A little more than a year ago, I got myself playing this old game called Game Development. I’ve been wanting to play it for as long as I can remember, but for some reason I never got around to doing it before last year. Go figure.
I’d say that Game Development is first and foremost a puzzle game. I believe it is not meant for everyone, and by that I mean it definitely targets a hardcore audience. If you’re not passionate about games, I don’t see how Game Development could be for you. It challenged me with logical and creative problems I have never met before. And boy does it feels good when you do overcome them, one after the other.
Strongly rewarding and putting emphasis on a single player’s actions does not make this a single player game. In Game Development, your teammates are extremely important! At first I picked it up with a friend of mine, but quickly we had to involve more friends, family members, and even strangers! Unfortunately, there is no matchmaking system and you have to assemble your team by yourself… but that also means that you very rarely end up with terrible partners, and I can’t remember any kind of player toxicity during my playtime. I definitely can’t say that for other multiplayer comptetitive games!
I love replayable games and how you can constantly entertain yourself in new ways while using a system that you’re already familiar with. In that aspect, Game Development delivers once again. Never once in my life have I spent so many hours with the same people, the same goal, and constantly feel motivated to win. The experience always feels new, even if I’m getting better at it all the time.
To be fair, there are some tedious parts. The game can get very discouraging at times, and you will probably feel like giving up. Besides, since Game Development is bundled with Running a Business, you better love that game too. Personally I don’t hate it, but I admit I wish I could do away with it sometimes, as it can be quite a time sink as well.
What’s the catch? Well, you might have noticed I didn’t talk about the price. To my dismay, it appears Game Development is another one of those “Free to start” games. That’s right. Technically, it doesn’t cost anything to start playing, but you really have to spend the big bucks to get anywhere. And since it takes so much time even when you pay, not everyone can have a job at the same time as they’re playing this. I know I don’t, because I’m too addicted!
If by now you’re thinking “Well, that doesn’t sound like a game at all” you might be right and Game Development may not be for you. However, if you were itching to try it out just from reading this, I urge you to give it a shot right away! You won’t regret it. And today, after releasing my first game ever, Game Development really does feel like the best game I’ve ever played.