Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Economic Sim

A-Train: City Simulator rolls into eShop for 3DS

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Natsume has released their 3DS train-management sim A-Train: City Simulator. The Artdink-developed title tasks players with sustaining a transportation company through subsequent eras, starting with steam-powered trains, by managing the company’s finances and keeping customers happy. Support structures can also be built to maintain additional means of travel, including bus routes, subway stations, and airports.

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Prepare the death ray! Tropico 5: Supervillian DLC now on Steam

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El Presidente is making the shift from benevolent to malevolent in the latest download pack for Tropico 5, Supervillian. The set includes a new standalone scenario that tasks players with becoming the world’s most dangerous villain by building an underground lair and fitting it with a new giant laser. The pack also adds a moustache avatar accessory, the Isla del Pescado sandbox map, and a new music track along with added voice overs.

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Screenshots, details released for Natsume’s A-Train: City Simulator

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Natsume has released some new screenshots from their upcoming traffic-management sim A-Train: City Simulator. Described as “a cross between a social experience and a deeply involved city building simulator,” the game puts players in the shoes of a transportation supervisor tasked with keeping traffic running like a well-oiled machine in a variety of situations, from cities to suburbs. Players will have access to a variety of support structures, including subways and bus terminals, to augment their services and keep their job as they progress from the steam era to electric. Custom scenarios will also be possible with an included map editor.

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Offworld Trading now available through Steam Early Access

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Mohawk Game’s interplanetary economics-themed strategy title Offworld Trading Company has been added to Steam Early Access. A special launch promotion is also ongoing to offer early adopters a 10% discount ($35.99). The Early Access version currently features head-to-head and free-for-all online play, a single-player campaign, and a skirmish mode. As an entrepreneur on Mars, players must follow the market to maximize their profits by buying and selling food, water, and other resources. Hackers and pirates are also available to lend a hand.

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El Presidente harnesses wind power in Tropico 5: Gone Green

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El Presidente has decided to embrace green tech in the recently released Gone Green DLC for Tropico 5. The download adds a new building, avatar accessories, music, and sandbox map. All of the content is based around renewable power, which will allow the president’s helpers to use the new windfarm buildings to turn the latest island addition, Isabella, into an energy-efficient tropical paradise.

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Offworld Trading Company hitting Steam Early Access on February 12

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Soren Johnson’s Mohawk Games has revealed that the studio’s debut title, Offworld Trading Company, will be available on Steam Early Access on February 12. The economic sim focuses on players trying to maximize their profits by exploiting the resources of Mars. Colonists need resources, food, and water to survive, and skillful players will be able to parlay their business acumen—along with the help of hackers and pirates— into riches that will see them expanding into offworld markets. The Early Access version includes a single-player campaign, a skirmish mode, and head-to-head as well as free-for-all online modes. A few screens and a gameplay trailer were released as well, and can be found below.

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Aliens invade El Presidente’s domain in new Tropico 5 DLC, Surf’s Up!

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El Presidente protects his island from all threats, even from those beyond the stars. In the new Tropico 5 DLC add-on, Surf’s Up!, it’s up to the benevolent dictator to stop aliens from building an intergalactic highway across Tropico. The $3.99 expansion adds The Dolphinarium building, The Diving Mask avatar accessory, Qualichi sandbox map, and a new scenario that requires players to call upon the might of the Pacific Ocean’s many dolphins to repel the alien invasion.

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GOG.com begins Big Fall Sale with discounts, copy of Mount & Blade

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GOG.com has kicked off their Big Fall Sale. As has become a trend in recent years, the service will be offering free games throughout the promotion, including Mount & Blade and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. The original Mount & Blade is the first freebie, and the first bundle of the day features Blade: Warband and Mount & Blade: With Sword and Fire for 75% off. By the end of the sale, over 700 titles will have been discounted for up to 90% off through on-going sales, two daily bundles, and 40-minute flash deals.

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Tropico 5 now available online for Linux, Mac and SteamOS

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The Tropican Department of Information has announced that El Presidente has single–handedly, and most gloriously, completed development of Tropico 5 for Linux, Mac, and SteamOS. Available through the Mac App Store and Steam, the latest installment adds a new Dynasty System to the series’ traditional city-building and political elements, allowing players to extend their rule through multiple eras. The App Store version features cross-platform multiplayer, while the Steam version also supports cross-platform multiplayer as well as Big Picture Mode and controllers. Steam users who already purchased Tropico 5 can download the new versions for free.

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Tropico 5 set to go live online for Linux, Mac on September 19

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Kalypso has announced that the Linux and Mac versions of Haemimont Games city- and political-management sim Tropico 5 will be added to Steam on September 19. Both versions will feature cross-platform multiplayer through SteamPlay, plus support for controllers and Big Picture Mode. Windows gamers who have already purchased the game will be able to download the new versions for free.

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