June 23, 2015 12:10 AM | Sean Flint
City-builders have always been a beloved genre that allowed players to express their creativity. Whether its creating a sprawling metropolis and watching it thrive, or creating a small settlement and destroying it through the use of various natural disasters, countless hours have been spent planning and perfecting cities. DotCity wants to push the genre to a new level. Inspired by the futuristic cities in movies such as Star Wars and The Fifth Element, DotCity promises to provide players with the ability to create futuristic masterpieces of their own.
One thing about futuristic buildings, at least in terms of how they are represented in movies, is that they are always extremely sleek and clean. The first time I set eyes on the cloning facility on Kamino while I was watching Star Wars: Episode II, I remember being mesmerized by how clean and glossy every object looked. Take this concept, and multiply the scale by 1000, and you have DotCity.
DotCity boasts a limitless gameplay experience; if you can think it, then you can build it. Millions of potential inhabitants await your call, and all possess the ability to live for countless centuries. Citizens in the game are known as dots, and can be seen zipping through the skylines on their way to work. Establishing and maintaining a solid traffic flow for your dots is vital, and if you fail to do so, you will soon find your production dropping rapidly.
There are three resources in DotCity: dotcoins, construction materials, and power. Any financial buildings in your city (as long as they are properly staffed) will produce dotcoins, while the industrial buildings will produce the construction materials. These resources must be constantly maintained in order to keep expanding your city, as each structure will cost you dotcoins and construction materials. Power is just as it sounds, a resource that provides power to your metropolis.
A unique mechanic of the game is the pressure system. Each city is only capable of supporting a certain amount of pressure, and additional buildings must be constructed in order to add more volume and release this pressure. As the number of dots increases, so will the pressure, so ensuring that there are enough structures to support your rapidly growing population is an important task.
Population growth in DotCity is handled by the well-known demographic principles of birth rate and death rate. These two rates directly influence each other, and in the end determine whether your population is growing, decaying, or staying the same, as well as how fast it is doing so. Unlocking new technologies for food, medicine, and other advances will help keep the population in better health and ensure that it continues to increase at a steady rate.
DotCity boasts a huge technology tree, containing upgrades such as improving your financial buildings, unlocking new roads, and helping existing buildings resist pressure. Unlocking technologies will almost always result in some sort of demographic impact, meaning that you will have to be prepared to deal with a potential flood or loss of dots.
DotCity features a sleek, minimalist style that works well to differentiate it from other games in the genre. The game is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, with rewards including both alpha and beta access to the game once it becomes available.