The Game Director That Returned from Hell


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Cheon Yeonho, a game director, dies from overwork and is sent to Hell. The only thought in his mind seeing the hellish scenes of Hell was…

“It would be fun to make this world into a game.”

Surprisingly, he does get the chance to make his dreams a reality. He goes back in time, to his college days in 2008. He will pursue artistic and gameplay perfection to make the games on Hell with the help of his colleagues and friends.


The day I fell into Hell, I thought,

It would be fun to turn this world into a game.

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Game Director from Hell
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New FleetingCloud rated it
February 2, 2024
Status: --
One of the best novels I have recently.

Thanks a lot to translator for translating this novel.

I hope that they will continuing doing so.

Definitely recommended.
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romancemtl rated it
August 31, 2023
Status: c30
Hey Mates~

Cheon Yeonho was/is a Game Director. He had a pretty unfulfilling previous life but was able to achieve some of his dreams like getting the Indie Game of the Year award in the last life but sadly he died due to overwork and went to Hell. He experienced a lot of different things and events in those Hells. Yes, there are a lot of Hell types.

Our protagonist was in Hell for a while before he was regressed back in time to his college days where our story begins. He... more>> was inspired from the scenes and environment of the Hell which he saw. The only thought in his mind at that time was to make those Hell into a game.

So with the knowledge of his previous life, he builds his own team to develop games based on Hell. He makes a team of talented individuals both old (last life) and new to make great games.

This is a modern-day web novel which primarily focuses on the day to day life of our protagonist and how he makes those games. It is more of college/office/slice of life/comedy type novel than action-adventure, so if you want heavy game elements focused web novel then this might not be for you.

The novel primarily will focus on the building various games based on Hell and their success and how daily interactions happen between the characters and their unique different personalities. So this is a great recommendation for people who like these elements. <<less
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uneverknow rated it
October 5, 2023
Status: c50
So far it is a great read the most enjoyable part of the story is mostly centered around the people he met in hell and the conclusions to their stories.

But I think there's some missed potential for the main character the man had been through hell literally and yet he's completely fine, he suffered and watched people suffer for who knows how long, and yet there's no trauma or anything which I think is a miss on the authors part I would've liked it more if he had some emotional... more>> trauma that he could've overcome through the story but other than the novels worth your time <<less
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mcarandang rated it
December 24, 2023
Status: c202
Never read any works by papapa before, (author of the blind saint and the regressor).

I will say though, it like many other game director webnovels is a work of love by the author reminiscing over their favorite games and a nice look back on the history of game development and releases as a whole.

From blizzard, to hearthstone, MMORPGs, it was a nice business, urban life fantasy webnovel, with a decent amount of wish fulfillment, but unique story nonetheless.
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Wretchedd rated it
January 5, 2024
Status: c53
Actual masterpiece, it's Dante's inferno if Dante got revived and decided to create a game about his experiences, the rom com aspects aren't a super big part of it where I'm at, but the slow build up is super cute. It's also really funny, it's had me tearing up and laughing multiple times.

And the game design is super unique and adds a lot considering they are his actual experiences.

Crazy good and recommended, I think everyone should give it a try until they atleast get to the hell part.
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RedPanda215 rated it
September 13, 2023
Status: c16
An interesting story paired with steady translations! We get to see the development and growth of a video game director and his team. Good pacing and a lot of potential so far!
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NoFrame rated it
September 15, 2023
Status: c40
It is great!

The pacing and story flow perfectly together. The inteeactions between the chacters, the game, and the gaming community have a fair sense of realism and humor, while also maintaing a purpose.

The story of the second game is worth an entire novel by itself.

I reccomend giving this novel a shot.
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Jetfire555 rated it
January 16, 2024
Status: c119
Where do I even begin with this one. The start may seem a bit slow but it gradually picks up its pace and turns into a masterpiece. I can't think of a single thing to change from this story.

The author has clearly done their due diligence with the descriptions of the game industry. The characters are great, each with their own lively personalities. The comedy is very well-done ... more>>

especially with the antics of Development Team 2

. The character development itself is great with Cheon Yeonho gradually letting go of his past regrets and striving for a better future with the people he cherish. The descriptions of the scenes are top-notch quality, allowing for an intense immersion into the narrative. The stories of Hell and how they slowly unravel throughout the novel is something that I cannot get tired of and always leaves me yearning for more.

As for the romance, it is visible here and there. Up to the point I've read, the development has been quite slow. So for those of you picking up this story expecting fast romantic development, this is not the novel for you. However, I still recommend reading this (as I am also a sucker for romance in novels).

For those that are thinking of dropping this early, please hang on. At least until the second game he releases.

Be happy Alice :)


Truly a great read. Undoubtedly a 5/5.

As for the TL, please keep up the great work you do. Thank you for treating this novel with care and translating it well. <<less
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