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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Overwhelmingly Positive (20,530 reviews) - 96% of the 20,530 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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Lucifer
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
The first 4 hours was nonstop gameplay after completing this once I went back again to see if I can do nothing but innovate... I did just that... until the gameboy... 11/10- Would waste life to get 11/10 review again
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Nickypoo
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
I absolutely love games like this, and this one is NO EXCEPTION. Had the best time playing, and can't wait to see where my gaming company goes! Check out my Let's Play here: https://youtu.be/Euq-WTOT4h4

10/10 from me!
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Lexxy
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Just finished my first play through. Super fun little game. It seems it will be one those games that is very simple , but much tricker to master. It can be played as intensly or as chill as you want. It was also rather fun watching the ups and downs of the game systems. Oddly enough my own game company suffered the same pit fall drop off that took place in 'real life' mid/late 80's. I also managed to bounce back to become number one baby! Having some knowlege of game console history will give you a hind sight like fore sight so you can avoid developing for the game systems doomed to fail.

I'd recommend this game to anyone looking for a fun distraction, and for those with a love of video game history!
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LadyValhalla
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Pretty fun.

I got this game not really expecting much but it was fun and entertained me for a fair few hours. Not much replay to be had but worth grabing on a sale.
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mike.hang
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
it is a great game it is good
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Booty
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
(I got the product for free, as i shared it with my bro).

This game.. It's something else.
It is so good, every bit of it.

Customer support is very fast.
Game is very addicting and fun, as you need to think and such.
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XraY
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
My favorite simulator, it combines simple gameplay with complex concepts of designing games, creating graphics, and other things needed to create video games. It also has a quirky sense of indie humor thrown in there. You cannot spoil this game for yourself, it will ruin it for the most part. That is the biggest downfall, it lacks replayability mostly. (If you design multiple types of games in a single run that is!)
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dripper12345
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
amazing game in all respects, I truly think it will go far but.. as with everything there are some annoying moments... I WAS ABOOUT TO GET A CASH INFLOW WHEN IT SAID I WAS BANKRUPT!!!!!! WHY!?!?!?!?!?! IT WAS SO CLOSE!!!!!! I WOULD HAVE MADE IT!!!!!! NOT COOL GAME! 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_cweave_
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Dont you love it when you are doing absolutely amazing then randomly you get 736,250 dollars taken out of your account for no reason? Game Dev Tycoon is your answer.

Literally jsut says "736,250 has been taken out of your account".

10/10 would cry again
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KINGBOOX@WWOSavers
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Its the best tycoon i've ever played and it gave me even more ideas for a video game im planning to make in the future!
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DaBrick_Shaw
( 16.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Loved it, Absolutely captivates me time and time again with its friendly gameplay and interactive story.
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BeekersDozen
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
12 Hours in 2 days

10/10

Great game
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Vorius
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
"So I GUESS world of warcraft will work as a mmo....but then again Game dev isnt always right...." 5 minutes later it became a big hit and rose in numbers until it finally died off.....JUST LIKE REAL WOW GUYS!
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Roesia
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I don't usually write reviews (which will become painfully obvious as I go on), but this game genuinely inspired me. I wholeheartedly and strongly recommend this game to those whom: play games, develop games and/or work in any Computer Technology or Computer Science field. I'll just list off some bullet points.

Beautifully written story, very engaging
Excellent dialogue
Excellent level progression
Superb mechanics and attention to detail
Achievements are always bonus (though I haven't found any of those easter eggs yet ;) )
Extremely satisfied feeling of fulfillment upon reaching the ending(s)
Great Help section (which I referred to a lot)
Fantastic tutorial and guidance throughout gameplay
Strongly reminds me of S.M.'s Civilization 5 (though nowhere near on that level length or complication)

Just like Civ5, I will be playing this game through from beginning to end, repeatedly. Don't be stupid like I was and wait until a sale to buy this game; it's easily worth it's full price. Hats off to this game's creators!
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Oldman543
( 42.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
9/10 good game.
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vldmort
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Their focus on level design serverd them well
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MysteryBlokHed
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This game is great for when you're bored.
I like it!

But there are things that don't make much sense, like this.
(I will add to the list when I find more things)
  • It said that Detective and Strategy were a terrible combination, which I really don't understand.

Overall, I do recommend this game.
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rbrnnn8
( 34.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Super addicting! Can't... stop.... playing!!
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jackanthonydickens
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I love This Game I would give it a 9/10 because it sometimes glitches. Would Play Again
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
295 of 311 people (95%) found this review helpful
341 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
9
Game Dev and Simulation is a great combination.
... Star Games
10
I played it for days.
... Informed Gamer
11
Beautiful.
... Game Hero
10
Their focus on Engine served this game well.
... All Games
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88 of 98 people (90%) found this review helpful
127 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
After first play through I went back just to do this...

  • Reach major title unlock
  • Make Call of Duty
  • Games 1-6 8.5 and higher
  • MW2=10/10
  • Hit CoD9
  • Gets 2/10
  • Makes 20 more identical to #9
  • Goes out of Business
  • Game over
10/10 would make CoD franchise fail again
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42 of 50 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Pretty simple game, but loses its replayability after a while.

It is fun to play through the game the first time, but after you have done it a couple of times there isn't really anything worth sticking around for as there isn't much of a difference between each of the games you make. It all starts to blend into a generic switch management game without much draw to replay.

Still a good game worth checking out.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Absolutely amazing game but disappointing at the same time.

Pros
- "Pick up 'n play" - After a year of not playing, you'll still remember the controls and mechanics.
- Very simple but yet effective UI.
- You make this game as difficult as you want - do you stick with small and medium games and make decent income, or do you focus on AAA MMOs and dominate the market with your financial power?
- There's actually a 'goal' to this game - to achieve as high of a score as possible before 36(?) in-game years.
- The game has a amazing casual feel and good gameflow, time spent playing will slip through your fingers like sand.
- You're not limited to just games and you will work your way up as you go along - you start off in a basement/garage building small text games and before you know it you're the CEO of a AAA company building your own engines and consoles.

Cons
- After moving in to your last office, having unlocked all the R&D stuff and after having built 1 or 2 consoles, the game gets boring really quickly. (Starting a new game might resolve this bug)
- To me personally, the game feels lacking, don't get me wrong, it is amazing as it is, but I feel like it could have been so much more. What would be nice is maybe building your own OS, creating your own software and maybe have the game expand more on the consoles you get to make. I understand that this is a game dev tycoon but I see this game more as an amazing base for a computer industry tycoon and I really do hope that the devs do something and try to expand on this.
- The Steam Workshop feels lacking, while there is a Steam Workshop, do not expect too much from it. Unless you want a more accurate translation to Chinese or Russian it might not be for you.

TL;DR
This is an amazing game and absolute worth however much money you happen to spend on it and will grant you many hours of enjoyable playtime and yet feels lacking in some areas. This is a game I would most definitely recommend
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44 of 64 people (69%) found this review helpful
109 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
I REALLY HAVE TO PEE AND GO HAVE SUPPER BUT I CAN'T PULL MYSELF AWAY FROM THIS GAME!!!

I'VE ALREADY HAD 3 ACCIDENTS AND MISSED 2 MEALS!!

SOMEONE SAVE ME FROM MYSELF!!!!!
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
It's fun and a great time-waster, as long as you don't look at the soulless eyes of your workers. Always open, always watching. Getting a vacation every four years.

7/10 best beaten down office simulator.
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26 of 40 people (65%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
9 Great game.
...Star Games

8 Very good.
...Informed Gamer

9 Almost perfect.
...Game Hero

7 Beutiful.
...All Games
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Simple but brilliant. Well worth a play.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
Surprisingly insanely addictive. Great game.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Now this game is great, I mean I've never been good at strategic games but this one I think really fits my skill level, I like the theme of the game and love how it's structured, but less about how good it is and time to start actually critiquing it, first of all the in game reviews, some times I feel as if they sound kinda....flat?, for example I made a parody of star craft called "scar traft" and one of the reviews was "fun at stages" which made the in game reviews sound flat and lifeless, because there was no way for me to make the game online or not, then there's my next biggest issue, variety, during the start of the game I feel as if the amount of genre's you're given aren't very....varied, I feel as if you should have at least 10 different genre's from the start, and lastly my final issue with it is also with the start of the game, sequels, during my first play through of the game I wanted to make a sequel to the first game I made, so I made it, but then later on in the game I find out that the way I made my sequel ((obliviously making it an independant title)) wasn't the way I was supposed to do it, and the way I was supposed to do it was to advance more into the game, which was just......it made feel stupid to be entirely honest, this is my review of game dev tycoon.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
I made a dark souls game and it received a 9.75



10/10 'its realistic' -ign
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
A surprisingly gripping game. Very satisfactory when you finally start to get the ball rolling! Can get a bit repetitive towards the end game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Game Dev Tycoon is exactly what you expect: a videogame developer tycoon. You are supposedly warped back in time to 1985 to a reference-filled (hint: flux capacitor) garage, where you begin your endeavour into the gaming history books. Like any developer who travels in time to 1985, you are absolute ♥♥♥♥ at programming because the technology is so different. You have a computer that's literally worse than a modern graphing calculator, yet you decide to make games. If you are successful, you can grow your garage into an actual company, with actual people, and actual results. You have to strategically market your games for specific audiences (you know, like "T for Teen" or "E for Everyone") and try to match genres to different gaming platforms to different audiences.

For example, kids. In the real world, devices like the Nintendo DS (which reminds me, tell you later) or the great old Gameboy are very popular. Add a role-playing/ adventure game like the Legend of Zelda, and you're all set. Target marketing at young people, and kaboom: ez skins, ez life. Although "skins" probably means nothing to the world of the 1980s and 90s.

So, now, about the NDS. The developers, in an effort to give you a good laugh, and avoid copyright infringement, have sort of parodied every console on the market. If I'm correct, the Nintendo GameCube's counterpart is the GameSphere. It's actually kinda freaking amazing.

I'll give GDT a solid 8, maybe an 8.5 because of the extensive workshop mod support.

TL;DR: Time travel to 1985, make games, ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥es, get money. 8.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I just finished this after playing around for 39 hours. This game is worth every penny I paid for it. There are many things you can try and the game mechanics seem quite logical. The game doesn't really explain that much why your games aren't succeeding, but after a while you can most likely figure thing out.

I had a lot of fun while playing Game Dev Tycoon. So, if you are intrigued by game industry, buy this game. Now.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Best game ive played for 3 hours in years, this is a really fun based game where most game developers started, in a garage then build a empire or go horribley wrong
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Loving this game, great tutorials and gameplay. It's honestly addicting as hell, glad I picked this up! Would recommend it to anyone honestly if you don't like it Steam does have the refund system but I would recommend giving this game a try.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Game is comparable to a good bowel movement. Easily controled, smooth, satisfying, and above all else, extremely organic. Maybe some polishing and more detailed immersion could take it to the next level.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
one of the best game i hv ever played
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
its very good pretty suprising because it was just a green light game.
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Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Interesting game, takes a lot of knowledge about game history and experience of different types of games to play well (in the first game).

Get a bit boring and repetitive after a while, Also I didn't feel that I have real control over the development of games. Even nice new combo does not necessarily gives nice result.

And in the end, I have to develop too many good games to survive.
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