Game Dev Story is a business simulation about choices.
What genre, what platform, and what theme do you want for your game?
Is the game cute and simple or realistic and innovative?
Do you want to use an in-house art, story, and audio folks or outsource assets and writing?
There are quite a few choices and you’ve got the freedom to make larger decisions about advertising campaigns and which development path to focus on.
Nothing is free, you’ve got to pay platform holders for devkits, employees their salaries, and fees for everything and everyone in the studio. Game developers won’t choose to grow on their own, you’ve got to prod them forward with research data gathered during development. Once they’re more talented their salary has to rise too. Though at least the game doesn’t simulate headhunters to recruit your developers out from under you.