Game Dev Tycoon
This is a unique game but not an original creation. Game Dev Tycoon (GDT) is a business simulation game where the focus of this game is to manage a game company. The basic idea is borrowed or inspired heavily from Game Dev Story by Kairosoft. While GDS set as sandbox simulation game with small scale, as their platforms are only in iOS and Android, GDT simply enhanced the experience by adding more realistic mechanism and realistic approach. Greenheart Games as the developer of this game successfully simulate how game developer’s life would be in real life.
Those who have played GDS will have no difficulties or take more times to understand how the game works, but this is GDS in steroids. GDT is a difficult game to be played (or in this sense, to be managed) because this game basically enlarge what Kairosoft had done from their game, in larger and realistic scale. The gameplay is simple and very addictive, at the same time, difficult and can be frustrating.This is not a game for newbie, this is a game for those who appreciate the world of video games in general.
The developer of the game knows how to add easter eggs, real life references, even absurd jokes implemented on the gameplay. From game console parody to scam/fraud mail reference, this game is so familiar to those who follow the history of video games since the era of Commodore 64 until today.
Yes, this game is not for beginner. Easy in gameplay but difficult in finishing it. For a game with price tag of $8, this game really worth the price.
Score: 4 out of 5