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Imagine Earth (2021) is a simulation strategy where you manage space colonies for a huge corporation. You gather resources, manage your finances, shape the planets and expand your cities while fending off rival companies and alien invaders. It stands out for how environmental consequences play a role in the way you play, with worlds that react to the emissions and pollutants you produce.

In the future, unchecked capitalism has caused Earth to fall into ecological and societal collapse, with the powerful megacorporations fleeing to distant galaxies to set up new colonies and outposts of civilisation. You play one such colonist and must establish yourself across different planets and work to build up cities and factories, and eventually decide between quick riches or sustainable growth.

Play involves mining and harvesting resources to then carefully manage, sell, and use them for expanding your operations. You can alter the landscape to suit your needs, such as changing the coastline and clearing away natural flora and fauna. Still, every action affects the planet, and expansion and pollution can drive it to collapse. This means you are forced to choose between rapid and profitable exploitation, quickly moving from planet to planet, and a more considered approach where you work to protect your land.

The result is a game that offers a unique perspective on the effects of capitalism and profiteering on the environment. It allows you to make and learn from your own choices that directly affect the game world, offering an immersive, engaging, and thought-provoking experience.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Imagine Earth 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 9 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation, Strategy and World Building game with Collecting and Sequencing elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 16 hours to complete. As well as the main campaign, there's the opportunity for open-ended play for countless hours as you expand your colonies and explore different management styles.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There are lots of different systems and menus to manage and manipulate, and staying on top of everything and making decisions that affect your colonies requires concentration and careful thought and planning.

CostsCosts

Imagine Earth usually costs £20.99 to £22.49.
 

Imagine Earth

XBox Store Xbox X|S £20.99
XBox Store Xbox One £20.99
XBox Store PC £20.99
Switch Store Switch £22.49
Steam Store PC £20.99
PlayStation Store PS4 Coming Soon
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/05/2021, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Strategy, World Building (Collecting and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Serious Brothers (@SeriousBrothers)


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