An entire industrial empire under your control. Have you always dreamed of swimming in money? In “Industry Empire” you are the boss of all bosses.
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Mostly Negative (171 reviews) - 33% of the 171 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 30, 2014

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About This Game

An entire industrial empire under your control.

Have you always dreamed of swimming in money? In “Industry Empire” you are the boss of all bosses. Carry out research, extract raw materials, process them in your factories and distribute your products!

Send off trucks packed with your goods to far off cities and watch how booming trade lets your locations and the region grow and fills your coffers!
Grow your business, get rich and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

With an innovative land acquisition feature: buy plots of land and determine the size and shape of your new factory site!

Features:
  • A new title in the successful Planner series
  • Mine a range of raw materials and manage the entire production chain!
  • Extensive research opportunities and dynamic urban growth
  • Produce and sell over 160 different industrial products!
  • Purchase land, precisely tailored to your needs and wallet!
  • Expand your private property and furnish it with luxury items, whether it’s a country home or a villa!
  • Added fun through various scenarios such as saving a region from bankruptcy and modernizing old structures
  • Includes online leaderboard

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8
    • Processor: Dual core CPU 2.4 GHz (or higher)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with minimum 256 MB (GeForce 7600 GT series, comparable or higher)
    • DirectX: Version 8.0
    • Storage: 450 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Sound card
Helpful customer reviews
246 of 307 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
Updated.
The good: You can manage a business with multiple industries, reasonably quick to learn, achievements give skill points that can be used for upgrades, average.
The bad: Glosses over a lot of detail (micromanagement), extremely repetitive, minimal sense of accomplishment or reward, automation is sub par, game feels cheap.
This game could have been a lot more. Sadly it's a lackluster title that will merely wet your appetite for an industry simulator that we've all been craving. It's worth closer to $10-15. Would recommend Cities in Motion 2 or Euro Truck Simulator 2 for a better executed experience.
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92 of 121 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
Hours Played Disclaimer: I accidentally left the game idle overnight during the tutorial, so the hours played is inaccurate.

I am writing this, and I am still very early game in freeplay mode. Keep in mind I have played city and business sims before.

IE offers an extensive tutorial that will introduce you to its mechanics. This game seems to be very detailed and nuanced in terms of its gameplay mechanics. You not only make larger choices about where to place buildings, but you hand-pick the number and type of trucks needed to deliver your goods; different trucks transport different goods. You will also need to maintain your vehicles as time goes on. Also, you can actually determine the shape of the land you purchase for development, as well as the location of buildings within a given plot.

The graphics are nothing to write home about, but they are serviceable and get the job done. So far, I haven't run into any bugs or problems of note.

I'll update this impression once I get more gametime under my belt.

Update: The various information panels available are acutually useful and helpful. As vets of the genre know, this is not always the case with this kind of game.

Your primary source of income will be from fulfilling orders for various products. You will need to deliver the products on time in order to avoid a penalty for late delivery. The game ends if you run out of money. However, you can get a limited number of loans (six, I think) from the bank.

It looks like the game has two gameplay modes: freeplay and scenarios. At launch, there are six different scenarios for you to choose from, which place in charge of varying industries at different stages of development. While the scenarios seem somehwhat interesting, I think most gamers will want to go for freeplay option.

Overall, I recommend this game. I know there are concerns about the the developer's past releases, but I decided to take the plunge, and I am enjoying myself so far.

Update 7/31: Still enjoying the game overall. Pick-up and delivery of goods are made instantly once a truck arrives at a given destination. It looks like the early game is limited to farming, and you will gain access to diffirent techonologies and industries as the game progresses. The game can drag a bit at regular speed when waiting for production of various goods to hit a desired level, but you can speed-up time to compensate.

One minor issue I have run into is the awkwardness of knowing how big the next plot you're going to buy needs to be in order to accomodate a given building. Right now, you have to go into the Buildings menu select the building and look at it's footprint; then you have click on the Land menu and draw out the plot based on your memory of said footprint. This isn't so bad when you're placing one or two buildings, but it can become a bit of a challenge when you're doing more. It's not a dealbreaker, but it is annoying.

If you want to mine, you can order a geological survery that will tell you the size of given deposits in an area, and I wish there were something similar available for setting up water plants. There doesn't appear to to be a water table that tells you what areas of the map have more water than others, and this is a feature I really liked in the latest SimCity. Currently, it seems like you can just plop a water plant anywhere, and it will produce the same amount of water.


Workers become available instantly when you build residences and request a given number, so there's no gradual build-up of the population like in other games. This may not be realistic, but it does allow you get facilities up and running sooner since you don't have to wait for workers to become available once requested. Their travel to and from work is not simulated either.

I still haven't encountered any major bugs or crashes. I'll update these impressions again soon.

Update 7/31 #2: Okay, after playing the game for a while on Freeplay, I would still recommend this title for fans of the genre. If you are trying to choose between IE and the latest Sim City, however, I would go for Sim City, as it's prettier and, perhaps, more streamlined and refined in some of its gameplay elements. Some folks have been reporting lag spikes and sluggish gameplay. I really haven't had any problems in those regards. All of the game features I have tried have worked as one would expect.

The bottom line IMHO is that this is a competent entry into the city building genre, but it could use a facelift and some subtle improvements to make it even better. Perhaps the price tag should be a bit lower given these issues, but this is a generally robust simulation that seems to offer a solid foundation for some good fun. If you're on the fence, wait and see if and how the devs respond to suggetions and complaints.
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2015
I bought this game very early on and have been patiently waiting for the developers to patch it up to an enjoyable level ever since. And all of this time, I've been nothing but supportive and hopeful, waiting for this to occur. But now, I've finally thrown in the towel and decided it's time to call this donkey for what it is.

All you really have to do is go to the forums and you'll quickly see other peoples' reasons for dissatisfaction with this game. But speaking for myself, the worst aspect of the game is that has an economic model that creates orders/demand for you to start a business, then dries up those orders to ZERO unless you open other businesses (with different products) to develop the surrounding towns to create more demand for your original product. Sound ridiculous? It is. For example, you go from building a successful egg producing business to suddenly, zero demand (due to no one in the world eating eggs anymore because their town is too small, apparently). It takes all of the positive, enjoyable parts of the game, wads it up, lights it on fire, and throws it out the window. Have you ever heard of a business game "on rails"?

I don't know if I've ever even written a negative review on Steam. But, my level of frustration and disappointment in this game has led me for this to be my first. Is this the worst game ever made? No, but it completely misses the mark of creating an enjoyable progression of building your business to be what you want it to be (which to me, is the point of game like this, Railroad Tycoon, etc...). This game is SUCH a missed opportunity and the developers seem to be oblivious and completely disengaged. Not a good way to run your uh... business. So, save yourself the frustration and do not buy this game.
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56 of 75 people (75%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
When negative reviews outnumber positive ones, I avoid the game like it was spoiled fruit. This time I went against the majority and bought the game. They have listed so much wrong I thought can't be true.

I should have taken the $30 and bought a hammer to hit myself in the head with. Frustrating, mega-micromanagement, and no hope for fixes to the basic mechanics of the game, Next time I buy the hammer, You should spend your money elsewhere
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
Game is still unfinished.

0 automation !

Vehicles management is really bad
a) one vehicle per one job that will occur once per month
b) veichle put on one job can not participate on another job

Selling
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Fill factories with raw material
click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click click

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