Game Dev Story

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Hidden instructions hamper fun in video-game company sim.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to read and follow directions, monitor monetary and human resources, and discover some of the aspects of managing a game development company. Kids must persevere and monitor timelines while handling the stress of low sales or so-so reviews. Kids can decide whether to develop a new game, do contract work, or change their usual genre. Game Dev Story is a moderately engaging sim app that might spark some business enthusiasm in dedicated gamers.

Ease of Play

The app isn't all that intuitive to start with. The game leads you through the initial steps, but there's very little guidance as to why you would make one decision over another. The actual instructions are buried in the in-game menu. 


There is almost no sexual content in the game, but it does make reference to "booth babes." Although it's not really portrayed in the game, they are usually skimpily/sexily clad women who work at trade shows selling/demonstrating products.


An in-game link connects to the publisher's website.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Game Dev Story is a fun simulation game for players willing to dig around a bit to find the instructions. The game follows the growth of your video game development company as you hire employees, choose game genres, pay for advertising, and make as much money as you can. Great games can earn awards at an annual ceremony or get a best-seller nod. As time passes, new consoles are released and you'll have to purchase license rights in order to stay competitive. You have 20 game years to get the best score possible. After that point, you can keep playing (without a new score) or start a new company.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byHedgieguy11 January 15, 2011


FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! very very fun.
Teen, 14 years old Written byAndrew B. October 13, 2011

Creative,Fun,and Unique app looks into the video game Industry

Parents need to know that is app,which looks into the video game industry,will most likely not interset kids,but this app is very tame,and if they do get the ch... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2011

WARNING: You might not get sleep

I love this game! Theres nothing bad about this game at all. It might be a little confusing and hard for younger kids though, and yes its pricey. But its fun! H... Continue reading

What's it about?

The app immediately establishes the game development simulation. Kids must select and double-click menu and dialogue items to hire, develop a new game, or enter into a contract to generate revenue. The secretary prompts and offers clues about strategies to increase sales, earn good reviews, and win the yearly game grand prize.

Is it any good?

GAME DEV STORY suffers from the lack of clear instructions early on. Unless you browse through the entire menu and stumble across the instructions, you're likely to feel a bit lost. You'll know what to do, but not why. The game includes plenty of subtle humor, and the gameplay is engaging, but It's not always clear how a particular decision impacts the results. Still, if you're feeling patient and video game development appeals to you, this one might be worth it in the end.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help your aspiring game developer research a particular "dev" company.

  • Bring your kid to work and spend some time demonstrating teamwork.

  • Does your kid have a favorite game developer? What are some of the things about that developer's games that appeal to your kid? Are there common themes?

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