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 (572 reviews) - 96% of the 572 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (20,631 reviews) - 96% of the 20,631 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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Overwhelmingly Positive (572 reviews)
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Seagull-78
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
My Game Report for this game:

Topic/Genre match (Game Dev/Simulation): AMAZING!!!

Platform/Genre match (PC/Simulation): GREAT!!!

Nothing needs to be added to make this game one of my favorites.

I've added some additional insights:

Greenheart Games is still new to the gaming industry (I think), but their first game (I think this is their first game) is FANTASTIC!!! GO GREENHEART GAMES!!!!!!

Go buy Game Dev Tycoon!!! You won't regret it!
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Arifan | Idle
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
gamenya mayan seru
apalagi pas bangkrut gegara di komentari gak kreatif
kadang disitu saya sedih sekali!
awkwkkwkw
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KreamKorn
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Very fun to see if a horrible idea will make you millions
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Captain_Fusion
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
It Just Works
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c.cisneros13
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
great game
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DucktonR3
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Devel Location In Another Dimension.
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ArcticCloudStudios
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
10/10 Game!

This game is overall fantastic! I've played it not stop since i got it yesterday!

PROS---

-play through history!
-Great Feel
-Great layout
-more i cant even think about!


Buy This Game!
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dogdk
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
very time consuming and fun. every little detail is accounted for when creating your games making it a very immersive experiece.good job on making an incredible first game, cant wait to see what you make next!
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assassin_dice
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
it is fun and awesome
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Attom
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I like it





Don't expect to get more than a couple hours of fun and laughs of it. A very good couple hours most likely.
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marcus3702
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Gameplay Mechanics: 10
Visuals: 8
Audio and Soundtrack: 7
Pacing: 9
Experience: 10
Simulation Depth: 7
Overall: 8.5/10
Comments: Best game about making games ever! Does crash a bit though.
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BOT Sans
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
*starts game
*plays for 30 mins nomally and installs mods
*fingerblasts the hack button
*uninstalls mods
*breaks game
*reinstalls game
*still broken

10/10 would break again
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kronikman07
( 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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Carlus
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Great game to play just to waste some free time
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A Random Hippo
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Very fun game. Makes it easy to just sit bac kfor a couple hours and play it. It is also hard to lose. I almost did then I made a game titled Please work and it was text based and I kinda randomly threw ♥♥♥♥ around and it made 768k and I didn't go bankrupt. :)

10/10 would get a small loan of 800k then not be able to pay it back then make a ♥♥♥♥ game that makes me 700k.
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Yoshi278
( 22.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Fantastic game. Please support the devs to this game so you can become a dev and ask people to support you ^.^
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kawaii girl
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
fun game but gets boring after a while
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TheProestNoob
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Good game overall, I have not yet completed it. The only problem with this game is the cost of everything. I've been in debt manu, many times now. Also, GAMES. If I made an amazing game, and then did a remix of it (not a sequel though) then rating would be terrible! ???

Recommended.
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legorunnerkid
( 3.5 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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NiceLoon
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
OK. the game is fun for the first few hours until you get poor/in debt, everything seems to be 'boring' unless you have alot of in game money. When i started, it was really good, and i enjoyed it, but, recently i have had to restart the game because i went bankrupt. It seemed boring, I had to restart EVERYTHING, would recommend though, just be prepared to be bored or dissapointed.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
135 of 151 people (89%) found this review helpful
187 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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54 of 64 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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35 of 39 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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52 of 79 people (66%) found this review helpful
138 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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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
17 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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12 of 14 people (86%) 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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15 of 20 people (75%) 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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30 of 49 people (61%) found this review helpful
59 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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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
13 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Developed a game called Legend of Tyrone 2: Welfare Checks, RPG/ Fantasy.
9.75 average and over 4 million copies sold


What more can you ask for
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10 of 17 people (59%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Incredible game that's easy to play
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.0 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
its very good pretty suprising because it was just a green light game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
I've seen the game in my recommended section once in a while, never bothered to buy it. I have way too many games which I never get to play. This one will be no exception. I doubt I'll ever get around playing it for any significant amount of time. Hooooowever, that's not why I bought it. I read this and I found it so ironic that I had to shell out those few Euros to help out the devs. Irony at its best.

Thanks for the laugh. Worth the 8.99€

(Needed to play 5min to make the review. Got stuck in it for an half hour any way.... If I had more time, I'd probably try to advance further. It would be nice if it randomly generated game and engine names. I have not enough fantasy to make up stuff and Game #N is quite silly)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I enjoy this game, althoug I found it pretty unique i found that after you finished it one it can be pretty repetitive especialy if you did everything the game had to offer but for 10$ this game was worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
10....Simulation games work well on PC
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful