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.
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Very Positive (304 reviews) - 91% of the 304 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (21,685 reviews) - 95% of the 21,685 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 29, 2013

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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.


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • 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
    • OS: Mac OS 10.8
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with 1GB memory
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Additional Notes: minimum resolution of 1024x768
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Additional Notes: minimum resolution of 1024x768
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Mama Snail
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
Great for casual gamers who also like challenge. I didn't expect to have so much fun while playing this game, and didn't expect it to be so challenging. The gaming industry is tougher than it looks! Overall, I love this game, and I'll definitely play it more often in hopes of getting much better at it.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
Best game ever.
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Toddious Pyleus
15.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
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19.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Definitely fun if you like Tycoon games. Personally think it could do with a bit more stuff to do, but it's definitely fun to replay to unlock all the hints, and with all the different mods in the workshop, it doesn't really get boring.
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11.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
I love making games.
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29.3 hrs
Posted: August 26
Game Dev Tycoon is a great relaxation game in my opinion. It's the kind of game that you just open up and shut down for a little while as you play. As much fun as it is to make parodies of your favorite games, (or not so favorite games,) the feedback when your game is scored is kinda lacking. Which can be very frustrating when you're first starting the game since you have no idea what affects what for a while. Other than that Game Dev Tycoon really delivers on what it tries to be.
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Steve Winwood
31.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
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76.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
Pretty good.
With mods? Brilliant.
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50.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
I should have written a review for this a long time ago, but honestly, it's great. It's a great little game developing simulator where you play the role of a programmer starting off in the very early 80s, and you progress through until the modern day, becoming an office lead, and finally a CEO if you make good decisions with your time and money. The barebones game is fantastic without mods, though it can be really frustrating until you get into the swing of things. In this way art seems to mimic life, because you struggle to become wealthy and successful, and even at the top one or two bad decisions can bring it all crashing down.

Sorry to get metaphorical there. If you've not played it yet, I strongly recommend doing so. This is one of those games that you can find yourself enjoying for hours on end for its simplicity and the learning curve of figuring out what combinations make the best games.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Verry addicting.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
59 of 63 people (94%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Developed post-apocalyptic RPG/Simulation and named it " DayX ". 64 Bugs - didnt fix them at all - 10/10 magazines love this game, made tons of money - Game Dev Tycoon is more realistic than a simulator lel
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
A very fun and addictive game, you start as a simple indie dev working in his garage and you have to make the road to become a top AAA company.

  1. Really Funny.
  2. Great management system.
  3. Easy to play.
  4. You will learn about game history.
  1. No replay value.
  2. No competition with others companies.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
My story:
-Makes RTS
-Turns it into a series
-4 games later my friend suggest I make a TPS spin-off
-I make it
-More popular than the RTS
-I make more TPS games and less RTS
-Year 15
-TPS becomes FPS
-5 games later
-Online play released
-Zombies mode released
-Makes FPS into MMO
-Makes 60 expansions
-Year 57
-MMO still on market
-180 expansions
-I get a hardware lab finally
-Console is built to play MMO
-Keeps making expansions for MMO, never makes another game
-Year 106
-100th Anniversary of the series (including RTS, FPS, and TPS)
-Makes console in honour
-Releases grPad edition
-Goes bankrupt
10/10 would have a 108 year long game again
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42 of 59 people (71%) found this review helpful
78 people found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
No option to sleep with game reviewers for better scores?

Game is broken :(
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Game Dev Tycoon is a cute and witty take on the video game development process. There is a certain level of addiction the game instills in the player, pushing you to continue to develop new titles or create new businesses to try and squeeze out the best review scores ensuring a steady stream of sales which equates to more cash for your little simulated development company.

The pacing works well and gives you roughly 6-8 hours of play time for the 30 years you get to play. Once you reach the end the game does allow you to keep going, but no more story elements unfold (nothing beyond the PS4 and next Xbox).

If you can find Game Dev Tycoon on sale on Steam it’s certainly worth picking up.

- Addictive gameplay
- Solid design
- It is easy to understand
- Fun real life gaming representations
- You can interact with the community

- Can be very easy
- Flat gameplay
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
  • Doing pretty well, have a successful little company going, made some okay games
  • Decide to take the leap into making bigger more promising games
  • Begin developing a Space/Simulation procedurally generated game titled "No Man's Lie"
  • Press interviews me, hype up the game as much as humanly possible
  • Continue building hype
  • Hype reaching unprecedented levels
  • Finally finish game, time to squash the ungodly amount of bugs
  • Decide "♥♥♥♥ that, let the people play"
  • Release with bugs untouched
  • Rated 3/10 and now everyone hates my PR guy, Sean Flurry
11/10 game, surprisingly realistic
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
- Makes a few games
- Makes Prison simulator
- Calls it school
11/10 Would make School again
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
This is the only game where "Space Gangstas killin Old Ladies" gets a 10.25 average.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
you can make half-life 3 which is nice..
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
-made no mans sky
-got tons of hype
10/10 reality simulator
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