouldn't expect it to score or sell as well as a Fantasy RPG, or indeed very well in any case. It would have been nice if the game had let you be a little more innovative and out-of-the-box with your games.

Still, despite these drawbacks, the core of the game is still very solid. It's still loads of fun to make new games. It's fun to try and get new features to add to them. The business end of it, while a little on the light side, is also good. Altogether this makes for a good, if not amazing, simulator that you'll still find yourself sinking plenty of hours into.

As a bonus, it does come with a lot of fun achievements of various levels of difficulty (a lot of which are hidden but can be looked up), and Steam cards, for those who like those kinds of things.

Good luck, and remember: always aim for 11s.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I love this game. It is super simplistic and a great time waster... It makes you think about how hard it is for the actual game developers. How hard to get that one game that is fantastic rather than the one that is mediocre...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Great game. The achievements are not all easily obtained but well worth it. The replayability factor is phenomenal. If you like management games and like discovering something new each time you play (without looking at the online guides that is) you should get this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
THIS IS A MUST BUY FOR GAMERS ALIKE

You get to play as a frigging nerd and make gaming history and show the world how gaming influence the entertainment industry forever.......

Also its a tycoon :3

That's actually good 👌
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
This game is fun and quite addictive. I played through the first time and failed after my first major company expansion. I tried again and hit a long running streak of success using the lessons I'd learned from my failures. The risk/reward system gives enough flavor to keep the game interesting. Definitely worth the $10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
66.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I found this game to be very entertaining. Just having the option to create every possible game, also remake real games!

Founding your own company to create your own game ideas ingame is also very fun.

Only thing is that the reviews for example are similar all the time.

Also Mod Support +
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I have been playing video games since Asteroids, and I have alwas loved them. Of course I have dreamed about making my own games at times. So I just had to try this game. I have played it a good bit, and I am not quite done playing it still.

The game follows the historical progression of gaming technology in a parodied way. Instead of Xbox's it is all Ybox's and stuff like that. In one way I enjoyed that because it takes you down memory lane. Ah yes the fabled Dreamcast. However it also left me knowing what to expect. I didn't bother buying licenses to produce on certain platforms because I already knew those platforms were not a big sucess in the real world.

The trailer says "create games your way." You can do that, but they'll flop. This game seems to have a fairly narrow view of what kinds of games will be successesful. Although it's entirely possible I just have not figured out how to break out of the mold. It's ironic because the devolpers of this game are thinking out of the box somewhat with their game about thinking within the box of of what maybe EA games would tell their staff to make. Just like the historical technology in the game, the definition of what can be a success also appears to be tied to gaming history.

They have opened this up to the workshop, so that's really cool. I haven't used it yet, but am excited to see where it takes the game.

Even with my reservations I really do like the game. It is a fun simulation and it is challenging. I'll make my company grow for a while only to run afoul with a couple flops and then be strapped for cash. It keeps me wanting to try again.
I think it is a fair price and would be a good addition for anyone who likes simulations or is interested in the history of gaming. Also worth mentioning is that the game has a good bit of educational value as well. It teaches bits of finance and company management. Good game!
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