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Tropico 6 moves to next year, looks a lot like a Tropico game

Sure, sure, Tropico games are about as indistinguishable from each other as the founding staff of a PC games website circa 2007, but I can forgive that. There's just something about their sun-kissed, low-stakes, silly-but-not-too-silly take on city-building. Every couple of years I really feel the itch to comfort-blanket myself with one, and lo and behold, every couple of years there's a new one. That…

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Kalypso nab Commandos rights, promises new games

Everything old is new again, and everything once overlooked by publishers is cool once more. Today, publisher Kalypso Media (Sudden Strike, Tropico, Dungeons et al) went and bagged themselves the rights to all of Pyro Studios's old games, which means the entire Commandos series of stealthy tactical puzzlers. Better still,┬áthe publisher has already confirmed that new games in the series are on the way, as…

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Tropico 6 reveals its isles of plunder

If I were going to steal the Eiffel Tower, I'd definitely strap a giant rocket to it and launch it into the sky. Once it was airborne, I'd remotely pilot it back to my volcano lair and then park it in the Monument Chamber next to the Statue of Liberty (also rocket-propelled) and the Great Sphinx of Giza (trundles around on little wheels). It's not…

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Subterranean ne’er-do-well sim Dungeons 2 free on GOG

It's about time we boarded up the windows here in the RPS treehouse for the weekend, but we leave you with a little gift, although admittedly a second-hand one. Presumably in an effort to drum up interest in the (quite good) Dungeons 3, Realmforge Studios have been giving away the second game in their Dungeon Keeper-ish series a lot lately. If you missed the chance…

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Feature: Competition kills

Railway Empire review

For years, the people of Baltimore had to content themselves with the long, winding route through New York, Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo to get themselves to the fabled city of Pittsburgh, where steel grew on trees. But in 1834, the Baltimore & Ohio Rail Company, my company, finally had the funds to embark on an audacious project: a really big tunnel. Broadly covering the first…

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Dungeons 3 out next week, features more keeping and more overworlding

We'll never get Dungeon Keeper 3, but in a few days we will get Dungeons 3, sequel to a not-Bullfrog spiritual remake that took the long way round to evoking its revered forebear. Dungeons 1 was a hot mess, but in our Dungeons 2 review I felt it made a pretty decent fist of the ol' monster-management + RTS combat formula. Dungeons 3 [Steam page],…

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Viva El Presidente! Tropico 6 announced for 2018

El Presidente will return to rule an island could-be paradise with Tropico 6 [Steam page]. Publishers Kalypso Media today announced the latest in the city-building manage-o-strategy series, which is due in 2018. A new developer is taking over from Haemimont Games, who had made Tropicos 3-5, bringing new ideas including expanding across archipelagos and, er, sending agents to steal monuments like the Statue of Liberty.…

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Sudden Strike 4 getting tactical in August

World War 2 real-time tactics game Sudden Strike 4 [official site] will launch on August 11th, publishers Kalypso Media have announced. That's seventeen years since the series started. Seventeen! While Sudden Strike was created by Fireglow, newcomers Kite Games take over for 4 - though the preview bit our Adam played suggests it's still very Sudden Strike-y.

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Dungeons 3 keeps on keepin’ on

Realmforge are diving back into the Dungeon Keeper-ish world of Dungeons, announcing Dungeons 3 [Steam page] for autumn. It's a real-time strategy game about an evil overlord building a dungeon to raise, train, and protect dastardly minions then sending 'em out to raid and ravage the shiny happy overworld - Dungeon Keeper meets Warcraft. Our Alec quite liked Dungeons 2 so, sure, a new game…

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Feature: Protest vote

Urban Empire review

Urban Empire [official site] is a city-building strategy game about politics and people rather than residential zones and monuments. Placing you as successive members of a dynasty, each acting as the mayor of a city developing against the backdrop of the previous two centuries of European history, it's about votes and influence as well as taxation and construction. But how does this more personal and…

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Feature: A new Sim Tower?

Project Highrise review

Just one more floor.... Perhaps the Bhurj Khalifa and and Shanghai Tower were not, after all, overblown acts of inter-continental willy-waving, but instead the result of builders and architects who could not resist the temptation of another neatly-wired layer of offices. Building skyscrapers is compulsive work, or at least that's how building sim Project Highrise [official site] pitches it. I know the words 'Sim Tower'…

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Feature: Tank statement

Sudden Strike 4 Is A Slower More Thoughtful RTS

Either RTS games got faster or I got slower. Could be both. Either way, there was a point when war, whether interstellar or historical, became unmanageable for me. Exceptions existed, with Company of Heroes the most splendid of them, but the wider arena of real-time strategy esemed like a thing of my past for a while. Sudden Strike 4 [official site] is a return to…

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RTS Revival: Sudden Strike 4 Deploying To 2017

World War II buffs rejoice--Sudden Strike is back with its fourth entry. The series returns to the greatest generation with larger maps, improved graphics, new commanders, and fresh battle scenarios. Publisher Kalypso Media even boasts that it is "the most tactical and authentic title in the series to date!" They've got big plans for Sudden Strike, reviving the series some nine years after the release…

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Feature: It's hammer time

Nordic Quest: Vikings – Wolves Of Midgard

Titan Quest is my favourite clickety-clicky hack and slash game. It doesn't have the intelligent dynamic design of Soldak's games, the meaty character building of Path of Exile or the polish of Diablo III, but it's mythological worlds and monsters are beautiful. It's bright where so many are dark (including the creators' own follow-up Grim Dawn) and now that I've mentioned it I want to…

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Feature: A non-Ballardian erection

Towering Above The Rest: Project Highrise

There are many Sim games I'd like to see resurrected, prime among them SimEarth and SimLife, which were more enjoyable and educational than all of the geography classes I daydreamed through. SimTower is the outside pick though, its blend of construction and basic life sim making for a game as enjoyable to observe as to play. Project Highrise [official site] is a new take on…

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Feature: I trust I can rely on your vote

Urban Empire Is A Fascinating Political Citybuilder

Urban Empire [Steam page] is a political citybuilding game that spans two hundred years of European history, from 1820 to 2020. If you've enjoyed elements of The Guild, Cities: Skylines, Democracy or Dragon Commander, this is almost certainly going to be a game for you. Dynamic political decisions, elections, blackmail and threats, district management, and a tech 'cloud' that is made up of social ideas…

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City Management Sim Urban Empire Announced

Oh, building a new city is easy. Roads, houses, factories, offices, rubbish dumps, hospitals, schools, foolishly expensive tourist attraction, bish bash bosh you're done. I could build a city tomorrow, mate. Running a city, ooh that's a trickier one. Committees, meetings, politicians... no mate, you can handle that side. But if you'd like to simulate the thrills, chills, and coffee spills of a town council,…

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Big Brother Calling: Tropico 5’s Espionage DLC Hits May 28

Don't you hate it when you're trying to run your country on a system of illegal cheese blackmarkets and then those pesky enemy spies start butting their head in? This must be the sort of thing Angelina Jolie sits around thinking about all day. And by extension, I myself am like Angelina Jolie in a way as I sit here contemplating my unholy reign upon┬áTropico…

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Feature: At last: this one's a keeper

Dungeons 2 review

Dungeons 2 [official site] is a strategy-management game which borrows heavily from Dungeon Keeper - to whit, you're an evil overlord building a vast underground lair then training up a bestial army within it. After a series of disappointments, might this be the much-needed heir to Bullfrog's classic? It's out tomorrow, and here's what I think. There's a room type in Dungeons 2 called The…

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Kingface – Grand Ages: Medieval Announced

"The E3 of PC!" I sorely hope no one calls Gamescom. But the German show going on this week definitely has more of a PC slant, what with being in Germany and all. You're unlikely to see serious kings with serious brows and serious beards at E3 unless they're warrior-kings cleaving skulls. No, the serious kings of Gamescom plot and strategise and command others to…

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