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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: 33 out of 346
  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. Oct 31, 2013
    10
    Awesome game. "Beautiful". "Played it for days". "Can't wait for the sequel".

    I haven't played the Game Dev Story but I watched gameplay
    Awesome game. "Beautiful". "Played it for days". "Can't wait for the sequel".

    I haven't played the Game Dev Story but I watched gameplay videos and they're different enough for me. Not to mention that I don't have an IOS to play it even if I wanted to. And most of the other complaints I've seen have been solved through patching.

    If you think the rating you're getting is too random, try saving before you start the development and experiment with the parameters a bit.
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  3. Aug 22, 2013
    10
    A great and well-made game. Will entertain you for hours on end. Many people get frustrated with the little things, for example, the gameA great and well-made game. Will entertain you for hours on end. Many people get frustrated with the little things, for example, the game punishes you for repeating game genres, and repeatedly releasing sequels for the same series. They fail to realize that, the mechanics like that, make this game what it is. It is a realistic depiction of the gaming industry today. Expand
  4. Aug 31, 2013
    8
    Game Dev Tycoon is a great casual game, and for the price I really can't complain. It's an indie endeavor, and while it doesn't achieve greatGame Dev Tycoon is a great casual game, and for the price I really can't complain. It's an indie endeavor, and while it doesn't achieve great technological marks it is very entertaining and will keep you occupied for hours (unless you pirated it! Shame!) as you progress through the different levels of the game. The mechanics can be a little obscure at first, but once you master managing your staff and achieving balance it becomes much easier to produce hits and dig into the deeper end-game level content. All in all I give it a solid 8. Great fun, great price. Expand
  5. Sep 5, 2013
    8
    Interesting Game Idea started and wanted to try it shortly, but ended up 5hours later deep in the night.
    It is a pretty simple game, has not
    Interesting Game Idea started and wanted to try it shortly, but ended up 5hours later deep in the night.
    It is a pretty simple game, has not much sound and an easy interface.
    In my first play I made it up to 50Mio and I guess I will try to beat that mark at some time.

    It's fun for a while, but gets repetitive after 1-2 plays and I highly recommend it to fans of simulations.
    More topics/genres would have been great.
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  6. Aug 15, 2014
    7
    This is a neat little game, and every part of me wants to like it, because there are a lot of things that are just not right about it. SoThis is a neat little game, and every part of me wants to like it, because there are a lot of things that are just not right about it. So first the good, it does a good job of pacing the game development process and gives all kinds of possibilities for you to work with. It has a nice atmosphere and is nicely in-depth while still being fairly accessible. The general interface is simple, but it leans more towards the streamlined side of the spectrum than on anything severely dumbed down. The technological development process if nice and it's kind of interesting to see how the consoles develop, even if I tend to just ride the PC train until the end destination.

    There is some weird stuff about inaccuracies, such as how the publishers are only one-time deals (which isn't how it works AT ALL, in fact most companies get trapped), but I'm willing to let that one slide since that wouldn't be fun. The rating system makes me chuckle (basically, to determine how good the game is, you get four magazine scores which are #/10) because every time I do REALLY well I just laugh because there's always ONE magazine that gives me a lower score. My favorite was one where I had three tens and then one random seven. Also, the size of your company's staff is... not huge. In fact it's downright dinky. So for every person I like to think there's closer to five or ten.

    Now, all this said... there is a bit of a problem. And unfortunately it's a core mechanic. When making a game, you have sliders for each attribute of the game at three different stages, and you shift the attributes according to the type of game you're making. It's very important you get this right, otherwise you could accidentally make a horrible game. Well... in order to do this, it's kind of nice to have percentages or something else quantifiable. Shame this game doesn't do that. On top of that, that particular part is very poorly tutorialized, in fact while it gives you information about the priorities, it doesn't teach you how to translate them into your sliders. RPG's in particular can be catastrophic because translating everything is nightmare inducing. Mods help this, but the game doesn't get any points for that in my book.

    It's a good game at heart, but it has some little things in desperate need of help. this seems like a good group of devs, and their heart is in the right place. I'm glad a supported this game, and I think that it deserves to be successful, I just hope they patch what needs fixing.
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  7. May 13, 2017
    0
    >Creates the most advanced engine
    >Best story in the market
    >Best graphics >most intelligent AI >Crits gives 2 by saying "it could have
    >Creates the most advanced engine
    >Best story in the market
    >Best graphics
    >most intelligent AI

    >Crits gives 2 by saying "it could have been better"

    disgusting.
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