The App Store mouse seems to have hopped back on its wheel after the recent holiday freeze of iTunes Connect, and we're starting to once again see new games, updates, and price drops becoming available. Right off the bat there is a noteworthy sale that caught my eye, so if you still have a dollar left over after gorging on the massive list of holiday sales that we posted last week (many of which are still going on, by the way), you'll definitely want to pick up Game Dev Story [99¢/Lite] while it's at its lowest price ever.

Chances are pretty good that you've heard of Game Dev Story by now. This port of Kairosoft's 1996 PC game puts you in the role the manager of a brand new game development studio. You'll need to hire staff, come up with game ideas, and then bring those ideas to fruition all while staying within your budget and available resources. Then you market and sell your games, hopefully getting positive reviews from critics and bringing in a profit so your studio can expand and work on future titles. We were quite taken with Game Dev Story when we reviewed it, and it turns out we weren't alone as it subsequently went on to create quite a buzz across the gaming blogosphere.

In the App Store world, anything more than a dollar can be a hard sell to some gamers. After seeing the nearly 15 year old graphics that are used in Game Dev Story, I imagine that there were a lot of people that found it hard to part with the $3.99 that the game originally cost, despite the mountains of praise it received. Even with the recently launched lite version, I'm willing to bet that there are gamers that were steadfast in their willingness to wait for a 99¢ sale. To these people, your time has come! Game Dev Story is now just a buck, and you'll be hard-pressed to find more bang for that buck in practically the entire App Store. So stock up on food, buy a few cases of Red Bull, and get sucked into the divine addiction that is Game Dev Story, which will give you a chance to hone your skills for the upcoming Game Dev Story 2.

Update 1: It seems the price has been increased back to $2.99.

Update 2: For whatever reason, the price seems to be fluctuating from $2.99 to 99¢.

  • Anonymous

    If you don't pick this up now, you hate good. And fun. And you should be lynched.

    I can't say I did not wait for this sale, but now that it is here, I can enjoy this game in all its legit glory.

  • Rickard

    I tried to like this game, but so far, no. Not at all. Slow, boring gameplay. Might give the full version another go, but Im not sure.

    • Johan Henriksson

      There is a speed setting in the options menu, you know.

      • Rickard

        No, I didn't know. Doesn't really help the gameplay though.

  • Bahmutzero

    God Dang it, I wait 5 months for it to go down in price then I finally give in and the next day it goes down to 59p! >.<

    Oh well, it's a great game xD

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  • Brementer

    Drops .99 or .99 off because it showing $2.99

    • Chris Matchett

      That price drop was for half a day. I guess it got it a story on Touch Arcade though.

  • Chris Matchett

    Already gone back up. Too fast. Played the lite and decided to take the plu... Oh it's expensive again.

  • hanswoscht

    Not even half a day the price drop was active. *lol* the moment you see an article like this its already obsolete

  • Zach Williams

    Man that sucks. I went to sleep at 2 and woke up at 9 to an email and push notification telling me it had dropped in price and it's already gone back up! A 6 hour sale in the US App store from 3am to 9am is just wrong. Oh well I'm sure we'll see it drop again.

  • Thomas

    It's still $1 on Android Market 😀

    • Masonduds

      Nope, its back at $2.50

  • Zach Williams

    Fell almost as soon as I posted that it looks like it has gone back down to $.99... again! Weird but I'm not complaining.

    • Chris Matchett

      Gametype: Rollercoaster + Shopping genre
      Is indeed back to 59p

  • Sebastian

    So you updated the price to 2.99$ at the end of the post but didn't change the title?

    Thanks TouchArcade!

    • Eli Hodapp

      The iTunes data at the end of our articles is automatically pulled from the App Store in semi-real time.

      • Sebastian

        Good to know.

        Fun thing though - I bought the game anyway for 2.59 Euro. Once I hit the buy button the price changed to 0.79 Euro. Don't ask me why. It would be nice to know if this is because the publisher is juggling the price. I'm really confused about this.

        Edit: Ah and the price is now back to 0.99$ on your post too.

      • Sebastian

        Good to know.

        Fun thing though - I bought the game anyway for 2.59 Euro. Once I hit the buy button the price changed to 0.79 Euro. Don't ask me why. It would be nice to know if this is because the publisher is juggling the price. I'm really confused about this.

        Edit: Ah and the price is now back to 0.99$ on your post too.

  • Jweaver911

    I just got it for .99 cents... 10 minutes ago.

  • Sdfa

    I dont think anyone is updating the price tag on the end of the post, I believe this is a script which is always up-to-date since it is connected to iTunes or so.
    anyways got mine for .99 some miinutes ago 🙂

  • Rickard

    It's still 0.99$ in Sweden. Just bought it.

  • Deamon34

    Good thing I check this site several times a day. Now back down to .99


  • Nate

    FWIW, it's dropped back to $0.99 now. Was "being modified" around 9am ET.

  • DotComCTO

    Just grabbed it for $0.99 (10:45 AM EST). I've been waiting for this to go on sale.

  • Zuriyahe

    Just got it. 99 cents. Yippie!!!

  • Eyoung69

    Trying to buy it at .99 is like a game in itself.

  • Eyoung69

    Trying to buy it at .99 is like a game in itself.

  • Dsdsf

    thts the pure fun of the game, mates!

  • EastsideStompers

    I just thought you might all like to know that I just grabbed it too...

  • Anonymous

    Been waiting for a price drop on this, I loved the lite version. It's was MUCH better than I expected.

  • Shatnershairpiece

    I wouldn't download this if it was free. I can't think of anything more tedious than a game replicating the process of 'making/selling a video game.' Is this what people actually fantasize about as being 'fun'? Being a game developer? What's next? 'Tax accountant story'?

    • Kobeskillz

      You sound very ignorant. Please play the game 1st before commenting. I'm sure landing huge airplanes is a stressful job as well but Airport Mania is fun because ummm it's a game! Just how hot pursuit is nothing like being chased in real life by cops.

      • Shatnershairpiece

        You don't get it, do you. I don't need to play it first to find out I have no interest in pretending to be a game developer. This concept is on par to me with being a shelf stocker at Costco. The reward/goal of the game is to see your game on the charts. I couldn't care less about this entire concept, hence, even free, no interest.

      • Derek Chin

        Games are interesting in that mechanics, and how they are implemented, are just as important as the subject matter. While "game development" may not sound all that exciting, the underlying mechanics here are tried and true and certainly don't mimic real life game development.

        The basic mechanics are one of selection, training and leveling up of -in-game characters in order to have a good combination of stats for your team as you put them on the road to bigger and bigger goals. The theme is an unusual one, but the underlying mechanics is basically a simulation game much like Football Manager or the "Dynasty" modes of various sports games.

        And yes, for some people, the concept here IS fun! Many gamers have often dreamed of designing video games, it's not a stretch to extend that to running a studio. I can see why you might think it's tedious, but it's actually pretty cute/mildly amusing if you have inside knowledge of the game development industry (or are just generally interested in the area).

      • Derek Chin

        Oh, I should also mention that even games like the Monster Rancher and Princess Maker series, are very similar mechanically. In both, you train character(s) with an end goal in mind, accumulating stats, competing in various contests, performing tasks, earning money, etc.

  • Grepochris

    iTunes description says it has English and Japanese languages available.... why isn't it available in the Japanese store then?!?!?

    • Bdragonst

      the name is in japanese...

      • Grepochris

        Thanks - found it ^_^

  • YoureAMessy

    Best purchase I've ever made. I'd easily pay eleventy billion dollars for this.

  • popopeee

    wanna mention that they have a hotsprings game on the japanese itunes store. would love to see it translated.

  • Philippe Wampfler
  • Derek Chin

    Now it's 3.99? I am so confused..

  • Preston

    is the sale over!

    I hope I didnt miss this... 🙁