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A group of seven games highly praised by the Steam community are available for cheap as part of the Humble Very Positive Bundle 3.
Featuring a range of diverse and interesting titles worth over 100, you can be sure you'll find something of quality here based on the recommendations of other players. In fairness, if I only got the phenomenal Nex Machina for less than 10 I'd be more than thrilled!
Before I get too far ahead of myself, though, let's start at the first tier. The Humble Very Positive Bundle 3 starts at just 80p for psychological horror Distraint 2, tough roguelite Unexplored and atmospheric point-and-click adventure Rusty Lake Paradise. I've not seen much of these three games myself, but for less than a quid I'm willing to give them a go.
A lot of genres have had a resurgence over the past five years, but none more successfully than management games. There are now more ways to direct trains, lay conveyor belts, coral visitors and profit, profit, profit than you could play in a lifetime. The question is: which of these famous timesinks is worth your time, and which of the whipsmart new hires can compete against the hagard, seen-it-all old dogs?
That’s what this list is for. These are 20 best management games you can play right now on PC, in no particular order, and updated for 2019.
When Paradox Interactive acquired sandbox jail sim Prison Architect from Introversion, the publisher said it was "eager to explore the development of potential new games", but Prison Architect is still getting attention, too. New developer Double Eleven released its first update, The Clink, today.
The Clink chucks a bunch of new floors and walls into your list, makes it easier to search for hidden tunnels, in turn stopping escapes. You'll also find more quick rooms in the quick build menu, when you can't be bothered to build another identical room by hand.
Check out the patch notes below:
A hotfix was also put out, in case you were getting some crashes due to the update.
It's just a wee one, but it will probably be reassuring to modders and prison architects that it's still being supported by the new owners. According to Double Eleven, this is just the first of "lots of free updates and content". Paid DLC is also on the cards.
The Clink update is available now.
Paradox Interactive has acquired the rights to developer Introversion Software's enormously successful prison management sim, Prison Architect.
As part of the deal's official announcement, Paradox CEO Ebba Ljungerud called Prison Architect "a natural fit" for the company's catalogue, which features a host of strategy and management games, including the likes of Cities: Skylines, Stellaris, Surviving Mars, BattleTech, and Crusader Kings.
"I believe the considerable player base of Prison Architect will be excited to see where we can take the game next," said Ljungerud, "We promise to exercise good behaviour with this cherished title going forward."
Prolific strategy publisher Paradox Interactive has purchased all the rights and assets for the Prison Architect IP from Introversion Software. Beyond giving Paradox ownership over a three-year-old game—which it also already publishes on iOS and Android—it lets the publisher turn it into a series under the 'Architect' umbrella.
One notable difference between Prison Architect and the rest of Paradox’s contemporary catalogue is the absence of DLC. Paradox Development Studio’s games typically receive the most, with Crusader Kings 2 boasting 15 expansions and more DLC beyond that. Cities: Skylines has more in common with Prison Architect and launched around the same time, and it has seven expansions and various smaller content packs.
While lots of post-launch extras are par for the course with Paradox, the fact that Prison Architect has already been out since 2015 and has been updated several times since then means it might be left alone, with Paradox instead looking to develop new Architect games straight away. Though judging by CEO Ebba Ljungerud’s statement, it might be a bit of both.
“Just as we’ve done for other management-strategy games like Cities: Skylines and Surviving Mars, I believe the considerable playerbase of Prison Architect will be excited to see where we can take the game next, and we’re eager to explore development of potential new games based off of the ‘Architect’ IP. We promise to exercise good behaviour with this cherished title going forward.”
Paradox hasn’t announced any developers yet, or if future games will be developed in-house. My pitch: Dynasty Architect—basically Crusader Kings 2 but you also have to manage a castle. Dig a moat, plan feasts, assassinate your spouse. Paradox’s dynastic sim is probably coming to an end soon, so let’s get the CK2 team on this straight away.
As for Introversion, co-founder Mark Morris promised more details on their upcoming projects soon. Last time we checked in, it was early days for possible colony sim Order of Magnitude, and we’ve seen nothing since. Indeed, it’s still not even on Introversion’s official site.