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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.

Employee Statistics[]

There are four main statistics that are used to measure an employee's skill.

  • Program-game dev story.png Programming: General skill. Mostly govern the speed at which fun points are produced during development.
  • Scenario-game dev story.png Scenario: How good they are at both writing game proposals and adding creativity points during development.
  • Graphics-game dev story.png Graphics: How good they are at creating graphics and adding graphics points during development.
  • Sound-game dev story.png 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.

Careers[]

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:

  • Coder
  • Writer
  • Designer
  • Sound Engineer
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Hacker

Leveling Up[]

Leveling your employees requires Research Data (Research Data-GameDevStory.png) 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.

Hiring Methods[]

Type Cost ($) Unlocked Description
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.

Training Methods[]

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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.

Firing[]

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.

Employee List[]

Bold career levels indicate the initial career an employee starts out as.

Employees
Name Gender Initial
Salary
Contract
Fee ($)
Max
Power
Initial Stats Initial Careers Levels Unlock Name Reference
Program Scenario Graphics Sound Total Coder Writer Designer Snd. Eng. Director Producer Hard. Eng. Hacker
John Gameson MMale $20.0K $40.0K 8 3 24 3 6 36 1 Initially Available Refers to "John Jameson" whiskey
Newb Ownerton MMale $20.0K $40.0K 9 18 8 8 3 37 1 Initially Available Noob Ownz
S. Presso MMale $24.0K $40.0K 10 2 14 15 6 37 1 Initially Available Espresso - A joke about programmers living on coffee
Dee Coder FFemale $28.0K $40.0K 13 1 1 36 3 41 1 Initially Available Decoder
Biggs Porkins MMale $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 MMale $24.0K $50.0K 11 24 4 2 2 32 1 Word of Mouth Simulation
Amy Less FFemale $30.0K $60.0K 14 7 19 2 10 38 1 2 Word of Mouth "Aimless"
Callie Fornia FFemale $35.0K $60.0K 14 15 8 10 13 46 2 3 Word of Mouth California - Location of Silicon Valley
Holly Cow FFemale $40.0K $130.0K 13 13 20 6 14 53 5 2 1 Word of Mouth Holy Cow
Chuck Shultz MMale $50.0K $130.0K 14 10 18 23 6 57 3 2 Word of Mouth Charles Schulz
Ann Deroid FFemale $26.0K $50.0K 13 3 12 18 26 59 1 Word of Mouth Android
Gilly Bates FFemale $30.0K $60.0K 13 24 26 4 6 60 2 2 Word of Mouth Bill Gates
Lady Googoo FFemale $45.0K $130.0K 14 24 18 4 15 61 2 3 3 Word of Mouth Lady Gaga
Vincent Vangoo MMale $60.0K $240.0K 15 8 8 30 25 71 2 3 Word of Mouth Vincent van Gogh
Abraham Malcolm MMale $60.0K $180.0K 15 9 20 30 20 79 5 3 Word of Mouth Abraham Lincoln
Shigeto Minamoto MMale $70.0K $200.0K 16 24 48 25 10 107 5 2 1 Word of Mouth Shigeru Miyamoto
Marla Sharpovich FFemale $65.0K $200.0K 15 24 7 39 8 78 2 5 2 2 Word of Mouth Maria Sharapova
Shirley Ugest FFemale $85.0K $300.0K 16 28 49 6 32 115 3 5 4 Word of Mouth "surely you jest"
Clementine Jones FFemale $65.0K $400.0K 15 36 36 15 5 92 4 3 1 Word of Mouth Clementine Johnson
Frank Biller MMale $33.3K $500.0K 18 60 24 50 10 144 2 Vocational School Benjamin Franklin as seen on the $100 Bill
Dave Lightman MMale $70.0K $250.0K 17 32 85 9 19 145 4 Vocational School David Lightman, main character in WarGames
Kitty Pawson FFemale $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 MMale $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 FFemale $99.9K $800.0K 19 84 60 15 12 171 5 3 1 2 3 1 Vocational School Jane Doe
Max Torque MMale $120.0K $270.0K 18 28 84 32 32 176 3 5 5 1 Vocational School
George Marlin MMale $120.0K $300.0K 18 36 120 50 20 226 5 3 3 5 1 Vocational School George Carlin
John Dough MMale $102.4K $300.0K 19 35 16 30 156 237 5 3 2 2 Vocational School John Doe
Honey Sweety FFemale $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 FFemale $120.0K $840.0K 20 36 120 30 50 236 3 2 5 1 1 Vocational School Charlize Theron
Charles Royal MMale $130.0K $380.0K 20 96 72 50 108 326 2 1 4 2 Vocational School King Charles the II
Sandy Claus FFemale $200.0K $1000.0K 20 80 40 92 54 266 5 2 1 3 2 Open House & Office 3 Santa Claus
Donny Jepp MMale $160.0K $700.0K 20 120 132 30 30 312 5 3 2 1 Open House & Office 3 Johnny Depp
Mindy Crawford FFemale $230.0K $1500.0K 25 72 120 50 120 362 4 3 1 2 Open House & Office 3 Cindy Crawford
Bubbles Morgan FFemale $150.0K $420.0K 24 59 64 120 120 363 5 3 5 Open House & Office 3 Barney Bubbles, Frederick Morgan
Stephen Jobson MMale $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 FFemale $600.0K $8500.0K 30 120 180 140 78 518 1 5 1 3 2 Open House & Office 3 "Coke Bottle"
Sophie Kairo FFemale $350.0K $5500.0K 24 144 96 170 180 590 3 4 5 1 2 Open House & Office 3 Kairosoft
Walt Sidney MMale $300.0K $4500.0K 30 288 225 234 130 877 2 3 1 5 1 Open House & Office 3 Walt Disney
Dexter McPhee MMale $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 FFemale $800.0K $8888.8K 30 357 336 224 168 1085 5 3 4 2 1 Open House & Office 3 The Hacker
Mister X
(Mystery Staffer X)
MMale $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
King Ackbar
(Mystery Staffer A)
MMale $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
Grizzly Bearington
(Mystery Staffer B)
MMale $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
Chimpan Z-Force
(Mystery Staffer C)
MMale $600.0K $6553.3K 30 182 182 39 39 442 2 2 4 5 1 3 Game of the Year Awards (Hollywood Agent) Chimpanzee
Kairobot
(Mystery Staffer K)
MMale $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

Outsourcing[]

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.

Outsourced Employees
Name Gen
der
Cost ($) Type Stats Unlocked Name Reference
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Josh Slackerville MMale $10.0K Writer 15 24 3 6 Initially Available
Mark Jersey MMale $100.0K Writer 16 48 7 7 Mark Blaudschun, sports writer, A Jersey Guy
Sid Hightower MMale $350.0K Writer 24 78 17 9 Scott Hightower
Hugh Jative MMale $770.0K Writer 45 158 26 4 "fugitive"
Ima Gamer FFemale $1,000.0K Writer 108 234 46 39 "I'm a gamer"
William Tomato MMale $2,400.0K Writer 120 282 75 24 William Tell
Steve Kingly MMale $10.0K Designer 2 4 24 12 Initially Available Stephen King
Jake Kirby MMale $95.0K Designer 7 9 48 25 Jack Kirby
Quinn Harley FFemale $320.0K Designer 35 32 69 32 Harley Quinn
Pablo Piccolo MMale $640.0K Designer 44 20 172 4 Pablo Picasso
Art Major MMale $950.0K Designer 30 80 246 52 Slang for one who specializes in art during higher education.
Kim Poster MMale $2,050.0K Designer 19 33 282 65 "impostor"
B. Toven MMale $10.0K Snd. Eng. 14 16 8 28 Initially Available Beethoven
Moe Zart MMale $90.0K Snd. Eng. 28 16 21 54 Mozart
Wolfgang Smith MMale $300.0K Snd. Eng. 43 20 24 78 Wolfgang - Mozart's first name.
Amadeus Rhodes MMale $550.0K Snd. Eng. 45 28 80 195 Amadeus - Mozart's second name.
Muse Icalgenious FFemale $1,100.0K Snd. Eng. 84 52 54 244 "Musical Genius"
Milk Puddingsky FFemale $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.
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