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Game Dev Tycoon

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Game Dev Tycoon
Developer(s)Greenheart Games
Publisher(s)Greenheart Games
Designer(s)Patrick Klug
Daniel Klug
Composer(s)Alexander Lisenkov
Jack White
EngineNW.js (PC)
Unity (iOS, Android)
Platform(s)Windows, Windows RT, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android[1]Nintendo Switch
  • WW: 10 December 2012
  • Switch: 8 October 2020
Genre(s)Business simulation

Game Dev Tycoon is a business simulation video game developed by Greenheart Games released on 10 December 2012.[2] 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. The game has 1–2 million owners on Steam.[4]


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, Vena Oasis, TES, 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, Ubisoft Connect, App Store etc. The player may also open up a Hardware Lab to create consoles and devices.


The game supports mods written in JavaScript with the gdt-modAPI. As of 23 May 2022, there are 860 mods on Steam Workshop.[5] They range from simple, 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 (UME).


The game's developers implemented an 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, that being that 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.[6] Some players complained on message forums about this piracy feature, unaware that it only appeared because they themselves pirated the game.[7]


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".[8]


  1. ^ "Game Dev Tycoon combines gaming with business on Android for $4.99". Android Authority. 31 January 2018. Archived from the original on 3 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Game Dev Tycoon Changelog". Greenheart Games. Archived from the original on 28 September 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  3. ^ "About Greenheart Games". Greenheart Games. Archived from the original on 26 February 2021. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Game Dev Tycoon - SteamSpy". SteamSpy. Archived from the original on 4 December 2021. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Steam Community :: Game Dev Tycoon". steamcommunity.com. Archived from the original on 18 February 2018. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Australian Game Developer Trolls Internet Pirates". Aussie-gamer.com. 30 April 2013. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  7. ^ Orland, Kyle (29 April 2013). "Game Dev Tycoon developers give pirates a taste of their own medicine". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on 18 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Game Dev Tycoon for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 15 May 2022. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Game Dev Tycoon for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 4 December 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  10. ^ Ford, Eric (28 November 2017). "'Game Dev Tycoon' Review – If You Liked 'Game Dev Story' You'll Love 'Game Dev Tycoon'". TouchArcade. Archived from the original on 7 April 2022. Retrieved 25 August 2018.

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