Kairosoft’s Game Dev Story [$1.99 / Lite] is now cheaper than what it was. For a limited time, and in celebration of the release of Pocket Academy [$3.99 / Lite], the quirky simulation game that puts you in the shoes of producer, administrator, and game developer is $1.99. That’s a 50 percent savings from the regular price of $3.99.

If you listen to our podcast, you know that I’m a ridiculously huge fan of GDS. If I could, I’d erect a statue in its name in front of my apartment complex and praise it each morning before I start work or make some coffee. It’s good in all the right ways and has a level of depth and cunning that few simulation games, especially on this platform, tend to have.

Our review, of course, is glowing if you’re interested in a... critical dissection of the title instead of my lunatic ramblings in a news article.

In other news, but not-so-recent news, GDS has received a few updates since it’s initial release. For example, it now supports Game Center and its leaderboards functionality. You can also now switch the language back and forth between it's native language Japanese and the English translation, which might actually prove to be helpful considering that some of the translation work is shaky at best.

Pocket Academy, by the way, is another excellent Kairosoft simulation, combining the same quirk from GDS, except applied to a school.

  • Macaroon

    I found myself both enjoying this game and confused by it in equal measures. Is that good?

  • http://twitter.com/phatbhuda Eric Ma

    I love that although the Kairosoft games share stuff with each other, the gameplay has enough tweaks to make each game different.

  • http://twitter.com/riChchestMat Chris Matchett

    I've never been able to find the option to switch to Japanese in this game. I suspect it's not a feature at all as the app store description also calls this a universal app when it's clearly isn't.

    • Macaroon

      I always thought Universal only meant that it can be played on both iPhone and iPad. Nothing to do with having multiple languages in the options menu.