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This City Builder Asks You to Rebuild the World After Climate Devastation

'Lichenia' is an alternative to SimCity that challenges you to experiment in the post-apocalyptic unknown.
Cameron Kunzelman
4.22.19
Postscript

'The Colonists' Is a Cute, Rewarding, and Dystopian Space Exploration Game

Look on my throughput and despair.
Cameron Kunzelman
2.1.19
Review

The Industrial Apocalypse of 'Frostpunk' Is More Truth Than Fiction

The developer behind 'This War of Mine' tells another haunting story of survival and desperation.
Rob Zacny
4.23.18
Postscript

Surviving the Cold Winters of 'Northgard' Means Somebody Has to Die

'Northgard' pits you against brutal blizzards, difficult armies, and the ruler you want to be versus the one that you are.
Cameron Kunzelman
3.16.18
Surviving Mars

'Surviving Mars' Never Breathes Life into a Dead Planet

Stripping the solar system for parts and tract housing.
Rob Zacny
3.15.18
Postscript

Here's How to Ruin a City

"Eventually, the corpses caused people to flee the city."
Cameron Kunzelman
9.8.17
Postscript

The Dread of 'Fallout Shelter' Was Never Meant to Be This Palpable

Remember when this apocalyptic premise was cutely quaint?
Cameron Kunzelman
8.11.17
Kingdoms and Castles

'Kingdoms and Castles' Is the Best Game About Playing Fort

All the murderous grandeur or the medieval stronghold with none of the dreary management.
Rob Zacny
8.2.17
free play

Build a RAM Stick Metropolis in 'Memory: Leak'

Welcome to the fastest city-builder in the machine!
Danielle Riendeau
5.22.17
Sim City

A Man Who Grew Up Playing Sim City is Now Building His Own Town

Jimmy Stice spent his childhood in the suburbs of Atlanta playing video games like Sim City. Now, he is the founder of Kalu Yala—a village in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest that aims to be the world’s most sustainable place to live.
Prashast Thapan
4.25.17
Cities: Skylines

'Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit' to Free the City-Builder From the Car

At last, a new transportation infrastructure to obsessively optimize in 'Skylines'.
Cameron Kunzelman
4.14.17
Postscript

Exploring The Quiet Downfall of a Nation in 'Kingdom: New Lands'

'Kingdom: New Lands' allows you to build a great nation, defend it, and watch helplessly when it all falls down.
Cameron Kunzelman
1.27.17
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