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 (732 reviews) - 94% of the 732 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (21,014 reviews) - 96% of the 21,014 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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GhostPyro
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game is fantastic, through and through. Honestly, it's one of the most fun and addicting games I have played all year. And for being an indie game, that's a fantastic achievement for the devs over at Greenheart games. This game is just right. It does everything it wants to in a way that is satisfying. This game is fantastic and I would love to see them continue to update and support the game and I would love to see what other gems these guys can release. Thank you Greenheart Games!
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mataloun
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Really nice game. Love "tycoon" games...

I've got some suggestions, though:

1) Game is too short. I finished it in 3 days of heavy playing. Devs should create more events fot the ame.
2) Time runs too fast in the game. You can't absorb information or do nothing with it. Many consoles passed me by like nothing, didn't have the time to develop games for some of them.
3) Too many pop ups. It would be better if there was a messa center that didn't interrupt the gameplay.
4) The console creation and the HD e RD departments were not explored. I mean, for a "game dev tycoon" game, to create your own console is something - or should be - awesome. And yet, you are able to create it like it is something simple - it is as hard or harder as creating a game, I imagine. And the departments: they should be run just like the game developing department.

Just some thoughts. But awesome game. Rating: 8.
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huskerfan826
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Made fantasy strategy game called "Warcraft" sold 15 million copies

10/10 would ripoff Blizzard again
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Grim the Gilded
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I really like it. It's a nice easy going game, doesn't push too many mechanics on you at once. Graphics and sound are nice, not the bleeding edge but accomplish what they need to. I appreciate how cleanly all the information is laid out, and the little touches like info from game reports about good combos and such leaving notes under topics and genres.
It probably helps that I have a fair working knowledge of video game history. I can't help but make mock titles of my favorites. For a first game, this is a really good showing and I look forward to seeing what GreenHeart makes in the future. Highly reccomended.
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Scoot Palgrom
( 75.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
By far one of the most fun little games I've ever played. I purchased after I saw some youtubers playing it and never regretted it. The gameplay is built around a fairly simple slider system that increases in complexity throughout the game as you need to micromanage employees, features, research, and maintenance.
This game is really easy to grasp, but making successful games will take some finesse that you develop throughout the game. My only real complaint would be how predictable the market is, especially if you have knowledge of the irl equivalent of each console. This is especially notable on multiple playthroughs. However, thanks to mods this problem is mostly aleviated, I just wish it was done in house.

9.5/10
An excellent managment sim with a pretty cool twist.
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Tyler1239270
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Made a game. Got ♥♥♥♥ reviews. Still made bank. Cool!
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harry32165
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
How do you get money back on steam
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Quickhand413
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Part 1:
Started up a new game
Developed a few games for the G64 and PC
TES comes out and starts dominating market
Decide to make a game and bought the lisence.
Makes game called "Crystal Warriors", a Fantasy RPG.
Puts lots of time into making it perfect
1 week before release I have 2.3K left in bank, and 8K costs in 2 weeks.
Vowed this would be my last game if it didn't turn something decent, because I'd be in the red.
Game becomes my best title yet, does 70K sales the 1st week.

Part 2:
Gameling comes out
Decided to make a new fantasy rpg after my fantasy/adventure Crystal Warriors spinoff failed.
Named the game "Smokeymon"
Develop it, not expecting much.
Game gets a 9.75 overall rating
Puts me from 750K to 3M+, nearly 100k sales on release.

10/10 would Square Enix and Game Freak again
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Senpai-Cow
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
this game is good for 1st game but i always go bankrupt becuz i suck at this game :(
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Salty Pie
( 33.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
I pleayed the original App from Kairogames for DAYS!
Now I played this for days after days...
10/10 Perfect ... Star Games
10/10 The Focus on Engine was good for this game ... Informed Gamer
10/10 Fantastic Game ... Game Hero
9/10 Great Game ... All Gamers

Its hard to get a full 10.0 flat or even worse the 11, Greenheart Studios ;)

You start off in a garage and while playing through 35 years of gaming history (you start where the G64 is a bit more spread than the PC (They didnt had the licence for names, so everything is renamed a tiny bit ;)).
When I first played this game in 2013 it didnt include the VR as far as I can remember, they updatet it so it sticks with the current development of games. They might add more years (there is a "long play" mode I should try soon...) while real life is going on.
It is a fun game and with every playthrough you get more Information ingame as you learn stuff for yourself (like what should I focus on, producing a Simulator or an Action game? Where to put the Focusbars (You will find yourself moving those Bars Pixelperfect to get the perfect scores).

You can unlock tons of Easter Eggs and the Achievments make you feel like you are really getting progress (at least on the first playthroughs). :ghsmile:
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
208 of 213 people (98%) found this review helpful
255 people found this review funny
Recommended
100.3 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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119 of 126 people (94%) found this review helpful
119 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
10 good game
10 more please
11 can't wait for the sequal
10 game dev and simulation is a good combination
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60 of 63 people (95%) found this review helpful
78 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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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Nearly went bankrupt developing games for the Dreamcast. Spent every last penny I had on a new high tech engine and a zombie survival game. Released it with many bugs and still made bank.

10/10, would scam millions again
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Incredible game that's easy to play
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
22 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 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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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
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 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
14 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 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 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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