15 Games Like Game Dev Tycoon

Games Like Game Dev Tycoon This collection of business simulation games like Game Dev Tycoon lists other games where you’ll have the opportunity to create your own empire.

Game Dev Tycoon is a unique offering in the business simulation and management genre with an experience that lets you lead your very own gaming company out of the golden age of arcade games and into the future of gaming (while hopefully making some cash along the way). With a tonne of elements to manage in each game players can lead their tiny company to become to next gaming powerhouse or send it crumbling into ruins like many game developers of the past.

Starting off slow in the 80s players will work out of their garage to craft their first simple game. With some luck players will find some early success allowing them to move into their very own office environment and eventually recruiting a team to work on larger and more complex games. Maybe you’ll make a AAA shooter or a cult class simulation game or perhaps a bug filled open world game that will bring down your company for good.

Whichever path players find themselves travelling on the wealth of control ensures that the fate of your beloved gaming company is in your hands.

The games like Game Dev Tycoon collected below offer a similar experience by putting you at the head of your very own empire. In these games you’ll get to design your own theme parks, railroads and other empires on a variety of platforms.

Kapi Hospital

Kapi Hospital gives players control of their own hospital and everything that it entails. From the curing of patients, designing of rooms and balancing of the budget the hospital’s success at curing medical issues for patients is within your hands. Similar to other games from the Upjers team Kapi Hospital is playable within your browser for free and further supported through in game purchases based around convenience in typical freemium game style. The game is truly a start from the basics...[Read Review]

7 User Avg (25 votes)

Evil Genius

Evil Genius mixes simulation, management and real time strategy putting players in charge of their own evil villain lair as they attempt to complete their plans for world domination one country at a time. Originally launched in 2004 Evil Genius still has a strong cult like following of fans with comparison to the popular Dungeon Keeper series of games which launched several years earlier. With age does come some limitations however with graphics and general polish quickly falling behind other mo...[Read Review]

9.6 User Avg (22 votes)

Prison Architect

Maximum security prisons aren’t an easy line of business but one you’ll become expert in by the end of Prison Architect, a game that takes the management simulation genre into the private construction business. Prison Architect takes place in a top-down 2D environment and clearly draws from a number of classics in the genre. Every element of the prison is in your hand and the game is about much more than just throwing up some cells though with a level of depth that ensures you won...[Read Review]

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9.3 User Avg (17 votes)


StarTopia was put together by former Bullfrog employees and has you take control of several space stations as you attempt to create a thriving space hub for the galaxy. StarTopia was released back in 2001 and features the same humour filled gameplay that made the Dungeon Keeper series and similar games such as Theme Hospital so popular. The game takes place in a universe that has been devastated by war with players taking control of one of the few remaining space stations and a beacon of hope in...[Read Review]

8.6 User Avg (12 votes)

Magazine Mogul

Taking the success of Game Dev Story Kairosoft has now imported this popular formula into a journalist setting with Magazine Mogul, a magazine studio management game. Like the other Kairosoft titles on the market you’ll lead the growth of your magazine, find the coverage, brainstorm new ideas, hire your fierce editorial team and expand your office space to accommodate the growing team. Those following the Kairosoft management game titles of which there are now dozens will find the mechanics fami...[Read Review]

8.5 User Avg (4 votes)

The Movies

Imagine being the director of your very own movie set? That’s the vision that The Movies intends to deliver on with a unique and enjoyable mix of life simulation and tycoon business management. From creating the movie set, writing the script and building the stats of your movie stars The Movies lets you control all of...[Read Review]

8.4 User Avg (83 votes)

Game Corp DX

Game Corp DX delivers an enhanced version of the popular free to play game (Game Corp) with a large feature list there is plenty of room to manage your own gaming company without being bogged down by complex mechanics. In your Game Corp DX adventure your job is to take your simple game company from developing unsuccessful micro games to massive large scale games that receive plenty of critics praise and dollars. In order to do this you’ll have to fight off rivals, train your team, expand a...[Read Review]

8.3 User Avg (10 votes)

Fiz: The Brewery Management Game

Home brewing and craft beers are on the rise and Fiz: The Brewery Management Game allows you to jump on this bandwagon without the investment in real world equipment. Available for iOS and Android Fiz gives you the keys to your very own brewery and lets you lead the direction your small company will take. Players begin the game within their garage with a few basic recipes and a simple array of equipment, while it might not be the highest quality brew it will be enough to get you started on the r...[Read Review]

8.2 User Avg (6 votes)


GamersGoMakers lets you experience the growth of the video game market first hand through your own video game company which starts in the early days of the industry and seeks to ride the wave of growth to vast profits. Fundamentally GamersGoMakers operates as a management and simulation title supported by a healthy campaign that explores the evolution of video gaming. Before each campaign attempt players will get to name their company, select a difficultly level, customise their looks and choose...[Read Review]

8 User Avg (4 votes)

Anime Studio Story

Choose the direction that you’re small time anime studio takes in Kairosoft’s Anime Studio Story management game. Joining a larger list of games in this genre from their development team this game follows the typical formula but changes the skin to an Anime one. Giving you control over every element within your studio your role is to handle the finances, staff, anime creation and other business elements. Starting with a small studio players will take a small anime office to a global ...[Read Review]

8 User Avg (4 votes)

Beastie Bay

Beastie Bay is a unique game with monster training aspects for your Android and iOS devices. The game is free to play and published by Kairosoft who have a track record of producing some amazingly fun smartphone games with unique mechanics. BeastieBay is no exception offering a mix of Pokemon and city building. So what are the unique elements of BeastieBay? Not only will you have to collect a number of beasts and use them for battle you’ll also have to transform the island in the game. Combat in...[Read Review]

7.8 User Avg (15 votes)

Theme Hospital

Theme Hospital is another gaming classic developed by Bullfrog Productions and puts you at the head of controlling your own hospital with a twist of humour. The game originally launched in 1997 for Windows and Mac eventually making its way to the PlayStation, it is still available through the PlayStation Store for PS3, PSP and PS Vita. Theme Hospital takes place within a hospital that players build themselves using a variety of room types and objects. Once you’ve setup your hospital you will att...[Read Review]

7.6 User Avg (12 votes)

Empire TV Tycoon

Empire TV Tycoon is all about guiding your own television channel to become the most viewed in the world of broadcasting. Step into the shoes of TV manager as you acquire your audience, choose advertisers, select your staff and even find appropriate actors to develop your own TV content. When it all comes together it’s a familiar blend of tycoon and management that you’ve seen before but in an entirely fresh real world inspired setting. If you’ve ever wanted to lead your own me...[Read Review]

7.6 User Avg (9 votes)

Rail Nation

Rail Nation is a free to play transportation MMO that puts you at the head of your own rail empire. The game comes from Travian Games who publish other popular games such as Travian and Miramagia so you know that you are in good hands. At the heart of the game you’ll find a strategy experience that offers more depth than you might expect. You’ll focus on growing your own railway company from zero to industry leader with plenty of opportunity to achieve this by yourself or team up with a group of...[Read Review]

7.2 User Avg (15 votes)

Game Dev Story

Game Dev Story is one of the many simulation games from Kairosoft who is constantly producing similar games with different skins. With the wealth of experience in the simulation market Kairosoft offers an attractive game development themed experience although it’s similarity to other titles can be a little too close for comfort if you’ve already played their other titles. Your goal in Game Dev Story is to create the ultimate video game company which as you can imagine is anything but...[Read Review]

6.7 User Avg (6 votes)