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Constructor HD announced, coming to current-gen consoles and PC next year

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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3Systems, Constructor HD, PC games, PS4 games, Simulation games, Xbox One Games

Constructor HD announced, coming to current-gen consoles and PC next year

After years of rumours, the classic property tycoon title Constructor is getting a HD remake by its creators at 3Systems. Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC, we even have an official release date of January 29, 2016. It is being labeled as a "reimagining" of the original PC game released in 1997, where players are charged with building up a property empire of business and rented housing, while hiring degenerates to harass and drive their rivals out of business.

"Constructor is a game I took great joy in creating, and having the chance to delve into its universe once again has been incredible," said development head John Twiddy in a press release issued today. "A whole generation adored the original. I, along with the original collaborators, am delighted to be showcasing Constructor’s unique charm to a whole new audience."

I'll admit that I wasn't very good at Constructor back in the day, but I did enjoy its unique personality in-between all the hippies coming along and ruining my properties. We suspect we'll learn more about Constructor HD next week when Gamescom is in full swing.

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Cities: Skylines Deluxe Edition is the best value at £10.44/$16.49

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Cities: Skylines, game keys, PC games, Simulation games

Cities: Skylines Deluxe Edition is the best value at £10.44/.49

Cities: Skylines has become the best city builder in years and is an essential purchase at £10.44/$16.49 for the Deluxe Edition (£1 more than the standard version). It comes a soundtrack, digital artbook and the following in-game monuments: Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate, Arc de Triumph and Grand Central Terminal. To get your 5% discount, be sure to head over the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter and you'll get a code.

Cities: Skylines is the perfect tonic to the rancid mess that was EA's last Sim City game. Check out Carl's review for more, or read the short version:  "It’s time for us to finally move on from SimCity, as Colossal Order have taken the familiar aspects of city building simulators and given it enough of their own spin to make it fresh. It’s certainly not a flawless attempt, and will definitely need some post-launch patching, but the fun factor is there alongside the addictive gameplay. I guess you could even say that, for a first attempt, the foundations are solid as a rock."

Thanks to FantasyDeals.

Cities: Skylines is the best in the business and only £7.99/$12.34

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Cities: Skylines, game keys, PC games, Simulation games

Cities: Skylines is the best in the business and only £7.99/.34

Cities: Skylines has become the best city builder in years and is an essential purchase at £7.99/$12.34. To get your 5% discount, be sure to head over the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter and you'll get a code.

Cities: Skylines is the perfect tonic to the rancid mess that was EA's last Sim City game. Check out Carl's review for more, or read the short version:  "It’s time for us to finally move on from SimCity, as Colossal Order have taken the familiar aspects of city building simulators and given it enough of their own spin to make it fresh. It’s certainly not a flawless attempt, and will definitely need some post-launch patching, but the fun factor is there alongside the addictive gameplay. I guess you could even say that, for a first attempt, the foundations are solid as a rock."

Thanks to FantasyDeals.

Cities: Skylines is the genre leader at £9.40

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Cities: Skylines, game keys, PC games, Simulation games

Cities: Skylines is the genre leader at £9.40

Cities: Skylines has become the best city builder in years and is an essential purchase at £9.40. To get your 5% discount, be sure to head over the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter and you'll get a code.

Cities: Skylines is the perfect tonic to the rancid mess that was EA's last Sim City game. Check out Carl's review for more, or read the short version:  "It’s time for us to finally move on from SimCity, as Colossal Order have taken the familiar aspects of city building simulators and given it enough of their own spin to make it fresh. It’s certainly not a flawless attempt, and will definitely need some post-launch patching, but the fun factor is there alongside the addictive gameplay. I guess you could even say that, for a first attempt, the foundations are solid as a rock."

Get Banished on PC for just £4.49

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Banished, Games deals, Shining Rock Software, Simulation games

Get Banished on PC for just £4.49

Banished on PC is currently £4.49 from the Humble Store

Similar to the Steam listing we highlighted last month, Banished is once again below the £5 thanks to the Humble Store. Considering the usual price is £15 this deal provides a sizable saving, and best of all you will get a DRM-free version of the game alongside a Steam key. Taking the city-building sim back to its roots, Banished is not only incredibly charming but has the capacity to be thoroughly punishing, as you guide you group of exiles to tame the land around and form a thriving community. Thanks to Webhead @ HUKD!

Keep checking in for more #gamedealalerts on Dealspwn.com and follow us over on Twitter and Facebook for by-the-minute updates, and bookmark our games deals stream for further savings!

Cities: Skylines Top Tips - Your guide to a dream city

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Cities: Skylines, Colossal Order, Paradox Interactive, Simulation games

Cities: Skylines Top Tips - Your guide to a dream city

Our verdict on Cities: Skylines has been delivered, and overall we were impressed with Colossal Order's take on the city building sim genre. However, to be a top mayor you need to know how to work the system, how to balance the books, and how not to have corpses everywhere (no, really. That can happen.) So, to help you in your goal for the perfect metropolis we've put together a list of helpful tips and tricks to guide you on your way!

Start off small… very small

With such a limited budget at the start, you’ll have to start off much smaller than you would have done in the SimCity series. That includes the placement of power, water, and (eventually) waste collection services. Putting distance between such things to avoid upsetting your populous may seem like a good idea in the long term, but you’ll face certain bankruptcy if you overdo it.  So play it safe, and play it small to start with.

Cities: Skylines Top Tips - Your guide to a dream city

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Cities: Skylines Review | Fixing SimCity's arrested development

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Cities: Skylines, Colossal Order, Games reviews, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Simulation games

Cities: Skylines Review | Fixing SimCity's arrested development

Ever since the omni-shambles that was SimCity, we’ve yearned for a city building simulation that wasn’t a hot mess. We even hoped and dreamed that Maxis might salvage the wreckage of their game and actually deliver on the illusions / tricks we had been sold. Sadly, that will never be, but hope isn’t lost. A new challenger to the genre’s throne has finally arrived with Cities: Skylines, promising to wipe away the disappointment with gameplay that not only works, but allows players to truly design their dream city.

And you know what? For the most part, Colossal Order have done exactly that.

This is thanks to the gameplay being informative and approachable right from the get-go. Starting a new game is simple enough, with information available on what travel connections are possible in each region. Once in-game, tutorial-style pop-ups announce the unlocking of options once certain milestones are hit, introducing players to new services and reminding them that they are there if they have yet to investigate them. It’s an approach I found not too intrusive as development of the city progressed.

Cities: Skylines Review | Fixing SimCity's arrested development

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Cities: Skyline gets a March 10th release date, pre-order a copy from just £18.80!

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Cities: Skylines, Games deals, PC games, Release dates, Simulation games

Cities: Skylines - the game that we really, really, hope erases the pain left by SimCity - has finally been given a release date and a new trailer. The city building simulation game will arrive on March 10th, with the developers promising to deliver "the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience." More importantly, it will provide enough space to make actual cities, which shouldn't be a thing to boast about but we live in ridiculous times.

If you're eager to get involved and put down a pre-order you'll want to head over to Green Man Gaming, as their latest voucher code KPMN32-6VRM69-6INRND knocks 20% off the current asking price. That means that you can get a standard copy of Cities: Skyline for £18.80, or you can get the Deluxe Edition of Cities Skyline for £24. Both versions come with some pre-order goodies, although the Deluxe Edition allows you to place famous landmarks like Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty in your dream metropolis.

Just remember - the current voucher code expires at 4pm GMT on Friday, so be sure to act now if you want to take advantage of this deal.

Craving an expansive city simulator? Cities XXL available for ~£14.35

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Cities XXL, City builders, PC games, Simulation games

Craving an expansive city simulator? Cities XXL available for ~£14.35

Craving an expansive city simulator? Cities XXL available for ~£14.35 from Nuuvem. Click here to buy >>

To be honest, I'm holding out for Cities: Skylines, which looks like the SimCity I actually wanted, but if you can't wait that long, why not take a punt on Cities XXL for under £15? You'll definitely be able to build actual cities, that's for sure.

Yes, I'm still salty about this, Maxis.

SimCity only £5.99 (with code) at CDKeys

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, SimCity, Simulation games

SimCity only £5.99 (with code) at CDKeys

SimCity only £5.99 (with code) at CDKeys. Click here to buy >>

SimCity plays a good early game, what with the superb (now it works) Glassbox engine and no small amount of charm. You can even play it offline now. Unfortunately, you still can't build proper cities due to the restrictive land plot sizes, but there's still some fun to be had here. Our advice, though, would be to also invest in a stress ball, some bubble wrap, or a Furbie to rip to pieces with your bare hands for when you run out of zoning space.

Remember, nab a 5% off Facebook discount code to get it at this price. Simply click here and enter your email address to get a new code.

Keep checking in for more #gamedealalerts on Dealspwn.com and follow us over on Twitter and Facebook for by-the-minute updates, and bookmark our games deals stream for further savings.

Fancy building proper cities? SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition only £2.49 at Get Games

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, SimCity 4, Simulation games

Fancy building proper cities? SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition only £2.49 at Get Games

SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition only £2.49 at Get Games. Click here to buy >>

SimCity (2013) plays a good early game, but it's really not long until you run out of space because for some bizarre reason Maxis decided to create highly restrictive city limits that mean you can only really build a glorified town at best.

SimCity 4, however, is a different story. Sure, it might look a bit dated now, but at least you can build the expansive metropolis of your dreams. And it's super cheap. Ignore the Mac sign, PC owners -- Steamworks means you'll be able to redeem this on Windows too. Cheers jaystan!

Now even cheaper! Zoo Tycoon download only £14.16 on Xbox One

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Casual Games, Kinect games, Simulation games, Xbox One Games, Zoo Tycoon

Now even cheaper! Zoo Tycoon download only £14.16 on Xbox One

Zoo Tycoon only £14.16 at CD Keys. Click here to buy! >>

Click here for the 5% off voucher code.

A cracking price for a surprisingly entertaining little blend of decent simulation and Kinect-based minigame awesomeness. Monkeying around with the chimps is easily one of the highlights, and it's a great deal if you've already got an Xbox One with Kinect. Make sure you use the FB voucher to get it at this price, though.

Click here to check out our Zoo Tycoon review and make sure to watch out for more cheap Xbox One deals!

Grab SimCity 4 Deluxe for £2.49 on Steam

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, SimCity 4, Simulation games, Strategy games

Grab SimCity 4 Deluxe for £2.49 on Steam

Grab SimCity 4 Deluxe for £2.49 on Steam. Click here to buy >>

Fancy a city-building simulator that actually lets you build cities? Well, screw the new version of SimCity, get this instead. Cheers to jaystan for the tip!

Game Dev Story now just 69p on iOS, 53p on Android

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Game Dev Story, iOS games, Mobile games, Simulation games

Game Dev Story now just 69p on iOS, 53p on Android

Game Dev Story now just 69p on iOS. Click here to buy >>

Kairosoft's sim titles are easy to get into and beguilingly addictive. This particular one has stolen weeks from me, and now it's 85% off on the App Store.

You can pick it up even cheaper on Android for 53p by clicking here. Cheers Late!

Football Manager Classic 2014 only £6.19 on PSN

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Football games, Football Manager Classic 2014, PS Vita games, Simulation games, Sports Games

Football Manager Classic 2014 only £6.19 on PSN

Football Manager Classic 2014 only £6.19 on PSN. Click here to buy >>

Sony have kicked off their huge January sales already, and this little gem is one of the best deals on PSN right now. Football Manager Classic on Vita is a comprehensive game, but poorly optimised. If you're looking for a step up from FM on mobile, then this is it, but do be aware that it's a little fiddly.

Read our FM Classic review here, and check out the full PSN sale here.

Keep checking in for more #gamedealalerts on Dealspwn.com and follow us over on Twitter and Facebook for by-the-minute updates. Cheers Turkey!

Sims Mega Bundle just £2.99 at Bundle Stars

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
game deals, Games deals, PC games, Simulation games, Woodcutter Simulator 2013

Sims Mega Bundle just £2.99 at Bundle Stars

Grab the Sims Mega Bundle for just £2.99 at Bundle Stars. Click here to buy >>

Don't worry, this isn't a deal for those life-simulator titles from Maxis and EA, hell no. This bundle is all about hardcore rugged simulation titles like Towtruck Simulator 2015 and Warehouse and Logistics Simulator! You can keep your hot-tubs and Simoleons. This bundle is all about Woodcutter Simulator 2013, baby.

Click here to check out all twelve titles included in the Sims Mega Bundle. Thanks for the tip, Mark!

Rune Factory 4 Review | The 3DS GOTY Has Finally Landed

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
3DS Games, JRPG, Life simulation, Marvelous Games, Rune Factory 4, Simulation games

Rune Factory 4 Review | The 3DS GOTY Has Finally Landed

We'd given Rune Factory 4 up for lost. The latest farming sim/RPG hybrid released Stateside nearly eleven months ago, but us Brits were left high and dry at the last minute. As such we've had to make do with the mediocre Hometown Story and decent if grindy Fantasy Life, shooting our transatlantic neighbours envious glances all the while.

But now, at the death, Rune Factory 4 has quietly released on the 3DS eShop thanks to XSEED and Marvelous Games... and I'm delighted to report that it was absolutely worth the wait. Each individual facet of the varied experience works brilliantly, from the farming to the dungeon crawling, life simulation, in-depth crafting and romance, but fit together so well that it feels like a cohesive single package rather than a jumble of random gameplay ideas.

In a Christmas that brought us Persona Q and Pokemon, Rune Factory 4 feels like a surprise present; as if I'd unwrapped the gifts under the tree only to discover a brand new bike waiting outside.

Click here to read more...

One of the best sim games ever is just £1.99, grab Theme Hospital cheap

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, Retro, Simulation games, Strategy games, Theme Hospital.

One of the best sim games ever is just £1.99, grab Theme Hospital cheap

If you somehow managed to not pick this up in the crazy Bullfrog bundle that GOG were shopping about during their last few sales, fret not! Theme Hospital, one of the best sims ever made, can be had for under £2.

Cheers Elevation!

Big Rigs Bundle only £2.99 at Bundle Stars

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Big Rigs, Bundles, PC games, Simulation games

Big Rigs Bundle only £2.99 at Bundle Stars

Do you like big rigs? If not, why the hell did you click on a Big Rigs bundle deal?

But if you do enjoy hurtling down roads like a logistics missile, conquering motorways and autobahns in a powerhouse on eighteen wheels, then Bundle Stars' latest offer should make you very happy indeed. Watch ouit for bugs, mind. Ladies and gents, BEHOLD! The Big Rig bundle can be had for the price of a pint.

Includes Scania Truck Driving Simulator, Bus Driver, Euro Truck Simulator, Ski Region Simulator: Gold Edition, Rulers of Nations, Trucks & Trailers, Farming World, and Taxi.

Because sometimes driving a regular car just isn't epic enough. Allegedly. Thanks for giving me an excuse to post this video, Turkey...

RIIIIIIIIIGGGGSSSS!

Ship Simulator Extremes: Collection just £5 at Green Man Gaming

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PC games, Ship Simulator Extremes, Simulation games

Ship Simulator Extremes: Collection just £5 at Green Man Gaming

Green Man Gaming's Daily Deal has just been refreshed, and today's gaming bargain comes in the form of... Ship Simulator Extremes! Are you crazy for cargo? A fan of ferries? Tantric for Trawlers? (Wait, what?! - Ed.Well, now you can have yourself all of the oceanic fun you could wish for.

NB. You'll need to use the code NOVEMB-ERGMGX-20XOFF to knock 20% off and get it at this price.

You'll get the original game, all six bits of DLC, extreme weather systems, and over 30 vessels to sail from trawlers to tankers to inflatable to cruise ships bound for paradise. Hell, you can even sail with a friend.