Stellaris ReeXamination #2

When Stellaris first launched in 2016, it was marketed under the slogan “Make Space Great Again.” Lately, I’ve been campaigning for Stellaris by co-opting a different American political rallying cry: “Keep Stellaris WeirdTM.” What I mean is, as Stellaris continues to grow and change (it’s basically a living organism at this point), I believe that … Continue reading Stellaris ReeXamination #2

Mobile eXperience: Pocket City

As our beloved 4X Golden Age slowly sinks into the deeper oranges of sunset, it’s clear that the sun has risen on a new era of city builder games. While developers continue to iterate on the established norms of the genre, players have plenty of options when it comes to constructing the metropolis of their … Continue reading Mobile eXperience: Pocket City

Monday eXcursion: Frostpunk

Frostpunk is an exercise in misery. The latest city builder amongst many (SimCity, Cities: Skylines (C:S), the Anno series, Aven Colony, Surviving Mars and more), Frostpunk attempts something more than just the same old optimized living/working space,  building-placement puzzle. Frostpunk demands you ask yourself, again and again, how far you’ll go to ensure your people’s … Continue reading Monday eXcursion: Frostpunk

Friday eXcursion: Surviving Mars

Are we in a city builder renaissance? I’ve been told by many that this is so. With SimCity, Cities: Skylines (C:S), the Anno series, Aven Colony, and Frostpunk out amongst a host of others, there may never have been so many options for the burgeoning electronic metropolist. And yet. And yet, I can’t help but … Continue reading Friday eXcursion: Surviving Mars

Monday eXcursion: Cities – Skylines

With so many city builders newly released or about to arrive, I feel like it’s appropriate to look back at the current Big Daddy in the genre: Cities: Skylines (C:S). Even though the game was developed by Colossal Order Ltd., C:S has many of the strengths and weaknesses that are commonly associated (fairly or not) … Continue reading Monday eXcursion: Cities – Skylines

Monday eXcursion: Aven Colony

Though they don’t figure into the game at all, Aven Colony makes me think about the Transformers. In the 1980s, Transformers were one of the coolest toys out there -- vehicles or objects that could transform into robots. There were also the Gobots - vehicles or objects that… Could transform. Into robots. Transformers were cool, … Continue reading Monday eXcursion: Aven Colony