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?

“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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"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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July 3

Alpha 13 - Competition Mode

This month's alpha release comes with a lot of useful changes to the user interface. It's now a lot easies to understand what influences the resource production on a local and on a global level and to identify the biggest emission sources. In addition we added a new competition mode that introduces victory points to the gameplay.

Competition Mode
In the competition mode your goal is no longer to be the first to reach a defined population. Instead you have to earn victory points. As the following screenshot shows there are different ways to receive these points.

This allows you to use different strategies to win the game. You can try to maximize your population or you can try to maximize your money and buy points from the merchant. For the future we plan to add additional ways to earn points.

Reworked Menu
All game modes (Campaign, Free Play and Competition) are now available from the main menu. To load or continue a game you have to choose the game mode first - this especially helps to keep the load menu clear.

Emission Statistics
By clicking the global emissions display on the top right you get some details on the emission sources. Currently this is hard to understand and even a bit buggy. So Jens did a redesign of it that makes it a lot simpler and easier to understand. Have a look at the screenshot below.

On the first level it displays the current compensation of global emissions and the emissions caused by every player. You can drill down each of them to find out what type of building causes the most emissions. In the example my coal power plants cause 120 of 398 emissions which is more than a quarter.

Resource Statistics
Finally we had to rebuild the complete resource statistics, because they just didn’t work (and feel) right. There was simply too much numbers that made it almost impossible to understand what goes on. For example the following screenshot shows the food statistics - how much food is produced by your buildings and how much is consumed.

Production Details
The different things that influence the production amount of a building are now presented more clearly. The base production including upgrades is displayed blue. Bonus production (by ground types and influencing neighbor buildings) is displayed green and a decrease, for example by pollution, is displayed red.

That's pretty much it. Packed with some bugfixes to the Bora mission all changes are now available through the early access version.

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June 26

FReport #15 – Cloud Graphics and Resource Stats

New Steam Graphics
The graphics on Steam were a bit outdated and still had the old logo. So it was time to recreate them from scratch and now they look much more appealing (left: old; right: new):

Next, Jens realized that the clouds on our planets are very important for the overall look of the game. So we did a rework. The result is shown below and looks quite beautiful.

Resource Statistics
Finally we had to rebuild the complete resource statistics, because they just didn't work (and feel) right. There was simply too much numbers that made it almost impossible to understand what goes on. The new statistics are much clearer (at least we think so).

The image on the left shows the new statistics for the production of food compared to the old version on the right. The first three entries are the producing buildings. The fourth entry is the sum of consumed food. You can hover this entry to find out how much every city building type is consuming:

In addition you can hover any of the producing building types (here: industrial farm) to get some details on the base production and the influence of field types, neighboring buildings and pollution on the amount of produced food.

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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.”

“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
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Early Access Review
Gameplay: 9/10
Visual: 9/10
Music: 9/10

The game mechanism may seem 'simplistic' at first, you will get to explore so much more when you progress from planet to planet. For a person who gets bored easily, I'm still looking forward to spend more time on this. (7.1hrs on record when this was written*)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
57.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Early Access Review
I love this game! It's incredibly addictive. I wish there were more planets but I get that you have to stop sometime : \. I just played the campaign mode again to finish off all the mission goals I missed the first time through. I enjoyed the game just as much the second time around.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.5 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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9 of 10 people (90%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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