Review: Game Dev Tycoon

logo_gamedevtycoonRelease date: 2012
Version played: PC in 2015

+ easy to learn, hard to master mechanics, such as learning what type of game works on each available platform
+ simple graphics show what needs to be shown, but have no extraneous bells and whistles
+ sound and music add to the experience without being distracting (though as a rule when playing games without crucial sound cues, I did eventually turn it off to play my own music)
+ the feeling of almost going bankrupt, then releasing some monstrously successful game to pull you out of the negatives is a fantastic way to keep you playing

– the game is very text heavy, and you will sometimes get the same ‘hints’ over and over even after main hints are turned off in menus
– only so many events can take place before they start repeating themselves

> Apparently if you downloaded the game somewhere other than the official channels, the developers added a notification that piracy was killing your company, and you soon after failed. That is a top notch idea, and I imagine a fair few people fell for it.

Should you play this game: As a fun little time waster, or while you are watching TV, this game can be fun. I say give it a go, and see if you be the next big gaming development company.


  1. I’ve found what works best is Game Boy RPGs over and over and over again for the full 30 years of the game. I was pretty sad when replaying the game over and over that Nintendo always wins until Playstation comes along. I already knew what would happen so it made the game easy.


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