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 (631 reviews) - 92% of the 631 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (21,203 reviews) - 96% of the 21,203 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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dedpul
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
this is a very good and well made game
i higly reccomend it to players who are fans of the points and click genre
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nathanaelwright
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This is one of the best games that I've bought on Steam! I recommend it to any Tycoon player especially if you have interest in gaming history. Enjoy!
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Crazy_Fiver
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This game taught me that by rehashing the same series repeatedly, I can run a succesful game studio. Too lifelike.
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Splash Dragon356
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
THIS GAME!!!
The ONLY worst/Bad thing about this game! is the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ Bank!. . .
you have no ♥♥♥♥♥♥ say on how you get to pay back a loan, or wen and then wen you are in the red the bank just loans you more un till it kills you cause it loand you so mutch money! that you cant pay it back!!!

basicaly Death by taxes
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Class380Fan
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Made a game called "The Mitcher 4" over 500K people bought it and I earned mega $. It was the best game I made so far while owning 380 Games. The Mitcher 3 was a hit as well but the 4th one was a big hit.

10/10 would make a other Witcher I mean "Mitcher" game again.
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bukpik
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Awsome game and nice message so cool but hard
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TheSmashBro64
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
My best games were Shrek Layer Racing! and My Pet Shrek, i also had Shrek Warfare
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xander 141
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
its a great game for making games for people who play games. Very enjoyable and i would rate 10 out of 10.
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Sleepyinahoodie
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
This game is fun, addictive and simple with a lot of replayability.

There's really nothing to fault about this game, it's worth the money and I can see myself coming back to this game every now and again.

10/10 would recommend to everyone
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Max Harris
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Started the game
Made my company & character
Made a game about cities and strategy with text based graphics
Got 2.1 Million dollars
Bought new office
Hired 3 people
Went bankrup

10/10 Best ecenomic rollercoaster ever
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
321 of 331 people (97%) found this review helpful
392 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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93 of 101 people (92%) found this review helpful
131 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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49 of 58 people (84%) found this review helpful
80 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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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 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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11 of 12 people (92%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8 of 11 people (73%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Without a doubt this has become one of my go to games when i feel like playing casually, it's simple and easy to understand and can be a little addicting. I often find myself playing it for several hours without realizing it, or sometimes for just half an hour, and that's what makes this game so good. It's just so easy to pick up and play, and it can take a very long time to master or even simply complete the game. I often found my self ecstatic whenever i made a perfect 10/10 game, and what makes it so special is the reward you get for creating a master piece, keeping you exited and happy. It just makes you want to keep on playing, keep on succeding, trying to hit that perfect mark again. In all honesty this is a well polished game that is incredibly fun to play, and i would recommend it to any one who is looking for something new or just something fun and rewarding. It is very fearly priced that deserves your attention, so try it out because i doubt you'll be disopointed.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Simple and addictive game with a lot of fun. Can't recommend it enough.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
While I did enjoy the game during the time I played it, I believe I know why I've stopped playing it.

Even though it was fun pretending to be a game develloper throughout the decades while you evolve your games to the evolution of newer consoles, I felt I had played all the game during one entire playthrough. Just repeating the same kind of formula of game development throughout every game really made me feel as if all had been played and seen. Also, while there are certain different aspects to the gameplay, it all seems to boil down to creating game after game till you keep on racking a huge amount of cash; it then goes into researching new themes for your games, but it doesn't make anything more interesting, with no other interesting mechanic besides making games *IN MY OPINION*.

The game had its fun moments, but is unfortunately not worth the 10$ pricetag
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