Holy cow, Game Dev Tycoon is addictive. It’s a simple and elegant “tycoon” game in the same vein as Roller Coaster Tycoon (or Prison Architect) and doesn’t have that many surprises if you’re familiar with the genre. You start out in your garage putting together simple games and trying to figure out what the best combinations are… “Space + Simulation” works well, for example, “Casual + PC” doesn’t. When you have your first major breakthrough, you move out of the garage and are able to work on larger and larger games, develop your own game engines, research more game styles, and hope to eventually come out with the next Mass Effect 3.
Now, this game also has a cute story. The publisher released a “CRACKED AND WORKING” version of the game on various pirate sites that is deliberately hobbled. About halfway through, you start finding that pirates are stealing more and more of your games and so your company starts floundering. This has resulted in some absolutely delightful quotations found on various messageboards from players of the “CRACKED AND WORKING” version complaining about the pirates ruining their game development. Ah, internet. Never change.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a “Tycoon” game that isn’t depressing as heck like Prison Architect, you should pick up Game Dev Tycoon. Seriously, you will love your first all 9s and 10s review.
So… what are you playing?