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A couple rather good city building games (cheap and on steam)

BaalzharonBaalzharon Member UncommonPosts: 263
edited May 15 in General Gaming
I'm a bit weary making these its own thread, but I'm really enjoying both.

What they are (My Colony and Antiquitas), are city building games that are on steam but mobile ports. Before that scares you away, it isn't like playing a mobile game at all but kinda like an economic simcity 4 city builder. There are no microtransactions or pay to win at all. There aren't exactly timers, though there is waiting for people to arrive from launch pads (my colony, but you can build a bunch of launch pads for faster colonists) or houses "breed" people in Antiquitas. And there is waiting to get enough resources to do stuff, and can take time to progress because of that. Definitely both are a more slow paced kind of game with building up slowly (a lot more so in Antiquitas, My Colony is a lot faster). Though the regions (Simcity 4 style and they all semi-interact) are big enough that you can have regions entirely focused on industry/resources and it speeds up as city grows)

Antiquitas (3 USD) -
https://store.steampowered.com/app/935750/Antiquitas/

My Colony (5 USD) - 
https://store.steampowered.com/app/964130/My_Colony/

My Colony is a space colonization game, and I'm positive you can colonize other planets though I haven't reached that part so I'm not 100% sure on that. It says there is space features, so I assume so. You build pretty fast compared to Antiquitas, get huge amounts of people and even has an optional online mode. There is no battling (same with Antiquitas, no rts/strategy stuff). Antiquitas also has no multiplayer currently and not sure if there will be put in), but for My Colony its all co-op stuff helping each. In My Colony you can join federations and be part of a large player group, or one of the AI federations. And singleplayer too of course for those not wanting the online aspects. 

My problem with My Colony is things seem to...not look as good as far as the city goes. Its a lot harder to make a beautiful city than Antiquitas. But it is possible, just harder for me so could be a personal issue. You consume a lot more resources, and need power, much bigger and more population buildings and things tend to get cluttered in my regions. In both games you do get regions as I said above, and its good to specialize regions to different things and that helps a lot. But My Colony is still great, and both games have a lot of neat features I haven't seen in a city builder before.

My Colony has 3 races, Humans (two factions), Draconians (evil aliens) and Zulag (insect/hive race kinda ant-based). Draconians are newest addition and haven't been fully developed yet, the creator is making a tech tree for them though.

Antiquitas is based on ancient period with Rome, Egypt and Gauls currently. Gauls being new and not fully developed yet. I suggested they add carthage at some point, as I think that be a good addition. Its much slower paced and slower to grow, more of starting with a village and slowly getting to city stage (I played a few hours and not even 100 people yet). But it is the ancient times, so things are smaller in scope than futuristic based My Colony. I like this one a lot especially because you can make such a beautiful city/village

Here is my small village in Antiquitas https://i.imgur.com/4SLv53n.jpg

My city in My Colony https://i.imgur.com/lFWZ6Mo.jpg

For the cheap price, and continual quite often updates its definitely worth it. Both games are updated a lot and to me that surprised me a lot, the creator(s) put in a lot of substantial updates without too long periods of no updates. Though some people find the lack of in-depth tutorial the game can be confusing. I figured it out easy enough though, but everyone is different in that regard. Since you got to build certain units to get new resources to unlock new buildings+research technology. It doesn't really flat out tell you what to do in that regard.
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  • BaalzharonBaalzharon Member UncommonPosts: 263
    edited May 15
    I suppose title isn't 100% correct. They aren't just steam games. The creator(s) have mobile games and the two linked come from mobile, and a lot of their mobile games aren't on steam. But I have no idea how their other games are so I can't comment on them.

    Like I said though, don't let that scare you. Its one of the rare actually good mobile ports and not full of microtransactions and pay to win stuff. And is definitely not a rip off game where they want you to pay for a ton of stuff. There isn't any pay to win or cash shop what so ever. Its actually a legit game, and the ports are good.

    My friend has a 4k monitor he uses (basically he just uses a huge tv monitor) and they work just fine, so to me that is a good port especially from mobile origins.
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  • MaurgrimMaurgrim Member RarePosts: 1,152
    There are only one great city building game and that is Cities Skyline.
  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 11,430
    Awesome thanks for sharing! 
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  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 2,942
    Maurgrim said:
    There are only one great city building game and that is Cities Skyline.
    Cities: Skyline is far more a traffic simulator than a city building / management game.  Nice graphics, but what about the finances?  The UI is pretty unruly, too, especially on things like sewers.  C:S is nice to kick back and relax, but I just can't get serious about it.  I'm still waiting for a really good city-builder to captivate my attention while I also wait on an MMORPG that will entertain my mind.



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  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 18,790
    edited May 15
    Thanks! These look very interesting. I also appreciate they have native Linux/SteamOS clients. That's a huge plus for me. I've added them to my Follow List.

    You might also be interested in these although they may be too casual.

    Kingdoms and Castles. $10 https://store.steampowered.com/app/569480/Kingdoms_and_Castles/
    I really like this game. It's still in EA and a little rough, but casual fun. The maps are procedural from a seed like Minecraft and such.

    The titles below are on my Steam Follow and Wishlists. If you've played any I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.

    Islanders $5 - https://store.steampowered.com/app/1046030/ISLANDERS/
    This is probably my next purchase. Something about the size and scope appeals to me. The graphics are clean and remind me a little of strategy dioramas.

    Rise of Industry $30 - https://store.steampowered.com/app/671440/Rise_of_Industry/
    I really want to splurge for this one. It looks good.

    These two are park sims not full city sims or 4X but scratch a similar itch for me.
    Parkitect - $30 - https://store.steampowered.com/app/453090/Parkitect/

    Parkasaurus - $20 - https://store.steampowered.com/app/591460/Parkasaurus/

    Parkasaurus and Islanders are Windows games but both are gold rated on ProtonDB.
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  • BaalzharonBaalzharon Member UncommonPosts: 263
    Kingdoms and Castles looks great! That'll likely be my next purchase.

    I have islanders, that one is fun. I like it when I want to relax, as its probably the most relaxing game I personally have. Its more a puzzle city building game, you get limited points to build and have to set things up properly and make use of each of the spaces. It gets kinda samey, but its all random and always get a different looking island.

    Parkasaurus I have too got it as a gift, but I haven't played it in a long time. Last time I played (last year) it needed a lot more content. But from what I saw it really was great and I liked it a lot. But I'm waiting for it to be out of early access.

    As for Cities Skylines. That one is pretty good. I find it weird freeway lines are underused (or were, but I doubt its changed). Everyone was far left freeway lane or far right freeway lane. Barely any of the AI traffic used the middle lanes. I didn't like that. It caused huge traffic when it would been easily avoided. And don't care the reasoning they have for that, it just caused too many annoying traffic problems. But the rest of the game is pretty decent, though tbh I like simcity 4 more with mods added.

    Also for My Colony, you can terraform planets. If you start on a non-earthlike planet (though not sure how the lava planet works in that regard, that one is insane and already starts with a ton of atmosphere but its smog), you can add atmosphere and make a breathable atmosphere. For example if you do united earth and start on mars, you can turn it to a planet like earth. Which gives you new buildings and a lot of new options and farming and what not. It even changes the terrain. Same if you start on the moon or an asteroid (asteroid is an option for independent humans) or on the ice planet with the insects. 

    Though for terraforming, I think the mars planet is the best for that because you can see huge visible changes. Not sure about the asteroid one, but the ice planet for insects didn't really change the terrain much.

    And it actually does seem space exploration is a thing in My Colony. But that is MUCH later on, will take a long time to get there.
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  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 11,430
    Kingdoms and Castles is a great game! 
    I really am interested in both of these titles. Thanks for the heads up. 
    I have been getting into Rise to Ruins lately really cool little game. 
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  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 2,942
    Torval said:
    Thanks! These look very interesting. I also appreciate they have native Linux/SteamOS clients. That's a huge plus for me. I've added them to my Follow List.

    You might also be interested in these although they may be too casual.

    Kingdoms and Castles. $10 https://store.steampowered.com/app/569480/Kingdoms_and_Castles/
    I really like this game. It's still in EA and a little rough, but casual fun. The maps are procedural from a seed like Minecraft and such.

    The titles below are on my Steam Follow and Wishlists. If you've played any I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.

    Islanders $5 - https://store.steampowered.com/app/1046030/ISLANDERS/
    This is probably my next purchase. Something about the size and scope appeals to me. The graphics are clean and remind me a little of strategy dioramas.

    Rise of Industry $30 - https://store.steampowered.com/app/671440/Rise_of_Industry/
    I really want to splurge for this one. It looks good.

    These two are park sims not full city sims or 4X but scratch a similar itch for me.
    Parkitect - $30 - https://store.steampowered.com/app/453090/Parkitect/

    Parkasaurus - $20 - https://store.steampowered.com/app/591460/Parkasaurus/

    Parkasaurus and Islanders are Windows games but both are gold rated on ProtonDB.
    Rise of Industry is also on my wish list.  As always, I'll wait for it to actually be released and to go on sale.  The release date on Steam seems to be stuck at May 2, so it may have officially launched (with next to no fanfare).  So maybe all I'm waiting on is a sale.  Gaming on a very restricted budget is a real pain.



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  • BaalzharonBaalzharon Member UncommonPosts: 263
    edited May 16
    Here is how Draconians look in My Colony. They are super hard to figure out, but the gist with them is they need to trade/import/export for their economy. Won't give spoilers, but you have to buy resources to unlock new stuff. Online mode its a ton easier once you get the grand exchange (not called that) but it allows you to sell and buy resources on a much better deal for both. And their big source of money is selling things, but I recommend starting on abandoned world for them because you get a special (and very valuable) resource only draconians can get on their abandoned world

    They also get a lot of immigration (so far mostly humans, haven't had zularg/insects show up yet). Which is interesting. Though draconians themselves don't need to work, so you can focus on getting draconian citizens and not worry too much that their is more population than jobs. Since draconians are actually lazy and don't like to work, so they don't get unhappy about it.

    But here is my city


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  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 2,942
    edited May 17
    FYI:  After the last post, I went to the Steam page for Rise of Industry.  To my surprise, there was a free demo.  Downloaded it and started through the tutorial before being disrupted by life.  The artwork looks okay, an almost cartoon art style, but livable.  The tutorial is big on the 'how to' aspects, but not so much on the 'why to'.  Hopefully that will be handled a bit later on.  Very initial impression -- another end-to-end product, with every player doing everything.  Doesn't appear to be able to start up a transportation company to do all the hauling for other companies, for instance.  And I absolutely hate having to research roads.  One of the first things the tutorial asks you to do is to research one-way roads.

    I'm planning to do have a rather in-depth look at the actual demo part of the demo today.  Barring further interference from this unruly life.


    Edit to add:  Steam also has a free-to-play weekend for Surviving Mars from Paradox.



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