Imagine Earth is a real-time 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 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 and climate survival thriller game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan to release Imagine Earth in late 2016.

There is a new alpha release every 3 to 4 weeks.”

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

“Currently there are three big things left to do:
1. Add more interaction with other (AI) companies and their cities: Trading, taking over, sabotage, ...
2. Make the general gameplay more diverse.
3. Iterate until the whole thing is perfect ;-)”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Please read the feature list in the game's about section.”

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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November 7

Alpha 27 "Tech Trader & Translation"

We are approaching the cold time of the year - at least here in Germany. This means we have even more time to build great stuff and here is the content of our latest release:

  • Imagine Earth is ready for community translation
  • New construct - Glassworks
  • Tech trader
  • 3 new items: City expansion kit, Land reclamation, Explosive device
  • Sign treaty with natives
  • Climate countdown
  • Time based auto-save
  • Spaceport upgrade: Rocket terminal

Community translation
Imagine Earth is ready to be translated into other languages. The game now comes with a directory that contains the internationalization data. You can access it to translate Imagine Earth into your own language. Read all the details about this in the translation section of the forums.

New construct - Glassworks
The glassworks produces windows, lenses and glass containers. For this purpose particularly fine sand is used. So desert fields increase the productivity of the factory.

The glassworks is introduced in the Rounos mission.

Tech trader
A tech dealer sells special items to you. In addition, he also re-purchases unused ones and is buying rare resources.

The tech trader is introduced in the Joma mission - so this is worth being played again.

New Items
Alpha 27 comes with three new items that are sold by the Tech Trader. All items are introduced in the Joma mission.

City expansion kit
This technology enables you to expand a city district that has not reached the necessary infrastructure level in surrounding districts.
Not applicable to city centers.
Land reclamation
Let an ocean or coastal field will become land.
The field has to be adjacent to another land field.
Explosive device
Enables the blasting of buildings, forests and rocks in your area and on all fields directly adjacent to it. In buildings, the ruin can be removed with a second blast.

Sign treaty with natives

The interaction with native camps has been adjusted a bit:
You can now sign a treaty with the tribe. As the "diplomacy" tool did before, this allows you to trade with them and to use the surrounding land of all the camps of the tribe. In exchange, you provide all the camps with a small amount of goods.

Climate countdown

Once the climate balance goes into negative you can hover the climate information area to see how much time remains to rescue the planet. This is calculated based on the current level of global warming and emissions.
Time based auto-save

The game now automatically saves your state of the game every 15 minutes. In the game options you can also disable this or set it to 30, 45 or 60 minutes.

Spaceport upgrade: Rocket terminal

In order to be able to build rockets to send resources into space you now have to research and build the spaceport upgrade "rocket terminal".

Additional changes
  • The merchant is now part of the Tuto mission
  • Destroy Xrtahul harvester ships with meteorites
  • Ideon deposits contain either a lot of ideon or a very small amount
  • Adjusted mission briefing layout
  • Fixed orientation of huge mountains and volcanoes
That's it! And again: Please remember that you can take part in the community translation of Imagine Earth in the translation section of the forums.

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October 8

Alpha 26 "Fine-tuning"

After a great holiday season we are back with a bunch of enhancements and a lot of fine-tuning:

  • victory points panel for competition mode
  • special offer: ideon scanner
  • new item: super fertiliser
  • population statistics panel
  • Rounos & Magni missions improved
  • optimized storage system
  • "Sell all" trading feature
  • New graphic models - especially for rocks and mountains
  • ....
Let's get into the details.

Victory Points Panel

From now on you'll find all factions in a competition game in the victory points panel to the lower right. Ranked and easily comparable! Click on any player to jump to it's next city.

Special Offer: Ideon Scanner

We are starting to equip the space traders store with more interesting tactical items. After being bought they go into your inventory and can be used any time you need.

The Ideon scanner for example reveals the size of an Ideon deposit far away from your base. This is interesting as well in the context that rare resources will now be visible from the distance but it remains unclear how much of a special substance or mineral is actually in the pile of rocks and it will only be revealed by the scanner or by getting that deposit in your building range.

Special Item: Super Fertiliser
Fertilizer can be bought in the shop for 2.500 and raise the fertility by 25% on all fields but deserts. This of course is beneficial for farms and forests.

Population Statistic Panel

It took a long time but now they are ready: Statistics about the life quality of your colony's inhabitants and the overall housing space.

Rounos & Magni Improved
Both missions are now much better balanced in terms of money available, global climate and difficulty level of the goals. In addition we have replaced some lame goals with more interesting ones and we have done a ton of fine-tuning!

Optimized Storage System
The storing of resources needed a make up. The system is now automatically configured to complete packages of certain resources and specially the ones which where prioritized by you. It even pauses the mining of rare resources to ensure there is enough place for prioritized ones. This way you will very likely end up with ready-to-sell resource packages when the traders is passing by.

Trade Faster: Sell All

Pretty clear what this function does, isn't it? If you're tired of selling your stuff one by one, you can stuff the trader with all you get by the click of one button or ring key shortcut.

New Graphics Models

...and so we added some big mountain models that meet the theme of planet Joma. The big deal about this is that we now got some sets of dependencies like woods fitting to rocks fitting to mountains fitting to big mountains. Themes that would work to create unique styled islands on greater generated planets an the type of rocks or mountains might even indicate which one of the fossils resources you find under them as we develop this further.
  • You might as well enjoy the redesigned theme of Magni
  • And the new cursor graphics for tools and items

Other stuff
  • Sandbox: Terrain tools show values of each field (e.g. temperature, height, etc.)
  • Sandbox: Temperature tool modifies whole region instead of single fields
  • Balancing of emission values for goods producing buildings
  • Free play Rules : Receive city centers for growing population
  • Planet rotation in main menu
  • Animation for quest icons
  • Speaker icons over other player's cities
  • Loads of UI fixes
  • Loose game when all cities are taken or destroyed
  • Firework goes on during end of mission slides

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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 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. 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 balance of production and consumption for many available constructs and technologies.

The Challenge

Raise great cities and satisfy their growing appetite for resources by building power plants, farms and factories. You will soon encounter the conflict between the profit goals of interstellar corporations and the need to preserve the living conditions for your people. As your colony grows it is getting a problematic impact on the planet in terms of exhaust emissions and pollution. The challenge is to deal with whole planetary ecosystems and their 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 on your new home world. Can you prevent tremendous desolation and lead your colony into wealth and prosperity?


  • Play on a globe instead of a map
  • Campaign with 6 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
  • Competition and Free Play mode let you build your colony in a race against AI players or for yourself.

Climate Change

Climate change is apparently a very underestimated threat in computer games. The idea behind Imagine Earth is to put the most serious background of latest human history into a thrilling and motivating game flow. In that context the game is an experimental world simulation or a climate survival thriller. It directs this quest to the player. What would your civilization end up like and what could you do if you were in charge and no one else around to blame? Imagine Earth offers the biggest possible freedom of choice to the player so he can find his own answers and development strategies.

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

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

„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 7/8/10
    • Processor: 2 GHz or multiple cores with 1,5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 Graphics card with 1GB dedicated memory
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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