Covers for Ghostly Nips, Silent Nose, Mystery Pizza, and What the Cat — all made-up titles created by Tiff Chow in Game Dev Story. If you’ve somehow not heard anything about Game Dev Story until now, it’s a very curious and addictive iOS release in which you run all aspects of a small development studio, hiring your team, taking on projects, and choosing the names for games you release.
Our love for fake video games is well-documented. I once toyed with the idea of creating a new Tumblr or Wiki site devoted to made-up video games, from Montezano’s Quest to Devil Cop. The popularity of Game Dev Story, which has likely birthed hundreds of thousands of new ideas for fake games from its players, has made what already seemed like a daunting task now near impossible.