In GamersGoMakers, you found a little company creating the first video games in history. Create your first game with only basic sound and simple graphics available in the year 1980. You´re one of the pioneers entering the rising global market for computer games.
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Release Date: Aug 8, 2014

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In GamersGoMakers, you found a little company creating the first video games in history. Create your first game with only basic sound and simple graphics available in the year 1980. You´re one of the pioneers entering the rising global market for computer games. At the beginning, there are only few genres you can pick for a game to create, later you have plenty of options for more genres and sub-genres.

You start in 1980 creating one of the first computer games in history
Go your own way: Be a developer, designer, producer, artist or composer
Choose your starting location. Each starting location has its own characteristics, which may give you a benefit of some kind in play.
Optional start in 1990 or 2000, choose from 3 difficulty levels
31 genres of games to choose from
Real influence on creating games (find the genre matching game parts out of 15x4 options)
Intelligent game reviews give you hints about what to improve for next game in same genre
Sales are influenced by trends, platform market share, competitor´s performance and many more
You can create patches, addons, sequels or a new edition for a different platform
Hire up to 26 employees with specialisations in genre and/or platform
Rich role playing elements: level up your character and employees in 21 different skills
Learning by doing: Your employees gain levels in skills by takig part in projects
Improve your employees skills additionally by trainings, education programs and specializations
Employees will ask for more loan, holiday, trainings or they get sick, maybe even quit for a better job at a rival´s company
Become a specialized company of high renown in a certain genre, e.g. the global number 1 in Shooter games
Research new gaming technologies
Expand your business, rent or buy a bigger office
Equip 16 different rooms like studios for sound and motioncapture, labs and marketing office
Upgrade your rooms several times as time advances
Compete within a global simulated games market - hundreds of simulated competitors release games
Win awards for game of the month/game of the year
Consoles and platforms retire from the market...except you create a game hit extending the platform´s lifetime
Buy out your rival competitors: Let them work for you or destroy them
Win achievements and beat the global highscore
Become a publisher
Visit conventions or create your own convention
Pimp your games with "real" actors for voice acting, soundtracks and motion capturing!
Pay up to 30% tax per annum
...and many more features for a very deep gaming experience!

If you are not sure whether you can run the game or not or you want to try out the game before buying it; there is a free downloadable demo available on the website here.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 1000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Min screen resolution: 1280x768
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win 7
    • Memory: 2000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics
    • Storage: 150 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Min screen resolution: 1280x768
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MISG
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
unfinished game that was never completed. Play other game dev game they are better.
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Mattja!4
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
8/10 feels like you can only make a living out of contracts and feel a little boring
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Snacky McSnackerson
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
How does this game have a "Very Positive" Rating? It's a really watered down version of Game Dev Tycoon, start up your company, choose what game to make, pay to have it translated even if irl you know certain languages, then make a really bad box art and choose if you want your game to have violence, swearing and sexual themes, and let me tell you, an action game where you're a wolf killing people? Needs a good amount of sexual content, apparently.

Really, you just keep this on, but then you end up losing all your money and going into the files, changing starting cash to a butt load, starting a new game and giving up.

So, this game gets a 2.7/10
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becephalus
( 58.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
A fun little game, though maybe lacks a bit in detail and replay value. The balancing of the different aspects of focus on game development is nicely done, though there are some holes in the overalll design (early on research new topics too quickly can cripple your games and your ability to advance.

Could use some fleshing out of marketing and distribution and some better navigation options. PLays at thimes a little like a tablet game and the UI leaves a lot to be desired.
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Zenvioux
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
This game is basically just Game Dev Tycoon with a lot more content.

It is a shame the devs abondoned this gem.
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DarkPixel
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
Its a pure waste of money
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☭ jumin121 ☭
( 34.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28
This game when it first came out had alot of promised and I was quite excited for it. But as time went on there was little to no positive interaction with the community and the developer abandoned this game. Furthermore recent events have made it clear that the developer just sees the game as free money and doesn't really expect to do much of anything and get reward out of it.
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Nyarlathotep
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
Broken and Abandoned. Avoid.
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radagar
( 41.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
so sad no more devlopment on this game its great.!
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mystikwaboose
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 14, 2015
10/10
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circuspandemonium
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 8, 2015
Good game. These simulators are great but they need to be explored more. I would pay more for more content easily. One thig i want in this game or games like it is the ability to start out with a retro console. I want to compete in the early years with sega and nintendo consoles. More fictional "next gen" consoles would also be cool. In this game you can customize the look of the box art for game cartriges. Customization is the key to make these games fun. What does your game look like, what does your console look like, ect. Ability to effect the game economy is also important. Lets say my retro console is so good that i put Nintendo out of buisness. Lets say Sega makes it past the Dreamcast and becomes top dog in the console industry. What if Atari kept going? What if the X-box failed? All of this should be listed in a options menu that essentialy sets the coure for the game session. I think you shoul be able to start in 1978 and make simple games for Arcades. The sound track to this game is amazing. However it could benifit from DLC adding more content.
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Konertag
( 33.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 5, 2015
I know a lot of people say this is a ripoff of Game Dev Tycoon, but having played both of them, you get a lot more control on how your game is made and the feedback is way better than in GDT. Although the Game cover feature is useless, you can just pick one at random.
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Decster
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 4, 2015
no ... just ... no ...
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Someone
( 20.2 hrs on record )
Posted: November 19, 2015
Game Dev Tycoon. But Worse. Much Worse. Well. It's More in depth. But Boring. Needs Mods.
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The Wargods
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: October 29, 2015
10/10. Best Game Tycoon game i've played.

More realistic options then Game Dev Tycoon.

100% Worth the cost, No Bugs or issues.

Started with 50k cash, currently sitting at 13.4M & nearly 1M fans :) in the year 1994 (started in 1980)
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Syntax Error
( 33.0 hrs on record )
Posted: October 7, 2015
I used to enjoy this game when I bought it, now it's been about 3-4 months since I've played it.
In about 6+ months there is NO patches to fix bugs, and these bugs can lead up to crash and game not saving.

As stated 6+ months ago and still no patch, I would not recommend buying this title.
Current state, even though it is a full release, it is not even in a polished beta stage.

Project is dead.

DO NOT BUY!
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Anybuddy
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: October 7, 2015
This game is a ♥♥♥♥ing ripoff of other and better games ... Also the game is really bugged and not at all polished, and it seems to have been abandoned so don't waste your money on this ♥♥♥♥ go check out Game Dev Tycoon instead, coz it's the EXACT SAME ♥♥♥♥ING GAME but not ♥♥♥♥♥♥ as ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥ ... ♥♥♥♥!

Don't play, even for free!
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SirLagsalott
( 26.5 hrs on record )
Posted: September 23, 2015
Every time I exit this game, the words "Units sold" is copied to my clipboard.
10/10
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Grimlock Studios
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 16, 2015
*******An End Of Year Apps Review********

This game is actually pretty good. Reminds me alot of Game Dev Tycoon. But this game has some quilites that GDT does not. Like The ability to set the story line, Blood and gore, Bad language and sexual content bars. It also allows you to pick the box design that your game is going to be shipped in. The gameplay is pretty good. eventhough the sprite player doesn't move. It allows you to pick what you spend more time on. Graphics, sound ect. The reviews let you know what you could of improved on. When you game is off the market your fans tell you what they liked and disliked about it. EYA rateing 7/10
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genejoke
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: September 13, 2015
A poor mans game dev tycoon. it's okay but lacks detail and fun.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
How does this game have a "Very Positive" Rating? It's a really watered down version of Game Dev Tycoon, start up your company, choose what game to make, pay to have it translated even if irl you know certain languages, then make a really bad box art and choose if you want your game to have violence, swearing and sexual themes, and let me tell you, an action game where you're a wolf killing people? Needs a good amount of sexual content, apparently.

Really, you just keep this on, but then you end up losing all your money and going into the files, changing starting cash to a butt load, starting a new game and giving up.

So, this game gets a 2.7/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Broken and Abandoned. Avoid.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
This game when it first came out had alot of promised and I was quite excited for it. But as time went on there was little to no positive interaction with the community and the developer abandoned this game. Furthermore recent events have made it clear that the developer just sees the game as free money and doesn't really expect to do much of anything and get reward out of it.
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214 of 255 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 25, 2015
I don't know if this is still "Early Access" but NO UPDATES have been done in well over a year (11/2014). The developer is MIA and the game is full of bugs.

The game is a direct ripoff of Game Dev Tycoon. The developer is apparently MIA and no updates have been done since November of 2014. The developer (and/or moderator) doesn't allow any constructive criticism of the game on the boards. I, like others, were permantently banned in the early goings of the game for bringing bugs to the attention of the developer. They were done politely, but the moderator/owner takes criticism personally for some reason.

Look at this strange exchange between a moderator and a guy asking to change his review from negative to positive:

http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198029818396/recommended/314320

The same moderator also actively engages the community negatively by starting ridiculous topics designed to incite:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/314320/discussions/0/35221031615875135/

and:

http://steamcommunity.com/app/314320/discussions/0/35221031614566266/

The forum for bugs has the title "you break it, we fix it." That's an AWFUL mentality for a developer. Bugs are not mistakes make by the user playing. They are made by the developer. That doesn't mean that they aren't expected. Of course they are. Especially in an Early Access game. But even insinuating that the bugs in an early access game are the fault of player is insanity.

And, no, being in the same genre does not mean you're automatically ripping off a game. Some people in the comments have argued that I'm saying being in the same genre makes it a ripoff. It doesn't. But the game play and graphics are nearly identical. Whereas a game like Mad Games Tycoon is in the same genre but completely different in graphics and function.

The developer promised an update was coming soon this last October (2015). No word from the developer since that time.

If you like these types of games, give Mad Games Tycoon a try. The developer constantly updates the game (it's early access, but he takes advice from the community and updates his games often).
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253 of 332 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
I bought GamersGoMakers based on reviews stating that it is a more complex Game Dev Tycoon.

In my experience, the only added complexity is in the reviewable detail like spreadsheets showing current trends and company history.

Everything else, however, feels less polished than Game Dev Tycoon (which I also found to be a far from ideal game).

First, the user interface is sometimes confusing. Does that green checkmark mean I need to click it to activate it? Or does that mean it is activated? Oh, okay, that means it *is* activated. On other dialogues and interfaces -- oops, wait, come back! I didn't mean to skip that question or step! You're also forced into full-screen. For casual simulation games like this, I'd prefer to use a small window while I do other things. With GamersGoMakers, you can have full-screen or windowed mode. Both will take up your entire screen (in my case, on a 2560x1600 screen). Yes, there is a lot of information in the interface, but there are far more complex data-driven presentation games out there that I can play at something other than full screen, if I wish.

Second, the game play itself is essentially the same as every other iteration of this genre. Research tech, train skills, name a game, select genre and focuses for game, click button and watch while the money rolls in (or doesn't). Repeat and rinse until you're bankrupt (no way to take bank or private loans or anything else - when you go negative for a year, you're toast) or until you have enough money to invest in a bigger building and more employees and advertising campaigns.

Third, and what kind of drove me nuts over everything else, are the incoherencies. The game starts in 1980 and can be started in the 80s, 90s, or 00s, if you prefer. In the beginning, the only graphical technology which exists is "text based". You'll see something like the current 1980 trend being "race simulators". So, you might create a race simulator using the currently available technology. The game will bomb -- probably because you didn't invest enough focus in graphics (as per the game reviews for your product). You know, those sexy text based graphics that really drive racing simulators of 1980.

If you play through production of a few games (which feels like it is always based around entirely random generation of events and desires, no matter how senseless) you'll reach the point where an ESRB-style ratings board appears. Only, not so much like the ESRB, because while the ESRB has no legal authority and are a voluntary industry ratings system, the ratings service in the game apparently has the capability to legally ban a game in America, for "excessive language".

That's right. A game developed in the US for a US market is banned in the US by a ratings service for its language. For those unfamiliar with the first amendment and repeated court decisions over the decades upholding it, let's put this into context: Only two games have ever been "banned" in the US. Ever. One was an adult title in 2005 which, due to an under age (17yrs) model being revealed, was taken off the market and the other was an arcade game which was "banned" due to defective peripheral parts which were potentially dangers and therefore recalled for safety issues. In other words, neither was technically "banned" and certainly no game has ever been banned due to language or violence or legal representations of sexual situations. While this may seem like a small thing, it's an annoyance and representative of countless incoherencies in a title which otherwise asserts itself to be an engaging simulation of an industry, sectioned into characteristic decades.

Over all, it is not a terrible game. I just can not suggest it over Game Dev Tycoon at a full $10. Frankly, I can't suggest Game Dev Tycoon at its full price, either. Both are very lack-luster games; GamersGoMakers more so. I would really like to see someone put in the work to produce a high quality game of this genre and subject, with the depth and complexity and coherence that it really deserves. As it is, every one of these that I've encountered are little more than a cheap mobile phone quality distraction.
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58 of 70 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2015
I used to enjoy this game when I bought it, now it's been about 3-4 months since I've played it.
In about 6+ months there is NO patches to fix bugs, and these bugs can lead up to crash and game not saving.

As stated 6+ months ago and still no patch, I would not recommend buying this title.
Current state, even though it is a full release, it is not even in a polished beta stage.

Project is dead.

DO NOT BUY!
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77 of 107 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2015
It's seriously a bug fest. Half of the time I don't get paid by publishers, the other half my game projects simply stop at 100% and I can't release and have to quit the project and lose money. Can't make it past 4 years due to all the bugs.

Seems like it's a "done" product as well so no more patches.

Don't buy.
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37 of 49 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
I was curious of the other Game Management games out there. I started out with Game Dev Tycoon (Throughly enjoyed that game with 200+ hours), then I tried Game Tycoon (Which is absolutely dreadful, don't waste your time and money. You're better off wiping your butt than spending it), I tried GameBiz 3 (Enjoyed it for its gameplay but hated it for its extremely poor UI and sales restrictions), and I played Game Dev Story on iOS (Which is great for on the go. I enjoyed it for its simulation, but not very much for its management and lack of interaction). So one day, I came upon this game and I decided to give this a shot.

Pros:
-Very detailed! I like how they really invested into what goes into a game; such as system design, content design, sound design, game writing, network, ect. The list goes on.
-Game Reviews appear like actual reviews.
-You can create your own Casing! This is honestly my favorite part of the game, hands down. None of the other Game Dev games ever did this!
-Competitors; more specifically they affect you in so many factors such as affecting your game releases, console releases, ect. You can even buy them out and have them develop their own projects but still receive an income or you can have them help you out in your own projects!
-More indef development. You can have voice actors, stunt devils, and so much more!
-This game has a lot of humor! The names of the actors are reversed in such a great fashon!
-Sales Charts are detailed and give you great statistics.
-You can choose your starting location! With each starting location, you get seperate perks!
-You can choose your own price! This should already be a given to any GD game!

Cons:
-If you do poorly in the game, the reviews will just tell you "You should focus on so and so more," It doesn't give you a plus minus system like GDT does. What makes it even worse, is that when you develop another game of the same genre, it doesn't tell you what was something you weren't suppose to do, you have to pull up another menu to do so.
-The UI is very much confusing and requires so many menus to open for information. If you wish to replace another employee you have to basically write down the levels of each employee and what they are good in. It should automatically tell you this instead of menu hopping.
-Graphics are very uninspiring. Everything is basically a still image.
-The notifications takes up about 1/5th of your screen. It doesn't need to be that big. Whats worse is that if you wish to look a previous notification, you are bombarded by what other notifications of irrevent games from irrevent companies. You also can't go back very far in time.
-Upgrading and researching are such a time consuming waste. You can't unlock the publishing office until the early 2010s. To make this seem even more terrible, you can't unlock your hardware lab until the 7th gen (X360, PS3, WII), around 2004-7ish. You can't make a retro console. The game won't even tell you if you can even research more technology due to the bombardment of the nofications.
-Buying new offices are basically the same as the last bullet point, half of the stuff you wish to create are locked off until the later 2000s.
-Early game start is virtually impossible unless you know what you're doing. There are no wiki's or any source of information from what I looked on the internet about what makes a game good. I had to revert to the steam forums for an JPG about what you invest your points in.
-Custom Consoles sell COMPLETELY POORLY! It took until my forth console to even get to a 10% marketshare whereas my competitors are at 25-35%. Which also makes no sense, the marketshare exceeds 100%, how is that even possible!?
-By later game, around 2000s, it slows down tremendously and begins to feel repeatitive.
-Genre and game selection is confusing. You can pick an Action Genre but you have to pick a sub-Genre. EX: Action-Beat em Up. Then you create a story with it. Then those stories are locked for the genre specific game. If I wanted to create a Military Action RPG, I can't. I can only use Military FPS.
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Final Verdict: Better than Game Tycoon at least!

I do absolutely love the details this game gives and the constant updates from the developers! This game has a LOT of potiental, but it won't reach it's peak unless it continues to receive patches and updates. The UI DEFINITELY needs some work. Although points of the game felt repetitve, I never really felt bored. I was interested by how the market works and the constant interaction you're doing. The case designing is by far the most innovative feature of this game; its what should be EXPECTED in a Game Dev game. But it needs to be more interesting, a bit more dynamic!!

I'd recommend giving this game, at the very least, a shot or a try. It's well worth its price point of $10 USD. It's not a game for everybody, but you may find it very enjoying.
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34 of 44 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
As an old fart, who has messed with computers for the past 33 years, this game is really a trip down memorylane.

I tried the demo from their homepage and was instantly caught up in it. Once the demo ended, I just had to own this baby. I can't seem to stop playing.

Just want to release ONE more game, buy out one more competitor, win one more award, learn one more new technology before I quit for the day.

This game is WAY better than Game Dev Tycoon (without slamming that game, as I enjoy playing it as well), it just has so much more going for it. More depth, more atmosphere, more feel.

If you're into tycoon game, if you're an old fart, if you love games where you build a business from the ground up, if you're competitive by nature.

Heck if you're one or all off the above, buy this little gem and spend countless hours releasing one game after another. Be the first to release an MMORPG and watch people throw their money at you for years to come, while you keep shoveling out Addon packs for it.

Gotta love gaming :)
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40 of 62 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
For someone who plays Tycoon games a lot and has also played Game Dev Tycoon, which this game is kind of like, this is really difficult, to master this game is challenging, but it sure is fun to play, it also makes you think, what would happen if this game and Game Dev Tycoon mixed up together to make one game?
But this game is really great, though it does act very familliar to Game Dev Tycoon.

People who don't own Game Dev Tycoon = 9/10
People who do own Game Dev Tycoon = 7/10 (Buy on a sale if anything)
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33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
A more complex version of Game Dev Tycoon which is a plus but the user interface is too clunky. It lacks polish and ease of use.
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
GamersGoMakers is a game that allows you, the player, to hop into the shoes of a company where you develop games of varying platforms and genres.

What caught my eye to buy this was another game, a similar game, its predecessor 'Game Dev Tycoon'. I really enjoyed what the game had to offer at such an early stage it even made me quite hyped and have myself question 'What type of updates and content will come in the future?' - the fabled hype got crushed the moment the Developer went MIA and no updates, patches, bugfixes or DLC of any kind have been released or discussed about.

The game is sadly deserted and doesn't deserve your money nor would it deserve my money but I can't very well refund it.

0/10 - just play Game Dev Tycoon with Mods.
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44 of 72 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
47.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
Ok so here it goes:
GamersGoMakers in my opinion:

Graphics:
4/10 (in some areas game seems completly unpolished, while in some simple graphic serves well in other areas it simply seems amateurly poor)
Sound:
3/10 (Music endup annoying long before I have finished my first play through, sound effects are acceptable, smetimes even nice)
Gameplay:
8/10 (Interesting ideas and approach. Well extending areas covered by GDT)
Level Design:
4/10 (Stylish and cool but poor selection and not planned well. Scrolled rooms endup very fast annoying)
AI:
N/A
UI:
4/10 (Some areas looks really cool, other acceptable but UI is clunky, in many areas not well explained and/or unintuitive)
Game Writting:
9/10 (Very good story writting for this type of game, good collection of comments add depth to the title)
Network:
N/A
World Design:
5/10 (Acceptable, filling partially alive and diversed , but nothing more.)
Content Design:
7/10 (A lot of content fills game with enough fresh stuff for hours of gameplay. Shame graphic quality isnt on the same level to cover for it)
System Design:
2/10 (Games with quality of average 8/10 gets 36% score in some cases! I understand that this may be diversed but it seems more like bugs. And yes game have a lot of them.
- money jumping to different, unlikely values
- unresponsive UI
- Fonts errors (asking to report to developer)
to name only few
Scripting:
7/10 (well scripted number of events and situations to kill monotony.)

If you need more info I can explain in more details later
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25 of 41 people (61%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
It's Game Dev Tycoon 1.5. Worth 10 bucks if you thought GDT was.
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26 of 43 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
If you are looking for a fun game for a couple of hours, this might be worth a buy but nothing more.

Without a guide, it is kind of frustrating. With a spreadsheet-guide it gets laughably easy.

You have to set your focus in game development and that is the most important aspect. After some hours trying to manage my employees, specialise them and looking at the critics to make better games I wasn't really making any progress. After looking at a simple spreadsheet about where to set the focus I could shoot out high quality games no matter what my team was specialised in. I really like those many options and menus you can access in the game, but if it boils down to simply set the perfect focus, it gets old really fast.
Even with the price as it is, the game seems unpolished and could use some more balancing, so employees and everything else except the focus points gets importance.
I also encountered a bug, where you weren't paid for games which destroyed more than one of my gaming companies.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
110.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Very addictive game. I would say I like it as much if not better than Game Dev Tycoon. Pretty much the same just with a diff look and slight diff feel to it. It is still in EA so if your uncomfortable with that just wait till it hits beta or something. Its still a very fun game atm not even finished. I just hit $1.2b with my company "Next" and all I sell are adventures, war strategies and consoles. This is my third play threw so far and best as well. I finaly know what im doing lol. The trick is to focus on 2-3 diff game types, ex: adventure, strat and rpg or something then just juggle them around so you dont build the same type back to back and youll make plenty of money this way.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2015
This game is a ♥♥♥♥ing ripoff of other and better games ... Also the game is really bugged and not at all polished, and it seems to have been abandoned so don't waste your money on this ♥♥♥♥ go check out Game Dev Tycoon instead, coz it's the EXACT SAME ♥♥♥♥ING GAME but not ♥♥♥♥♥♥ as ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥ ... ♥♥♥♥!

Don't play, even for free!
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
56.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Seems to me to be more bare bones and grindy than it's counterpart, Game Dev Tycoon. Despite this, the mechanics and systems are delightfully in-depth, while still being easy to use, and the learning curve is rather nice. The price of things could use some re-balancing, and the cover art options does wear thin at times, but still fun. Would recommend if you like business or game-making sims.
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59 of 106 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
Ok, after playing 3 or 4 hours, I found that there were more bugs than I had expected.
I will still give it a thumb up and I believe these problems will be fixed soon,
BUT BE AWARE of the lack of polishing before you considering buying the game.

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(Old review)
+ Detailed Game Making Stimulation
+ The first game industry stimulation I have played with interactive game industry and market in the game (though I didn't play many of this kind of game other than Game Dev Tycoon and Game Dev Story...

- Developer seems not very experienced with graphic and sound design, and didn't find a good way to cover this disadvantage
- In some area, the game is too detailed

Clearly, the developer gets some ideas from GDT. However there are his own thoughts in this game, many of which are desired by players of other game industry stimulation. IMO, this is a stimulation game with great potential.
But still, whatever reasons the developer has, he really should establish his own graphic style, which could definitely save him tons of trouble.
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23 of 38 people (61%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
176.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2014
There once was a time, a long long time ago, when simulation games on the PC meant something. They were large productions and sold well, creating such stars as Sid Meier among others. I bring that name up because, it seems to me, that that is the only franchise that has been able to survive to this day. A true simulation about the creation of your civilization. Your choices mattered and numbers behind the curtain were calculating the outcomes of various action or non actions. It gave you so many paths to victory or loss. Yes my friends, you could actually LOOSE a game back then. I know...hard to believe!

Since the rise of the tablets and smart-phones, something strange started to happen. I'd go to the video game store and I'd see a 'Tycoon' game here and there and everywhere. I would read in my PC Gamer magazine just how horrible these particular 'simulations' were. This was back when game names that had 'Tycoon' in the title actually meant you were going to be getting a detailed simulation. Not just a simulation of how Baribie's new haircut worked at the fashion show. Games like the Railroad Tycoon series (another Sid Meier brainchild), Transport Tycoon done by Chris Sawyer who had earlier blown our minds with the infinite possibilities of a truly infinite universe as seen in Eliete II and later taking over the reigns of the Railroad tycoon series where you have virtually all the control and choices an actual person running the show would have. He later moved on with the successes of Rolercoaster Tycoon, that still survives in one form or another to this day.

Now I can go on my phone and go to 'simulation' games and they give the option of a simulation on baking cakes and pressing the pad at the right time, or stir on the......Wait?!!! WTF am I simulating here??!!!

There were always a few bastions of hope that popped up here and there, for example the GameBiz (Excellent game series, not on steam, very text heavy but quite complex)series but by that point the word 'simulation' was such a dirty word...a stupid I-pad game for kids. One game that actually had a bit of traction as being a little more in step with the simulation games of old was Game Dev Tycoon. It spent some time on tablets and cell phones, then made a crack at a Windows 8 Marketplace for purchase. (CORRECTION: Was only for sale on the Microsoft Market for Microsoft devices, as far as I know. Thanks DOWNPHOENIX!) Even more time passed then the unthinkable happened. They ported it to Steam! Hooray! Simulations are coming back! And it was good. It was a good game for a I-phone, great in fact. It was great for that demographic. Us Simulation game players were put off by the arbitrariness of the whole thing. But again....it was something. We had a little bit of fun, for a little bit of time. But it was not the game we sought!

Summer: 2014, almost out of nowhere a challenger entered the ring. It kind of looked similar, was a bit rough around the edges but it was calling itself a simulation. Heck, they even offered a free demo. After the first3 minutes with this demo, I knew I was dealing with a different beast entirely! I felt that the executive decisions actually had a direct impact on the 'thing' I was tring to create. For the first time in years I felt the bonds that held me away go loose and let my imagination. I needed to think like a business person, I needed to care and experiment and figure out what worked and what didn't. I failed! All the time! And felt it was a victory to just make it to the end of the demo! Every company I founded was like a child that you needed to nurture and guide, and a loss was tragic and heart breaking.

Needless to say I purchased it for the horribly high price of $10 <Please note the sarcasm> on launch day. I couldn't wait to delve into the things the developer was offering that would take me far away from Candy Crush, and Sally's Stable or staring down the sights of an AR-15 as some 12 year old called my mother fat among other things.

I played....lost in the game's trappings eluding to older times where these things mattered.

As a matter of fact I'm still playing my first company. Hard to believe, but I do hop on and check out what's going on at headquarters, just like a real boss would. I think of inspiration for my next project as I walk to the corner store for milk and bread.

The fact that this game could draw in a hardened veteran of simulator games going back to the early 80's was astounding to me. I found out that the game was mainly developed by one young man. And he was excited! The ideas of free patches and cheap DLC expansion packs...it all just kept coming!

At the end of this lengthy review, I must say this: Potential

This independent game has so much potential from a young and fresh mind that KNOWS the difference between fluff and a true simulation, I can honestly say that if this game see's any success, the entire genre will flourish yet again, thanks to such efforts that come from developers willing to push each other forward.

GamersGoMakers is a seed, and I can't wait to see her blossom the way she deserves to...
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