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.

  • Full Review
  • App Store Info

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.


Screenshot 1 of 10 Screenshot 2 of 10 Screenshot 3 of 10 Screenshot 4 of 10 Screenshot 5 of 10 Screenshot 6 of 10 Screenshot 7 of 10 Screenshot 8 of 10 Screenshot 9 of 10 Screenshot 10 of 10


profibrahim 6 days, 19 hours ago

AN Amazing testimony, on a faithful day as i was walking down my street, hopeless, i meet my old friend Linda she was so happy to see me and she pick me up to a fast food joint in the city of Portland, Oregon, she was my old time friend and class mate, but now she look different, looking good driving a big car and wearing all sort of customize jewelry i was jealous but since she is my very good friend i have to ask her some few question on how come about her wealth and she say to me as a good friend and old friend of hers, she told me the secret of her wealth behold i was so surprise that a voodoo spell caster can cast a lottery spell and will send you the lucky numbers to win millions of dollars, as a hopeless lady i have to try all alternative to make sure i get good money and take care of my family, so believe me i contacted this Africa voodoo spell caster name Prof Ibrahim, i contacted him quickly through his mail address at([email protected]) and he cast the spell and send me the hot numbers to win the mega millions lottery big, to cut the long story short i am a billionaire today, Prof Ibrahim is truly a gifted spiritual voodoo spell caster and you can contact him today for a lottery spell lotto any kind of spell he will help you as well. because this is the only way to win the lottery and the best way as well. all thanks goes to great doc, i promise to testify of your goodness all through my life for making me rich and famous if out there you are pool your business is not working well or you also want your ex back contact him today at [email protected] or visit his website at,
You can also watsapp him on +27785149508

shinkaizen 10 years, 5 months ago

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

GrapeJuiice 10 years, 8 months ago

Great Game. Updates would be nice though. 

JoelTGM 10 years, 9 months 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 10 years, 9 months 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 10 years, 9 months ago

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

andrew 10 years, 9 months ago

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