Conclusion: With the exception of the odd rough edge, Game Dev Tycoon is a fun little sim game. It celebrates the history of gaming, draws upon knowledge that you as a gamer almost certainly already have, and reveals the complexities of the process of producing what you use to fill your leisure hours. Clever, complex, and fun. What more do you want?
Summary: Ultimately Game Dev Tycoon feels like a polished and very absorbing online flash game. Especially considering I played one once about setting up your own game dev company a while back. However, for £6.99/$9.99, I have to admit, it’s an addictive little game that eats away at your time.
Conclusion: Game Dev Tycoon takes you back to the roots of game design, from the early PC era to the latest consoles on the market. While the game manages to give a somewhat detailed insight in the world of game development, it fails to provide all the information needed to analyze and improve your odds of success.
Pros: +Replay the history of the gaming industry, +Create the AAA games you have always wanted
Conclusion: Game Dev Tycoon is admittedly addicting, and it’s easy to log multiple hours in one sitting. The perspective of being a game developer is fascinating, to say the least, and letting you experience both success and failure through a medium like a game itself is an achievement. That being said, the game’s inability to fully explain how some grading systems work is irritating, and penalties for scores seem inconsistent.
Excerpt: I read about, see, watch, and hear about so many games that there are few games that surprise me. In this day and age of over exposure to media I know many in the gaming community feel the same way. I knew what to expect out of Game Dev Tycoon. I did not expect it to be so engaging.
Excerpt: Plenty of you readers out there have probably heard of Game Dev Tycoon, even if you haven’t played it, because of the humorous way GreenHeartGames dealt with folks who pirated/cracked the game. They knew they would get pirated/cracked, even at the incredibly affordable price of the game – so, they did a preemptive strike. They went on the net and uploaded their own specially-coded, cracked version of the game to pirate sites and waited.
Summary: In the virtual reviews from the virtual critics that judge your virtual game company's output in Game Dev Tycoon , depth is never a point of concern. Well, it is here. Everything in the eyes of Informed Gamer (and other fake media outlets) is good or bad. While this lack of critical insight is one of the largest flaws in Game Dev Tycoon , it speaks volumes about the title's design.
Excerpt: Have you ever seen the announcements from the latest E3 convention and thought 'Hey, I could totally come up with something way cooler than that piece-o-doodoo'? Or maybe you took a look at a smaller indie title and pondered why this hasn't gotten more attention, thinking that you could totally get it more attention if you were the developer?