Questions tagged [game-dev-tycoon]

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.

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How can I improve my ratings?

So I made my first game - it was a Space Adventure game and I called it EVE. When I released it I waited until all of my bugs had been fixed and then released it immediately. However, when the ratings ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 the ...
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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... ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How long does my game stay on sale?

All of my games seem to stay on sale for the same amount of time before they're taken off the market. A game seems to stay on sale long enough to develop another game and have a single sales period of ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What can I do about piracy?

Help! My games are being pirated! People are choosing to get copies of my material illegally rather than giving me large sums of money instead! I seem to be given the option to "Warn Them" or "Sue ...
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How do I complete contracts more quickly?

I've now failed two contracts because I was only half way through the "technology" stage whenever the deadline hit. What can I do to complete contracts more quickly?
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Where has my 'Research' option gone?

I have just moved to my new office and hired my first employee, and now I want to do some research before I develop my next game engine but the option to research appears to have disappeared? How can ...