Game Dev Tycoon Review
Game Dev Tycoon is a simulation game where you create your own striving Video Game Company where you develop well…games. Developed by Green Heart Games, this game is quite an addictive little time waster. It is heavily based on the popular mobile game Game Dev Story that was created by Kairosoft for the iOS and Android Platforms. Although it is based on that game, it’s nice to see a PC Version with some minor differences.
The game prompts you to enter a name for your company on the first time you start a new game. After that you can customize your character’s hairstyle and shirt and then you can get started on creating some video games. The game is set approximately in the 1980′s and progresses forward from there. I say approximately ’cause the game, in time brings up messages that certain consoles have come out and the first console that comes out is the TES (Representing the NES). The NES came out in the 1985 so that’s why I say approximately in the 1980′s. As the years progress, modern consoles and advanced technology to use in your games continue to come out during the years.
For these consoles, you can develop games that are aimed at the respective Age Group. You can either develop a game that is intended for Young audiences, Everyone or Mature Audiences. The game also allows you to name it, decide what genre the game will have and what type of game it will be (ranging from RPG, Action and others). This shows that the game allows a variety of customization, of course it is supposed to since it’s a simulation game but it’s nice to see that you can change minor details about the game instead of making the game have random attributes.
In Game Dev Tycoon, you can decide to research and create your own Game Engine. It can have a multitude of features such as Advanced Artificial Intelligence, Open World, A new graphics engine and more. Of course, you do need to pay attention to what you’re doing when developing an engine since you’ll probably won’t need some features when developing certain games. Role-Playing And Adventure Game Genre’s fall towards the Design Part of an engine rather than having Tech Features. Whereas Action, Strategy and Simulation often need features such as Orchestral Sound and Engine Features such as online play and a cloud system.
During development you get to choose how much time you should attribute to each slider for the game that you are currently working on. Each game allows you to adjust 9 sliders showing various attributes such as World Design, Engine, Graphics, Sound and more. By sliding and calculating how much time your character will spend on that area, you’ll get more points in Design Or Tech, depending on what features you spend more time on. Your character during development will contribute points to two categories, Design And Tech.
Design includes features such as Story And Quests, Dialogues, World Design and Graphics whereas Tech includes the remaining features, Engine, Gameplay, Artificial Intelligence, Level Design and Sound. Configuring these sliders would depend on the kind of game you are developing. Some genre’s come as common sense to people who have played a lot of games during their time. For example RPG’s obviously need Story and Quests and Dialogues. Action and Strategy games may need Engine And Gameplay instead of the features that RPG’s may need.
At the end of development your co-workers will work on fixing bugs for the game that you just developed. During development your team won’t only produce points for Tech And Design but will also produce bugs as well. After completing Development Stage 3 then you’ll be able to fix bugs. All these decisions affect your rating once you release the game. If you release a buggy and a poorly developed game, then you shouldn’t expect high reviews. Reviews effect how much your game sells, if you have low reviews you’ll lose any fans that you have and will probably make a loss out of your game and in the long run go bankrupt.
If you produce a well-developed game with no bugs at all and have given enough attributes to the respective sliders during game development, then your game will have excellent reviews and will sell very well, helping you gain more fans and in return helping you sell more copies of the game. When you have enough money, a message will come up asking you if you don’t want to move to a bigger and better office where you can recruit more people to help you during development. In my opinion, you should accumulate enough capital before moving to the next office. This will allow you to have enough money even if you screw up on one game.
Co-Workers can help you develop games, as well as be assigned to a specific section of a video game that you are developing. Your developers can specialize in a certain area in developing a game. You can have 6 developers maximum working with you and each and every one of them can become Design Or Tech Specialists and can specialize as well in Engine, Graphics, AI or other areas. Keep in mind though that each developer can specialize in only one area. Specializing in a certain area will allow you to get a developer to focus on that section giving your more Tech or Design respective points and in return, it might help you to get more high quality reviews. Having specialists will also allow you to open an R&D Lab where you can develop more engines and features for your video games.
Graphics for Game Dev Tycoon aren’t that much ‘Revolutionary’. This game is an indie game and as far as it goes it’s the type of graphics you would expect out of such a game. Graphics aren’t that bad but then again, this is a simulation game, what matters most out of a game of this type is gameplay. Sound is the same as graphics, it’s ok-ish and attractive at first for the first few hours that you play the game but if you plan on spending a good few hours on it, growing your game company, then thank the developers of Game Dev Tycoon for including an option to lower the sound for the game or just turn every sound possible off. Trust me, it does get annoying after a while to hear the same song over and over again.
All in all, Game Dev Tycoon is an enjoyable game where you can develop your own video games and enjoy a virtual world where you can pretend that you are the CEO of a Video Game company where you make millions out of your games every year. Game Dev Tycoon has so many features to be enjoyed, the ability to customize how your games are developed and what genre and type of games you want, the ability to create an MMO and create expansions for it during the years, the ability to create your own console and so many more features. It is a game where you will probably waste a lot of hours on if you’re a fan of these kind of games.
- Multitude Of Features
- Standard Graphics
- Would benefit more from a more developed storyline.