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Today’s Spotlight is Automation Empire, an industry management sim by Dog Hoggler.
Automation Empire tasks you with building a massive industrial network from scratch. You can check out a trailer above.
Set up intricate and fully automated supply chains of mines, factories, and transportation routes as you turn raw materials into goods that get shipped around the globe. Increase your efficiency by researching new technologies and improving your infrastructure.
Automation Empire is available on Windows PC via Steam for $29.99.
Here’s a rundown of the game:
Automation Empire is a simulation / management game all about efficiency and expansion. Start with nothing, and build up a massive interconnected industrial network of factories and machines. Economical transportation of resources will be essential to your success as an automation-engineer. Utilize every tool you have access to, including mine carts, drones. trucks, trains, and cargo rockets. Employ your ingenuity and creativity to plan out an efficient logistics network of machines to form a mechanical superorganism of production.
DESIGN COMPLEX SYSTEMS
Harness your creativity to engineer a beautiful machine of clockwork precision. Start with basic “A to B” systems utilizing simple delivery drones, but later, expand the complexity of your transportation-line as you construct an interwoven mesh of tracks in order to allocate all of your resources exactly where they need to go.
EXPAND YOUR PRODUCTION
Make it your mission to rout out all of the bottlenecks in your supply-chain. Extract and process precious metals and ores from the ground including gold, iron, and coal. Craft and refine your resources into more valuable products through the use of an optimized factory production-line.
RESEARCH NEW TECHNOLOGY
Upgrade your facility’s infrastructure as you discover new technologies by harnessing the power of the resources you extract. Throughout your engineering endeavors you’ll gain access to advanced automated machines and systems which will further compound your production capacity.
INTEGRATE WITH YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Work around your planet’s naturally occurring geological formations and rough terrain as you integrate your ever expanding industrial systems. Seven different planets, with differing biomes, each present unique landforms you must factor into your base’s layout.
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