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 (17,044 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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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
1,184 of 1,308 people (91%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
My company went bankrupt after I released the exact same Call of Duty game 12 times in a row, all with slightly differing names.

0/10 not realistic
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469 of 501 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Game Dev Tycoon is a tycoon strategy game where you create your own game development company. You start as a guy/gal working out of a cramped garage in the 80's and as you create popular games you'll gradually grow until you have enough money for a new premises as well as the option to hire employees. As you continue to grow you'll be able to make bigger, better games, research new technology to gain an advantage, create your own MMOs and even create your own powerful game engines.

+Nice simple graphics
+A lot of depth to it, especially as you unlock more things to do later in the game
+A huge variety of topics to choose from when creating your game
+A wide variety of consoles that come and go as time goes by
+The market responds to games in a realistic way
+Some good random events though there aren't enough of them
+The game lets you grow your company at a natural rate and only allows you to expand when you have enough money
+You can take publishing contracts or other freelance work to earn some extra money inbetween making games
+You have a lot of control over your game as you can decide how much time is spent working on certain aspects/elements of the game, when working on larger games you can choose who works on what aspect
+You can train yourself and your employees to be better at different skills which improves your games and improves how quickly they are made
+The game keeps track of what topics and genres work well on what console and what elements of the game are most important
+Very relaxing to play
+Lots of replayability
+Nice sound effects
+Workshop support
+Very low requirements to run it

-Once you've played it once nothing comes as a surprise such as when games consoles get taken of the market
-The size your company can reach isn't overly big, it never gets any bigger than a medium indie team
-Soundtrack is a bit repetitive at times

Verdict:
9

A fantastic game development strategy game with nice graphics, a lot of depth and a real feeling that you're in control. This is easily one of my favourite games on Steam and a game which you should definitely pick up if you're a fan of tycoon/strategy games.

El K.
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170 of 205 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
> Named myself Phil Fish
> Started a Project called Fez
> Newspaper came, hyped game
> Invested all my funds in advertising
> Finished making it
> Didn't release it for several in game months

11/10 would imitate dumb indie devs again
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78 of 87 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Released a Call of Duty game and it got 1/10

10/10
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55 of 61 people (90%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Game Dev Tycoon is game about making games. You start in the 80’s and make your way up to modern times with new and innovative technologies.


As far as the story goes, Game Dev Tycoon kind of lacks one, but in this instance, thats a good thing. The gameplay is your custom character sitting in a desk making games and sometimes doing contract work. After you make a large sum of money from a large selling game, you move up to a more spacious office, instead of your garage. After time, you progress further, making new games, developing new game engine’s and making a name for your company.



The sound in the game is good overall, the music fits well. The sound of the research bubbles is oddly satisfying, but may get annoying over time. The graphics of the game aren't the best, but aren't needed for this sort of game.


The way the player makes a good game is based on complex math algorithms, but the player can check trends in the market, and experiment with different combos of game styles and genres in order to appeal to the masses



Game Dev Tycoon does some things wrong


The lack of story after completion makes the game boring

It’s easy to go bankrupt from a few bad games in the first 3 areas

Some employees early on are useless unless trained, costing a lot

The random events sometimes get in the way of game production

The game isn't always as realistic as it could be

Its slow to start

Sometimes you start with bad gamestyles

The games achievements aren't very easy to most


Game Dev Tycoon does a lot right too


The feeling of going through the years is satisfying

The ability to name your games and company

It’s a satisfying feeling getting a high score on a game

The game makes you want to keep playing

The researching is realistic

The game has playing cards and a steam workshop


Game Dev Tycoon isn't the best tycoon game available, but i would argue that it is the best game dev game. Its an Indie casual game made to kill some hours, and that is just what it will do. Overall i think the game is worth the $10.99(CAD) price tag, if you blow some hours into it, and play it more than once.
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