​Netflix Games review: Game Dev Tycoon is a heart to the heart

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​Netflix Games review: Game Dev Tycoon is a heart to the heart

Netflix Games has put the funny Game Dev Tycoon online. The game isn’t new, but the game is new as a Netflix game, which means you pay for it with your subscription to the streaming service and nothing else. Moreover, in the context of the major layoffs at game studios, it now seems like a good idea to cultivate a little more respect for the pressure and hustle that game developers have to deal with.

In the funny-looking Game Dev Tycoon you choose what your studio is called, what your name is, and you develop all kinds of games that have to be sold as much as possible. The idea is that at some point you will also get different colleagues, that you will create good games and that you will also ensure that streamers start working with them for even greater popularity. It is the game it already was on Nintendo Switch in 2020 and PC and iOS in 2017, but Netflix has overhauled it. There are even a few big nods to well-known productions from the streaming service, such as Orange is Back and Squish Game.

Game Dev Tycoon

It is of course a very simplified version of the life of a game developer, but this game from Greenheart Games is incredibly fun to play. You start programming on your attic camera and eventually more and more things are added that are important in the gaming world: at a certain point you even create new engines and eventually you have to become a kind of Nintendo or Activision. The fact that you can now also have the games played by streamers is also new and provides a nice addition to this game, which was already extremely strong in itself.

The nice thing is that different moments in gaming history are really taken into account and that you initially have few resources at your disposal but you continue to progress. Plus, you can keep working on it for a really long time without it getting boring: after all, you keep making other games in different genres and for other platforms. It will certainly keep you occupied for many hours, especially if you want to carry out everything down to the last detail.

It’s smart of Netflix to bring this game to mobile, because it lends itself great to the small screen of your smartphone. It is not a game that has extremely complicated graphics or requires a lot of computing power, so it runs well and works well on such a small screen. Keep in mind that it is a kind of management, simulator-like game and you will therefore go into a kind of control mode, but that only makes it wonderful when things go the way you want. And above all: as you planned it in advance. It really is a game that you start for a while, but ultimately play for hours and there is nothing wrong with that. This crunch time is completely okay with us.

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