Niche Spotlight – Despotism 3k: Cheeky AI Overlord Simulator

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Today’s Spotlight is Despotism 3k, a darkly humorous and sadistic roguelite management game by Konfa Games.

Elon Musk’s prediction has finally come true – the robot apocalypse has come and gone, and now humanity is enslaved by their new AI overlords. Luckily, you are one of those AI overlords. You can check out the launch trailer above.

Exploit the labor of your puny human meat puppets to generate the electricity you need to expand your mechanical empire, though make sure that their basic needs are met so they don’t die from exhaustion.

Despotism 3k is available on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam for $7.99.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

Humanity is enslaved by an AI… which is awesome, because we’re on the right side of the conflict. Exploit puny humans to extract power and build your own empire! You’ll have to keep track of them to make sure they don’t succumb to exhaustion and hunger… although the weakest ones can always be thrown to the Bioreactor.
In other words, this is a resource management sim with rogue-lite elements, dramatic plot, and an abundance of pop culture references. Also, jokes. Slaughter has never been so fun!

Key features

  • Humor as dark as your ex’s heart. Immerse yourself in the life of merciless tyrant!!
  • Resource management on steroids. Think fast, to the point, and abandon pity!
  • Rogue-lite. Every walkthrough is unique due to randomly generated events. And every failure is fatal — you’ll have to start over!
  • Easy to learn, hard to master. It only takes a couple minutes to figure out the game’s mechanics, but using them optimally is no small feat!

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Frank Streva


Niche Gamer’s resident indie expert. Digs through the Steam new releases so you don’t have to. Massive fan of miniature and board games as well.