Game Dev Story

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  • Challenging and deep –
  • Only good for 1 or 2 playthroughs unless your a perfectionist

Game Dev Story is a high quality simulation game from Kairosoft who has a fairly large portfolio of such games. With many challenges ahead of you making the ultimate video game company is hardly as easy as one might think.


Your objective in Game Dev Story is to manage your own game company and create AAA game tittle to generate millions. Each game lasts 20 in game years (around 10 hours) which allows comparison to other players and previous game attempts although players can continue indefinitely if they wish.

Players start with a budget of cash and 0 sales to their studio name with your first objective to hire additional staff for your office. Staff are the lifeblood of any game development company and accordingly Game Dev Story draws your attention here with each employee having their own statistics and levels which of course impact on their salary. Employees have a separate ranking for their program, scenario, graphics and sound skills which feed into game creation.

Game creation is equally satisfying with players able to select from a range of genres which slowly increase overtime. Each of which have different development costs and current popularity to consider. This is then paired with a game theme and a game direction which can provide certain boosts to speed, quality or staff experience at a monetary costs. If you find yourself lacking the appropriate staff Game Dev Story also allows you to outsource particular game elements for a one time fee.


One of the most interesting choices that the game offers though is a bug list which can easily make the double digits by the end of development. Once a game is ready to ship players can opt to remove these bugs or release it with bugs included which presents an interesting and very realistic decision. Debugging also has the benefit of providing research points for staff level ups which will improve their skills and salary level.

From here the cycle repeats itself with players developing increasingly complex and popular jobs with their team. Other Game Dev Story features include yearly game rewards with cash prizes, office expansions and contract work.


  • High quality mobile game.
  • Take a game company from zero to AAA titles in 20 game years.
  • Compete in yearly game rewards for large cash prizes.
  • Ship your games, hear critic reviews and watch the sales roll in.
  • Plenty of depth in staff management and game creation.



Review Platform: iOS

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Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 amassing over 3 million views on YouTube and 10 million article views on HubPages.

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