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

BaalzharonBaalzharon Member RarePosts: 514
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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  • MaurgrimMaurgrim Member RarePosts: 1,211
    There are only one great city building game and that is Cities Skyline.
  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 11,824
    Awesome thanks for sharing! 
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  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 3,277
    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: 19,660
    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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  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 11,824
    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: 3,277
    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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  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 3,277
    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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