Game Dev Tycoon is a business simulation video game released in December 2012 for Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS. It was createdby Greenheart Games, a company founded in July 2012 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Klug. The game was inspired by an iOS and Android game called Game Dev Story released by Kairosoft. Unfortunately I’m not a big mobile gamer so I’ve never played Game Dev Story, so I can’t tell you about to similarities, differences and who did what better between the games.

The game starts out during the early 1980’s. As time progresses new consoles are released and the gaming market changes. You need to react to these trends to stay ahead and keep making money to avoid going bankrupt.

0_lvl1The player starts working from their garage and has to build a gaming empire. You choose how to spend your time while developing games, if you focus your time wisely you’ll create better games. Your games are reviewed after each release with higher scoring games generating more sales. As you progresses further through the game you are given opportunities to move to new offices and hire staff. Eventually opening R&D departments building your own consoles opening online stores similar to Steam and creating MMO’s.

Overall Game Dev Tycoon is a fun game with interesting gameplay in front of a nostalgia inducing retelling of video game history. The replay value does dwindle over time as a result of repetitive story arc (but that can’t be helped, it’s history after all!) and the design process does become rather tiresome.

That said its currently only £4.47 on steam (as of 24/12/15) which means you get a whole lot of game for only a little bit of money. Well worth a purchase even if you only play the game a few times!


Brilliantly Greenheart Games, aware that it was likely for their game to be torrented extensively, had a unique answer to game piracy. Upon launch Patrick Klug purposely released a cracked version, which had identical gameplay to the real version until the player received as message saying:

“Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally. If players don’t buy the games they like, we will sooner or later go bankrupt.”

Players with the cracked version lose money until they do go bankrupt, as a result of pirating. Fantastic stuff. It was reported at the time that players complained about that the piracy angle in the game was too hard. Oblivious that they were actually announcing that they had stolen the game themselves. Hilarious.

Verdict: Thumbs Up