Lethis - Path of Progress is a city-builder in a victorian steampunk setting.
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Release Date: Jun 25, 2015

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Lethis – Path of Progress is an old school 2D city builder set in a Victorian Steampunk universe called Lethis. You will have to build and manage cities, provide resources for your inhabitants while making sure there are enough workers to sustain your production lines. Trade with others cities, honor the requests of the Emperor and make your citizens happy.

History:


With the discovery of condensed steam as a source of energy, the world of Lethis sees an unprecedented Industrial Revolution. As a result, the Empire enters a period of urbanisation. New cities are built everywhere. This rural exodus leads to new towns in strategical places to ensure the growth of the Empire. A time of great change is also a right time for new discoveries and innovation in science. Cities are built around great monuments like gigantic zeppelin hangars and observatories.

Features:

  • A campaign mode containing 26 missions with 3 difficulty levels
  • A sandbox mode for unlimited fun
  • Over 24 different resources to manage
  • More than 40 different buildings and 4 unique Monuments
  • Over fifteen different characters that roam the city
  • Maps that reach up to 300 per 300 box tiles
  • An amazing soundtrack with over 20 different songs

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1
    • Processor: Intel core 2 duo, 2.0GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GPU with at least 512 Mb of memory (Does not support Intel Integrated Graphics Cards)
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
    • Additional Notes: THE GAME DOES NOT SUPPORT INTEL INTEGRATED GRAPHICS CARDS
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Tides
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
DO NOT BUY!

tha game is broken and the devs do not want to put in the work to fix it nor will they let the community fix it. this is explained by the devs in the first post in the discussion board too.

this is sad because the game is actually a pretty good old school builder
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Woody
( 44.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
My first review on Steam. Finally a game that comes close to my favorite Impressions classics. And I haven't had a problem running it on a GTX 970M. The images on the store page don't do the graphics justice. If you liked those old classics - BUY IT!
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me chamo monico
( 19.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
This is a great game, great oldschool graphics, steampunk, great music and game mechanic.

BUT the DEVs don`t give you ANY kind of feedback or support if you get any sort of problems during the game.

I got the game, played the tutorials and suddenly BANG - got a bug that would not let me play it. I`ve tried everything it had on google and steam, and nothing worked. I posted in the forums where the DEVs usually helps people, but my post rotted in there for more than a week, and i still got no answer. And seems like ALOT of peps get bugs and they often get no help at all.

So there you have it, a great game, but no feedback/help from the devs.
GG NO RE - would not buy it again.
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Deadwire
( 39.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
I've enjoyed the game pretty much.

Too bad, however that it does not run on Intel videocards. Why? It's simple tile graphics.
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Gibbs McGee
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
game was fun for about three hours until u realise building town districts is restricted to the same pattern due to the walkers functionality.
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losthopes06
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Enjoyable. Fun. Frustrating.
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sharra
( 169.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 4
Lethis is an amazing city builder hearlding back to the original days of the ceasar series.
It does however lack a few things, Combat & multiplayer are high on the list.
The graphics are cute, the maps are about the right size for the options available.
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halo1427
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
Fun game and at least for me fairly difficult. I might just suck at Caesar type games though!
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951Jimbo
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
Lethis is a really unique and interesting Sim. The art and creativity is great. The control and city building is limited. I wish that it were easier to build a massive empire like it is in City Skylines or Tropico. However, this is still a really fun Sim for people who enjoy city building games.

Pros
  • Great art style
  • Fun missions
  • Good tutorial
  • Stable game, runs well
  • Most of the time it's fairly easy to see why a building isn’t operating


Cons
  • Controls are awkward. Nothing can be rebound or customized, and you can’t pan or rotate the map with keyboard controls
  • The game is pretty easy to get started with, but it’s really difficult to make a huge beautiful city.
  • I felt that outside of the tutorial and some missions, sandbox play wasn’t really that interesting.
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PathOfPain
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Awesome game!

This is a city building game of the like of caesar, cleoptra and that old favorite of mine Zeus master of olympus and posseidon master of atlantis.

It's exactly the same gameplay, you build houses to attract settlers, then you must supply their needs by building farms for food and alcool, mines for ores of all kinds, artisans for crafting all kind of goods, etc.
There are a lot of goods that the people want!

All this happen in a steampunk like setting with 'steam' being the power used to drive a lots of things. There are no electricity invented but they somehow managed to invent robot servant working with steam.

The graphics are perfect for a game like this. Not too great, but just right so they don't get in the way of you managing your city.

The game is deep with political consideration to take into account in the campaign. Yes there is a campaign and a good tutorial also.

Very recommended.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Lethis is a really unique and interesting Sim. The art and creativity is great. The control and city building is limited. I wish that it were easier to build a massive empire like it is in City Skylines or Tropico. However, this is still a really fun Sim for people who enjoy city building games.

Pros
  • Great art style
  • Fun missions
  • Good tutorial
  • Stable game, runs well
  • Most of the time it's fairly easy to see why a building isn’t operating


Cons
  • Controls are awkward. Nothing can be rebound or customized, and you can’t pan or rotate the map with keyboard controls
  • The game is pretty easy to get started with, but it’s really difficult to make a huge beautiful city.
  • I felt that outside of the tutorial and some missions, sandbox play wasn’t really that interesting.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Awesome game!

This is a city building game of the like of caesar, cleoptra and that old favorite of mine Zeus master of olympus and posseidon master of atlantis.

It's exactly the same gameplay, you build houses to attract settlers, then you must supply their needs by building farms for food and alcool, mines for ores of all kinds, artisans for crafting all kind of goods, etc.
There are a lot of goods that the people want!

All this happen in a steampunk like setting with 'steam' being the power used to drive a lots of things. There are no electricity invented but they somehow managed to invent robot servant working with steam.

The graphics are perfect for a game like this. Not too great, but just right so they don't get in the way of you managing your city.

The game is deep with political consideration to take into account in the campaign. Yes there is a campaign and a good tutorial also.

Very recommended.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Enjoyable. Fun. Frustrating.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Fun game and at least for me fairly difficult. I might just suck at Caesar type games though!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
I've enjoyed the game pretty much.

Too bad, however that it does not run on Intel videocards. Why? It's simple tile graphics.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
169.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Lethis is an amazing city builder hearlding back to the original days of the ceasar series.
It does however lack a few things, Combat & multiplayer are high on the list.
The graphics are cute, the maps are about the right size for the options available.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
My first review on Steam. Finally a game that comes close to my favorite Impressions classics. And I haven't had a problem running it on a GTX 970M. The images on the store page don't do the graphics justice. If you liked those old classics - BUY IT!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
DO NOT BUY!

tha game is broken and the devs do not want to put in the work to fix it nor will they let the community fix it. this is explained by the devs in the first post in the discussion board too.

this is sad because the game is actually a pretty good old school builder
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333 of 390 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2015
TL;DR: The game's art and music is wonderful, but it doesn't particularly evolve upon the Impressions City Building Series formula. Maybe good for a player new to the series or one lapsed for a long time, but somewhat simple for series veterans.

Edit: All the major bugs I experienced in my initial review have since been fixed.

Lethis is a clear spiritual successor to the games of the Impressions City Building series (Caesar, Pharaoh, Zeus, and Emperor). All of the core mechanics of the series (housing evolution, random walkers, etc.) are here in their usual forms. You build housing, immigrants arrive, and you must supply the housing with food, goods, and services, causing it to evolve and support more workers. You must balance your treasury by importing and exporting goods, and by taxing your citizens. The game plays largely as expected of the series, with the only real surprise being a perplexing inversion of the standard mouse button functions (i.e. left click to examine a building instead of right), with no options that I could find to customize the controls.

The art style is excellent 2-D isometric, with a cartoony style that reminds me of the Ankama Studios games (Wakfu, Dofus, etc.). Walkers have both male and female versions for all the walkers I could see, which is a nice touch. I miss the voice-acted walker dialogue from the old games, but I understand the budgetary constaints that kept them out.The graphics are likely the only area in which Lethis markedly improves upon it's predeccessors.

My major complaints with the game are twofold: the relative simplicity of the game compared to its predeccessors, and the significant raft of launch bugs.

Mechanically, Lethis doesn't particularly add anything to the other entries in the Impressions City Building Series. The game's complexity is slightly above that of Zeus (in my opinion the simplest of the series), but without the military or mythological aspects (the latter of which was a major component of Zeus).

For the most part, quality of life features hover between Zeus and Emperor levels. Buildings can be toggled off individualy, like emperor. Roadblocks exist to limit random walkers, but not emperor's more selective "smart" roadblocks. The one new feature, is that the walker range can be seen when a walker building is placed, which removes much of the guesswork from block design, a feature I wish I could port back to Emperor and Pharoah.

In Zeus, common housing requires one type of food, two types of goods (fleece and olive oil), and four services (wells, athletes, philosophers, and theatres), as well as healthcare, inspectors, taxmen, and police. In Lethis, common houses need two types of food, two types of goods (alcohol and utensils), and five services (wells, laundries, theatres, herbalists, and journalists), as well as exorcists (filling the role of healthcare), inspectors, and taxmen (no police). Elite housing arguably requires less than Zeus, only needing three types of food, two services (spas and cafes), and two goods (garments and jewelry). Compared to Emperor or Pharoah, housing has considerably reduced requirements, and setting up high-level housing blocks is comparatively simple.

Much like Zeus, housing and industrial blocks can be laid out anywhere, except for raw materials, which must be placed on appropriate resources (ore for mines, fertile land for farms, etc), meaning it's fairly trivial to lay out highly optimized blocks, and the map size and resource location is the only true limiting factor. Compare this to Emperor's Feng Shui mechanic, which greatly complicated city design, forcing the player to balance between placing industries in efficient locations, and placing them in auspicious locations.

The only major new mechanics that Lethis adds are the steam mechanic, and the automata, both of which feel somewhat underutilized. Steam acts similar to the resevoirs and aqueducts of Caesar III: steam extractors must be built on vents, and connected to the steam condenser via pipes. However, for the most part, once connected, the steam condenser simply acts like another raw material producer, creating steam capsules which must be delivered to other industries like any other good. Automaton factories must be connected to the steam network via pipes, but no other buildings appeared to need this. If this system were leaned on more, with more industries requiring a pipe connection to function, it would add a much-needed layer of complexity to the city-building, as well as reinforcing the steampunk aesthetic of the game.

The automata are required for elite housing, and in large numbers for monuments, but are similarly underutilized. An elite housing block only ever needs 2 automaton factories to produce all the workers it needs, so only monument missions need a large amount to function. If the game included military elements, automata would be a perfect fit. Alternatively they could be used in other industries.


At the end of the day, I have difficulty recommending Lethis over its spirtitual predeccessors, at least at its full price. At $20, Lethis is priced equally to the bundle on GOG containing Caesar III, Pharoah, Zeus, and all expansions. While no digital copies of Emperor are available, I recently purchased a sealed-in-box copy on ebay for $15 (though the game often runs for $40+). For a player new to the series, Lethis may be a good option. Similarly, veterans of the series who haven't played in years many not be as dissapointed by the relative lack of complexity. However, people who are still playing Emperor and Pharoah regularly won't find the game particularly challenging.
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281 of 346 people (81%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2015
My wife spent 100+ hours on this game. Never had so much free time in the last 5 years.
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