Cairosoft’s classic simulation game Dev Story is now on Steam

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Readers, apart from the occasional attempt at emulation and board game ports, I don’t typically play games on my phone. je. But over the years I’ve made a big concession and played that Shit from a series of management games by the Japanese studio Kairosoft.

Since the mid-90’s, Cairosoft has been incredibly successful at releasing game after game that often share the same basics – taking a company/place/organization and making it as wonderful as possible – but with minor tweaks and changes to their settings keep things just fresh enough that you’ll want to play more than one.

Most of the Cairosoft versions have been released on mobile devices, with some Windows ports, but this is kind of the first time these games appear on Steam, which means it will also be the first opportunity for many people to try them. What I highly recommend!

Sure, they might lack the depth of games designed for the desktop, and some windows and controls look a little choppy on larger screens, but the two things that make Cairosoft games great – their crisp numbers and their overwhelming heart-are still there.

Not every Cairosoft game available in English has been released; only five are out so far, although that number is included History of game developers, which many fans would suggest you try first anyway, as it’s a challenging, fun, and oddly accurate look at how the gaming industry has changed over the last few decades (although this game is now old enough that it’s changed itself feels somewhat dated). It can also – and I’m sorry to put you in this position – make you feel a little sympathetic to the role of a greedy video game executive.

Hopefully Mega Mall Story (where you run a mall) and their excellent sports management games, Grand Prix Story and Pocket League Historyare not too far behind. Cairosoft’s classic simulation game Dev Story is now on Steam

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