Game Dev Story
Genre, Type & Combination Guide
By Aaron M. Ma (aaronma@aaronma.com)
Version 0.95, November 2, 2010
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
I. GAME GENRES
II. GAME TYPES
III. "AMAZING!" COMBINATIONS
IV. "CREATIVE" COMBINATIONS
V. "NOT BAD" COMBINATIONS
VI. "HMMM..." COMBINATIONS
VII. "NOT GOOD" COMBINATIONS
VIII. SPECIAL THANKS
 
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Game Dev Story is an iOS game which simulates the inner workings of a 
video game development company.  In order to succeed and advance, the 
player must develop games to bolster cash and fame.  There are 
certain combinations of game genres and types which will generate 
special results.
 
 
I. GAME GENRES
The following is a list of the different game genres, followed by their
popularity ("A," "B," or "C"), as well as their unlock criteria.  Genres
become unlocked when an employee levels up (or when an employee who has
the appropriate job level is hired) 

   RPG (A, Writer & Level 5)
   Simulation (A, Coder & Level 4)
   Sim RPG (A, Director & Level 1)
   Table (C, Default)
   Action (A, Writer & Level 3)
   Adventure (B, Default)
   Shooter (C, Writer & Level 3)
   Action RPG (A, Producer & Level 3)
   Racing (B, Sound Engineer & Level 3)
   Online RPG (A, Producer & Level 5)
   Online Sim (A, Hacker & Level 5)
   Trivia (C, Default)
   Life (B, Designer & Level 3)
   Board (B, Producer & Level 1)
   Puzzle (B, Default)
   Music (B, Director & Level 5)
   Audio Novel (B, Director & Level 2)
   Motion (A, Hardware Engineer & Level 4)
   Educational (B, Default)
   Card Game (A, Hardware Engineer & Level 3)
 
II. GAME TYPES
The following is a list of the different game types, followed by their
popularity ("A," "B," or "C"), as well as their unlock criteria.  Genres
become unlocked when an employee levels up (or when an employee who has
the appropriate job level is hired)

   Sports (C, Coder & Jogging)
   Exploration (B, Coder & Movie)
   Martial Arts (C, Director & Movie)
   Fantasy (B, Writer & Reading)
   Virtual Pet (A, Coder & Pinball)
   Samurai (A, Writer & Movie)
   Dungeon (B, Coder & Game)
   Romance (A, Writer & Reading)
   Pirate (C, Default)
   Comedy (C, Producer & Movie)
   Horror (C, Writer & Net Surf)
   Word (A, Director & Lab Study)
   Train (C, Designer & Stroll)
   Animal (B, Default)
   Robot (C, Default)
   Airplane (B, Coder & Museum)
   Conv. Store (C, Coder & Stroll)
   Historical (C, Default)
   Bookstore (A, Sound Engineer & Stroll)
   Comics (A, Hardware Engineer & Reading)
   Art (B, Designer & Movie)
   Movies (A, Writer & Movie)
   Game Co. (A, Coder & Game)
   Egypt (C, Producer & Long Trip)
   Town (A, Producer & Museum)
   Architecture (A, Director & Long Trip)
   Lawyer (A, Director & Net Surf)
   Medieval (C, Hardware Engineer & Movie)
   Monster (C, Designer & Meditate)
   Hunting (A, Designer & Game)
   High School (B, Coder & Stroll)
   Junior High (C, Writer & College)
   War (B, Sound Engineer & Concert)
   Ninja (B, Default)
   Cutie (A, Designer & Concert)
   Ogre (C, Writer & Meditate)
   Fashion (B, Director & College)
   Detective (C, Writer & Reading)
   Mystery (B, Writer & Reading)
   Cowboy (B, Producer & Short Trip)
   Horseshoes (C, Director & Pinball)
   President (B, Hardware Engineer & Lab Study)
   Stocks (C, Coder & Lab Study)
   Cartoon (A, Writer & Anime)
   Cosplay (B, Writer & Anime)
   Pop Star (C, Director & Museum)
   Poncho (C,  & )
   Chess (C, Coder & Stroll)
   Checkers (C, Sound Engineer & Anime)
   Mahjong (B, Coder & Pinball)
   Reversi (C, Default)
   Dance (B, Writer & Concert)
   Drums (B, Producer & Reading)
   Fitness (A, Sound Engineer & Meditate)
   Wrestling (B, Sound Engineer & Stroll)
   Basketball (C, Writer & Jogging)
   Skiing (C, Producer & Jogging)
   Snowboard (C, Director & Jogging)
   Golf (B, Default)
   Swimming (B, Sound Engineer & Meditate)
   Volleyball (C, Designer & Jogging)
   Motorsport (B, Writer & Net Surf)
   Soccer (B, Designer & Jogging)
   Ping Pong (C, Coder & Jogging)
   Sumo (A, Director & Stroll)
   Baseball (A, Coder & Stroll)
   Wrestling (C, Writer & Game)
   Marathon (C, Default)
   F1 Racing (A, Coder & Long Trip)
   Pinball (C, Writer & Pinball)
   Slots (C, Writer & Pinball)
   Dating (A, Designer & Anime)
   Harbor (A, Coder & Short Trip)
   Time Travel (B, Producer & Meditate)
   Spy (B, Director & Long Trip)
   Celebrity (A, Coder & Concert)

 
III. "AMAZING!" COMBINATIONS

The following game genre and game type combinations will result in a
game that is “Amazing!”


   Fantasy & RPG 
   Virtual Pet & Action 
   Virtual Pet & Online Sim 
   Romance & Simulation 
   Romance & Audio Novel 
   Comedy & Trivia 
   Horror & Action 
   Horror & Audio Novel
   Word & Life 
   Train & Simulation 
   Animal & Life 
   Robot & Shooter 
   Conv. Store & Online Sim 
   Historical & Action 
   Bookstore & Simulation 
   Comics & Simulation
   Comics & Life
   Movies & Simulation 
   Movies & Audio Novel 
   Game Co. & Simulation 
   Game Co. & Online Sim 
   Game Co. & Life
   Town & Simulation
   Town & Life 
   Architecture & Simulation 
   Architecture & Online Sim 
   Medieval & Online RPG
   Hunting & Action RPG
   Ninja & Action
   Cutie & Simulation
   Cutie & Audio Novel 
   Ogre & RPG 
   Ogre & Action 
   Detective & Adventure 
   Detective & Audio Novel 
   Mystery & Shooter 
   Cowboy & Adventure 
   Cowboy & Audio Novel 
   Horseshoes & Shooter 
   Stocks & Online Sim 
   Cartoon & Simulation 
   Cartoon & Adventure 
   Cosplay & Trivia 
   Pop Star & Simulation 
   Pop Star & Online Sim 
   Pop Star & Life 
   Pop Star & Motion
   Mini-skirt & Trivia
   Mushroom & RPG
   Mushroom & Simulation
   Mushroom & Online Sim
   Mushromo & Life
   Poncho & Table 
   Poncho & Action RPG 
   Chess & Board 
   Checkers & Puzzle 
   Mahjong & Table 
   Reversi & Puzzle 
   Dance & Music 
   Dance & Motion 
   Drums & Music 
   Drums & Motion 
   Fitness & Motion 
   Wrestling & Life 
   Basketball & Action 
   Skiing & Motion 
   Snowboard & Racing 
   Snowboard & Motion 
   Swimming & Online Sim 
   Volleyball & Motion 
   Motorsport & Simulation 
   Motorsport & Racing 
   Soccer & Simulation 
   Soccer & Life 
   Ping Pong & Life 
   Dating & Life
   Dating & Audio Novel
   Sumo & Action 
   Sumo & Trivia 
   F1 Racing & Simulation 
   F1 Racing & Life 
   Pinball & Motion 
   Slots & Motion 


“What a great combination!! Your staff is very excited to get to work on this 
one!”
 
IV. "CREATIVE" COMBINATIONS

The following game genre and game type combinations will result in a
game that is "Creative"


   Sports & Simulation 
   Sports & Puzzle 
   Sports & Motion 
   Exploration & Online RPG 
   Martial Arts & Table 
   Martial Arts & Adventure 
   Martial Arts & Shooter 
   Martial Arts & Audio Novel 
   Fantasy & Shooter 
   Fantasy & Life 
   Fantasy & Puzzle 
   Virtual Pet & RPG 
   Virtual Pet & Shooter 
   Virtual Pet & Motion 
   Samurai & Racing 
   Dungeon & Racing 
   Romance & Trivia 
   Romance & Motion 
   Pirate & Trivia 
   Comedy & Action 
   Comedy & Adventure 
   Comedy & Motion 
   Horror & RPG
   Word & Motion 
   Train & RPG 
   Train & Action 
   Train & Adventure 
   Train & Racing 
   Animal & Audio Novel 
   Conv. Store & Music 
   Historical & Shooter 
   Bookstore & Motion 
   Art & RPG 
   Art & Life 
   Art & Puzzle 
   Game Co. & Racing 
   Egypt & Puzzle
   Town & Audio Novel 
   Architecture & RPG 
   Architecture & Motion 
   Lawyer & Action 
   Lawyer & Shooter 
   Monster & Racing 
   Monster & Motion
   Hunting & Shooter 
   Ninja & Adventure 
   Cutie & Racing
   Cutie & Music
   Cutie & Motion
   Ogre & Racing 
   Ogre & Motion
   Fashion & Table
   Fashion & Puzzle 
   Detective & Action 
   Detective & Music 
   Mystery & Motion 
   Cowboy & Racing 
   Cowboy & Music 
   Horseshoes & Adventure 
   Horseshoes & Board 
   Horseshoes & Music 
   Horseshoes & Motion 
   President & Racing 
   Stocks & Motion 
   Cartoon & Motion 
   Cosplay & RPG 
   Cosplay & Adventure 
   Cosplay & Racing 
   Cosplay & Motion
   Swimsuit & Online RPG
   Swimsuit & Trivia
   Swimsuit & Music
   Swimsuit & Motion 
   Mini-skirt & Simulation
   Mini-skirt & Adventure
   Mini-skirt & Racing
   Mini-skirt & Audio Novel
   Mushroom & Shooter
   Mushroom & Racing
   Poncho & Online Sim 
   Checkers & Racing 
   Checkers & Music 
   Mahjong & Shooter 
   Mahjong & Music 
   Reversi & Online Sim 
   Dance & RPG 
   Dance & Action 
   Dance & Action RPG 
   Fitness & Racing 
   Wrestling & Shooter 
   Wrestling & Motion 
   Basketball & Action RPG 
   Basketball & Music 
   Snowboard & Board 
   Golf & RPG 
   Golf & Action 
   Swimming & Simulation 
   Swimming & Audio Novel 
   Volleyball & Action RPG 
   Ping Pong & Adventure 
   Ping Pong & Music 
   Sumo & RPG 
   Baseball & Racing 
   Baseball & Audio Novel 
   Wrestling & Table 
   Wrestling & Music 
   Wrestling & Motion 
   F1 Racing & RPG 
   F1 Racing & Shooter 
   F1 Racing & Music 
   Pinball & Action
   Dating & Action
   Dating & Racing
   Dating & Music
   Dating & Motion 


"That's a bizzare combination... I wonder how this will turn out..."


V. "NOT BAD" COMBINATIONS

The following game genre and game type combinations will result in a
game that is "Not bad"


   Sports & Action 
   Sports & Racing 
   Sports & Life 
   Exploration & RPG 
   Exploration & Action 
   Exploration & Action RPG 
   Martial Arts & Action 
   Fantasy & Table 
   Fantasy & Adventure 
   Fantasy & Action RPG 
   Fantasy & Online RPG 
   Virtual Pet & Sim RPG 
   Virtual Pet & Racing 
   Samurai & Simulation 
   Samurai & Action 
   Samurai & Online Sim 
   Samurai & Board 
   Dungeon & RPG 
   Dungeon & Table 
   Dungeon & Action 
   Dungeon & Shooter 
   Dungeon & Online RPG 
   Dungeon & Board 
   Romance & Adventure 
   Pirate & Simulation 
   Comedy & Simulation 
   Comedy & Life 
   Horror & Adventure 
   Horror & Motion
   Word & Simulation
   Word & Table
   Word & Puzzle 
   Train & Trivia 
   Train & Board 
   Animal & Simulation 
   Animal & Trivia 
   Robot & Action 
   Robot & Trivia 
   Airplane & Simulation 
   Airplane & Action 
   Airplane & Shooter 
   Airplane & Racing 
   Conv. Store & Simulation 
   Conv. Store & Life 
   Historical & Simulation 
   Historical & Online RPG 
   Historical & Online Sim 
   Historical & Audio Novel 
   Bookstore & Online Sim
   Comics & Trivia 
   Art & Adventure 
   Movies & Trivia 
   Movies & Life 
   Movies & Music 
   Egypt & RPG 
   Egypt & Simulation 
   Egypt & Adventure 
   Egypt & Trivia 
   Lawyer & Simulation 
   Lawyer & Trivia
   Medieval & RPG
   Medieval & Table
   Medieval & Adventure
   Medieval & Action RPG
   Medieval & Board 
   Monster & Shooter 
   Monster & Trivia
   Hunting & Simulation
   Hunting & Online RPG 
   High School & Simulation 
   High School & Action 
   High School & Audio Novel 
   Junior High & Simulation 
   Junior High & Action 
   Junior High & Audio Novel 
   War & Table 
   War & Shooter 
   War & Online Sim 
   War & Audio Novel 
   Ninja & Shooter 
   Ninja & Trivia
   Cutie & Adventure
   Cutie & Trivia
   Cutie & Life 
   Fashion & Shooter
   Fashion & Audio Novel
   Detective & Life 
   Mystery & RPG 
   Mystery & Audio Novel 
   Cowboy & RPG 
   Cowboy & Simulation 
   Cowboy & Action 
   Cowboy & Action RPG 
   Cowboy & Trivia 
   President & Simulation 
   President & Life 
   President & Motion 
   Stocks & Simulation 
   Cartoon & RPG 
   Cartoon & Action 
   Cartoon & Action RPG 
   Cartoon & Trivia 
   Cartoon & Board 
   Cosplay & Life 
   Pop Star & Trivia 
   Pop Star & Music 
   Pop Star & Audio Novel 
   Mushroom & Trivia
   Chess & Table 
   Chess & Trivia 
   Chess & Puzzle 
   Checkers & Table 
   Checkers & Board 
   Mahjong & Simulation 
   Mahjong & Board 
   Mahjong & Puzzle 
   Reversi & Table 
   Reversi & Board 
   Dance & Life 
   Drums & Action 
   Fitness & Trivia 
   Basketball & Life 
   Basketball & Motion 
   Skiing & Action 
   Skiing & Racing 
   Snowboard & Trivia 
   Snowboard & Music 
   Golf & Shooter 
   Golf & Racing 
   Golf & Trivia 
   Swimming & Action 
   Swimming & Racing 
   Swimming & Life 
   Volleyball & Simulation 
   Volleyball & Adventure 
   Motorsport & Action 
   Motorsport & Online Sim 
   Motorsport & Life 
   Motorsport & Motion 
   Soccer & Action 
   Soccer & Trivia 
   Ping Pong & Action 
   Ping Pong & Board
   Dating & Simulation
   Dating & Adventure
   Dating & Trivia 
   Sumo & Adventure 
   Sumo & Life 
   Sumo & Audio Novel 
   Baseball & Simulation 
   Baseball & Action 
   Baseball & Life 
   Baseball & Board 
   Wrestling & Action 
   Wrestling & Online Sim 
   Wrestling & Life 
   Marathon & RPG 
   Marathon & Action 
   Marathon & Racing 
   F1 Racing & Action 
   F1 Racing & Racing 
   F1 Racing & Trivia 
   F1 Racing & Motion 
   Pinball & Simulation 
   Pinball & Table 
   Slots & Simulation 
   Slots & Table 
   Slots & Board 
   Slots & Puzzle 


“This should be a popular combination. I’m looking forward to seeing
It finished.”


VI. "HMM..." COMBINATIONS

The following game genre and game type combinations will result in a
feedback that is "Hmmm..."


   Sports & Shooter 
   Sports & Audio Novel 
   Exploration & Shooter 
   Exploration & Puzzle 
   Martial Arts & Simulation 
   Martial Arts & Puzzle 
   Fantasy & Music 
   Virtual Pet & Board 
   Virtual Pet & Music 
   Samurai & Shooter 
   Samurai & Online RPG 
   Dungeon & Life 
   Dungeon & Puzzle 
   Dungeon & Music 
   Romance & RPG 
   Romance & Action RPG 
   Romance & Puzzle 
   Pirate & Puzzle 
   Pirate & Audio Novel 
   Horror & Table 
   Horror & Life 
   Horror & Puzzle 
   Word & Online Sim
   Animal & Shooter 
   Animal & Online RPG 
   Animal & Online Sim 
   Robot & Puzzle 
   Airplane & Life 
   Conv. Store & RPG 
   Conv. Store & Action 
   Historical & Board 
   Historical & Puzzle 
   Bookstore & Shooter 
   Bookstore & Racing 
   Bookstore & Music 
   Comics & Action
   Comics & Racing
   Art & Table 
   Art & Racing 
   Art & Music 
   Art & Motion 
   Movies & Racing 
   Game Co. & Adventure 
   Game Co. & Music 
   Egypt & Table
   Town & Action
   Town & Online RPG 
   Architecture & Action 
   Architecture & Board 
   Lawyer & Music 
   Lawyer & Audio Novel 
   Monster & Table 
   Monster & Puzzle
   Hunting & RPG
   Hunting & Board
   Hunting & Music 
   High School & Shooter 
   High School & Board 
   Junior High & Shooter 
   Junior High & Board 
   War & Racing 
   War & Puzzle 
   Ninja & Racing 
   Cutie & Shooter
   Ogre & Shooter 
   Ogre & Life 
   Ogre & Audio Novel 
   Mystery & Simulation 
   Mystery & Board 
   Mystery & Puzzle 
   President & Table 
   President & Online RPG 
   President & Online Sim 
   Stocks & Action 
   Stocks & Shooter 
   Stocks & Life 
   Cosplay & Action 
   Pop Star & Action
   Mushroom & Motion 
   Chess & Shooter 
   Chess & Audio Novel 
   Checkers & Action 
   Dance & Shooter 
   Wrestling & RPG 
   Wrestling & Sim RPG 
   Basketball & RPG 
   Basketball & Puzzle 
   Snowboard & Table 
   Swimming & Music 
   Volleyball & Action 
   Volleyball & Puzzle 
   Motorsport & Adventure 
   Soccer & Shooter 
   Ping Pong & Shooter 
   Sumo & Shooter 
   Baseball & Action RPG 
   Marathon & Puzzle 
   Slots & Online RPG 


“That’s a bit of an odd combination. I’m sure you can pull it off,
but…”


VII. "NOT GOOD" COMBINATIONS

The following game genre and game type combinations will result in a
game that is "Not good"


   Sports & Action RPG 
   Sports & Music 
   Exploration & Music 
   Martial Arts & Racing 
   Martial Arts & Online Sim 
   Fantasy & Racing 
   Fantasy & Motion 
   Samurai & Music 
   Dungeon & Trivia 
   Dungeon & Motion 
   Romance & Action 
   Romance & Racing 
   Pirate & Table 
   Pirate & Shooter 
   Pirate & Racing 
   Pirate & Online Sim 
   Comedy & RPG 
   Horror & Racing 
   Horror & Music 
   Word & Action RPG
   Word & Racing
   Word & Online RPG
   Airplane & RPG 
   Airplane & Adventure 
   Airplane & Board 
   Airplane & Audio Novel 
   Conv. Store & Shooter 
   Historical & Racing 
   Historical & Music 
   Comics & RPG
   Comics & Shooter
   Comics & Music
   Art & Action RPG 
   Movies & Shooter 
   Game Co. & Motion 
   Town & Shooter
   Town & Puzzle
   Architecture & Adventure 
   Architecture & Racing 
   Lawyer & Racing 
   High School & Racing 
   Junior High & Racing 
   War & Adventure 
   Ninja & Puzzle 
   Ogre & Trivia 
   Detective & Table 
   Detective & Shooter 
   Detective & Racing 
   Mystery & Online RPG 
   President & Shooter 
   Stocks & RPG 
   Stocks & Adventure 
   Stocks & Racing 
   Stocks & Puzzle 
   Stocks & Music 
   Stocks & Audio Novel 
   Cartoon & Racing 
   Cosplay & Table 
   Cosplay & Music 
   Pop Star & Shooter 
   Pop Star & Racing 
   Mushroom & Board
   Mushroom & Music
   Chess & RPG 
   Chess & Music 
   Checkers & RPG 
   Checkers & Shooter 
   Mahjong & Racing 
   Reversi & Racing 
   Reversi & Audio Novel 
   Wrestling & Racing 
   Basketball & Table 
   Skiing & Puzzle 
   Swimming & Action RPG 
   Motorsport & Online RPG 
   Motorsport & Puzzle 
   Soccer & Racing 
   Ping Pong & Racing 
   Sumo & Racing 
   Baseball & Shooter 
   Marathon & Adventure 
   Marathon & Shooter 
   F1 Racing & Puzzle 
   Pinball & Racing 
   Slots & Shooter 


“That genre and type don’t go together at all… I hope it sells…”

 
VIII. SPECIAL THANKS

Kairosoft Co., Ltd, for developing this game

Gautam Vasudevan, whom, on his thirtieth birthday, got me hooked on this game

Mister X and King Ackbar, for writing a ton of game proposals

“Whew.  I really worked hard on that”