Breaking into the game industry and moving up the ranks to head your own major development studio used to take a lot of time and effort, but with Kairosoft, Game Dev Story, all you need is an iOS device and $3.99 to get started.

The iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad game allows you to manage your own game company. You can recruit talented workers (writers, programmers, sound engineers, etc.), train their skills, release games in a number of different genres, see your titles reviewed, and eventually create your own console!

Game Dev Story is filled with plenty of nods to real video game companies and industry figures with its fake consoles (e.g. Senga's Exodus, Mixrox SX) and employees (e.g. Jon Gameson). You can check out a five-minute preview of the title after the break.

[Via @jonnyram]