Another strategy game is crawling up the charts on Steam, this time turning the concept of building upside down: Instead of building up a complex industry, you have to mine here and let the planet prosper.
Platforms:Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows 2000
Beautiful and relaxing: Terra Nil reverses the construction principle
Strategic building games are almost always similar: in them you build villages, cities or even entire civilizations, control industry, the military, the economy and many other things that the developer can think of.
Terra Nile is different – fundamentally so. The goal here is not to build a city, but one to make broken planets habitable again. You build certain buildings and machines for this, but at the same time you lose points if you build too many of them. In the end you tear everything down again: because you don’t want to colonize this planet; on the contrary, you want to repair the damage of a past settlement.
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Clever puzzle principle and charming graphics
The recently released Terra Nile is already climbing the Steam charts (source: Steam) and makes Construction games as well as puzzle games à la village romance Competition. In any case, you don’t have to fight for survival here and you can also take your time: the planet is already dead and broken when you land there and your terraforming gradually begins.
Equipped with Science fiction ecotechnology you ensure that the soil becomes fertile again, cleans water and let new forests grow. Little by little, the first forms of life appear – animals that had previously died out reconquer the world. The principle of Terra Nil connects Points puzzle and building strategy: You build appropriate eco-buildings or technologies, but are encouraged to use as few as possible. The more fresh green covers the screen, the more points you get. After all, you can only achieve the perfect conclusion as you mine every crumb on the now living planet (which can get tricky) and disappears back into the vastness of space.
Terra Nile was released on March 28, 2023 on Steam and Netflix. You can download the game for free via the streaming provider Netflix; There is a free demo available on Steam to try.