Best combos in Game Dev Tycoon

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Game Dev Tycoon is a simulator all about becoming the video game developer you were born to be and was popular enough to be one of the top picks for Steam's Next Fest. While you don't actually get to design a real video game, Game Dev Tycoon does allow you to choose genres and tweak settings such as graphics, engine, level design, and many others. However, not all combinations are equal in the game, so here are some of the best genre combos in Game Dev Tycoon.

Best genre combos in Game Dev Tycoon

It is first important to note how the genre combos work in Game Dev Tycoon. In the game, you first choose an overarching genre, like Adventure, and then choose a subgenre to go with it, such as Spy or Zombies. Thus, the combos will be sorted by overarching types and the best subtypes to combo with them.

Best Action combos

The Action genre has plenty of subgenres that combo well with it to make good games. The best subgenres for Action can be found below:

  • Airplane
  • Aliens
  • Alt
  • Cyberpunk
  • Dungeon
  • Fantasy
  • Horror
  • Hunting
  • Medieval
  • Military
  • Music
  • Martial Arts
  • History
  • Post Apocalyptic
  • Prison
  • Sci-Fi
  • Space
  • Sports
  • Spy
  • Superheroes
  • Time Travel
  • Rhythm
  • Werewolf
  • Zombie

Best Adventure combos

Though in reality, Adventure is probably just as flexible as Action, the game is pickier when it comes to great Adventure games. As such, there are fewer genres that consistently result in a great game:

  • Detective
  • Fantasy
  • Law
  • Life
  • Medieval
  • Mystery
  • Pirate
  • Prison
  • Romance
  • Spy
  • School
  • Time Travel
  • Zombies

Best Casual combos

It is important to note that Casual games can not only become great games but also are much easier to create. While something like an Adventure or RPG game typically requires a fair bit of spending, Casual games can also survive with a casual approach to their creation. However, for the best Casual games possible, the subgenres below will help:

  • Airplane
  • Comedy
  • Dance
  • Fashion
  • Martial Arts
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Rhythm
  • Racing
  • Sports
  • Virtual Pet
  • Vocabulary

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Best RPG combos

Much like the Action genre, the RPG genre is very flexible and features a wide range of subgenres that can all result in a successful game. Below are all of the best subgenres for RPG:

  • Aliens
  • Alt
  • Cyberpunk
  • Detective
  • Dungeon
  • Fantasy
  • Fashion
  • History
  • Martial Arts
  • Medieval
  • Mystery
  • Post Apocalyptic
  • Sci-Fi
  • School
  • Spy
  • Vampire
  • Werewolf
  • Wild West

Best Simulation combos

The Simulation genre is a funny one due to a large number of subgenres it combos well with. While it makes sense that Simulation would combine well with subgenres like Airplane and Business, plenty of others seem strange in comparison. Regardless, all of the subgenres below will combo very well with Simulation:

  • Airplane
  • Business
  • City
  • Dance
  • Dungeon
  • Evolution
  • Fantasy
  • Game Dev
  • Government
  • Hacking
  • History
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Life
  • Martial Arts
  • Military
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Prison
  • Racing
  • Rhythm
  • Sci-Fi
  • School
  • Space
  • Sports
  • Startups
  • Surgery
  • Transport
  • Virtual Pet
  • Vocabulary

Best Strategy combos

Rounding out the list of genres is the pickiest of them: Strategy games. While in reality, Strategy games can take many forms, in Game Dev Tycoon, there is a short list of subgenres Strategy is compatible with:

  • Airplane
  • Aliens
  • Business
  • City
  • Dungeon
  • Evolution
  • Government
  • Hacking
  • History
  • Medieval
  • Military
  • Space
  • School
  • Sci-Fi
  • Transport
  • UFO
  • Vocabulary

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About the Author

A gamer born and raised, Jaret's first two video games were Contra and Super Mario Bros. 3, two games released before he was even born. He attributes these games to his wide-ranging interest in varying genres, and also credits them with his love of gaming in general. This led him to starting a career in video game writing, and now he can be found writing, spending time with his fiancé, playing video games, or reading a good book.

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