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Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 Ratings

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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
    --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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 27, 2011
    100
    Game Dev Story is a challenging, interactive overview of our shared gaming experience.
  2. Jan 27, 2011
    100
    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.
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    90
    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.
  4. Jan 27, 2011
    90
    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.
  5. Mar 1, 2011
    90
    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
    80
    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
    60
    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 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Aug 2, 2011
    10
    Kairosoft has struck gold! Their recent release, Game Dev Story, has light up iOS review sites left and right, and earned high marks fromKairosoft 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. Feb 26, 2013
    10
    Simply the best Kairosoft game yet, its highly addictive and very time consuming(in a good way), it also involves creativity and sometimesSimply the best Kairosoft game yet, its highly addictive and very time consuming(in a good way), it also involves creativity and sometimes also luck, it starts of slow but over the ingame years the game just gets better and better. Can't wait for Game Dev Story 2 Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2012
    10
    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 aDon'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
  4. Jul 31, 2012
    9
    One of my favorite games ever it proves a game doesn't need a story to be ground breaking. The puns are funny. It's music is really good. It'sOne of my favorite games ever it proves a game doesn't need a story to be ground breaking. The puns are funny. It's music is really good. It's fun. It has the highest replay value of any game I've ever played. It's Amazing!!! Expand
  5. Jun 10, 2014
    9
    A nivel de mecánicas y jugabilidad es uno de los objetos de estudio más interesante que tenemos en el desarrollo de videojuegos. Dentro de suA 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. May 27, 2014
    7
    I have played this because of Game Dev Tycoon. I cannot criticize the graphics, but the only thing that matters. The game is quite addictiveI have played this because of Game Dev Tycoon. I cannot criticize the graphics, but the only thing that matters. The game is quite addictive and really nice thought, but it is very high to understand how to unlock all the things and the necessary qualities for a good game that you must make. I played it a lot, but I have never got good reviews for my games and neither the best game award. However, playable. Expand
  7. May 17, 2014
    1
    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 doBut 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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