Given that I once waited two years for a kitchen repair that still hadn’t arrived by the time I moved out, I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised that the Constructor remake [official site] has been delayed again. Tch, unreliable builders! With their blue jeans. And their tea. Have you noticed they drink all that tea? [Didn’t get that writing gig on My Family, eh? -ed.] Anyway, point is: the silly estate build-o-managing RTS is now scheduled to arrive on April 28th. Assuming developers System 3 aren’t too busy drinking tea and scratching their bottoms, yeah? Ha ha yeah! But they have rummaged up Boycie off Only Fools and Horses to explain the game in a new trailer.
I don’t know how much more I have to say about a game I last played a decade ago, especially as we’re a year and several delay posts past the remake’s original planned release date of January 29th, 2016. I’ll just quote some stuff I wrote before:
“Constructor, to explain, is a town-building game with a pleasingly low-level scale. Rather than some omnipotent citygod, carving the landscape to your will, you’re simply a contractor working at the mercy of the town council to build and manage estates.
“As you build out and tech up, your problems aren’t traffic jams or failing businesses but more on the level of tenants demanding a new kitchen or complaining about their neighbours’ garden gnomes. Or a rival contractor sending ‘undesirables’ to mess with your estates (you can send your own after your rivals too, of course). Hippies, malicious plumbers, ghosts, clowns, thugs, chainsaw-wielding psychos… maybe these towns are set in the world of The Young Ones?
“Like many games from developers who started in the eighties, it has that gentle sense of British silliness that’s obsessed with class, standing, and what the neighbours might think.”
Or if I’m not famous enough to have earned your trust, here’s Boycie: