Painters Guild is a management sim where you control an art academy in the Italian Renaissance. Paint artwork as beautiful as the Mona Lisa. Hire painters like Leonardo da Vinci and millions of randomly generated ones. Expand and customize your guild with furniture and more.
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Release Date: Sep 1, 2015

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“Painters Guild is a tight management sim which I’m rather enjoying.”
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“A truly outstanding game I'll be playing for a long time yet.”
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“A smart, streamlined, robust and above all fun management sim.”
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Painters Guild is a management sim where you control an art academy in the Italian Renaissance.
  • Paint artwork as beautiful as the Mona Lisa.
  • Hire painters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and millions of randomly generated artists.
  • Expand your guild and customize it with furniture and other options.
  • Play in 3 different cities: Florence, Venice and Rome.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Fun and addictive.
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311 of 345 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2015
I really wanted to like this game, and for the first thirty minutes, I did. The problem is that after about an hour, the game plateaus. You're doing the same things over and over again, and there's no end game or advancement past a certain point.

So why did I log three hours, making it impossible to get a refund for the game?

Because I stupidly kept going for two hours trying to see if eventually anything would change, only to discover after three hours that nothing did. The years progressed, but the tasks (drag canvas here, drag painter there) never varied or progressed in any meaningful way. I maxed out a few painters, then they died and the process started over again maxing out their most skillful apprentices. Repeat ad nauseum. I made it up to the late 1500s before throwing in the towel.

The housing decoration might be something to work towards, but all the housing stuff has stats, so if you want to max your stats you'll just end up with the same room pattern repeated over and over with some different furniture. Similarly, the furniture has stats, so there's little point in buying anything but the nicest stuff, unless you're some kind of gaming masochist.

I guess the main problem is that there is no meaningful progression in this game. It's got one, maybe two hours of decent playtime in it before the repetition becomes too dull and tedious to continue. (Two hours is pretty generous, I think.)

The art style is gorgeous, and it's fun to see the little pixel masterpieces, but they vanish quickly. A gallery of paintings you've unlocked over various playthroughs would be a great way to showcase all the work that went into those little pixel gems and give the overarching gameplay some purpose. Even just making it possible to buy blank canvases to make paintings purely for decoration rather than at a patron's request would be nice. Then you could hang your favorite masterpieces in your guild home. Just *something* to add value to the game's price tag, which is a bit high for the current content.

I hope that the game might be improved upon in future updates. I don't know if it will, but it would certainly be worth revisiting in the future if the dev is active and updates are planned.
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129 of 178 people (72%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
I'm a really big art history person, so when I saw this game I was excited. Playing and installing it was easy and simple, it runs on almost nothing. Before playing it I knew nothing of the flash games and beta builds, I bought it on the art relationship alone. I'm not a real big gamer.

The game is probably not worth the price it is pushing now, I would dump it into the under $5 category. After about two hours I had pretty much capped out the usability of the game and it just turns into a repetitive task exercise of 1) resting the artist 2) taking an order 3) placing an artist on a travel roster/canvas slot. There is really not much to it, on maxing out your artists or training new ones.

However, the game does use actual art movements and terms and features potential pupils all the way up through the 1620s. The pixel paintings depict actual works of art from the time period and are very on point. Decorations are limited but they're really the only goal you shoot for. I was attached to my first few artists when they died, but after that it becomes less fun and more of a drag. I'll probably play this every now and again but it was definitely not worth the price I paid. New features should of been added for Steam like relationships or allowing your artists to do other tasks that actually affect the core gameplay outside the monotone cycle.
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56 of 70 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2015
Loved the free version of the game, finally it's released on Steam! And now it's clear what took so long- this is an immensely expanded and lovingly polished version that adds a multitude of content and mechanics to the game.

There's different artistic styles now, large projects like painting churches, management and ability to hire new artists, oh and you can expand and personalize your home as well. Do I need to mention that the entire game is gorgeous? I'm sure you are aware. What you can't see from the screenshots is the amount of polish this game has. Every click feels and sounds great, the user interface is helpful and intuitive, and you have to hear the little guys squeak when you pick them up!

Basically, if you enjoyed the demo, you will love this game and waste way too much time in it, no doubt.
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
A cute little game but lacks depth for replayability. I'd like to see it move at a slightly slower pace over a shorter time period, some more personality in the painters, and some higher stakes for the decisions you make. Once you learn the mechanics it's very easy to have a stable of 4-5 painters at 100 skill (and a full back-burner of apprentices to fill the ranks) churning through everything that comes their way, and money ceases to be a problem. The random events don't add much challenge or offer any interesting choices, and I never saw much reason to take on grand works, since you don't lose prestige for turning them down. Here are some things I think could turn this into a great game:

- Slow the pace a bit
- Make great works higher stakes (lose prestige when you turn them down, but gain a lot when you complete them)
- More interactivity between painters (rivalries or conflicting personalities?)
- Make events more interesting (opportunity to gain lots of prestige / money at great risk, rival houses trying to poach your painters, painting in a certain style becomes ridiculously lucrative or punishing, etc.)
- Greater quantity and more diverse items
- Copies of prestige items should grant diminishing returns (beacuse a house chock-a-block with statues looks silly)
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40 of 47 people (85%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
A catchy original game with great background music.
Start up a painting guild from a single shed selling doodles to getting apprentices, a big marble guildhall and more prestigious richer clients.
You can get quite attached to the artists you train before they die on you or get killed for being a homo.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 8
Yeeeeah see, this is one of those games that gives you just enough to want more in the demo, but not enough to be satisfied in the full version.

In saying that, it's fun for a bit, and the game is at its best when the cash starts rolling in and you can start buying the things you want, but once you go through that for a while you'll find that things get stale pretty quickly.

I'd only recommend it for a could of bucks.
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37 of 50 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Oh wow! I did NOT expect to play almost ten hours in the first day of purchasing this game. I love how addicting it is, and how deceptively simple the gameplay mechanics are! If you want to take a peek at my first impressions, here's a video! Weeeee!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG9henhckcA

Long story short: Awesome game about the Renaissance Age of Paint!
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
DEVELOPER HAS STOPPED SUPPORTING/ADVANCING

This game is not complete, and does not have an ending, which is dissapointing.

That being said, it is a fun little game that is worth about three hours if you are interesting in art, painting, time management, and simple games. It is, at heart, a DRAG AND DROP simulator. Nothing more.
I enjoyed this game for what it was worth, but I am very sad that it was not developed further, and is incomplete.
Buy for 5 dollars or less.
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2015
I really like the game, very addictive.
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Jag Of Troy
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 19
Quite a fun little management game but it quickly runs out of variety within an hour or two.
You just keep having the click fest of your life, more artists means more clicks! Click click click!
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MaliCZ
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 17
Painters Guild is an interesting indenpendent game which attracted me with its easy-to-learn gameplay, historical background of the Italian Renaissance and easy-to-run requirements. However, it has also some minuses (for quick readers, conclusion is at the very end).

You are some kind of a manager of a painters' guild (how surprising!) in one of the three famous Italian cities of the Renaissance era - Florence, Venice or Rome. Your task is simple - lead your guild to prosperity. Does it look easily? Well, if you can manage that...
Game does not contain any manual, you are learning while playing. This is no problem because after some 15 minutes of playing you will understand game mechanisms. Trust me.
All you need is mouse. With this device you control everything. You are accepting orders of paintings from your customers, putting your painters to them, mixing colours for them, putting your painters to sleep or to study or paying them their salary. Also, you can create your own painter character and upgrade your guildhouse! Seems simple? It is!
Developers wanted to create a believeable world of the Renaissance, so you are dealing with illnesses, deaths or homosexuality of your painters and current events of the time. You can hire some of the famous painters of the time such as Botticelli, da Vinci or Raphaello Sanzio, too. The game is also accompanied with an interesting (but short) soundtrack which brings to life the Renaissance atmo into your room.

Sadly, this game lacks replayability. In the beginning you are struggling for your bare living and life. That keeps you concentrated. Later, when your guild is growing bigger and bigger, you are accepting harder and harder orders, from easy paintings over decorations of churches to decorations of great palaces. Sometimes you hire a great painter or paintress. And then? Nothing. You are just watching the time passing by. The game lack some kind of a big boss battle in the end of the game, which should motivate you to live it all through, for example completion of some great buildings or paintings. At some point, the game just ends. That is a shame, because I liked it.

In conclusion, I would recommend buying this game when it is in sale. That does not mean those 10 euros are a high cost, but still....getting it in sale is better. You would support indenpendent developers and would not grow angry about those 10 euros which you might, in your words, have spent better. On the other hand, in what other game you may play as a gay or lesbian Renaissance painter/paintress (or can hire one)? I think there is none...I mean it within the serious games' community, some erotic 18+ game starring lesbian Renaissance paintresses must definitely exist. 74/100.

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[RAID]Missionary
7.6 hrs
Posted: August 1
I really like this game. It's simple, I love the music, and the gameplay is straight forward. Sometimes it is annoying that you pay all this money for a doctor and the person dies after you click "pay" anyway. That annoys me. But overall I still like the game.
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TrueWOPR
1.7 hrs
Posted: July 28
Fun, Simple, Incredibly relaxing, but ultimately boring.

Only get it if it's on sale and you are spending too many nights up late wanting to play games without having to actually do much "playing" since you're too tired.
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Sapphire Bullets
17.0 hrs
Posted: July 22
It's fun but a bit unfinished. Maybe get it on sale.
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Bob Loblaw's Law Blog
3.8 hrs
Posted: July 5
Starts off fun, but it has no game after the very beginning. As soon as your 1st painter creates a masterpeice the progression is over, it's all a tedious increase of scale and requires constant dragging of items around the screen.
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red
18.4 hrs
Posted: July 5
Fun little game if you need a breath of fresh air between awaited releases.
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sN | NøSαj✪
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 3
I honestly love everything about this game. from the pixel graphics, to the background, to the that fact that Da Vinci goes to jail for being Gay. The one down part is at the end when you have 200+ prestige but not many customers come to your store. I feel like after you have 3 painter the place should be more busy. Its a nice and relaxing game.
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scott1
4.5 hrs
Posted: June 29
The game has some real charm and it fun for a few hours. I wish there where different mediums that you can train your artests in (paint, scupting, etc.) however, since the game is called painters guild (not artists guild) I guess I can see why but it would have been interesting.

Other the that the game is really only worth picking up if it's on sale. I got it for 2.50 so I did not feel ripped off.
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