I’ve kept an eager eye on production sim Rise of Industry ever since Leif tried, and failed, to build a whisky business in it last year. It looks promising, and the idea is that you control all aspects of whatever trade you want to pursue, from sourcing raw materials to sorting supply routes. According to developer Dapper Penguin Studios, it was the top selling game on Itch.io in 2017, and now it’s broadened its horizons by entering Early Access on Steam and GOG.
It’s a fairly deep sim, all told. You can choose to specialise in trading, production, gathering, or any combination of the three, and as you advance you research more efficient ways to do business. When Leif launched his whiskey empire he had to build a distillery, water siphons, farms, glassworks, and sandpits to make the glass itself.
You pick from 100 different products on a procedurally-generated map that changes over time. That field of grassland you were relying on might soon turn into a desert, for example….