There have been many game releases and news, but some have slipped through unnoticed, like Triskell Interactive‘s wonderful-looking city builder steampunk sim Lethis – Path of Progress.
Set in an alternative Victorian steampunk environment, the Levis empire has to be colonized, i.e. cities have to be built with all the infrastructure needed to please people who work and live there. Micromanagement of resources is key, but mass production also means to fulfill all the workers’ needs. Buildings and monuments have to be erected and technologies applied to solve individual problems. So far, so familiar to all those who know games like Caesar, Pharao, etc., only with the steampunk twist.
I’ve always liked the idea to manage the infrastructure of cities, although the Anno series was more my cup of tea (or bottle of coke) due to the great presentation. The only problem was that it was just such a time-consuming endeavor. Lethis – Path of Progress looks just lovely and even if it might not try something different in terms of gameplay, it has a unique setting and is full of little graphical details to admire.
Having a sandbox mode is just as common in these types of games as a campaign, but if the tutorials are as accessible as in the Anno series and the 26 missions are varied enough, then this could be a great way to go back to Victorian times and see what steampunk can change in the the process of progress.
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