Game Dev Tycoon is a management game in which you develop video games that are then released, reviewed and make you money. You start your company in the 80’s and advance through the console generations to the modern day and a bit beyond.
There are plenty of technologies to unlock and research to be conducted giving you a sense of accomplishment whilst pushing you to obtain more. New genres, game engine capabilities and age restrictions are all possibilities.
The aesthetic is beautiful, as you can tell by the screenshots on the steam page. There isn’t much music but the tracks are bubbly and fun. The UI is easy to use with sliders denoting the resources spent on certain game facets such as “game-play” over “story”.
A single play-through to completion lasts around 7 hours but the first few times you may fail and have to restart. It doesn’t take long to get to grips with the game though, and the in-game time can be sped up or slowed down, prolonging or reducing your overall time spent.
Game Dev Tycoon is hugely fun for any gamer that enjoys the management and tycoon genres- it’s very meta. After a few completed play-through’s however there isn’t much reason to stay. It has to be noted that this game has mod support that can improve the vanilla game considerably.
RPG elements such as levelling up characters are present as are some random events. There is a huge branch of game-play that takes you down an R&D route, allowing your Game Dev company to commit to projects bigger than games themselves (such as steam).
The nostalgia of going through the history of gaming is what makes this game so fun. A sequel from developer Greenheart Games is hopefully in the works, as there are a lot of in game concepts that could be expanded upon to take this franchise to a new level.
Overall Rating: 8.4/10