Consider this a little PSA. A personal favorite of mine, Game Dev Story [.99], is now available for less than one dollar on the App Store. This is the second time the game has seen this price point since its debut on the store back in October 2010.

Also, if the last time the game was on sale is any indication of what to expect, you should probably jump on this deal ASAP. The December 28-30 sale was weird, as the game kept shooting $2.99, $3.99, and $.99 over the span of 48 hours.

Here’s a brief synopsis of GDS via our review if you’re unfamiliar with the IP:

In Game Dev Story you'll play the president of a fledgling game development company as you direct your crew of designers, artists, and coders in an effort to create a string of successful video games over a 20 year time period.

Beyond just making games, you'll need to grow your own brand name by running a game convention booth, attending awards shows, advertising, and managing an ever-changing fan base.

I’m not the biggest fan of simulation games, especially the kind with forgettable menus like GDS, but the game happens to stroke both my love of the traditional games industry and my desire to be rewarded for in-game actions. If there’s one thing the dudes behind GDS get right with this game, it’s the carrot-on-the-stick approach to design. You’ll lose hours and hours to this joint, for sure.

Anyway, check it out! I’m sure I’ll have to update in a few hours to say, “Hey, this isn’t on sale anymore or something,” so don’t turn that dial.

  • Gord Lacey

    Any chance you could provide a link to the review?

  • qbgabe12

    Celebrate Groundhog Day or Chinese New Year? 😛

  • EastsideStompers

    What's the deal with moving staff to a new seat?? I still don't know. Or is it a red herring with no actual function? Overall though an oddly addictive little game. Certainly, after having got it, every time I buy a game I wonder what marks the GDS Magazine Reviews would have given it...

    • Huy Ngo

      I don't think it actually does anything when they swap computers. Just animations to fill the empty office.

      • EastsideStompers

        Good to know, thanks. No more sleepless nights for me; )

    • Pal G.

      I believe you change seats if two devs talk to each other alot and are seated far from each other.. better to sit them next to each other if they collaborate often..

    • Dandoe50

      actually if u move a certain developer to another developer they talk to each other and gain a boost for example if u have 2 artist next to each other usually one or the other well get off there seat and walk to the other and talk and after they will boost up something out of the game. but not all the times it works usually saves them time from walking to one place to another to talk to someone

      • EastsideStompers

        Aaah, I thought it might have something to do with that but couldn't be sure. Thanks: )

  • Anonymous

    I can't wait to buy this game once an iPad universal update / app comes out. Get on it devs!

    • RickM

      There is no update coming out for it. Its a port of a very old game, which cant be easily updated as its not native code. They are working on porting gamedevstory2, but dont expect any form or updates as its not possible without a full recode.

      Google 'Game Dev Story 2' and you'll see some info and a screenshot 😉

  • MoHeyNow

    This is too good a game for only $0.99, easily worth $10 for the addictive fun! Buy it twice!

  • GC

    This and Chinatown Wars have been the ONLY apps I've paid for

  • BlackInez

    Bring us The Game Dealer in English!

  • Sambo110

    Didn't think it would be good, bought it and played it for over three hours, almost without looking up from my iPod :p