WarningMight contain spoilers.

The clear successor—in spirit, at least—to the addictive Game Dev Story , which is how I found it. This modern incarnation incorporates a vast amount of complexity and unpredictability into the core gameplay loop, which I enjoyed. The more nuanced depiction of the development process, allowing more fine-grained control and much more ambitious projects, is pleasing. On the whole, however, while this version is satisfying from time to time, the same qualities make it difficult to understand how my choices affect the outcomes without committing to spending a great deal of time diving into the underlying formulæ, which I’m unwilling to do.