Urbek Metropolis Builder was launched on Steam just lately, and being a fan of nearly any try at a city-building sport, I used to be eager to test it out. What I discovered after enjoying for a couple of days was extra shocking than I used to be anticipating!
Exterior of efforts from massive studios—like Cities: Skylines—trendy makes an attempt at city-builders are inclined to (or, to be extra correct, are compelled to because of a scarcity of sources) hold issues easy, specializing in particular stuff like transportation networks.
At first look (and for a lot of the best way by its tutorial), Urbek appears extra bold than this! It’s a city-builder however you additionally must plot out farms, and chop down bushes, and mine for coal, and get factories constructed, which I do know seems like lots once you throw in worrying concerning the common stuff (constructing homes and roads), however it seems the precise expertise is a lot extra chill.
As a result of whereas Urbek presents itself as an affordable complication city-builder, it’s truly extra of a easy puzzle sport, asking you to crack some primary challenges like spacing out buildings and developing a sure variety of them. Fulfill these primary necessities and all the pieces else you get to do is simply pure sandbox enjoyable, particularly since this can be a sport pushed by sources, not cash.
I used to be questioning once I first booted the sport up what the deal was with its voxels, because it appeared an odd artwork model for a style that’s usually extra at house with cartoonish takes on the actual world. Taking part in it quickly solutions that query, as a result of the principle level of Urbek is that you just don’t simply construct a metropolis, you get to look at it evolve in entrance of your eyes, as your buildings morph and develop as a response to what’s happening round them.
Put down a home firstly of the sport and it’s little greater than a wooden cabin. Manually improve it (by satisfying another constructing necessities, see my gentle puzzles remark above) and it’s a nicer home. Construct a couple of of them collectively and it’s a villa. Put a park in the midst of a couple of extra and it’s a condominium.
I do know most city-builders have some diploma of this, however Urbek’s malleability is a lot extra fluid and noticeable, it’s wild. Throw in the truth that the sport is ready to barely customise its look relying on the buildings and their surrounds—so homes close to the water/docks will look completely completely different to these close to a coal mine in a forest—and also you’ve received one thing with the potential to allow you to get tremendous expressive and artistic together with your builds, which actually is all lots of people are searching for on this style within the first place.
Another cool options embody progress not being an unquestionable inevitability, as some upgrades and unlocks require tough ethical choices that you could be not need to make, and the flexibility to select a “biome” to construct your metropolis in creates completely different challenges relying on the local weather.
Urbek Metropolis Builder is out now on Steam.