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  • Summary: --LIMITED TIME OFFER! 25% OFF!-- Manage your own game company and try to create a million-selling game in this unique simulation. Features the ability to develop your company's own game console, plus a system for changing your staff members' professions. Hire talented people and train them to develop their skills.

    As your staff gets more experience, you will unlock a wider array of game genres and content to develop. Try to find the most popular combinations and develop for the latest platform!
    Your staff members can have a variety of game-related professions, from programmer to sound engineer.

    Work hard and you may reach the top of the video game industry!

    Universal app supports iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Fully touch screen interface.
    The game now lets you switch between English and Japanese.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    Game Dev Story is a challenging, interactive overview of our shared gaming experience.
  2. Jan 27, 2011
    Game Dev Story almost plays like an eye-opening cautionary tale intended for oblivious or callous game critics.
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    I'm normally not so hot on stat-based simulation games like this, but Game Dev Story grabbed me and refused to let go. The game strikes a perfect balance between offering a large enough variety of things to manage while simultaneously avoiding a situation in which there's just too much going on at once.
  4. Jan 27, 2011
    If you own any of Apple's iDevices and are looking for a fun gaming experience that does not involve launching birds or landing planes, Game Dev Story is a sure bet.
  5. Mar 1, 2011
    The vast majority of iPhone fans probably won't get it. People who care about the gaming industry, however, definitely will.
  6. Mar 18, 2011
    Game Dev Story promise is undeniably alluring: create your game studio and try and make it prosper. It seems pretty rich at first, with recruitment, advertising, genre level-up, training of your employees, advertisement, game reviews etc. to play with, but after 3 or 4 runs, most players will have seen almost everything and understood how to maximize profit and success in the game. Let's hope that the sequel will run deeper for a prolonged satisfaction.
  7. Jan 27, 2011
    But what GDS ends up proving about game development is this: making simple, fun and, yes, casual games that can keep rewarding players after that first flush of fun is so much harder than it looks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Aug 2, 2011
    Kairosoft has struck gold! Their recent release, Game Dev Story, has light up iOS review sites left and right, and earned high marks from players as well (it's currently the #1 player-rated iphone app). After pouring 25 hours into 2 different game companies, smashing sales records, and hardly sleeping for a week out of obsession, I can easily say this is one of the most addictive games I've ever played. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2012
    Don't you dare count this game out just because it's for phones. This is a sweepingly fun game. It takes the absolute essential mechanics of a sim game, and makes them the most interesting and fun little ongoing puzzles you can imagine. It's all budgeting and planning, and hiring cool guys to get the job done. Everything is in cutesy retro graphics for a nostalgia feel, and that fact that you're making games seems like an inside meta-joke. You can even watch as the generations of consoles pass by, all with little humorous names. This is an amazing experience! Expand
  3. Dec 28, 2013
    Game Dev Story will be remember as one of the most addicting simulation IOS games to date. Every IOS owner must own this game and acknowledge Kairosoft for there outstanding work! Follow the world of gaming, will you create the game of the year? Expand
  4. May 12, 2013
    One of the best Kairosoft games.Perfectly balanced.Lovely designed.And it gives you a high motivation.
    The only negative things are the
    relative high price and after 40 Years there not much things to do left.
    But still a little game jewel.
  5. Jun 10, 2014
    A nivel de mecánicas y jugabilidad es uno de los objetos de estudio más interesante que tenemos en el desarrollo de videojuegos. Dentro de su simplicidad consigue mantener clavados al jugador hasta gastar la batería. De los fundamentales para cualquier desarrollador. Expand
  6. Mar 21, 2014
    As far as addiction goes this game takes the cake. I can almost guarantee that once you load this game onto your iPad / iPhone you will not put it down. So find a comfy chair , a spare wall outlet and your charger, cause you won't want to go anywhere.

    The concept is simple, you manage an up and coming game dev company and you make your fortunes by developing the games or doing outside contract work for money. With money you can hire more experienced people, spend more on the development and buy better advertising.

    There isn't much of a walk through or training mission, just some quick tips to read and the rest is up to you. Luckily it's easy enough to figure out the mechanics.

    I know it doesn't sound like much and the graphics are in the retro 16bit look but it pulls it of so well and being a portable game, quickly stopping to get on with your own life is a breeze. Casual or Hardcore this game is a must for everyone's iOS devices.
  7. May 17, 2014
    But what a bad game! This game is absolutely not look graphically! It's ugly and unplayable! Fortunately it is free because I'll probably do not buy! Go his way. Expand

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