Planetbase Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Planetbase RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The 7 Most Underrated Building Games on Steam https://www.gameskinny.com/y6qfp/the-7-most-underrated-building-games-on-steam https://www.gameskinny.com/y6qfp/the-7-most-underrated-building-games-on-steam Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Nick Lee

Steam has a unique opportunity to be one of the few places where builders can truly shine, as they are the most compatible on PC. Building games allow players to craft and create things no one would think possible, until it's there before you being shared on social media.

These games may not be on any bestseller lists, but they definitely should be given a chance.

Q.U.I.R.K.

Only released on March 29 of this year, Q.U.I.R.K. is a game focusing on both player cooperation, PvP, and building. Specialized weapons and fun combos allowed players to team up but the building capacity is on its' way to growth. Devs of the game are currently working within the boundaries of Steam to provide a full user generated content (UGC) system. The devs had this to say as to the updates and improvements to the new game:

The philosophy behind our development process is rooted in the collection of feedback from our users, and the rapid introduction of ideas that serve to make the gaming experience better.

In the meantime, players can still submit UGC in the form of death match arenas. This will certainly be a game to watch as active devs means an ever changing game reflective of what the players want.

Sheltered

Sheltered, cover, art, logo

Released March 15 2016, Sheltered is a survival management and building game in which the player must protect four family members post-apocalypse. The game is more versatile than it initially appears as customization and changing hazards can always affect the game. Sheltered certainly doesn't get its credit when it comes to theses aspects and the simplistic graphics could be included in the reasoning why.

Created by Unicube and Team 17 Digital, the game doesn't receive as many updates since launch, but was started via kickstarter so has some added sweat and tears into development that are worth noting in the dynamic nature of game play.

FortressCraft Evolved!

For a game based on a best-selling indie game, FortressCraft Evolved! didn't get the same level of fame that it deserved. Released November 9 2015, the game blends elements of a various building games into an absurd amalgamation. Steam user wmcferren reviewed the game as:

This game is MineCrack Cocaine. If you like Minecraft, use caution. You'll be googling nearly unsolvable questions regarding highly automated infrastructure in about 40 hours. Then you'll be sleepless, hating you life in about 80.Then your friends will genuinely be concerned about you when you show them the sprawling mining facility you've created

Planetbase

Another indie space game, Planetbase, strays away from the too fantastical and gives us one of the best space building games on Steam. Resources are used to survive various planet types to which you can build from a small mission to a bustling colony. What the games lacks in traditional storylines are made up for by the immersive nature of the game that is unparalleled.

Developed by Madruga Works, Planetbase was released in fall 2015 but has been given credit in its' own right but not enough in the scale of builders that it should have.

Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

The apocalypse is usually taken from the point of view of the survivor in gaming but Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville focuses on rebuilding a community from the ashes of what was. As it was published and developed by Northway Games, the game provides a fun take with zombies random events, fending off rivals and gives players an overall fun experience that is easily understood.

Rebuild 3 is one of the few games in which helpful information is consistently given while not being cumbersome to grasp. The game was released in 2015, and has received overall positive reviews but seems to fly under the radar while its level of detail and ability to addict us to playing are palpable.

Evil Genius

It's no secret that getting to play the bad guys can be so good if done right and Evil Genius achieves just that. In this builder, players select from three different geniuses and plots out world domination. Players manage a variety of traps, items and minions while they progress through the game making for a fun combination per each play through.

Though released in 2004, a lack of a sequel could honestly be the only thing holding this game down from achieving a better spotlight. Further, if players were given updated graphics and options the reviews would be just as great for the game if not even better. If there were to be a new game following the evil steps left by the quirky villains, it would have little to change from the original format and options anyhow.

Block N Load

Comparable to Team Fortress 2, Block N Load capitalizes on the FPS aspect of team gameplay while incorporating the elements of being a builder game. While currently free-to-play, the prospect of paying for this game wouldn't likely have hurt the game's popularity or reviews. Released on April 30 2015, the game allows players to have a fun time with uniqueness in every match up.

Utilizing five on five matches, Block N Load never feels as if aspects are missing as you're getting exactly what you'd expect from the game. Though each match incorporates players building, entire arenas can even be crafted for play as well as a build phase allowing players to adjust to the mix. How a game as fun as this isn't more highly rated and popular could only be due to the age and general lack of publicity for it.

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Building games have become increasingly consolidated to the big and obvious powerhouses of this gaming niche such as Civilization, The Sims and Minecraft. The introduction of indie developers incorporating the elements that made these games successful while also encouraging different takes on the usual game play and ideas keeps these builders refreshing and fun.

For their future I hope more players will value the games regardless of graphics as the games here range in age and graphics but all allow players to customize their experience in some aspect. This is essential to building games as it allows us to imagine even more with a clean slate and a lot to build.

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Tired of Civilization VI? Try Out These Awesome Indie Strategy Games Instead https://www.gameskinny.com/6rwxv/tired-of-civilization-vi-try-out-these-awesome-indie-strategy-games-instead https://www.gameskinny.com/6rwxv/tired-of-civilization-vi-try-out-these-awesome-indie-strategy-games-instead Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:34:28 -0500 Rob Kershaw

You may have been caught up in certain other world events unfolding at the the same time and missed it, but Civilization VI was released last year to critical acclaim. It may have felt a little like an iterative release than anything fundamentally new and different, but it was certainly a polished and immediately immersive experience.

But when you've ploughed tens of hours into Sid Meier's latest and are in need of something -- anything -- else to scratch that strategy itch, what should you turn to?

Fear not. It's a question we've also asked ourselves, and while it may be easy to proffer the usual reliable list of sequels and strategy granddaddies, why not instead dip your toe into the indie market and see what gems nip at your toes?

We have a few suggestions which may appeal to you.

Planetbase

Colonising Mars may make a nice change to sending your legions out to take over the Earth, and Planetbase offers you exactly that. It's a world-building game, so there's a definite shift in pace and focus to the Civilization strategy you may be expecting. But your expertise in management and organization can definitely find a home on the Red Planet.

Starting off with enough resources to build a sizeable base, you need to direct your colonists to complete tasks within their fields of expertise -- biologist, engineer, and so on -- in order to expand. Resources are the order of the day, and you will need to generate these by building suitable structures as well as purchasing them from visiting traders, who will attempt to fleece you with ridiculously high prices. 

The initial graft required to get to a level of self-sufficiency may put some players off. It's sometimes a matter of luck whether you are able to create the right amount of materials to be able to expand, but once you get to a level of autonomy -- aided by your workers and robots, the latter of which you can build more -- the game develops into a satisfying blend of strategy and management.

Preparing for potential disasters such as meteor strikes or crop failures is prudent (as anyone who has seen The Martian will realize), and success will see you move beyond Mars to spread your colonization skills to neighboring celestial bodies. 

Madruga Works have crafted a more thoughtful alternative to the laser-heavy space battle strategy games on the market, and it may well scratch the itch of those Civ players who want a more gentle introduction to the galactic world-building genre. 

Endless Space

The sequel may have hit early access late last year, but with no confirmed  release date, it's the perfect time to take a look at the original 4X space strategy from French developer Amplitude Studios. 

Endless Space takes a more holistic view of the cosmos, giving you a level of macro-management over one of eight different races (or letting you build a custom tribe). If you're looking for high-octane space battles, then this won't be for you. Combat is a simplistic affair and while the cutscenes are beautifully rendered, the slightly distant approach to battles won't appeal to everyone.

Yet, if you're in the market for a tightly executed sim that allows you to colonise, produce, expand and build, you can do far worse than this one. The interface is intuitive and uncluttered, notifying you of important events and offering helpful rollover tooltips.

The systems you intend to conquer are diverse, and the decisions you need to make are fraught -- will you forsake the development of a planet because it looks more hassle than it's worth? Doing so may mean you miss out on a resource that could cost you the game...

The Escapists

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an Andy Dufresne, then The Escapists will let you play out your very own Shawshank Redemption fantasy. As an incarcerated ne'er-do-well, you'll need your nous and a little bit of luck to escape from one of six different prisons.

Coming from a game like Civilization VI to this may seem a little jarring, but in many ways the games are complementary. Switching from the macro-management of an empire to a singularly focused task like a prison break will keep your perspective fresh. Yet, the strategic elements are still in play -- you may have a narrower purpose, but juggling the different jobs that will lead to your escape is no different than balancing the numerous goals you need to achieve for a glorious victory on the field. 

The premise is straightforward enough. Explore the prison throughout the day, making a note of potential escape routes, items that might help you get out, and people you can bribe, threaten or cajole into assisting you. The beauty of the system is that there's no single solution to get out of any prison, which gives you the flexibility to be as creative as you want. Taking imprints of keys, trading with (or stealing from) inmates, or even crafting your own means of escape -- it's all possible, as long as you make sure you hide your contraband and cover your tracks.

The variety in The Escapists is what makes it a joy to play. There are a few RPG elements to help you become more proficient in fights, more able to craft complex tools, and more speedy for those times you need to hotfoot it back to your cell. But ultimately, the game is about planning. It took Andy Dufresne nineteen years to escape incarceration. These six prisons may not take quite as long, but there's a sequel on the way so you'd better start practising.

 

Endless Legend

Back to Amplitude again, but this time in a fantasy setting and with more of a tabletop feel. Given their small size, the studio have pumped out some genuinely excellent titles -- and this fully realised and addictive entry in their catalog is no exception. 

Consider Endless Legend to be a mish-mash between the Civilization and Age of Wonders series, and you will be on the right lines. There are differing factions which grant varying bonuses such as improved technology or better bartering skills. There is a brilliantly detailed map which allows you to immediately spot areas of tactical advantage and then watch your troops battle it out, as if the intro to Game of Thrones was an actual battlefield you could interactive with.

Most importantly, like its space-themed sibling, there is a real sense of playability. Amplitude really do know how to design an interface. The AI was a little more passive than we'd have hoped for on release, but thanks to constant updates from the developers, this has since been improved. There's no substitute for playing against a human though, so if you prefer high fantasy to galactic warfare, grab a buddy and live out your Westerosian drama right here. Stellar stuff.

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Do you have a particular favorite indie strategy game? Let us know in the comments! 

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5 Down-Low Awesome Strategy and Builder Games on Steam https://www.gameskinny.com/znfhy/5-down-low-awesome-strategy-and-builder-games-on-steam https://www.gameskinny.com/znfhy/5-down-low-awesome-strategy-and-builder-games-on-steam Fri, 18 Nov 2016 03:58:11 -0500 Damien Smith

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And there you have it. Five strategy and builder games that have so far remained on the down-low. From strategic spying to a zombie genre hybrid, a Power Rangers-inspired game to a modern day Dungeon Keeper, there is a little bit of something for everyone.

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What are your thoughts on the list? Are there any down-low strategy or builder games that you think should be on the list? Let me know in the comments below.

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Dungeons II

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Developer: Realmforge Studios

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Publisher: Kalypso Media Digital

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux and Steam OS

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The Dungeons series is pretty much the Dungeon Keeper of modern gaming. You take on the role of the Dungeon Lord as you attempt to take over the world above. You will need to build dungeons and hire monstrous beings to help you wage your war against the heroes of virtue trying to smite you.

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With a full single player campaign, varying multiplayer modes and tonnes of dark humour and references from fantasy books, TV shows and movies, there is a tonne of fun to be had with Dungeons II. Sometimes, it is so good being bad.

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Get Dungeons II on Steam.

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Chroma Squad

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Developer: Behold Studios

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Publisher: In-House

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux and SteamOS

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Have you ever wanted to play a Power Rangers game with RPG and strategy elements to it? Well, now you can with Chroma Squad. You take on the role of five stunt actors who quit their job to start their own Power Rangers-inspired TV show.

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You will need to hire actors, upgrade your gear, do marketing, craft weapons, customs and giant mechs out of cardboard. With wonderful pixel art, a chiptune soundtrack and tactical combat with a twist, there is little not to like about Chroma Squad. 

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Get Chroma Squad on Steam.

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Planetbase

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Developer: Madruga Works

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Publisher: In-House

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Platforms: PC and Mac

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Planetbase is a strategy title with a bit of a difference. You must guide a group of planet settlers trying to establish an outpost on a remote planet. You take on the role of the base architect and manager, where you will have to tell the colonists where to build structures needed to survive.

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To survive you will need to get workers to collect energy, extract water, mine metal, grow crops, manufacture robots, and build a self-sufficient base. Just remember: disaster can strike at any time in the form of sandstorms, meteors and solar flares. The fate of the colony is in your hands!

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Get Planetbase on Steam.

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Dead Age

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Developer: Silent Dreams

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Publisher: Headup Games

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux and SteamOS

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Dead Age is a real mixture of various genres. You have RPG, strategy, survival and rogue-like all in one. You take on the role of a number of survivors as they attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse. You will have to scavenge for supplies, tend to the wounded and protect your camp from groups of infected and hostile survivors.

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The game features permadeath, meaning once a character dies it is permanent for that playthrough. The combat features a classic Final Fantasy turn-based system. With a total of six different endings, there is a tonne of replayability to be found too. Overall, Dead Age takes a different approach to the zombie genre and brings an addicting and fun experience. 

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Get Dead Age on Steam.

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Beholder

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Developer: Warm Lamp Games

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Publisher: Alawar Entertainment

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux and Steam OS

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In Beholder you take on the role of a State-installed manager of an apartment building. However, being the manager is but a cover of your real mission. Your real job is to spy on the tenants and report any illegal activities they may be performing.

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The problem is, your actions will always have consequences. Consequences that you may not be prepared to deal with. With multiple endings, great replayability and good gameplay, Beholder is an interesting and fun title that came out of nowhere.

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Get Beholder on Steam

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In the modern age of gaming that we are living in, the rate at which video games are released is far higher now than it ever was before. With so many games releasing every single day, many go relatively unnoticed and seemingly appear out of nowhere.

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Today we are going to take a look at five strategy and builder games on Steam that have remained on the down-low since their release. Let's give them the love they have always deserved.

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