I’ve been a fan of tycoon games ever since I bought a used version of Roller Coaster Tycoon from my local Marshall’s. Since then, I’ve taken a break from tycoon games because of the time they take to play but Game Dev Tycoon has been a great way to rekindle those long-lost feelings.
Game Dev Tycoon, by Green Heart Games, is a point and click strategy that takes an amusing, yet realistic, approach to developing video games. You can choose to take an honest path or steal ideas and tech from your competitors. You’ll also get to experience the rush of clawing your way up the ratings and watching your hopes plummet as critics tear apart a game everyone thought was going to be a success.
You start out as all great developers do: in your mom’s basement. At this point, you can only make simple games and you work alone. The PC and G64 are your only platforms, but since we know the future, there are better options on the horizon.
If you play games of any sort, many decisions will come naturally. A Zombie/Action game would do well in real life, and the same holds true for Game Dev Tycoon. Any decision you make impacts the design and tech points you receive as well as the overall reception of the game you developed.
Once the game is released (after you have to deal with the stupid critics), you can generate game reports to give yourself a little more insight on what parts of a game are the most important.
As the story progresses and your company grows, you’ll have the opportunity to make larger games and hire employees. Bigger games will require you to allocate tasks, seamlessly adding more options to your plate.
Just like real life, you’ll have the opportunity to deal with the media. Make sure you answer the questions correctly or it might affect how people react to your game. Conventions are also added, but it’s nothing special. Once you’ve reached the #1 Booth at the expo, the only way you can lose it the next year is by doing things horribly wrong.
Like many other tycoon games, Game Dev Tycoon starts to get monotonous after your 5th-6th successful hit. I got a good 3-4 hours out of the game play and would say it’s definitely worth the investment. If anything, the humor surrounding Microsoft when the Xbox One was revealed is something to look forward to.
Here are a few conclusions I came to while playing. 1) Sequels are made because it’s So Much Freakin Easier. 2) More Money = Better Games. That’s about all I got.
Game Dev Tycoon is available on Steam for $9.99. Pick up your copy today!