|Game Dev Story Guide ✍|
Employees are the cornerstone of the game, performing every task. They may be leveled or trained, and have unequal skill sets in order to force diversity into your workforce. There are 44 hire-able and 18 outsourced employees in Game Dev Story.
There are four main statistics that are used to measure an employee's skill.
- Programming: General skill. Mostly govern the speed at which fun points are produced during development.
- Scenario: How good they are at both writing game proposals and adding creativity points during development.
- Graphics: How good they are at creating graphics and adding graphics points during development.
- Sound: How good they are at composing music and adding sound points during development.
Employees with different job types are usually weighted toward different stats.
There are a total of 8 different careers, with different pros and cons. Some require specific unlock conditions, but all employees start off with some job.
More information about careers can be found on the careers page, but a list of careers is:
- Sound Engineer
- Hardware Engineer
Leveling your employees requires Research Data () and raises both employee stats and salary. Through the use of the Career Change Manual available from the traveling salesman, you may choose an employee to change careers, and begin leveling them up in each career. Once an employee is level 5 in both Director and Producer, the Hardware Engineer career becomes available to that employee, and you may begin working on Console development. Normally this means having level 5 in all jobs, but employees that start as Director or Producer can circumvent this.
Salaries grow at a compounding rate: each level up multiplies the salary by 1.2. As such, the stat increases from leveling up come at a high cost compared to training; so, the main reason to level characters is to unlock genres and types or switch to a better career.
|Word of Mouth||50.0K||Initially Available||Ask staff to recommend someone.|
|Magazine Ad||120.0K||Initially Available||Place an ad in a game magazine.|
|Online Ad||550.0K||Initially Available||Search from newbies to veterans.|
|Vocational School||800.0K||Move to office 2||Look for young kids with promise.|
|Open House||1,800.0K||Move to office 2||Expensive, but effective.|
|Hollywood Agent||3,500.0K||Move to office 3||Conduct a worldwide search.|
There are many training methods that your employees can use, with more and more being unlocked as you progress through the game. Training drains the employee's power bar. The training methods do stop having effect after a while, so keep this in mind.
You may fire an employee in Game Dev Story, but this comes with both added benefit and detriment. Firing an employee that has low stats or a high salary opens up room for another employee. Budgetary constraints may also demand a layoff if your employees' salaries are to be paid and you do not have the funds.
If an employee is fired, they retain their salary, trained stats and job levels. They may be hired back through the normal method for that character, listed below. This can be used to great effect- if you develop a console you will need a hardware engineer, who will have an extremely high salary. Once you finish your console, you can replace them with a less costly, better trained employee, and hire the engineer again later if you need to make a new console.
Bold career levels indicate the initial career an employee starts out as.
|Initial Stats||Initial Careers Levels||Unlock||Name Reference|
|Total||Coder||Writer||Designer||Snd. Eng.||Director||Producer||Hard. Eng.||Hacker|
|John Gameson||M||$20.0K||$40.0K||8||3||24||3||6||36||1||Initially Available||Refers to "John Jameson" whiskey|
|Newb Ownerton||M||$20.0K||$40.0K||9||18||8||8||3||37||1||Initially Available||Noob Ownz|
|S. Presso||M||$24.0K||$40.0K||10||2||14||15||6||37||1||Initially Available||Espresso - A joke about programmers living on coffee|
|Dee Coder||F||$28.0K||$40.0K||13||1||1||36||3||41||1||Initially Available||Decoder|
|Biggs Porkins||M||$26.0K||$50.0K||12||15||6||3||7||31||1||3||Word of Mouth||Biggs and Porkins are members of Red Squadron, from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope|
|Sam Ulation||M||$24.0K||$50.0K||11||24||4||2||2||32||1||Word of Mouth||Simulation|
|Amy Less||F||$30.0K||$60.0K||14||7||19||2||10||38||1||2||Word of Mouth||"Aimless"|
|Callie Fornia||F||$35.0K||$60.0K||14||15||8||10||13||46||2||3||Word of Mouth||California - Location of Silicon Valley|
|Holly Cow||F||$40.0K||$130.0K||13||13||20||6||14||53||5||2||1||Word of Mouth||Holy Cow|
|Chuck Shultz||M||$50.0K||$130.0K||14||10||18||23||6||57||3||2||Word of Mouth||Charles Schulz|
|Ann Deroid||F||$26.0K||$50.0K||13||3||12||18||26||59||1||Word of Mouth||Android|
|Gilly Bates||F||$30.0K||$60.0K||13||24||26||4||6||60||2||2||Word of Mouth||Bill Gates|
|Lady Googoo||F||$45.0K||$130.0K||14||24||18||4||15||61||2||3||3||Word of Mouth||Lady Gaga|
|Vincent Vangoo||M||$60.0K||$240.0K||15||8||8||30||25||71||2||3||Word of Mouth||Vincent van Gogh|
|Abraham Malcolm||M||$60.0K||$180.0K||15||9||20||30||20||79||5||3||Word of Mouth||Abraham Lincoln|
|Shigeto Minamoto||M||$70.0K||$200.0K||16||24||48||25||10||107||5||2||1||Word of Mouth||Shigeru Miyamoto|
|Marla Sharpovich||F||$65.0K||$200.0K||15||24||7||39||8||78||2||5||2||2||Word of Mouth||Maria Sharapova|
|Shirley Ugest||F||$85.0K||$300.0K||16||28||49||6||32||115||3||5||4||Word of Mouth||"surely you jest"|
|Clementine Jones||F||$65.0K||$400.0K||15||36||36||15||5||92||4||3||1||Word of Mouth||Clementine Johnson|
|Frank Biller||M||$33.3K||$500.0K||18||60||24||50||10||144||2||Vocational School||Benjamin Franklin as seen on the $100 Bill|
|Dave Lightman||M||$70.0K||$250.0K||17||32||85||9||19||145||4||Vocational School||David Lightman, main character in WarGames|
|Kitty Pawson||F||$90.0K||$260.0K||17||7||16||40||104||167||3||5||3||Vocational School||(Kitty = cat) "Cat Person" / Katy Perry / Miss Kittin|
|Bob Clockwatcher||M||$65.0K||$150.0K||17||47||14||21||88||170||2||2||3||Vocational School||Bob Gale, co-writer of Back to the Future|
|Jane Dough||F||$99.9K||$800.0K||19||84||60||15||12||171||5||3||1||2||3||1||∅||∅||Vocational School||Jane Doe|
|Max Torque||M||$120.0K||$270.0K||18||28||84||32||32||176||3||5||5||1||Vocational School|
|George Marlin||M||$120.0K||$300.0K||18||36||120||50||20||226||5||3||3||5||1||Vocational School||George Carlin|
|John Dough||M||$102.4K||$300.0K||19||35||16||30||156||237||∅||∅||5||3||2||2||∅||∅||Vocational School||John Doe|
|Honey Sweety||F||$88.8K||$580.0K||18||24||56||91||16||187||5||2||3||4||3||1||∅||∅||Vocational School||Honey and Sweetie are pet names (nicknames), and an idiom is formed using these words; "Sweet as Honey"|
|Charlize Theory||F||$120.0K||$840.0K||20||36||120||30||50||236||3||2||∅||5||1||1||∅||∅||Vocational School||Charlize Theron|
|Charles Royal||M||$130.0K||$380.0K||20||96||72||50||108||326||2||1||∅||4||2||∅||∅||∅||Vocational School||King Charles the II|
|Sandy Claus||F||$200.0K||$1000.0K||20||80||40||92||54||266||5||2||1||3||2||Open House & Office 3||Santa Claus|
|Donny Jepp||M||$160.0K||$700.0K||20||120||132||30||30||312||∅||5||3||∅||2||1||∅||∅||Open House & Office 3||Johnny Depp|
|Mindy Crawford||F||$230.0K||$1500.0K||25||72||120||50||120||362||∅||4||3||∅||1||2||∅||∅||Open House & Office 3||Cindy Crawford|
|Bubbles Morgan||F||$150.0K||$420.0K||24||59||64||120||120||363||∅||5||3||5||∅||∅||∅||∅||Open House & Office 3||Barney Bubbles, Frederick Morgan|
|Stephen Jobson||M||$300.0K||$2000.0K||29||112||168||130||104||514||5||3||2||5||∅||1||∅||∅||Open House & Office 3||Steve Jobs or Steven Johnson|
|Cokie Bottleson||F||$600.0K||$8500.0K||30||120||180||140||78||518||1||5||1||3||2||Open House & Office 3||"Coke Bottle"|
|Sophie Kairo||F||$350.0K||$5500.0K||24||144||96||170||180||590||3||∅||4||5||1||2||∅||∅||Open House & Office 3||Kairosoft|
|Walt Sidney||M||$300.0K||$4500.0K||30||288||225||234||130||877||2||3||1||5||1||Open House & Office 3||Walt Disney|
|Dexter McPhee||M||$400.0K||$7500.0K||20||48||270||260||195||773||4||5||2||3||1||1||Open House & Office 3||Norton and McAfee|
|Francoise Bloom||F||$800.0K||$8888.8K||30||357||336||224||168||1085||5||3||4||2||1||Open House & Office 3||The Hacker|
(Mystery Staffer X)
|M||$100.0K||$500.0K||24||48||25||4||7||84||5||5||2||Develop first game in 2nd office (Vocational School)||None - a recurring character|
(Mystery Staffer A)
|M||$150.0K||$1500.0K||26||36||61||47||52||196||2||5||5||2||2nd office and achieve "Sell 1 Million" (Open House)||King Abdullah, also Admiral Ackbar|
(Mystery Staffer B)
|M||$400.0K||$4444.4K||27||64||112||104||64||344||1||5||5||1||Win a Game of the Year Award (Hollywood Agent)||Grizzly Bear|
(Mystery Staffer C)
|M||$600.0K||$6553.3K||30||182||182||39||39||442||2||2||4||5||1||3 Game of the Year Awards (Hollywood Agent)||Chimpanzee|
(Mystery Staffer K)
|M||$900.0K||$6553.6K||30||320||300||260||260||1140||3||3||5||2||2||2||5||5||5 Game of the Year Awards (Hollywood Agent)||None - Kairosoft's mascot|
When making a game, you may use outside specialists to work on your game (for a price). This can be handy if you don't have an employee early on to do that role, only have one employee that can do it, and want to avoid using them again since it hurts the stats gained, or simply want a higher boost than your employees offer (costs more). When choosing someone to work on the game, contractors are marked by Out.
|Cost ($)||Type||Stats||Unlocked||Name Reference|
|Josh Slackerville||M||$10.0K||Writer||15||24||3||6||Initially Available|
|Mark Jersey||M||$100.0K||Writer||16||48||7||7||Mark Blaudschun, sports writer, A Jersey Guy|
|Sid Hightower||M||$350.0K||Writer||24||78||17||9||Scott Hightower|
|Ima Gamer||F||$1,000.0K||Writer||108||234||46||39||"I'm a gamer"|
|William Tomato||M||$2,400.0K||Writer||120||282||75||24||William Tell|
|Steve Kingly||M||$10.0K||Designer||2||4||24||12||Initially Available||Stephen King|
|Jake Kirby||M||$95.0K||Designer||7||9||48||25||Jack Kirby|
|Quinn Harley||F||$320.0K||Designer||35||32||69||32||Harley Quinn|
|Pablo Piccolo||M||$640.0K||Designer||44||20||172||4||Pablo Picasso|
|Art Major||M||$950.0K||Designer||30||80||246||52||Slang for one who specializes in art during higher education.|
|B. Toven||M||$10.0K||Snd. Eng.||14||16||8||28||Initially Available||Beethoven|
|Moe Zart||M||$90.0K||Snd. Eng.||28||16||21||54||Mozart|
|Wolfgang Smith||M||$300.0K||Snd. Eng.||43||20||24||78||Wolfgang - Mozart's first name.|
|Amadeus Rhodes||M||$550.0K||Snd. Eng.||45||28||80||195||Amadeus - Mozart's second name.|
|Muse Icalgenious||F||$1,100.0K||Snd. Eng.||84||52||54||244||"Musical Genius"|
|Milk Puddingsky||F||$2,800.0K||Snd. Eng.||178||168||65||301||Milky Way - pudding is a treat, as is the Milky Way Bar, and the solar system (Milky Way) is in the sky.|