Dwarf Fortress is an incredibly detailed, complex game where you help a colony of dwarves build a settlement by carving out bedrooms, dining halls and other necessary structures from the side of a mountain. You don't control individual dwarves but instead provide instructions for them to follow, with each dwarf having their own needs and wants that you become familiar with as you play.
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Tropico 6 is a city-building game that offers an engaging mix of elements such as ruling your own island dictatorship, sandbox mode with customizable goals, missions, and easy controller support. You can be a big picture person and make decisions that impact the entire island or get into the minute details of urban planning.
Project Highrise is a management sim game that allows you to build and manage your own tower. You must manage basic needs, desires of tenants, take on contracts and loans while making sure to turn a profit. The game offers two modes - Sandbox Mode, where you are given total freedom; and Scenario Mode, where you are given specific tasks with certain constraints.
Factorio is an absorbing factory management game. You play the role of a handy person who needs to build a rocket and craft almost anything with little more than spit and elbow grease. Automation is the key to success as you establish production chains and assembly lines to make sure all the hard work is done for you.
RimWorld is a life simulator and management game set in a remote planet in the distant future. It features a unique character generation system to create complex personalities with flaws, drives and needs, as well as a story generator that creates unexpected scenarios for players to face.
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Prison Architect is a management/strategy game where you must manage an unwilling and unruly population in a prison setting. You must establish order from cooperative parts, feed and house prisoners, and even "get rid of them" them if necessary. There is also an economy of contraband that you must manage, as well as a metagame of making your warden rich by selling the prison to others.
Take on the role of a tester at the Aperture Science Enrichment Center and help guide the little stick folk - Bendies - in their vehicles from their starting point to the nearby exit. Use scaffold planks, strong cables and triangles to create an appropriate structure for them to traverse each test chamber. Enjoy GLaDOS' dark humour as she guides you through your missions!
Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the ultimate game for those who like to potter, or those addicted to the grind. With a new DIY system that adds some Minecraft-like ideas, Nook Miles system for direction and rewards and the ability to invite real-world friends over to trade fruit, this game has it all.
Poly Bridge 2 is a physics-based bridge building game where you have to design and develop bridges in order to get vehicles from point A to point B. You must account for the weight of the vehicles, as well as any obstacles like ships or checkpoints, without causing your bridge to collapse. With over 60 levels and an unlimited amount of trials, you can explore and experiment with your designs at your own pace.
Constructor Plus is a building simulation game where you design cities, manage tenants, and sabotage other developers. With 147 buildings, 65 city scenarios, and a humorous British atmosphere, this game offers plenty of content and entertainment. The game combines RTS and city-building genres, adding fun gameplay hours. Although the game has steep learning curves and limited freedom in missions, Constructor Plus is a well-constructed sim that's worth the entry price.