Imagine Earth is a futuristic world simulation. Your job as a colony manager is to explore and populate distant planets. Build up thriving and profitable colonies on a global scale without destroying your homeworld.
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Release Date: May 20, 2014
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“As a small indie studio we need all the feedback we can get. Adding new features and balancing the game dynamics is a quite complex within the global simulation of each planet. Additionally the income of early access helps us to stay independent. We want to take the time to evolve this game into a little sensation. Something that has never been played this way before. The first planet colonization and climate survival thriller game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We will definitely finish Imagine Earth within 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“There will be a trade system where you can share and sell all your produced resources to other colonies and space merchants at globally varying prices.
We are working on integrating steam workshops so you can upload and share your sandbox planets with other players.
A competition mode will be added in which you start into direct action with colonizing planets against AI colonists after a customizable and streamlined win point system.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We have an 80% finished campaign that takes place on 5 different planets.
The sandbox editor enables you to create, terraform and customize your own planets and the "Free Play" and "Time Trial" mode can be played on each of them.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The release price will probably be around 20$.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We need your thoughts, ideas and direct feedback on what you experience during gameplay. To keep you updated about the actual development process we are writing a friday report every week and there's a major update release once a month. The complex interconnections between the buildings are a hell of a balancing job on which your opinion is highly appreciated. Name the features you would be most excited about and let's make this thing a unique experience together.”
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"A good world simulation game but due to its high price I would suggest waiting for the game to get a sale or significantly more content. 7/10."
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May 1

Friday Report #9 - Spoiler Alert!

Don't continue to read this report if you want to be completely surprised by what is happening in the final mission of Imagine Earth's campaign.

This week we have been working on the merchant, the meteorite and the endboss - all important parts of the final Bora mission. As we already mentioned in last week's report, we will postpone the Alpha 11 release to next week.

Merchant Trade
Last week I removed the rigid connection between stars and research funds (stars are what you receive during the campaign for achieving things; research funds are needed to research new tools and enhancements). After doing this I was now able to add research funds to the trade offer of the Merchant. The screenshot shows all things he will offer. The prices are subject to balancing.

Meteorite 2.0
Jens built a new model for the meteorite.

The Endboss
There he is! The Endboss of Imagine Earth is making it's way into the game! A few days ago Jens created the the models and during the last two days I have been implementing the necessary logic to use them for the mission. Starting from an Uplink that supplies him with orders he spreads like an infection to the nearest city. On his way he is taking over all buildings and when he finally reaches the City Center you will loose you whole city.

What’s up next week?
Immediately after writing this post and publishing it, I will continue to work on the Bora mission script. There is still a lot to be implemented, tested and polished. And we might have to add a way to defend against meteorites ;-)

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April 24

Friday Report #8 - Illuminati Temples, Volcanoes and German Games Award

This week for us was dominated by the German Games Awards. Aside from this Temples now have some superpowers and seismic activity increases the probability of a volcanic eruption.

Illuminati Temples
Temples now have up to three superpowers:
  • Make ground fertile
  • Start a wildfire
  • Cause a volcanic eruption
To be able to use them the temple needs to be charged. How long it takes depends on the number of people living around the temple. So it's a good idea to build your cities nearby.

Volcanoes and Seismic Activity
Geological investigations allow you to display volcanic activity. Every fossil-based or ground influencing building near a volcano (e.g. a geothermal power plant) will increase the seismic activity and through this the probability of an eruption. This also goes for exploding buildings and incidents. So you better be careful, because you definitely don't want a volcanic outburst near your city!

German Games Awards
We had two nice days in Berlin attending the opening of the International Games Week and the awards ceremony of the German Games Awards. Unfortunately, we came back to Braunschweig empty-handed, because the price for the best game design was given to Mimimi Productions for "The Last Tinker - City of Colors"(congratulations again!).

What’s up next week?
We will add the "end-boss" to the Bora mission and add one or two ways you can win against him. This will probably not be finished during the next week and postpone the release of Alpha 11 until May 8th.

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“The demo is quite charming... There's already evidence of a decent game”
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“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.”

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

About This Game

Imagine Earth

Imagine Earth is a real-time simulation game. Whole planets become your playground and keep the excitement going with strategy and puzzle element. Build up huge civilizations and deal with the self-inflicted climate change. It all depends on your individual development plans and growth management abilities.

The game features a lot of challenging gameplay. Deal with threats like meteorite strikes, twisters and wild fires. Coexist and trade with natives, alien investors and hostile colonies, dig for Ideon crystals, pacify riots and master the perfect production chain of many constructs and technologies available.

Planetary Colonization

Raise great cities and supply the needs of your growing population by building power plants, farms and factories. The challenge is to deal with the whole planetary ecosystem and its natural limitations in fossil 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.

Story & Challenge

You will soon encounter conflict between the profit goals of interstellar corporations and the need to preserve the living conditions for your people. Will it end up in tremendous desolation or can you lead your colony into wealth and prosperity?


  • Play on a globe instead of a map
  • Campaign with 5 missions and planets introduces into the gameplay
  • Goals guide you through the expansion of your colony
  • Development of over 30 colony buildings with individual upgrades
  • Global simulation of local pollution and worldwide emissions
  • Disasters: Chemical spills, oil slicks, radioactive contamination, wild fires, tornadoes, volcanoes, dying forest and growing deserts
  • Melting polar caps will raise sea levels and flood your coasts in case of global warming
  • Sandbox mode to generate and edit your own planets

Climate Change

Climate Change is apparently the most underestimated thread in the history of computer games. The idea behind Imagine Earth was to put this thrilling background into a motivating gameflow. This is turning it into a kind of experimental world simulation with a mildly ironic story setting. The game wants to offer the biggest possible freedom of choice to the player so he can develop his own development strategies.

“Your decisions will most likely lead into states where you have to rethink your whole way of playing!” - Jens Isensee, the Designer

“Exploring the balance between growth and sustainability is the key to success in this game.” - Martin Wahnschaffe, the Programmer

„Oh, and don't let the cutesy graphics and streamlined interface fool you; Imagine Earth can be a most demanding beast.“ – Gnome,

System Requirements

    • 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.
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Early Access Review
Fun, Challenging game. You learn about the effects of human interactions with nature. You begin to understand how finite a planets resources are. Be on both sides of the fance and try to create a stable civilisation without destroying your habitat. Also, aliens! The graphics are virtous and luminous. Definately looking forward to play the finished product!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Early Access Review
Though I don't usually play many strategy games I'm having a lot of fun with Imagine Earth, there is good variety in missions and has many interesting concepts I haven't seen in other RTS games. I like that it tackles a "serious" issues like global warming in a fun an entertaining way and especially the sandbox mode is something you can probably sink says into.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
377.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Early Access Review
I see great promise in this game. I think we should be able to trade all these produced resources into space. That would boost the complexity and variety of it all! I want an awesome open world play mode where you get to play with against these different races on giant self terraformed planets ;D...
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Early Access Review
Imagine Earth is a world simulation/strategy game that is currently available in Early Access, and i got a Key from the dev to test it. Here is my review: Earth has been almost completely ruined and your job as a colony manager is to help setup and run profitable colonies on distant planets to earn some big bucks for your company. Balancing your resources in this game is very important and putting too much pressure on any one of power, money, food or goods (for consumption) can seriously affect your chances of being successful.

+Graphics are quite nice though some of the textures aren't particularly high quality
+Simple UI which suits the game well and clearly displays the information you need
+There is a sandbox mode where you can create your own worlds to colonize as well as the campaign mode
+Relaxing to play and doesn't require full attention
+Your actions have direct consequences on the climate and if your carbon dioxide emissions get too high
+A wide variety of buildings that are unlocked as you progress
+As you progress through the game you unlock new technologies and upgrades to technology/buildings you already have which increase the effectiveness of your colony
+Buildings have a cool design
+The world's are quite different to each other
+Five different speed settings
+Nice soundtrack
+Steam leaderboards

+/-Updates aren't released very frequently but there are only two developers so it is understandable

-For what it is the €22,99 in germany / and 24,99$ USA price tag feels a bit overpriced especially as there are currently only 5 missions in the game and those five missions have little replay value
-Currently no Steamworks features


A good world simulation game but due to its high price I would suggest waiting for the game to get a sale or significantly more content.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Early Access Review
(This is a review of the studio as well as the game)

Imagine Earth is an Early Access world management game. The game has a steady progression of being updated. The build we are on is stable and playable, giving several hours of entertainment. As it stands, the game is very polished, but lacks depth of content. The dev team is responsible on keeping the community (at least, I feel well informed by reading their news feed) informed on how things are progressing. They release content and interface updates quite regularly, following the needs of the people.

I feel that the money I have invested is well spent, and I hope to see a finished product.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Early Access Review
Must have for every environmentalist. Build your own planet and keep nature in balance.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Early Access Review
Although the price tag is quite steep for an early access game I feel that this is a good investment. Even at this stage the game has a very polished feel to it. Good balance, great gameplay, easy to use GUI. Good work guys, cannot wait to play the finished product!
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42 of 58 people (72%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
Early Access Review
As of today's posting (4/2/14), the game is still under development. Still, I'm having a lot of fun with the game thus far. While you're waiting for the review, feel free to check out these Alpha gameplay videos to see how it plays:
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
Early Access Review
The Early-Access version is really godd already.
High production values. Gameplay is balanced, lots of buildings are available.
The design of this game is beautiful, looking forward to the next update.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Early Access Review
I love this game, it's beatiful and lucious with vibrant colours and an immersive sountrack. The mechanics of reaching population quotas while sustaining the planets ecosystem (sometimes even dealing with events like meteor impacts) are interesting, difficult and above all challenging. I would recomend this game to anybody that has ever enjoyed a strategy game and to all those that haven't.

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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
Early Access Review
this game is utterly fantastic i really enjoy the global warming theme i like that you can get the cities to flood ha ha

ok pros/cons
good graphics for cartoon look
great dynamic climate system if you pollute more than is being cleaned up its going to weaken the biosphere tornadoes and rising sea will flood your city
looks ugly upclose
no fusion power
its in space i expect it to have futuristic tech like fusion power and antimatter in late game
overall this game is awesome it feels like a light sandbox
i love flooding cities

( my english is awful )
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
Early Access Review
this game is awsome lots of fun if u want a good game that will keep u busy buy the game its well worth the 24.99 thay are asking for nd u will be helping tham get more funding so thay can get this game out of early access :) great work guys good job!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
Early Access Review
$25 is a bit steep for a game and more than I usually pay, especially for an early access game which I often worry will never be completed. However, in this case I made an exception and I'm glad I did. I believe it will be well worth it once the game is finished and am glad I could help out the developers.

So far it's a pretty good game (first three missions are available) and I was able to play through without too many bugs. Reminds a bit of Light of Altair in terms of the city building elements.

The one bug I did have was that research system was screwed up -- when you earned research stars you had to go back to the main menu before they would appear and you'd be able to invest them. I'm sure that will be fixed by the time they launch 1.0.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 30, 2014
Early Access Review
this is my first review,i see lot possitive reviews and i say i bye it,the game the worth 18 euro in summer sell and i say they worth it!the game is like geopolitical tycoon but much much better you build power plant supplice and farms but be cerfull for of the best game in steam
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2014
Early Access Review
This game seems so simple ... but it is addictive.
I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2014
Early Access Review
Simple, yet satisfying. Like Anno 2070 for the over-commited.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2014
Early Access Review
Finally, an early access game that won't take your money and disappoint you!

It's not perfect yet, but it's an awesome building/management game. Definitely worth the 25 bucks!
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Way to hard spoils the exp only on second mission not enough room and silly coin system for research i have already done on 1st planet.Why so hard core wanted a more free build type of game not this more like a puzzle get 1 part wrong tuff you lose idea.
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23.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
I purchased this game some time ago and have waited a long time to review it, due in part to some issues I had with it, but also because I wanted to be fair, considering that it is an early access game. So with that being said, my review:

So I was flipping through the steam games and I came across this game called "Imagine Earth" in the simulation section, I saw that it had a demo and decided to try it. At the time the demo only had a missions available, a simple interface and not a lot in the way of content... but I was hooked.

It reminded me why I like simulation games in the first place, giving me all the things I enjoy with the bonus of playing God to a newly created world to work with. I could feel the nostalgia of Sim Earth I played as a kid. So I jumped right in after playing the demo and purchased early access to the game.

Playing the early access version it was immediately apparent the game was slightly different than the demo that been made available, which is okay considering that demos are just that, demonstrations of what the game will look like. But one thing was clear, this was no simulation game.

What I got instead was a game that seemed more like a puzzle where your decisions didn't really matter more than getting the right pieces in the right order before you run out of time. I had many issues with the game, all of which I made clear by submitting emails to the developers who were very receptive and seemed opened to the community ideas.

Lorian the third world in the game gave me excruciating torment, where it seemed the developers were more interested in creating a game of torture than a game of fun, and it became discouraging to play over and over, failure after failure. So I took a break, quit playing altogether in the hopes some of the issues I had with it would be solved eventually.

So after months I decided to try the game again, and I am so glad that I did. All of the issues that I had originally had have disappeared. What was once an overly complicated puzzle of torture, had become a relaxing simulation/strategy game that was less scripted with super hard puzzle nonsense and although still difficult seems less locked into "their" pre-defined way to win strategy I sometimes felt when playing. Even when I failed a couple of times, I saw different ways to get to where I wanted and ultimately finished the things that were once overly difficult to beat.

The developers have clearly taken the community recommendations and made the game a lot more playable and fun, and that's why I felt like it was time to review this game for them.

I wholeheartedly recommend this game now, for its addictive playstyle that will keep you happy for hours on end. While the game is still unfinished, it’s very much where it needs to be now, and playing it no longer feels like an exercise in futility but rather an actual game that is fun to play. I'm excited to see more and cannot wait to see how this one ends.

For the people that like extra-long drawn out games, this one might not be for you, as the game only has a few missions, but it almost doesn't matter because the addictive nature of it will keep you coming back for more. I hope to see expansions or additions to the game after it is released because what they have here opens so many other possibilities. Certainly you will be left wanting for more, and there doesn't seem to be any reason why the devs couldn't keep adding on to the game.

For the people that love simulation, strategy, space games, this game is FOR YOU! For everyone else that loves fun quirky games, you'll want to play this game too. Beautiful, charming, and challenging. Highly recommended!
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