There is a plethora of AAA titles constantly streaming the market, finding homes and whatnot, while there are quite a few indie games finally receiving the attention they so deserve. However, a handsome number of video games are left beaten and abandoned – left to fend for themselves. Games that, no matter how much time or love goes into them, can never seem to find their way into the homes of gamers who may very well enjoy them. Care for them the way they were meant to be. In an effort to right this wrong committed by our community, every week a new profile will be submitted with hopes of finding homes for these titles.
Today’s profile: Game Dev Tycoon from developer Greenheart Games, released in 2012 across all PC platforms.
Game Dev Tycoon is exactly what it sounds like; a video game development simulator. Beginning the game, you start with only yourself in a garage on your computer in the ’80s, back when video games were just becoming a thing. And, as you might be able to guess because of the timeline, the game parodies the real life progression of the industry. As you expertly craft your text-based titles for the PC, eventually Nintendo comes into the fray and releases a console under a phony name. Years later, Sega, Sony, and all the rest you have come to adore make their way into the game as well.
To begin the game development process, first you must decide a topic. These would be your superhero, werewolf, war, what have you. Then, you choose a genre – such as action, adventure, or RPG, as well as what platform you plan to release the game on and whatever engine you would like to use during the development of said game. All of this is done through an assortment of menus.
Obviously, the point of this is to garner positive reviews and generate revenue to fund your next projects. After your first big hit, you are able to move from the garage into an office, hire staff to bring your games to the next level, acquire publication deals, and the like.
I have only scratched the surface of this surprisingly deep title. There are a number of things I left out, like attending E3 to gain more fans, the ability to create sequels and your own engines, the light RPG elements, researching better tech, and the list goes on and on.
Despite the depth and unending gameplay, Game Dev Tycoon allows for a quick and simple drop-in drop-out style as well as warming, rewarding gameplay. There is nothing more satisfying than receiving perfect scores for a game you so lovingly crafted for years or the occasional popup informing you how greatly your company is thriving.
And because Game Dev Tycoon is a PC game, and a simulator, the mod community thrives. Whatever you think it may lack, there will surely be a mod to incorporate it. Whether it be added multiplayer, additional topics, the option to include DLC with your games, it can be done.