Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Game Dev Tycoon - Pirates vs. Copycats

In the past days Greenheart Games hit the news with their so sad story. Basically what they did was uploading a modified version of their game called "Game Dev Tycoon" to the torrent network and whining that thousands of players used to play this instead buying a legit copy. (READ HERE) So far so good, let's take a look at what's really behind this.

Today I BOUGHT the game to take a look if it's worth all the yellin'. Short answer: it's not.

The developers of this game are not stupid, cuz they used multiple clever ways to promote a game which is reallly not worth to be played at all.

Anyone who plays the game will notice within the first 5 minutes that the game is a lame clone of what Kairosoft made really enjoyable via "Game Dev Story" for iOS and Android. The whole gameplay system is copied and mixed with plastique style graphics instead of Pixelart. The decision to do so is clear: plastique style games are currently very popular on the PC platform (Zynga games).

Sadly "Game Dev Tycoon" is not even 1% of the fun you can have with the original Kairosoft game. Greenheart Games seems to have known that anyway, so the idea of the piracy experiment appeared which gave the game a boost of popularity it does not deserve. Greenheart Games are copycats who rip off others great ideas and try to sell it as their own new game - pirating ideas and making money with it doesn't seem much better than pirating games.

A tip for anyone who likes the genre: Buy "Game Dev Story" for your mobile, for the half of the price of "Game Dev Tycoon" and have 100 times more fun playing :)