Overcrowd: A Commute 'Em Up is a management sim set on the London Underground that blends base-building, pausable real-time strategy, and spatial puzzling.
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Available: 2018/2019


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September 11

Overcrowd Discord server now live

Ever wondered what aspect of Overcrowd I am working on right now? Sure you could post a question in the Steam discussion forum (and please do!), but it could be hours before I notice and reply.

You're a busy person. You don't want to be waiting around for a forum reply. No, you want real time discourse. You want a fully featured online chat room, with seperate rooms for general chat and announcements. You want optional voice chat. You want a place where you can see new development screenshots and gifs as soon as I make them. That's why I've launched a server on Discord.

If it sounds like your thing (and come on, how could it not be!?), drop by the Overcrowd Discord server and say hi. Hope to see you there!

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August 15

PC Gamer names Overcrowd in 'cool-looking' indie list

Overcrowd has been listed as one of twelve indie games most anticipated by PC Gamer.

In his article "12 cool-looking indie games in development right now", author Andy Kelly cites Overcrowd as one of the indie games that he most looks forward to playing.

"By my calculations, approximately 72,000 new games are released on PC every day, and keeping track of them all is basically an impossible task," he writes.

"But of the dozens that pass before my eyes in any given second, a few stand out enough to catch my attention. These are some of the in-development indie games that I’m looking forward to playing the most."

He goes on to name Overcrowd as the only management sim/base builder to feature in his selections.

"This quirky-looking 'tactical management sim' is set in the hot, sweaty, crowded tunnels of the London Underground and blends base-building, pausable real-time strategy, and spatial puzzling," he writes.

You can read more about this and the other top choices in the full article.
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“Hugely satisfying ... Overcrowd seems likes a great spin on the Theme template, and I can’t wait to try it again”

“Cool-looking ... quirky-looking ... blends base-building, pausable real-time strategy, and spatial puzzling”
PC Gamer

“A great looking game that has a nice Theme Hospital vibe ... promises plenty of chaos-filled business management”
Alpha Beta Gamer

About This Game

Deep beneath the city, a war is waged. It's called the commute.

Every day, millions crowd the tube in a desperate bid to get to work. Can you build and run the perfect metro station to help them make it on time?

Overcrowd is a tactical management sim set on the London Underground. Blending base building with pausable real-time strategy, Overcrowd offers a unique mix of spatial puzzling, strategic thinking and split-second choices.


  • Detailed micro simulation > emergent gameplay
    Everything from bin emptying, generator refueling, power, litter collection, commuter AI and staff activities are simulated down to the individual level. The huge range of interacting systems gives scope for emergent and unpredictable gameplay.

  • Procedural spatial puzzles
    Each level has procedurally generated terrain, offering a fresh spatial puzzle about which to design and run your station. With a choice of entrances and tracks, physical obstacles, and limited space and money, you'll have to weigh up your decisions carefully.

  • Unique multi-floor building
    Sculpt your station concourse down to 4 levels underground. Escalators and lifts are planned for Early Access.

  • Tactical staff deployment
    In Overcrowd you have direct control over your staff. You’ll need to assemble a crack team, tool them up and deploy them to run your station in real time. You can also assign them multiple jobs with different priorities. Pausing the action by hitting space gives you time to react and plan.

  • Handmade isometric pixel art
    Overcrowd uses high res, handmade pixel art with no 3D engine shortcuts. View from four angles with high level zoom to see all the detail.

  • Heat signatures
    Anyone who’s ever travelled on the tube in summer knows the heat can get out of control. Overcrowd models temperature and gives you thermoimaging, air con and fans to help keep your station cool.

  • Unique crowdflow mechanic
    Manage the flow of your commuters via station layout, user-defined directional signage or by ushering them with staff.

  • Unlocking, upgrading, expanding
    Unlock better equipment, shops and tools via the procurement (tech) tree.

  • Turning a profit
    Overcrowd features an economy driven by live commuter purchasing. Set shop prices and restock rates in order to make a profit and expand your station further.

  • Commuter AI
    Commuters respond to their surroundings: different environmental insults will affect them in different ways - making them angry, panicked, unhappy or even diseased. Everything that happens affects your station reputation.

  • Criminality
    Early Access will see a range of criminal behaviours introduced to commuters including theft and fare dodging. You will be able to use staff to incarcerate or eject law breakers.

  • Staff behaviour
    Your staff have needs too. Build a comfortable and well stocked staff room to keep them happy, rested and nourished. They also have skills and attributes which can be levelled up or improved through practice.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows
    • Processor: TBC
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: TBC
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: TBC
    • Additional Notes: TBC

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