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  • Summary: Game Dev Tycoon is a business simulation game in which you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games. Research new technologies and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gainGame Dev Tycoon is a business simulation game in which you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games. Research new technologies and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Pelit (Finland)
    Jun 13, 2013
    85
    This little game of making games is sure to leave it's mark in history with it's witty marketing campaign, which seriously kicked pirate booty. The game itself is really funny little game for a couple of nights, although after the campaign there's only little to keep you entertained. [June 2013]
  2. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Oct 24, 2013
    80
    What is it like to start with a few thousand dollars and end up in an office full of people producing multi-million gaming hits? This game lets you find out and makes it worth your while. [Nov 2013]
  3. Sep 12, 2013
    75
    If you liked Game Dev Story, you're probably going to like this one. It's not a huge evolution from that game, but still adds it's own vision and depth to the concept.
  4. PC PowerPlay
    Jun 23, 2013
    70
    Far from a perfect sim, but as a commentary on the industry we follow and love, it's enough to give you pause for thought. [July 2013, p.90]
  5. Games Master UK
    Oct 20, 2013
    68
    It's hard to get attached to your creations when they're represented by numbers alone. [Dec 2013, p.73]
  6. Sep 16, 2014
    65
    Taking into account the quite low price and the almost non-existent technical requirements, Game Dev Tycoon is a good and above all original game, albeit without great pretensions.
  7. May 12, 2014
    30
    However, I don't really think Tycoon really wants to be more than ‘a glimpse' at video game production, and any attempt to comment on the industry from this dull, monotonous experience fails to hit its mark.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 369
  1. May 3, 2013
    10
    I could play this game for hours and days. Hard to master as it has a unique mathematical algorithm to rate the games you make based on aI could play this game for hours and days. Hard to master as it has a unique mathematical algorithm to rate the games you make based on a number of different variety of mixing. The only problem is... the algorithm can be touchy and picky once you starts combining genres and other 'devices' to a certain topic. So it makes it a bit difficult to get around, but once you get the hang of it, you might be playing it more and more. Expand
  2. Sep 23, 2013
    10
    Einfach nur ein super cooles Spiel :D I like
    Mir hat am besten die 'Balance des Spieles gefallen. Man muss schon die "richtigen"
    Einfach nur ein super cooles Spiel :D I like
    Mir hat am besten die 'Balance des Spieles gefallen. Man muss schon die "richtigen" Entscheidungen machen, allerdings bleibt es schön fair. Mein Tipp: Spezialisiert euch auf ein Topic dann habt ihrs besser im Griff
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  3. Aug 21, 2013
    10
    A new favorite. I have played this game for probably 15-20 hours. This game really captivates and motivates the user to experience a real roleA new favorite. I have played this game for probably 15-20 hours. This game really captivates and motivates the user to experience a real role play of sorts. The only complaint is a lack of proper feedback from the game on your games. Other wise, a truly unique experience, and one any casual gamer would love. Expand
  4. Jul 2, 2013
    8
    This game is great fun. It is not a very complex game, especially comparing it to other simulation titles. But that's what I like about thisThis game is great fun. It is not a very complex game, especially comparing it to other simulation titles. But that's what I like about this game, it does not take a lot to get into the game. Unlike other simulators. I recommend this to people who like simulators Expand
  5. Aug 22, 2013
    8
    So, yes Game Dev Tycoon is a lot like Game Dev Story by Kairosoft, and it is obvious that it is somewhat modeled after it. That being said, ISo, yes Game Dev Tycoon is a lot like Game Dev Story by Kairosoft, and it is obvious that it is somewhat modeled after it. That being said, I would call this a nice upgrade. It has more locations, more genres, and more overall. It doesn't bring anything massive new to the game from Kairosoft's classic for iOS, but it does bring nice little additions. There are some ideas in Game Dev Story that I liked, that are not in this game, but they are usually minor and not game-changing. This game brings new graphic style, new features, and a new feel to the classic. So if you're looking for something that takes Game Dev Story over the top, don't look here, but if you're simply looking for something to allow us to relive the joy of the previous game in a new way, you're in the right place, and it's a good spend of 8-10 USD.

    -Day
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  6. Sep 10, 2014
    7
    The good: initially very fun; nice clean graphics; great music; offers an entertaining insight into the gaming industry.

    The bad: UI could
    The good: initially very fun; nice clean graphics; great music; offers an entertaining insight into the gaming industry.

    The bad: UI could be improved in parts (for example, it is be imperative to find your old games, but currently there is no way to filter them, so browsing gets very tedious when your stack of releases grows); this game loans so many elements directly from Game Dev Story that it could be called a blatant rip-off.

    The worst: the success of the games you create is calculated based on very complex formula, and it has little or no random element. Also, this formula is always the same in every game you play. This is a personal preference, but to me this killed much of the enjoyment of this game: the way to success is always the same, tediously follow the pre-set mechanism that the creators of the game have set for creating the best selling products. If you stray from this and experiment, you will be invariably punished with lower scores for your games. Where's the fun in that?
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  7. Aug 23, 2014
    0
    I thought this was a remake of a Game Dev Story by Kiarosoft, it's actually a completely mindless unoriginal copycat POS I have ever seen.I thought this was a remake of a Game Dev Story by Kiarosoft, it's actually a completely mindless unoriginal copycat POS I have ever seen. It's one thing to go for the same genre and subject, but another to also steal every single idea. I sincerely hope you guys paid some licensing fee otherwise I hope you get sued and go bankrupt. 0/10, uninspired, unoriginal, disappointing, meh, borderline thieving. Expand

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