For those new to my reviews, I am an indie game designer myself. I started with board games and am currently learning how to code, so this game hits pretty close to home. Game Dev Tycoon is a game about developing a successful video game company by Greenheart Games, an international team.
You start in a small garage by yourself with an old computer during the 1980s, the golden age of video games. With a few limited options, you unlock themes for your games and improve all the aspects of your games from graphics to the game engine. When you release a game, it is reviewed and then put out to the market; positive reviews help sell your game, negative ones hurt your game. Once you have released some games and made some money, you can upgrade to a real office and hire employees to help you with your work. From there, you increase your options and try to become an industry powerhouse.
The theme is very meta, and serves as a useful illustration of the growth of a company. You have to constantly manage costs, and hope for the one big hit that can help launch your company’s career. Choosing what platform you want to use is important; some platforms lose market share or become non-viable, and console developers stop supporting them over time. This game happens over the course of gaming history; you see the in game versions of popular consoles show up, and have to guess the markets that these consoles service.
One thing the game does really well is just showing the mind boggling number of possibilities, and how difficult it is to see if your target market uses the console you make the game for, and what the reviews of the game will be like. It is fairly stressful! I was bailed out by the bank early on in the game; if I hadn’t had a massive hit with my next game, I could have gone bankrupt. I really can’t recommend this game enough, I have had some serious fun with it.
Personal Game Scoring System:
(Scale of 1-5, one being a hot mess and 5 being amazingly well done)
Update Schedule: (Full Game)
Trying Really, Really Hard to Stay Afloat: 5
Hi! I am Eugene Shenderov, and I am a game designer. You can find my website at www.thisandthatgames.com. Send me a message if you have any questions!
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