Imagine Earth is a futuristic world simulaton. Your job as a colony manager is to explore and populate various undiscovered planets. Raise great cities and supply the needs of your growing population by building power plants, farms and factories. Will it end up in desolation or wealth and prosperity?
User reviews: Positive (40 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 6, 2012
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“The demo is quite charming... There's already evidence of a decent game”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Imagine Earth is a refreshingly streamlined and charming apporach to civilization sims - and one with plenty of room to grow as it wades through Early Access.”
GameZone

“This environmentally-conscious title may very well prove to generate news in the months to come.”
PixelJudge

Early Access Available

The Early Access version of Imagine Earth is available on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/280720/

Additionally we have updated the demo with some new features:

  • Play the full prologue mission "Tuto"
  • Play the full mission "Episode 1 - Joma"
  • New research system: Fulfilled mission goals are rewarded with stars that can be used to unlock new tools and technologies.
  • You don't have to collect taxes anymore
  • Loads of small gameplay changes and balancing.
  • New graphic style – we decided to replace the outlines with dynamic shadows and more atmospheric day and night lighting.

About This Game

Imagine Earth - Planetary Colonization

A futuristic world simulation. Your job as a colony manager is to explore and populate various undiscovered planets. Raise great cities and supply your growing population by building power plants, farms and factories. Key to fast expansion is to ensure the supply of four basic resource classes. The challenge is to deal with whole planetary ecosystems and their natural limitations in fossile resources and environmental resilience. Do research for renewable energy sources and develop sustainable production lines to avoid overgrowth and climate collapse of your new homeworlds. Will it end up in tremendous desolation or can you lead your colony into wealth and prosperity?

Growth


Only cities with happy people will grow and very happy people will pay you some bonus cash. So you should take care of local pollution and nearby buildings with bad influence. Expanding colonies will be provided with additional landing permissions and research budget. Upgrade established technologies or develop new ones. Over 30 constructs and 60 upgrades with different advantages, influences and side effects are available and allow you to build your individual colony.

The strategic placement of your production facilities is vital:
  • The build radius around your city center is limited
  • Some buildings influence each other (e.g. you better don’t place a farm next to a coal power plant)
  • Different field types increase or decrease the productivity of your facilities (e.g. fossil resource fields)
  • Pollution has an impact on your food production
  • Some fields are blocked by rocks or forest (helps to balance the pollution but can also be lumbered for money)

Disasters


Beware: A fast growing civilization can bring your planets ecosystem to it’s limits. Wildfires, dying forests, growing deserts and twisters will arise more frequently and require immediate action.

Incidents in your facilities can lead to chemical leaks, oil spills or even radioactive contamination. All of them having a really bad effect on your people and the food production. Maintain your buildings and fight catastrophes immediately to avoid this.

Ultimately, you will have to balance the growth of your civilizations greehouse gas emissions with the capabilities of your planet and technology. Otherwise global warming melts the iceat the polar caps and rising sea levels will flood your cities!

Story


The story will challenge your skills and moral: You stand between the profit goals of the interstellar corporations and the need to preserve the conditions of living for your people. Meet corrupt chiefs and shareholders while your company faces hostile takeover by larger corporations.

Each of the 5 missions takes place on another planet - one order of magnitude bigger than the previous. Every mission will have some unique elements, like cultural heritage sites or even incoming asteroids. Altogether, the story will have 10 to 20 hours of gameplay. Additionally, there will be a Free Game mode that allows you to build your colony in a relaxed way without any goals and a Time Trial mode that maximizes your expansion skills.

Sounds perfect? Apply for a colony management job at Imagine Earth Ltd. now!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows 7/8
    • Processor: 1 to 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 graphics card (DirectX 9 cards will be fine if they support multiple render targets (MRT), floating-point surface formats and per-vertex texture fetching) Example: Old Intel integrated graphics like Intel GMA 950 or X3000 (used by many old netbooks) won't do. Nvidia Geforce 8 and ATI Radeon cards from 2007 will do.
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Good game, lot's of potential, can't wait to see what happens with this in the future.
Posted: July 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Amusing and goos so far, can't wait to see more episodes.
Posted: August 7
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1.7 hrs on record
I only played the demo but this game is great and has so much potential. Of what I played it it is 7/10!
Posted: May 31
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13.5 hrs on record
I enjoyed the Imagine Earth demo. So much that I have backed them on IndieGoGo. I think this game is a good fit for those that like city building type games, but don't want them to be overly complicated with having to micromanage lots of different structure types. It's has only a few building types (that will have different versions to use as upgrades in the full game) but its main mechanic is in placement and their effects.

It has a nice easy to use menu system. Buildings needed to satisfy your cities basic needs are just a few basic structures for Power, Food, and Goods. The strategy of the game is not having lots of types of buildings, but strategically placing the building to give you maximum production while balancing their effects on citizen’s happiness and global pollution all while maintaining a positive income. This game is almost like playing chess with regards to having to plan your moves ahead of time in anticipation of when you begin expanding your city.

I can't wait for the full alpha version to release so that I can experiment with the different upgraded buildings. They will make it a better challenge, as they have different tradeoffs like they can give a lower pollution level but at a lower amount of the resource they produce. They will make it more challenging to keep your resource levels where you need them when you’re trying to minimize your global environmental effect.

Note: Some reviews have mentioned that it got annoying having to pick up the tax money from the city all the time, this is no longer the case since the March 2014 update. Taxes are automated, it’s just mining and bonus money bags you must manually pick up. So good job to the devs for understanding the players didn’t like having to do that and fixing it.
Posted: April 9
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3.5 hrs on record
Imagine Earth is an economy/production based strategy game that forces the player to plan out their colony. The game can become repetitive in its gameplay of expand and build but the addition of more buildings in the final game may break the gameplay up a bit.

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Posted: April 10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
This will be worth getting if/when it gets released.

I just hope they remove the stupid facebook-style bubble popping required to collect income.
Posted: February 21, 2013
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