In Urban Empire you take control of a mayoral dynasty and lead your city and people through 200 years of history. Establish infrastructures, plan city districts, debate political decisions at the town council, bribe or blackmail your opponents, empower the democratic rights of your people or ignore them and reign supremely by yourself - the decision is yours!
Beginning in the 1820s, establish your city through five different eras, each with its own threats and opportunities. Master the challenges of the centuries, face political struggles, experience world-changing events and pioneering inventions, and create your own unique Urban Empire!
Urban Empire is a 'City Ruler', pioneering a new breed of strategy game that combines city builder features with political scheming and adds profound social and historical events into the mix, creating a whole new gameplay experience where players must employ strategic planning and political savvy to successfully grow their cities in their role as Mayor.
City Ruler, not City Builder: Urban Empire offers a unique combination of classic city building and political management gameplay. Take on the role of a mayor, be a political mastermind and prove your skills by prevailing against opposing parties and guiding your city through technological evolutions and ideological revolutions.
Choose from 4 ruling families with 5 characters each, like the equal rights and social justice advocates the Kilgannons, or the Sant'Elias, who focus on scientific progress and the pursuit of knowledge.
Create and manage city districts on a large scale and fulfil your citizens' needs - such as happiness, safety, and public services.
Introduce new ideas and technologies, like the electric tram, antibiotics or video games and use your power to convince the city council of your political agenda.
Up to 1000 dynamic events represent the twists and turns of urban life: make and influence decisions on issues such as women's rights, the hippie movement, and child labor.
Anyone can build a city - not many can RULE a city. Fair warning, this isn't another SimCity or Cities: Skylines - this is the political game BEHIND the running of the city, with a little smattering of city building and planning mixed in. Where you would plan to build a police station, and how to route roads was the bread and butter of city planning games - how to get the city to run effectively through city councel politics is this games focus. This also means that you have to learn the political game of schmoozing, pleading, walking the fine line between love and hate - and not making enemies. Pros: + Different approach to a genre that has recently enjoyed an upswing + Making friends and influencing people really has an impact on things, versus just making money the primary factor in something failing or succeeding. + Different political families present something to latch onto as the player - you are playing a role, not just some invisible semi-god making decisions about things affecting everyone else. + The different eras allow you to see how progress affects decision-making. + Tool-tips on many concepts allow you to grasp the games concepts without digging out a PDF manual (or printing them off, if you are 'pen and paper' kind of ruler...) Cons: - Some of the random events seem to not be well described - so choices seem arbitrary. - Difficulty lacks granular controls to allow you to ease into this new hybrid genre of a game, you either catch on and succeed or you don't - and you end up restarting when it all goes to ****.
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