4.9 stars

Game Dev Tycoon4.9

*rated “overwhelmingly positive” based on 24,615 reviews from Steam. 26. Dec. 2018

Replay gaming history. Create best selling games. Research new technologies. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.

Now available on Netflix

Now available on Nintendo Switch

Now Available on Google Play!

It’s the perfect sort of game for mobile devices and there’s so much to do here […] all players owe it to themselves to check out this great port.

Toucharcade (Eric Ford)

Game Dev Tycoon

Game Dev Tycoon is a business simulation game where you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games. Research new technologies and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.

Start out in the 80s

Start your adventure in a small garage office in the 80s. Enjoy the hand-crafted level design while you develop your first simple games. Gain experience, unlock new options and create your first game engine.

Create games your way

In Game Dev Tycoon the decisions you make during development really matter. Decide which areas you want to focus on. Does your game need more gameplay or should you focus more on quests? These decisions will have a major impact on the success of your game.

Expand your company

Once you have successfully released a few games you can move into your own office and forge a world-class development team. Hire staff, train them and unlock new options.

Make larger, more complex games

With experience and a good team, you can release larger, more complex games. Larger games bring new challenges and you will have to manage your team well to deliver hit games.

Unlock labs and conduct industry-changing projects

Move beyond just releasing games and conduct industry-changing projects by unlocking labs later in the game. There are a number of secret projects that can be completed.

The full game has many more features which are not listed here to prevent spoilers.

Gameplay over revenue

We love simulation games and we also strongly believe that games need to be more than dressed up slot machines. That’s why we are proud to say that Game Dev Tycoon was designed as a fun game and not as a revenue extraction platform. Game Dev Tycoon focuses on a casual single player experience – there are no forced wait-times, no virtual coins, no in-app purchases, no ad-breaks, no loot boxes and no overly addictive gameplay mechanics. We don’t care about player retention or average player revenue, nor do we want to catch whales. All we care is that you enjoy the game for as long as you want to. In exchange, we ask for a small upfront fee because your support is the only factor keeping us in business. If you like what we are doing and want to support us further, please take a look at this page.


Do I need to be online while playing the game?
No, you can play the game offline.
If I buy on mobile do I get the Desktop version or vice versa?
No, the mobile and Desktop versions are two separate products.
Will I get a Steam key?
If you buy the Desktop version: Yes, you will receive a Steam key.
Will you port the game to more devices?
If our mobile release goes well, we might consider porting the game to more devices.

Game questions

Where is the research menu in the second office?
Once you are in the second office you have two menus. One, when you click on the background and another one when you click on a specific character. To research something you have to click on a character.
I always go bankrupt in the second office. Help!
For some tips on how to survive the second office see here (spoilers!).
Can I play longer than 35 years?
Yes, once the normal game time is up, your score is calculated and there will be no more platform releases but you can still continue to play and unlock things.

If you prefer a longer/shorter game then you can also customize the game length. To do this click on the little cog icon on the screen where you enter your company name. This setting cannot be changed for existing save-games.

Comment, Request & Report Bugs

If you want to discuss the game with the community please visit our forum.

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