Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    Its touch controls are excruciatingly easy and once you pick up Game Dev Story and invest an hour of your time, none of your friends or family will see you again for a very, very long time.
  2. Mar 20, 2011
    For a game that relies on stats, Game Dev Story oozes charm and character. You will care about your company and its hard working employees, even when they fail you. It's this winning formula that will see you playing in to the small hours and possibly even laying awake at night, wondering just how you can make that one special game every developer dreams about.
  3. Mar 1, 2011
    The vast majority of iPhone fans probably won't get it. People who care about the gaming industry, however, definitely will.
  4. Feb 3, 2011
    All I can say is buy the game now.
  5. Jan 27, 2011
    Game Dev Story is easily the best thing I've ever played on the iPhone.
  6. 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.
  7. Jan 27, 2011
    Game Dev Story is certainly one of the best simulation games on the App Store to date. Sadly it's not really optimized for iPhone and it lacks Game Center support or any other social feature. But it has several good irons in the fire, and the mix of humour and completeness recalls some classics like Bullfrog's Theme Hospital. Well, come to think of it, it's so comprehensive that it would deserve to be released on PC.
  8. Jan 27, 2011
    Game Dev Story is a challenging, interactive overview of our shared gaming experience.
  9. Jan 27, 2011
    Game Dev Story won't impress you with stellar visuals or an iPhone specific feature set, but it is a well thought out and thoroughly enjoyable time sink, and is even more intriguing if you're familiar with the last few decades of video game history.
  10. Jan 27, 2011
    At the end of the day though, even with the lack of killer graphics, I can safely say that I spent more time with Game Dev Story in one sitting than any other game I've played this year.
  11. Jan 27, 2011
    Game Dev Story almost plays like an eye-opening cautionary tale intended for oblivious or callous game critics.
  12. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2011
    Game Dev Story takes users back to a pixelated, 32-bit World, one where graphics wasn't important and games could rely solely on solid gameplay. The addictive nature of producing your own games through your team of trained staff (whilst it seems that your character just loafs around calling the shots) is very rewarding. After choosing a genre (e.g. RPG, Action, Adventure etc.) a Type (e.g. Fantasy, Animal, Romance etc.), and a name for your masterpiece, users must lead their team to creating the next best-seller; constantly trying to pitch themselves for awards, earning capital, and gaining a larger fanbase. This is a must-have for anyone that loves Video Games. If you don't believe me - download Game Dev Story: Lite for free now! Full Review »
  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? Full Review »