Learn How to be an 8-Bit Game Developer Superstar...by Playing an iPhone Game

Don't waste time playing as farmers or retail tycoons. It's so unrealistic! Hone your skills on something you actually have a chance of becoming one day—a bearded coffee swillin' game developer!

Game Dev Story may cost $4, but it's a lot cheaper than enrolling in a computer programming course. While you can't design apps within the app just yet, you can try your hand at dreaming up titles for console and portable-gaming devices, and even take them to the gaming conference Gamedex. It'll be just like E3, only with more 3D characters. Zing! [iTunes via Recombu]