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

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App activity and App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

146K reviews
Travis Scott
April 26, 2024
Very well made game, but I found the gameplay loop underwhelming. It largely functions as a text based have with some nice graphics on top of it. The core of the game is figuring out what types of games work well with different styles. Then it increasingly gets more complicated as you need to choose other selections to mix in and try not to get anything wrong. I played for the entire duration of a 3 hour flight and by the end the have just felt very repetitive and unfulfilling.
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Michelle M
March 17, 2024
I love trying out all the different combinations to figure out what works well together and what areas need focus on each! I did get softlocked at one point after hiring only one employee and starting development on a medium game. I didn't have enough staff to assign tasks, and couldn't leave that screen. It would be nice to have been warned about that, or have it require 3 staff in order to even select it.
7 people found this review helpful
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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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What's new

Thank you for playing!

Changes (1.6.9):
- Various bug fixes