I was in San Francisco last week to see a presentation of the latest version of the City Building Series That Just Won’t Quit. You can read about my time with Blue Byte’s Settlers 7 over at Gameshark. Over dinner and drinks the night before the preview, Bruce Shelley and Benedikt Grindel talked about boardgames. […]
Entries Tagged as 'City Builder'
February 11th, 2010 · 7 Comments · City Builder, RTS, Ubisoft
February 10th, 2010 · 5 Comments · City Builder, Review
When you move a strategy game from a major platform to a handheld device, you have to expect a certain amount of change. RTSes like Age of Empires and Age of Mythology become turn based games. Wargames like Advance Wars and Panzer Tactics impose strict time limits or encourage the promotion of a group of […]
January 27th, 2010 · 5 Comments · City Builder, Industry
Apparently there were not enough subscribers to the Cities XL Planet system, meaning that Monte Cristo has decided to drop it entirely. They will not accept any new subscriptions to this mulitplayer system that allowed players to visit each other’s cities and interact in a trading system. From the announcement email: Three months after the […]
December 3rd, 2009 · 1 Comment · City Builder, Gameshark, Review
Cities XL is one of those great ideas that wasn’t fully thought out. There is a chance that this will be an excellent multiplayer experience in six month’s time. But it’s not there yet. Read my review at Gameshark.
October 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments · City Builder, Haemimont
I’m reviewing Tropico 3 for Crispy Gamer, but I thought I’d blog some early impressions. 1) It’s a good looking game – not very flashy and even a little blocky at times. But the colors and animations fit the cartoon Cold War they have on display. 2) The reliance on the almanac/ledger for basic information […]
August 18th, 2009 · 8 Comments · City Builder, Podcast, Three Moves Ahead
Troy, Tom and Bruce spend an hour talking about city builders as ant farm games. Why didn’t they talk about Dawn of Discovery two weeks ago? What’s up with Cities XL? Is SimCity Societies a neglected classic or a misfire of epic proportions? And, most importantly, does Bruce know any games made after 1984? Listen […]