Strategy: Management

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Ixion review: an intricate management sim wrapped in a stirring space opera

Ixion starts by asking the question “What if Homeworld was a management sim?”. It then proceeds to answer that question in a comprehensive and convincing manner. Bulwark Studios’ star hopping epic takes the operatic, elegiac grandeur of Relic’s RTS classic, but replaces the space battles with a chewy mixture of stellar logistics. Also like Homeworld, it’s a darned stylish thing. The game commences with a spectacular intro cutscene wherein a futuristic space-shuttle launches from Earth, breaking through the atmosphere to dock with a gigantic, revolving space-station like a chromed hubcap off some petrolhead’s pride & joy. The cutscene neatly transitions…

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Dwarf Fortress is available on Steam right now

Grab your pickaxe and secure your book of procedurally-generated poetry, because Dwarf Fortress is out on Steam right, flipping, now. Bay 12 Games’s hugely ambitious colony sim, which is notionally a game about building a fortress for small, bearded humanoids, but is really an engine for generating elaborate fantasy histories and player-driven stories within them, has been in active development since 2003, with an initial launch in 2006. Since then, it has been continually developed by brothers Tarn and Zach Adams, who have added a truly wild amount of stuff over the last two decades. It’s also famously as impenetrable…