Game Dev Tycoon is a game by Green Heart Gaming for Windows, Mac and Linux in which you found a games development studio in the 1980s and rise to fame through the successful creation of video games.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
1answer
54 views

How do I create a game after moving to the first office?

I moved to the new office, and there's no option to create a new game. I've hired 2 new staff and done the management course.
4
votes
1answer
186 views

Are there any negative affects of accepting the hackers' deals?

In Game Dev Tycoon you sometimes get messages from a team of hackers called Blowfish Studios, there messages say things like "we have recently compromised the security of a competitors computers" and ...
3
votes
2answers
280 views

Hype game or be modest in game dev tycoon?

What should you pick when a interviewer ask you a question that you can reply either "be modest" or "hype game!" to? Does it have big influence on your game scores?
2
votes
2answers
176 views

Why am I randomly losing Research Points?

While playing Game Dev Tycoon, I realised that my Research points are randomly disappearing. I had 102 points and suddenly, it jumped down to only 50? Why is this happening?
2
votes
1answer
777 views

What are the easter eggs In Game Dev Tycoon?

I was looking through the Steam achievements for Game Dev Tycoon and noticed this one: After seeing this I started ruthlessly trying to click and stare at every little thing in the game but still ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Eat Cake achievement Game Dev Tycoon?

Just wondering how you unlock the Eat Cake achievement in Game Dev Tycoon. The achievement says "Show them red barrels some action."
1
vote
1answer
129 views

Does raising the amount of time spent on a development stage increase the game quality?

I was developing a new game in Game Dev Tycoon and wondered, does raising the amount of time spent on a development stage really increase the game quality?
3
votes
1answer
122 views

How do I start a new game without going bankrupt?

I have completed the game but didn't research large games until year 34. I feel like I've missed out on quite a few aspects of the game, therefore I want to start a new one. Now I know I could just ...
1
vote
3answers
186 views

How can I update my game?

My game's version is 1.3.2. How can I update to the latest version. Will it delete my saves if I do?
3
votes
1answer
631 views

What effect does improving staff stats have?

I have played about 15 hours of Game Dev Tycoon and haven't really paid attention to training my staff. What I'm curious about is how much exactly does 1+ speed or 1+ research actually do, and is it ...
4
votes
1answer
195 views

How to view my custom game engines' features?

I created several custom game engines but I forgot their features. Is there a way to look their features or not?
3
votes
1answer
194 views

Do stats from your last company carry over?

When you end the game do any of your stats carry over? Such as, stuff you have researched and what not?
8
votes
1answer
1k views

How do you activate the treasure in the garage?

On Steam, this Achievement exists for this game: Treasure Hunter Activate the hidden treasure in the garage. How do you unlock this? Where is the treasure and how do you activate it?
6
votes
1answer
366 views

What to do when employees max out on experience and no longer gain any?

I can't seem to find any reference to this behavior anywhere, so I'm not even sure if it might be a bug. Either way, I have an employee who hasn't gained any experience for the past 4 or 5 games I've ...
7
votes
2answers
337 views

Do the systems always follow the same pattern?

I've been playing the lite version of Game Dev Tycoon and every playthrough I get the same message for the Master V. Can it ever do good in North America or does it always fail? I was hoping there ...
7
votes
1answer
738 views

Which combinations are popular during which years?

I know that there are topic/genre combos that work better than others, and I know that different target audiences like certain types of games and platforms more than others. All of that is easy enough ...
7
votes
1answer
477 views

How to save settings in esc menu?

I have a problem, in settings menu I try to disable music, but there's no "ok" button, and when I go back to game, it just changes back to music on, which starts playing after about a minute. How can ...
6
votes
4answers
46k views

How can I get decent reviews in Game Dev Tycoon?

I always get bad reviews, even if I technically have a good quality game. I made sure that I had great combos, put the sliders in the appropriate places, make sure my employees are all good. But I ...
4
votes
2answers
3k views

efficient ways to get fans

I was wondering if anyone knows of ways to get fans easily or at least what I have to do to increase the amount of fans that I have at the moment? I know that doing things with a publisher helps but I ...
11
votes
4answers
4k views

Should I move offices?

What are the benefits of the 2nd office? The garage only has 8k upkeep but the 2nd office has 32k upkeep - is it worth moving offices?
0
votes
1answer
265 views

Viewing Final Score after Game End

Is there any way to view the final score given at the end of Game Dev Tycoon after the game's end?
7
votes
1answer
5k views

How do I gain access to the R&D Lab?

I am in the third office, Y13 M6 W3, with 6.5M in the bank, and 5 employees plus myself. How do I gain access to the R&D Lab?
5
votes
1answer
2k views

How can I get to the office when I've chosen the “try later” option?

I had a bestseller and I had the option to move to an office but I wanted to wait. But now I am ready, how can I move now to the office? I can't find any option - neither in the pop up or in the main ...
11
votes
1answer
927 views

Is the Effort Slider relative or absolute?

In the three stages of development you can move three sliders up and down. This will affect the time preview of each step along the bottom. My questions: Are the sliders relative, that is if all ...
1
vote
1answer
308 views

does addition from Game engines require needs during development?

Once I have created a new engine which has things like better dialog and better A.I, if I select that during the development of the game does that mean that I could lower the correlating field during ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Why can't I add Stereoscopic 3D to my game?

When I try to develop a game or make a sequel, I can't use Stereoscopic 3D and am limited to just the other options. I've tried making new engines, loading old saves, rebooting my computer, and even ...
5
votes
1answer
923 views

Should I make bigger fewer game engines or many smaller game engines?

I have recently hit 1M dollars and got into a new office yet the only engine I have is still my first engine. I have researched a good amount amount of engine features, but I am trying to research ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

How to unlock AAA games?

I just finished the game, but I didn't manage to get AAA or to make a console. I am playing it again, but I never knew how to make AAA games. What do you need to do to make AAA Games?
7
votes
2answers
746 views

Should I sponsor an organization which aims to get more women into technology?

I recently got this message from my employee: "Hi Boss! A friend of mine is greatly involved in an organization which aims to get more women into technology. They are looking for a sponsor and I ...
4
votes
2answers
17k views

Which genre fits or works well with which platform?

I occasionally get reviews like: It seems that each genre has its own popularity on each platform. Choice of genre, relative to platform, affects the review scores. How do I know which game genre ...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

Can I ever go back to making smaller games?

It seems I've spoiled my fans with AAA titles and whenever I release something that didn't take 15 millions to make they start throwing rotten fruit at me. AAA games are nice and all, but they are so ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

How do multi-genre games work?

Having researched multi-genre games, I am now wondering how to best utilize this feature. Take, for example, airplane and racing games - their favored genres are simulation and casual, which are the ...
4
votes
1answer
8k views

Are 3D graphics always better than 2D?

In preparation for making my Leviathan game engine, i realized I have only researched 2D graphics up to level 3. Are 2D graphics ever better than 3D graphics of the same level, for particular genres ...
5
votes
2answers
456 views

What are the requirements to unlock “License Game Engines” research?

I've seem to have researched, done and released everything there is in the game except the licensing out engine. I've never got the research for it. Everything else is pretty much maxed out, all the ...
5
votes
2answers
2k views

How do I license a game engine?

After researching something along the lines of "Game Engine Licensing" in the R&D Lab, I gained access to research an SDK (Software Development Kit). I created a new game engine with this feature ...
3
votes
0answers
276 views

Visual difference with employee stats bar

I went to hire a new designer and this happened: I've noticed this before, and it's always with characters who are very high in one stat over the other (Design/Technology). I wonder what it is ...
2
votes
1answer
639 views

Does creating games for the platform help the platform succeed?

Does creating games for the platform help the platform succeed? Like if I create tons of games for 1 platform does it influence it? If not then what controls a platform's marketshare?
5
votes
1answer
7k views

How do developing sequels work? When's a good time to develop one?

I recently got an option to develop sequels: When's a good time to develop a sequel? What are the advantages and disadvantages of developing a sequel to a previous game? What factors should I ...
3
votes
1answer
3k views

How are new research options unlocked?

I have noticed at certain points in the game I will unlock new research options like "Branching Story". I understand that you have to have a staff member research them to use them. How are these ...
6
votes
2answers
522 views

Does the timing of a game release affect sales?

I know that in Game Dev Story, the time you release your game can have a noticeable affect on sales (ex. early December). The in game hints and tutorials don't mention timing releases at all. Does ...
8
votes
2answers
15k views

Which platforms are popular with which target audiences?

I recently got this sales report: "Sales Report - It seems that the initial sales for SportsActionGameling have fallen way below expected numbers. The game received good reviews but it seems that ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

Should I let fans of my game continue developing a fan game or not?

I recently got this message from my employee: "Boss, I've discovered that some really dedicated fans of pirate adventure have created a fan game using a lot of the material from our game. They don't ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

How do I target specific audiences?

After researching "Target Audience", the game prompt tells you that certain consoles and genres appeal to certain audiences (Young, Everyone, Mature). Does targeting a specific audience properly ...
8
votes
1answer
9k views

Understanding the Agent Blowfish random event

At random intervals a hacker by the name "Agent Blowfish" sends you "encrypted" messages. You then have to "decrypt" the message, and the actual message is displayed. It looks like base64, but I'm not ...
10
votes
1answer
2k views

How does the name you give your game affect its success?

I have been doing my third playthrough to find some answers to some of the questions on here, so have been leaving everything with its default name. For example; Game Engine #2 Game #17 etc... ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

Should I aim to create my own game engine as soon as possible?

Early on in Game Dev Tycoon, you're developing games from a garage. After your first couple of games you unlock the ability to research and create your own games engine. The threshold to move to ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

How do I determine whether features like 'graphics', 'joystick', or 'open world' will be beneficial for my game?

The core gameplay mechanic of Game Dev Tycoon appears to be centered around determining how your choices in development effect the sales and rating of your games. While it is possible to gather ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

What different experiences bonuses are available and how do you get them?

When you complete a game, there are a variety of experience bonuses that accumulate into a multiplier and increase the amount of experience you get in a variety of areas of both game development and ...
2
votes
1answer
805 views

What are the effects of overworking or overloading an employee?

During development of larger and more complex games, you get to assign your programmers based on their strengths. The amount of time they spend on their assigned parts of the game is shown as an ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Does the workrate of an employee effect anything during the development stages?

During the development stages for your game, you go through multiple stages programming and developing various elements of your game, for example Artificial Intelligence, Graphics, Sound, etc. I have ...