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Best combos in Game Dev Tycoon

Want to make the best games and expand your company? Check out this guide on the best combos in Game Dev Tycoon.

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Best combos for Game Dev Tycoon

The abundance of game-development features makes Game Dev Tycoon very interesting but many players also feel overwhelmed by it. If you cannot decide which game to make next, check out this list of the best combos in Game Dev Tycoon.

If you’ve ever dreamed about owning a video games company, Game Dev Tycoon can help you simulate that experience. You open up a company in your garage during the 1980s and the goal is to become a trendsetter in the games industry by releasing the most innovative gamers and owning best-selling titles.

Just like in real life, releasing a game is not the easiest job out there. In fact, from pre-production decisions like the game’s name, platform, engine, and genre to resource allocation, there’s a lot to focus on.

The combination of genre, topic, and platform is also important in making your game a success, and these are the best combos in Game Dev Tycoon.

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Best game genre-topic combinations in Game Dev Tycoon

This chart will reveal the best topics for every game genre in Game Dev Tycoon:

GenreBest Topics
ActionAirplanes, Aliens, Alternate History, Assassin, Crime, Cyberpunk, Dungeon, Extreme Sports, Fantasy, Horror, Hunting, Martial Arts, Medieval, Military, Music, Mythology, Ninja, Post Apocalyptic, Prison, Rhythm, Sci-Fi, Space, Sports, Spy, Superheroes, UFO, Vampire, Werewolf, Zombies
AdventureAbstract, Comedy, Detective, Fantasy, Horror, Law, Life, Mad Science, MedievalA, Mystery, Pirate, Prison, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Spy, Time Travel
RPGAliens, Alternate History, Assassin, Cyberpunk, Detective, Dungeon, Fantasy, Fashion, Martial Arts, Medieval, Mystery, Post Apocalyptic, School, Sci-Fi, Spy, Thief, Time Travel, Vampire, Werewolf, Wild West
SimulationAirplane, Business, City, Colonization, Construction, Cooking, Dance, Disasters, Dungeon, Dystopian, Evolution, Extreme Sports, Farming, Fashion, Game Dev, Government, Hacking, History, Hospital, Hunting, Life, Martial Arts, Military, Movies, Music, Prison, Racing, Rhythm, School, Sci-Fi, Space, Shorts, Surgery, Technology, Transport, Virtual Pet, Vocabulary
Strategy Airplane, Business, City, Colonization, Disasters, Dungeon, Evolution, Expedition, Fantasy, Government, Hacking, History, Medieval, Military, School, Sci-Fi, Space, Transport, UFO, Vocabulary,
CasualAirplane, Comedy, Cooking, Dance, Farming, Fashion, Martial Arts, Movies, Music, Racing, Rhythm, Sports, Virtual Pet, Vocabulary, Zombies

Do note that after making these combinations, you need to pick a suitable target audience and platform too. For instance, an action game on Crime is best for a Mature audience and you can’t expect it to work when targeted at Young or Everyone.

Similarly, Playsystem 5 might be one of the best platforms to run Action games but it’s one of the worst for playing Adventure and Strategy titles. Luckily, the game will warn you if you’re about to make a mismatch in terms of platform or audience.

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How to make games in Gave Dev Tycoon

There are three game-development phases in Game Dev Tycoon. Tech and Design are two primary elements during production and to make the best games, you must balance them.

This chart will reveal how much you need to focus on Design and Tech while making different types of games:

Game Genre Phase 1Phase 2Phase 3Ideal Tech/Design ratio
ActionEngine – 100
Gameplay – 80
Story/Quests – 0
Dialogues – 0
Level Design – 80
AI – 100
World Design – 0
Graphics – 100
Sound – 80
1.8
AdventureEngine – 0
Gameplay – 80
Story/Quests – 100
Dialogues – 100
Level Design – 50
AI – 0
World Design – 100
Graphics – 80
Sound – 0
0.4
RPGEngine – 100
Gameplay – 80
Story/Quests – 0
Dialogues – 100
Level Design – 80
AI – 0
World Design – 100
Graphics – 80
Sound – 40
0.6
SimulationEngine – 100
Gameplay – 100
Story/Quests – 0
Dialogues – 100
Level Design – 100
AI – 0
World Design – 0
Graphics – 100
Sound – 80
1.6
StrategyEngine – 80
Gameplay – 100
Story/Quests – 0
Dialogues – 0
Level Design – 100
AI – 80
World Design – 100 Graphics – 0
Sound – 80
1.4
CasualEngine – 0
Gameplay – 100
Story/Quests – 0
Dialogues – 0
Level Design – 100
AI – 0
World Design – 0
Graphics – 100
Sound – 80
0.5

Do note that the stats mentioned above will be most useful when you’re in the early game and have a small team. With a bigger team, the actual results might vary a little but you can still use these charts for an estimate.

Tech Design ration during game-development in Game Dev Tycoon

We hope this guide helps you in developing the best games in Game Dev Tycoon and your business reaches new heights. For more content on simulation games, you can check out Roblox codes lists for YouTube Simulator, Driving Simulator, and Weight Lifting Simulator.

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