Niche Spotlight – The Colonists: Adorable Automaton Space Colonization

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Today’s Spotlight is The Colonists, a cute colony management game by Codebyfire and Mode 7.

You control a settlement of self-replicating robots that have escaped from Earth to find a place to live in peace among the stars. You can check out a trailer above.

Advance your colony through three ages as you build up your infrastructure. Build your colony in peace or play a competitive mode where you fight against a rival colony.

The Colonists is available on Windows PC via Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store for $24.99.

Here’s a rundown of the game:

The Colonists is a settlement building game inspired by classic titles like The Settlers and the Anno series.

You take control of a team of self-replicating robots who have escaped from Earth and are searching the galaxy for a new home where they can fulfil their dream: to be human.

You’ll advance through three different Ages as you build infrastructure for your colony by constructing road, boat and train transport systems.

Key Features:

  • Harvest natural resources, set up farming and food production, create expeditions to discover new lands and research new technologies.
  • With two separate mission tracks, The Colonists lets either you create sprawling settlements in peace or race to compete against AI colonies in military winner-takes-all scenarios.
  • Explore, research, manage, tweak and refine to your heart’s content!

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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.