5 Great Base Building Games
Here at Geektown, we love a base-building game. Whether it’s colonising Mars, surviving on an ocean world, or attempting to take over the world (with the help of some minions), we can spend hours digging out rock or collecting resources to survive. There are so many of these games out there right now, but here is a list of five of our favourites at the moment.
Evil Genius 2: World Domination
A brand new take on the 2004 original, ‘Evil Genius 2: World Domination‘ lets you live out your James Bond villain fantasies of taking over the world… and bossing around minions. Described as a “spy-fi lair builder”, you take control of an Evil Genius and set their plans for world domination in motion. You can build your own unique evil lair to plot your evil schemes, whilst also running a casino cover operation to try and keep those pesky Forces of Justice out of your way. Of course, if casinos are also your thing, head over to all promo codes for more about online gambling.
As an Evil Genius, you, of course, need minions, who you can train up to fulfil various roles such as heavy or scientist, plus you also have a variety of henchmen (and woman) to pick from. All this helps you get to the ultimate goal of threatening the world with your Doomsday Device. It’s a wonderfully fun sequel to the cult classic.
Oxygen Not Included
From Klei Entertainment, the people that brought you Don’t Starve, comes ‘Oxygen Not Included‘, a space-colony simulation game that sees you take control of an adorable bunch of “dupes” as they mine out a home for themselves in a variety of harsh environments.
Scarcities of oxygen, warmth and sustenance are constant threats to your colony’s survival, as you build your base on a subterranean asteroid. That means creating everything from plumbing and power systems, and the all-important oxygen, alongside providing leisure activities to keep your populous entertained.
Whilst the plant and minerals in the game are not really accurate to the real world, it does go some way to teach about the principles behind Newton’s law of heating/cooling, along with the properties of gases and elements.
If you’re looking for a relaxing time, ‘Frostpunk‘ is not the game for you! From the creators of ‘This War of Mine’, it is a society survival game where heat means life and every decision comes at a price. Set in an entirely frozen world, people have developed steam-powered technology to oppose the overwhelming cold. Your task is to build the last city on Earth, based around a giant central generator, securing coal, wood, and other materials to keep your people housed, fed, and stop them from freezing to death in the bitter cold. As the world gets colder, it becomes a tense and sometimes frantic battle to make sure you have enough supplies to survive.
For the cold of Earth, to the cold of space, with ‘Surviving Mars‘. As you might have guessed from the name, this game sees you stake your claim on the Red Planet and build the first functioning human colonies on Mars. Beginning with a cluster of drones, you can set up some basic operations, before inviting your first human occupants to your Mars base. From there, you can research technology, allowing you to expand your operation, and even terraform the planet, turning it from its trademark red to a lush green utopia. The game has a huge stack of customisable setup options, along with a stack of various mysteries to solve, meaning there is a massive amount of replayability. It also comes with robust mod support, allowing you to add in even more content.
‘Subnautica‘ is a little different to the other games in the list, as it is the only one here where you play in “first-person” rather than “top-down”. However, it does rely heavily on base-building to survive the world, so I think still deserves its place. The game sees you crash-land on an alien ocean world with only a basic life pod for survival. Thankfully, the pod comes with a sort of 3D printer, allowing you to swim out and gather raw resources from the ocean floor to make bigger and better equipment. You can also build yourself your very own sea base to store all those resources you’ve been collecting, which has a huge array of layout options. You can even build vehicles, from a little Seaglide to the massive Cyclops submarine. This original game is immense amounts of fun, and also has a sequel incoming, which is still in Early Access, but due for release later this year.