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:
Recent:
Very Positive (623 reviews) - 92% of the 623 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (21,130 reviews) - 96% of the 21,130 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.

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
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Very Positive (623 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (21,130 reviews)
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sharkbiteharryYT
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Very Fun and takes this game video game knowledge to the next level with names for the systems
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virgatepilot65
( 65.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I have put 65 hours into the game and ive only used mods for 15 hours of the time I have put in to it. The game is well polished and has alot of cool features.Theirs alot of replay value in it aswell and mods will make your experience with the game even better I say if you like games like this buy it now.
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Manic
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Game was surprisenly addictive.

Once I started, I couldn't stop developing games!
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Eli
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Game name: Game #6

Review incomming: Better than the name
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altpseudonym
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
A fun little simulation game that can get annoying with the way scores are handled but is still pretty fun. It has some replay value too, as you can go through after your first playthrough with extra hints and use knowledge from your first time through to manipulate the market. It's good fun for a few hours but don't go in expecting dozens upon dozens of hours in this game.
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reversedrift360
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
It got boring right away.
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Kevin McKevin
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
>about to hit end of the game
>$200 million in the bank, decide to go out with a triple A bang
>up the monthly budgets of R&D and Console to $3 million
>find my most successful game (first game 8/10, 2 sequels above 9/10)
>make a new sequel with a new, improved engine
>put 5 large advertising campaigns in place ($8 million)
>4 of my 6 staff need vacations
>the other 2 need vacations
>poorly managed early development meant some workers were overworked
>delays meant budget rushing towards $0
>cut funding to R&D and Console just before they finish projects
>squeeze out game before bankruptcy
>2/10
>go broke
>last 3 months spent doing small contracts to avoid going too far into debt
>lifetime achievement award
>10/10 recommend
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Naro
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
10/10 - Played it for days
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Mr Octopus
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Brilliant game nothing else to say
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Omega12347
( 34.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
-Booted up game
-Created Company called Activision
-Made Multiple games
-Created Call Of Duty got 10/10
-Created Sequel got less reviews sold less copies
-Keep making sequels
-Each Copies get worse reviews and lesser sales
-Eventually Bankrupt.

10/10 Would become Activision again
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
284 of 292 people (97%) found this review helpful
341 people found this review funny
Recommended
101.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
How on earth did I put 100 hours into this game......








Easy. Making millions of Call of Duty games to see how long it takes for the community to stop buying it. The answer is never.
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81 of 86 people (94%) found this review helpful
110 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Started a company called "Adam Sandler Games Inc".
Released a game called "you don't mess with the zohan".
The game got 5/10 on reviews (which is the same rank the actual movie got on IMDb).
went bankrupt.
10/10 would mess with the zohan again.
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
50 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Named a game "Worst game ever made."
It got a 10/10

11/10 realism.
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
"This game is absolutely stunning!"
- me

No. Seriously.
Besides of bringing a semi-fictional brief history of game development, this game provides you to live through the challenges of being a game developer in different eras. It is so much fun to experiment and discover what combination of game genre, platform and target audience is appreciated by the gamers. Your own experiences and insight sometimes proove you right, but sometimes they can get your company almost bankrupt.

It also gives a very optimistic sneak peek of how an indie game developer's life is.
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25 of 36 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
REVIEW FOR GAME DEV TYCOON:
Game Dev Tycoon is a game I really wanted when I played it as a kid. So very recently, I've got myself my first Steam Acount and played only Level 1 of this game. So was the game good as I remembered it when I played the DEMO or a waste of time?
Sounds:
So the music sounds okay. I can hum a few tones from the game. 6/10
Gameplay:
So this is a business tycoon game. A really popular concept. Now I've heard that there is another Game Dev Game, but I think that this game is better. Plus I'd never played the other one people talk about. You are going around making games and getting fans and money. And if you make a hit game, you may get an office. Now I haven't played the office yet, but holy crap is this game fun.

It also makes you think sometimes. If I had a few flaws, when you start the game you may get a white screen unless you clear the cache or something. Also it is pretty hard to come up with some ideas but that is a realsitc concept so maybe I am bashing it for what it is. The games really fun and I think you should play it! 8/10
Story:
The Story is just epic. While I don't think younger gamers would really understand it (unless they look in the history books), it well be faithful to some gamers. Due to copyright issues they changed the company's names but you can get an easter egg if you type one of the Offical Names. I hope it gets better! 9/10
Graphics:
They look pretty darn good. They look very smooth and maybe a little generic but I don't have a lot of complaints. 7/10
Replay?:
This game is something that you may play a few times after 43 years in the game. It could be very fun to create a ton of games. And maybe you would like story. Just to be fair I will give Replay: 7/10
Is this game Good?:
Yes it is! It is a game that I think every video gamer should play unless they hate tycoon business games. It is fun and faithful to gaming. I'll give this game 8/10 A must buy!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Game Dev Tycoon is a fun and cute game, and I really enjoyed my two playthroughs. I will recommend it to anyone that likes simulation management games. The game is summed up well in the descriptions, so this review will more be my experience with the game and nitpicks.

I haven't fully figured out why some of my games fail, even though they were a great combination, and others just explode on the market. Which lead to me doing significantly worse during my second playthrough. The bank lending me money at least once during almost every stage of the game, but it was actually a bit funnier and more challenging when I constantly fluctuated between hits and failures.

The last phase was way to easy on my first playthrough, because I had no specialists in my team, so I didn't go into the labs. But even though spending money on discovering things in the lab and building consoles made it more challenging, it made it way more fun, and on my last years of my second playthrough I had the second generation of my console out and a hit MMORPG.

The reviewers in the game can be jerks. On my first playthrough I made a lot of hit games, and there were constantly two of them that switched between giving me 9, so I got 9.75 instead of perfect ten. Felt like they were just trying to keep me from getting the achievement. :( And like I said, I got worse at the game the second time, so I'm probably never gonna get that achievement.

There is a lot in the game, but it never gets too complex to manage. The game that comes closest to the same experience of playing for me is probably the sims series. Where you just keep playing and there is so much to do, and a lot of minor variables, but it is all easily presented and managable. However... It suffers from the same problem that the main Sims games have for, which is that there are no natural "exit points" no real quests, so it can be hard to stop before you reach the end and can lead to game burnout eventurally. (I know sims doesn't have an end, but this game kinda has one where you get your end score) You could argue every time you finish a game within the game it is an exit, but then you get the reviews, then it goes on the market, and while it is on the market or before it gets reviewed you put your team on the task of developing, reaching, or training something else. So there is no place where the game feels like it is a natural place to take a break I would love if they make a sequel or spinoff game where they include some kind of quests or in game objectives beyond the achievements.

But it is still a topranking simulation game, and I am glad I bought it. 9.75/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Really Really fun game! When I got it loads of people said that it didnt have play time in the game but i defintly think you could put at least 25 hours into the game and not get bored. The game making is extreamly fun, and the game itself is quite funny with lots of funny easter eggs. I would defintly recomend this game to anyone!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Product received for free
Good Game, gets boring a bit. I really enjoyed it!
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
I swear the ammount of people making HL3.
Can\'t anyone just make Call Of Duty or Fallout or Minecraft or Factorio or CSGO or GTA or anything that isn\'t Half life please
:)

But i still made HL3
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Great game, good for a couple of play-throughs, gets stale after a couple times. Would recommend though.
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