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Game Dev Story Review

By , on October 14, 2010

Game Dev Story
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5


  • Lots of milestones to reward or punish players.
  • Deep and balanced 'Sim' features.
  • Complex genre/topic interactions.
  • Tongue-in-cheek industry 'history'.


  • Not optimized for iDevices.
  • Niche appeal.


Fans of gaming will love the tongue-in-cheek references and deep options that Game Dev Story has to offer, but it's a shame this game wasn't optimized for the iPhone.

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Perhaps it's something about working as a reviewer or perhaps it's just being a huge fan of gaming in general, but Game Dev Story by Kairosoft has me hook, line and sinker. That's right, my name is Andrew and I'm addicted to Game Dev Story.

The first thing to point out about GDS is that it clearly seems to have been developed for mobile phones in general and not iDevices specifically. The game is for the most part driven by menus and selectable options, though this is streamlined a little for the iPhone despite the cramped interface the options and scroll bars respond correctly. GDS is, if you haven't already guessed, a business simulator (a 'Tycoon' game if you will) and you need to whip your company in to shape to develop a long-lasting and respected name in the industry. Over time you'll be able to hire (and fire) developers with specialty fields; create new games for platforms that mirror the real videogame history; and when not developing a game you can outsource your skills to earn more income to fund better projects.

The wasted visual space is a terrible shame and one that really hampers the game despite the clever and informative interface design. However despite this shortcoming the game is packed to the gills with clever references to popular culture including 'Gilly Bates' and 'Chuck Shultz' and there's a lot of depth in the process of not only selecting your next title, but also how to promote your company and train your staff.

Had Game Dev Story made their game suit iDevices correctly with a better interface and updated audio I'd not hesitate in making this a must-have, but if you can put these aside you'll be rewarded with an insanely addictive simulation title.


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shinkaizen 7 years, 10 months ago

Argh! Bought this last week when it was @ 3.99!!!! I could have bought Guitar Hero with that discount!!!

GrapeJuiice 8 years, 1 month ago

Great Game. Updates would be nice though. 

JoelTGM 8 years, 1 month ago

im addicted.  it kept me up way too late last night... making games, building the company, training people, coming up with funny game names.... so much fun.

andrew 8 years, 1 month ago

Yup and getting to the stage where you come up with your own console and eventually start a new company... It just never lets go ;)

TechnologoDoom 8 years, 2 months ago

Wow this game totally rocks! I'm absolutely hooked, line and sinker!

andrew 8 years, 1 month ago

I'm crossing my fingers for either some more updates or a sequel - there's just so much more they could add :D