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Game Dev Tycoon - A business simulation game

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Game Dev Tycoon by Greenheart Games has been released for GNU/Linux, Mac and Windows.

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It is a game development business simulation, where you start developing your own games by yourself and try to become a succesful game company, where you manage and train several employees.

Apparently the game is DRM free, although they state here that you can install the game on only 3 computers:

QuoteWith your purchase you get the game for all three platforms and you can install the game on up to 3 of your computers for personal use.


While there are demos available for Windows and Mac, there is still no GNU/Linux demo at the moment.

The game is also on Steam Greenlight and if it gets into the Steam store, existing customers will get Steam keys. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Mike Frett 29 April 2013 at 3:54 pm UTC
There is also a Pirated version of this game released by the Company. In the pirated version, after a few hours of playing, you notice that your Games are getting pirated within the Game. It's quite clever.
liamdawe 29 April 2013 at 4:30 pm UTC
Sounds like a game I would quite enjoy!
liamdawe 29 April 2013 at 4:33 pm UTC
Also to note on this post it seems the game may not actually work on Linux:
Quoteyes, I'm sorry. the full version is available on Linux but since our release yesterday we got several reports that things are not quite working (our test was fine), thus it would be silly to release a linux demo right now...
So it would be silly of them to release a Linux demo but sell a full game for it...right?
Kamil 29 April 2013 at 6:22 pm UTC
The developers have a great attitude towards pirates. Communication instead of persecution. I really recommend to read this:
http://www.greenheartgames.com/2013/04/29/what-happens-when-pirates-play-a-game-development-simulator-and-then-go-bankrupt-because-of-piracy/

That is worth supporting, I would say.
Guest 29 April 2013 at 6:56 pm UTC
The Linux version appears to be fine until you want to upgrade the office -- I get a Javascript error when I do.
liamdawe 29 April 2013 at 7:24 pm UTC
It's quite a genius idea and can certainly help you see how many people pirate I guess, looks like a studio worth investing a few bucks in..if they fix the Linux bugs that is.
mongrol 29 April 2013 at 9:49 pm UTC
This looks just like a clone of GameDevStory. A game thats been cloned as many times as Tetris. Still, if its polished it is a refreshing concept even though it does get a bit repetitive. Would be good to hear if theres anything differentiating it from its genetic parent.
Guest 29 April 2013 at 10:21 pm UTC
mongrolThis looks just like a clone of GameDevStory. A game thats been cloned as many times as Tetris. Still, if its polished it is a refreshing concept even though it does get a bit repetitive. Would be good to hear if theres anything differentiating it from its genetic parent.

Indeed, I thought the same (though I'd forgotten the name so I didn't mention it ;)) -- it does seem to at least improve the formula on a few aspects  -- your start up is much more basic, PC gets more consistent love in this as well, rather than going straight down the crapper after the first set of consoles. They also have better consistency with game types, the genre doesn't have as much of a negative effect with the "wrong" type of game like it does in GameDevStory.

Still, the Linux progressing issue I mentioned earlier is really frustrating as I can't research most of the tech without spamming poor quality games to get the RP up (not enough staff).
Raven 5 May 2013 at 12:11 am UTC
There's a good review of the game here
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