Game Dev Tycoon is a business simulation game in which you have to replay the history of the gaming industry.
The game begins in a garage with a commercial PC. The goal is simple you begin to develop games and try to become more and more successful. Once you move into a small office you can begin to hire staff.
At the start, income will come mostly from contract work. Research which you gain during gameplay can be invested in unlocking new game topics, technology and leveling up the abilities of your staff. Development itself is divided into several stages.
Once you have decided a name, topic, genre, and console platform, the player is prompted with three screens of development factors. Each screen has a slider with three different elements, for example world design, sound and graphics. You can equalize all elements or focus on one.
The player can later buy licenses to create games for "Ninvento" and "Vega" consoles, new challenges are introduced in the form of managing a staff, dedicating money to researching new technology and following current market trends.
The game has a simple interface which makes it easy to jump in and play. Each run takes around 6-8 hours of gameplay. The game is very predictable, bet on history and you can not go wrong.
The graphics of Game Dev Tycoon are very basic and it is fairly a quiet game in terms of sound effects.
Game Dev Tycoon feels like a polished and very absorbing online flash game. But I have to admit, it is an addictive little game that eats away your time.
So if you are looking for little game to spend your spare time you could try it with Game Dev Tycoon.