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 might cost $5, 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]