Game Dev Tycoon

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Game Dev Tycoon
Game Dev Tycoon logo.png
Developer(s) Greenheart Games
Publisher(s) Greenheart Games
Designer(s) Patrick Klug
Daniel Klug
Composer(s) Alexander Lisenkov
Jack White
Engine NW.js (PC)
Unity (iOS, Android)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Windows RT, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android[1]
  • WW: December 10, 2012
Genre(s) Business simulation
Mode(s) Single player

Game Dev Tycoon is a business simulation video game developed by Greenheart Games, which first released on December 10, 2012.[2] In the game, the player creates and develops video games. Game Dev Tycoon was inspired by the iOS and Android game, Game Dev Story[3] (by Kairosoft), and many critics find substantial similarities between the two games. Game Dev Tycoon was created by Greenheart Games, a company founded in July 2012 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Klug.

Anti-piracy release[edit]

The game's developers implemented a unique anti-piracy measure for Game Dev Tycoon. Patrick Klug, founder of Greenheart Games, knowing that the game was likely to be torrented extensively, purposely released a cracked version of the game and uploaded it himself to torrent sites. Gameplay in this version is identical except for one variation, as players progress through the game they receive the following message:

Boss, it seems that while many players play our new game, they steal it by downloading a cracked version rather than buying it legally. If players don't buy the games they like, we will sooner or later go bankrupt.

— Greenheart Games, Game Dev Tycoon

Eventually players of the cracked version will gradually lose money until they do go bankrupt, as a result of pirates.[4] News site Ars Technica reported that some players complained on message forums about this piracy feature, unaware that it only appeared because they themselves pirated the game.[5]


The player starts out in a garage in the early 1980s during the golden age of arcade video games with no employees, limited money, and limited choices for the first game. As new games are created, new options are unlocked. When the first game engine is built, the player's game development skills improve. New consoles will also be released, and the player will be able to buy licenses for certain consoles, such as the GS, PlaySystem, mBox, and grPad which parody real life consoles and devices with different names due to trademark regulations. As the player progresses through the game further they have the opportunity to move to new offices and hire staff. After that further expansion is available, with players given the opportunity to open an R&D lab when reaching certain requirements that host major projects, allowing the player to unlock things they wouldn't be able to otherwise, such as MMOs and online game shops similar to Steam, Uplay, App Store etc. The player may also open up a Hardware Lab to create consoles and devices.


Aggregate score
MetacriticPC: 68/100[6]
iOS: 89/100[7]
Review score
TouchArcadeiOS: 5/5 stars[8]

Game Dev Tycoon received varied reviews upon release. Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, gave the game a score of 68 based on 21 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6] Besides the mixed reviews on Metacritic, on the Steam Community, the game received a 95%, based on over 20,000 reviews. The game was cited as "Overwhelmingly Positive" on its Steam page.[9]


The game has native support for writing mods in JavaScript with the gdt-modAPI. Users have used this on the Steam Workshop with 663 mods listed as of May 26, 2018[10]. They range from simple thing such as adding new consoles and "Topics" to making new libraries like UltimateLib. One of the most common ways people make these mods is with a Third-party software component called Ultimate Module Editor.


  1. ^ "Game Dev Tycoon combines gaming with business on Android for $4.99". Android Authority. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  2. ^ "Game Dev Tycoon Changelog". Greenheart Games. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  3. ^ "About Greenheart Games". Greenheart Games. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
  4. ^ "Australian Game Developer Trolls Internet Pirates". 2013-04-30. Archived from the original on 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  5. ^ Orland, Kyle (29 April 2013). "Game Dev Tycoon developers give pirates a taste of their own medicine". Ars Technica. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Game Dev Tycoon for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  7. ^ "Game Dev Tycoon for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Ford, Eric (November 28, 2017). "'Game Dev Tycoon' Review – If You Liked 'Game Dev Story' You'll Love 'Game Dev Tycoon'". TouchArcade. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Game Dev Tycoon on Steam". Steam. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Steam Community :: Game Dev Tycoon". Retrieved 2018-05-26.

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