- System: PC
- Publisher: Kasedo Games
- Developer: Dapper Penguin Studios
- Release Date: May 2, 2019
- Rating: NR
- Genre: Simulation, Strategy
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.riseofindustry.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Similar to most simulation titles, Rise of Industry aims to let you become a true creator and watch your work lead to results. Players will take over a small town and must build it up from scratch to make the city profitable. This might seem simple but Rise of Industry is filled to the brim with components to help you build your city up right. Your primary goal is to build and build to make your city rich and grow from a small community into a thriving metropolis. Be prepared though, folks; Rise of Industry doesn’t make this task simple as there are a load of things to learn and do.
Depending on your mode choice—more on that latter— Rise of Industry caters to those who think ten steps ahead in a business format. Build up your lumber industry and make roads that make transport easier will allow the town to get lumber for new houses and other system that much easier. Build up farms and you can manage their produce by selling in bulk to opposite cities for more money and to make a friendship with other areas. Rise of Industry is chock full of dynamic mechanics that make every choice have weight to it. If you notice your town is in dire need of more resources, your best bet could be to increase buildings for that resource or maybe change up strategies and build other investments to help with finance. While you make these choices however, Rise of Industry keeps you in check with plenty of random events that might help your city succeed or help run it into the ground quicker. Equally, the AI in Rise of Industry aims to make your town look pathetic in comparison to its own meaning you need to be quick about what decisions you make and know how to best handle a situation.
Rise of Industry has a ton of menus and systems to go through and it will be a rough time for some gamers. Players can unlock skills and abilities while playing to help them with specific business ventures as well as helping out via trade talks or business etiquette in general. It can be dizzying how many ways there are to handle your city in Rise of Industry but equally that’s half the fun. You’ll often fail—and we mean fail—to make a city work, but those who like to learn from failure will realize how to best handle a mistake in another run later. Though, there are other ways to learn and that leads us to another element we liked about Rise of Industry, the different gameplay modes.
Besides a career mode where you rise from nothing to the top, there is also a sandbox mode. In the sandbox mode, players can build up their cities however they like and see growth without losing income. It might seem like a silly way to play—unless you just want to create giant cities filled with millions of trucks moving from place to place—but it allows you to practice your business skills. Rise of Industry does also have a tutorial mode that will show you the basics but it doesn’t go extremely in depth and leads you to just kind of understand how the game works. Sandbox mode is ideal for those who want to practice and see what works and what doesn’t. Then you can enter the career mode, make a million decision on how to start it up and then watch as your business skills either make you rich or make you realize you’re no entrepreneur.
Another strength of Rise of Industry is the graphics. Rise of Industry looks incredible with a surreal amount of detail in everything. Cities look cartoonish but have a real living feeling as you watch cars zoom around to work or to factories for supply runs. Equally, watching lumber yards of energy plants function is so enjoyable as they puff out smoke or have machines turning. Rise of Industry makes you feel like you’re watching a city grow. To be honest, it’s a satisfying feeling that we enjoyed non-stop.
If we had any gripes with Rise of Industry, then we’d say it comes from the difficulty itself. While we understand simulation games are meant to be just that, simulation, Rise of Industry has a lot to learn and it can be quite tough. Even with the simple tutorial, we felt lost at seeing so many different menus and options to choose from. Even starting career mode can take several minutes as there are dozens of options to choose from before you even begin the game! Rise of Industry isn’t afraid to show it takes city building seriously. Just be ready to learn through hard work and diligence...
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Excellent micromanaging system that offers a ton of ways to build cities from scratch
- Several gameplay modes that offer different ways to play for those who like a more serious approach or casual one
- Wonderful visuals that make your town look alive and busy
- A lot to master giving plenty of gamers a reason to practice through trial and error
- Geared for those who only like city simulation titles
- Can be a bit much to learn for more casual simulator gamers