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I can’t get enough of running an enterprise in Rise of Industry

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Going mad without power is boring, because nobody ever listens to you. When you are given power however? Oh man, it’s fantastic and it’s the reason why I’m obsessively sitting behind my desk plotting complete and utter domination of the city that I’ve created. Oh yeah, I’m going to make the public transit run on time alright.

I’ll get your monthly fiscal reports to show off how I used the annual budget to create new green zones of commerce and suburban sprawls. I’ll…waitaminute, I’ve become an accountant. I’ve become a pencil-pushing bureaucrat and WHY AM I ENJOYING THIS SO DAMN MUCH? That’s exactly the kind of game that Rise of Industry is.

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There’s a cute charm to this business simulator, that focuses its efforts on not only growing the organs of commerce that keep a city alive, but also on figuring out what exactly the populace around you wants. It’s not you that’s dictating to others what they should be buying, but rather you’re tasked with figuring out what the lifeblood of your city is truly going to be as you examine the booming population.

With over a hundred products to create an industry around, the challenge doesn’t just stop there as you’ve still got to get your goods to market, meticulously planning every single cent spent along the way. Even if you’re successful, you may find that the times will change and the city decides to settle on the next fad, leaving you to face bankruptcy as you battle to remain relevant in the face of some heated competition from business rivals.

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It’s all about the money in Rise of Industry, and staying a step ahead is the key to success as you build your empire and specialise in production while you flaunt the power of a PR department with a bloated budget to help sell your merchandise. Unchecked capitalism at its finest, built around an insanely detailed system of development that allows you to control every single facet of your production.

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Fortunately, Rise of Industry also makes an effort to make these features as intuitive as possible. Each menu is beautifully laid out, highlighting the most relevant information at the time and the simplicity of the tutorial had me running much needed municipal services in no time. I like that. I like a game which feels warm and inviting, before it prods me towards some corporate espionage so that I can get a leg up in the industry.

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It’s also pleasing on the eyes, with minimalist visuals that don’t distract from the task at hand as my efforts to become the next big business tycoon around resulted in mother nature getting slapped with pollution as the march of industry took no prisoners. All of this, in a game that feels remarkeably complete and yet still calls itself an Early Access title over on Steam.

A couple of hours in, and I’m still scratching the surface of just how detailed Rise of Industry is. My workers have gone on strike because apparently I crossed the line when I eliminated toilet breaks, the potential for mods is huge thanks to the open nature of the game towards that community and random events keep me on my toes.

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It may be a game tailored toward niche interests, but Rise of Industry has a hell of an eye so far for what makes the genre tick.


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Last Updated: July 4, 2018


  1. This is the kind of game politicians should play. Streaming compulsory, so that people can see if the person they’re opting to vote for is competent.
    That was how I felt when I played Tropico 5.


    • Rise of Industry

      July 4, 2018 at 14:49

      I’d pay to see them fail 😀


      • Original Heretic

        July 4, 2018 at 14:50

        It’s politics… They fail, we pay.


    • HvR

      July 4, 2018 at 14:49

      So 5 hour stream of a politician figuring out how to use a mouse and open the game?


      • Original Heretic

        July 4, 2018 at 14:50

        Yeah, how many votes you think they’d get after that!?


      • Dresden

        July 4, 2018 at 15:02

        No, you’ve got it all wrong. You’re thinking of certain gaming journalists.


    • BakedBagel

      July 5, 2018 at 07:29

      >Candidate 2 removed TOILET BREAKS


      • Original Heretic

        July 5, 2018 at 08:14

        It’s worked for Amazon…


  2. Rise of Industry

    July 4, 2018 at 14:49

    Wow, thanks Darryn for the glowing article!


    • The D

      July 4, 2018 at 14:59

      Thanks for a chance to give the game a test run guys! Keep it up!


    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      July 4, 2018 at 16:02

      I haven’t played it but thanks to Darren’s article I will. And just know we appreciate and support good developers with passion.


  3. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    July 4, 2018 at 15:55

    “Going mad without power is boring, because nobody ever listens to you.”

    Don’t think nobody saw your plagiarism of the Simpsons 2007.


  4. BakedBagel

    July 5, 2018 at 07:28

    This looks fun.

    Trying to stay infront of the fads in a city.

    Gibs me dis


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