Imagine Earth is a real-time planet simulation and a build up strategy game. Your job as a space colony manager is to explore and populate distant planets. Build up thriving and profitable colonies on a global scale and trade resources and goods into space. Deal with allies, threats and enemies.
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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 task 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 climate survival game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to release Imagine Earth in late 2017.

There is a new alpha release every month!”

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

“Currently there are four big things to do:
- Add more interaction with other (AI) colonies: taking over, sabotage, ...
- Improve trading system and add crafting with the gathered resources
- Make the general gameplay more diverse.
- Iterate until the whole thing is perfect ;-)”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Please read the feature list in the description below.”

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

“No, the release price will be the same.”

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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June 7

Alpha 34 „Blow it up“

We wrapped up the most important changes of release 33 and 34 in a devlog clip on Youtube again.

https://youtu.be/NNhRtmM1WPk

TL;DR
  • Electronic Employee is now called Assimilator and comes with a floating drone
  • Laser und Pulse Cannon can now both be used against asteroids, Xrathul harvesters and Assimilator drones
  • Ideon Bomb and Explosive Device can be used in new ways - even against the Assimilator
  • Blow up mountains to get more rare resources
  • New campaign bonus mission on ice planet Iqunox
  • Wake up sleeping volcanoes with ideon bombs
  • Added second main objective to Tuto mission
  • Electronics Factory

Assimilator Drone
This first point is partly a spoiler. So jump right over it, if you haven't played the Bora mission yet.



As you know the Bora mission introduces a threat that is kind of an end boss for the campaign. This "Assimilator" (previously "Electronic Employee") spreads its cables from field to field to reach your City Center in order to assimilate it.

The assimilator now comes with a floating drone monstrosity that increases it's territory field by field. You can use frontier towers with laser or pulse cannons to defend against it.

Be careful though - the assimilator drone will fight back with a small laser cannon and thus might destroy your defense. And your cannons will only allow you to stop the assimilator from expanding. Meanwhile costing money and your precious attention.

There are several ways to get rid of it. Use asteroid strikes or volcano eruptions. Or expand your territory and apply explosive devices or an ideon bomb.




Laser and Pulse Cannon
The laser and pulse cannon now attack all enemies and dangers that approach you. We have change the values for fire and reload duration and damage and defined how each cannon interacts with the different targets.

E.g. the laser will do triple damage to asteroids and thus destroy it with one shot - just because it is optimized for this purpose.



Towers no longer take fire when being damaged and health is over 25%. You can repair them and they go on shooting.

Ideon Bomb and Explosive Device
We have put some work into improving our blasting items. Both are now dropped by one of the drones starting from the City Center.



The Explosive Device allows the immediate blasting of mountains, rocks, buildings and ruins in your area and on all fields directly adjacent to it - the later one is especially helpful to defend yourself against Assimilator.

The Ideon Bomb has multiple times the effect of an explosive device on an area of four fields. It also disintegrates big mountains and wakes up sleeping volcanoes.

Blasting single field and big mountains will leave the fields with rocks that may contain the rare resources gold and titanium.

Ice Planet Iqunox & Sleeping Volcanoes
We have added the third bonus mission to our campaign.



Since the outbreak of the pan-galactic plaque in this sector of the Udoxia Galaxy the demand for an antidote has skyrocketed.

On planet Iqunox which was known only for its cold and miserable living conditions, giant coral deposits have been discovered.

You will be one of three contractors who are send to extract the coral antidote for the U.S.U.

Sleeping volcanoes are spread all over the planet. You can use Ideon bombs to wake them up and increase the temperate on surrounding fields a few degrees - enough to get rid of the snow and grow food more effectively.




The Iqunox mission also adds the "Emission balance" as a new victory point type: It starts tracking from 20:00 onward. The leader needs to surpass others by at least 40.

Rare Resource Goal on Tuto
Planetary colonization is foremost about making a backup of humanity and populating new worlds. But there is another important goal: Exploiting resources!

To reflect this point we have added a second main objective to the first mission on planet Tuto. It introduces all the recently added gameplay mechanisms for rare resource harvesting, item crafting and blasting mountains.

Electronics Factory
The Electronics Factory replaces the existing Mall. It produces complex electronics and needs trained staff. For that reason it is more efficient next to city parts and research districts. It features "Chemical Filters" and "Entertainment Devices" as upgrades.

The Factory has been renamed to Machine Factory to make it easier distinguishable.

Other
  • Fixed a hovering problem of the bookmark panel
  • Storage upgrades for warehouse have been removed from the research system
  • Removed asteroid explosion graphic bugs on start of freeplay and competition matches
  • Show asteroids in bookmark panel (top right of the screen)
  • Reduced price for asteroid strikes to 65.000€

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May 16

Alpha 33 "Hacking and Crafting"

Dear Space Colonists, the Serious Brothers proudly present alpha release 33. It involves crafting and hacking and we where also present at two conferences during this update cycle - in case you are wondering what took us a bit longer this time. As usual we'd love to hear how all the new features work out for you. Please leave us your comments and ideas.

TL;DR
  • Crafting Items in the Workshop
  • Nitro Pumpkins
  • Midras Resources & Resource Storage
  • Texture Size Doubled
  • Breaking Waves at the Sea Shore
  • Independent Frontier Towers
  • New Item: Hacking Kit
  • Share System & City Takeover Improvements
  • AI Territory Logic
  • Temperatures and Global Warming
  • Quo Vadis Conference and Amaze Festival
  • 9 More Things

Crafting Items in the Workshop
One of the main new features that come with this release. In the workshop you get a list of special items that you can craft yourself instead of buying them. They are listed with up to 3 resources that you need for the generation of a certain item and it also shows if these are available or not. This will enhance the trading system as well because you can buy most needed resources from other factions. In the future it might become necessary to buy new construction plans or recipes from your trading partners. But for now we have a basic set of strategic things that we will try to balance out.

Nitro Pumpkins
This plant is a new rare resource used to craft the fertilizer and explosive device items, because it enriches nitrogen and salts. It can be found in mires and cold but fertile biomes - and was also added to the campaign planets.



Midras Resources & Resource Storage
The Midras are selling more rare resources as they are now needed for many crafting issues. For crafting it was also necessary that goods, energy and food that you particularly chose to lay in and reserve space will no longer be consumed by your personnel in times of shortage. That change was made as well because you couldn't sell stored things when they are always eaten up by hungry colonists.

Texture Size Doubled
We have lately fixed a long time overseen graphics problem concerning texture mipmapping. The whole planet with all the stuff on it should have much higher resolution by now!

Breaking Waves at the Sea Shore
Beautiful waves and a soft and organic water line on the beaches improve the look and feel off our oceans now.


Independent Frontier Towers
Towers do no longer need a field connection to the city center, the land claimed by your towers and therefor the towers them-self remain yours even when your city center is lost.

New item: The Hacking Kit
Buy this item from the tech trader to hack and take over an adjoining tower of another faction. They can defend themselves by use of such a Hacking Kit as well. so it makes sense to keep one in your inventory just for security reasons. The AI will also make use of this, once they feel like this is a good decision.


Share System & City Takeover Improvements
From now on you can always repurchase your shares for twice the price if somebody else owns them. The shares will be taken from the company owning the most of your shares.

You do no longer have to obtain over 50% off an opponents shares to take over a city that is smaller than 50%. The take over fee has been reduced to 8.000 space coins.

AI Territory Logic
Our AI companies can now use the land claim feature to obtain fields adjoining their build radius. They will eventually use the hacking tool to take over your towers - take care!

Temperatures and Global Warming
There is a new variable range of global planetary temperature that can be defined when creating a new planet for competition mode or free play. The global temperature is raising up to 10 degree until the final climate collapse happens.

This is also important for the health of local flora. Some sorts of trees and plants will not stand a chance in snowland anymore but they will regrow leaves as soon as the temperature raises to positive numbers again. Water temperature is limited down to minus 2 degree Celsius.

You will be able to experience this phenomena particularly well on the new ice planet we are currently working on.

Quo Vadis Conference and Amaze Festival
Serious Brothers where present at the international Games Week Berlin and showing Imagine Earth on several Events. Indie Game Expos at Quo vadis and Making Games Festival on Mo – We and at the A Maze Festival on Friday.

9 More Things
  • Fix: fish, fertile and desert on generated planets
  • Highlighted field colors show the best and worst placement choices directly when you are setting up a new building!
  • Italian language goes official
  • Rewritten game info in steam store and website
  • Better handling for long names in the info panel
  • Fixed problem with the emission goal on Rounos
  • New icon for iron deposits
  • Position fix for infrastructure buildings in dev panel
  • Switched mouse buttons fix for left-hander
  • The competition panel shows the winner more clearly

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Reviews

“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

About This Game

Planetary Colonization


Imagine Earth is a real-time planet simulation and a build up strategy game. Your job as a space colony manager is to explore and populate distant planets. Build up thriving and profitable colonies on a global scale and trade resources and goods into space.

Expansion & Research


Raise great cities and satisfy their appetite for resources by building power plants, farms and factories. Dig for ideon crystals, pacify riots, research technologies and constructs and maximize your growth while maintaining a healthy ecosystem.

Allies, Threats & Enemies


Get ready to deal with threats like asteroid strikes, twisters, wild fires, volcanoes and rising sea levels. Fend off space raiders and alien investors. Coexist and trade with natives, merchants and hostile colonies.

Capitalist Space Age


In 2048 huge corporations have divided Earth among themselves and exploited its natural resources to a large extent. Now the discovery of ideon crystals allows journeys into space, while technologically and ideologically almost everything remains the same. The laws of the market are being spread into the universe.

Competition and Economic Warfare.


On each discovered planet a competition for economic dominance breaks out. To expand your colony as fast as possible and overcome your opponents you exploit the freely available fossil resources and minerals. Additional money is provided by selling shares of your colony. Take over opposing companies by buying up their shares.

Trade Resources and Technologies


Merchants and technology traders organize the interplanetary trade and will happily buy all minerals and resources you extract from your territory while selling expensive technologies. The same goes for cooperating colonies and alien tribes that live on some of the planets.

Profits vs. Ecocide


You will experience a massive conflict between the profit goals of the interstellar corporations and the need to preserve living conditions for your people. Exhaust emissions and ground pollution impact the global climate as your colony is growing. Increasing temperatures melt down polar caps and your colonies are destroyed by rising sea levels.

Features

  • Global and realtime world experience instead of playing on limited square maps.
  • Fully playable and story based campaign with 7 planets / missions.
  • Freeplay mode with a procedural planet generator for endless worlds and challenges.
  • Competition mode for matches against up to 4 AI corporations per planet.
  • Planet Editor for terraforming, building and customizing individual planets which can be saved and shared.
  • 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, alien and robotic invaders, etc.
  • Melting polar caps will raise sea levels and flood your coasts in case of global warming[/list]

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: 2 GHz or multiple cores with 1,5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compliant graphics card with 1GB dedicated memory
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Windows Vista and XP might work, but are not officially supported
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