Game Dev Tycoon

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About this game

Welcome to Game Dev Tycoon. In this business simulation game you start your own game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games, research new technologies to boost your business and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.

Create games your way

Your success depends on your creativity and willingness to experiment. What topics and genres go well together? Should your Action game focus more on engine optimization or on quest design? The decisions you make during the development of your games will have a major impact on the ratings you receive.

Grow your company

Once you have successfully released a few games you can move into your own office and forge a world-class development team. Hire staff, train them and unlock new options.


🕹 Start a game development company in the 80s
✍ Design and create games
💡 Gain new insights through game reports
👁 Research new technologies
⚙ Create custom game engines
🏢 Move into bigger offices
👩🏽‍💻 Forge a world-class development team
🔬 Unlock secret labs
📈 Become a market leader
💚 Gain worldwide fans
🥇 Unlock achievements

The full game has many more features which are not listed here to prevent spoilers.

The mobile version introduces

☠ A super-difficult (but optional) pirate mode
📰 An updated storyline
👩‍🍳 New topics for even more varied games
📱 New UI optimized for phones and tablets

A game with 💚

Game Dev Tycoon does not contain any in-app purchases or ads. Enjoy!
Updated on
Sep 4, 2023

Data safety

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This app may collect these data types
App activity and App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

143K reviews
February 22, 2024
This game is addictive but I think it has poor pacing. A new console will be announced, and less than a minute later, it's released. You have no time to develop anything. The rate that you get research points also holds you back. I'll be using 3D graphics V1 from the TES Era during the Gamespehere because it's just too expensive to progress. It forces you to keep pumping out games to get research, but that can be a waste of money. No matter what, you're always way behind the research curve.
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Brett Kruskie
February 24, 2024
This is by far one of the best games I've played on my phone in years. The level of detail thoughtfully planned with simplicity is honestly very rewarding as a player. The amount of appreciation I have as a player is set by the pacing of the game and its dynamic choices. Every choice and action is similar to a real game developer and nothing is more satisfying. There is many ways the game could be improved or expanded. Well done 11/5 stars awarded!
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tayl0rd 06
December 28, 2023
Deserves 5 stars, but with caveats. It's a phenomenal game, but just know that if you have an understanding of video game history (especially what consoles were successful vs. unsuccessful) the game will be easy to predict. It closely follows real gaming history, which can unintentionally "spoil" some of the challenge. So, once you've played, you know the progression pattern, hurting replayability. What if the game also contained a campaign that was fictional and deviated from real history?
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What's new

Thank you for playing!

Changes (1.6.9):
- Various bug fixes