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Available on:PCAug 10, 2021

Developer: Overseer Games

Publisher: Overseer Games

Genres: Strategy, Simulation

Patron builds upon the foundations laid out by the staples of the survival city builder genre and enhances the experience with a large research tree and by introducing intricate social dynamics into the game and the genre in general. Happiness, the standard simple feature of all such games, in the case of Patron is a complete gameplay system in its own right . Patron starts off similarly to other games in the genre, but then veers off exploring social intricacies and what it means to truly run a society and not just a city filled with automatons. Each individual citizen in the town has his needs, desires and issues troubling him or making him happy. Some citizens are more concerned with immigration, while others are more aggravated by tax-related issues. If the citizen’s view on the subject is in line with what the town government (YOU, the player) is doing, he’ll be happy. Works the other way around as well. CONSTRUCT AND UPGRADE To make the best of the opportunities in this new land, you will need to construct residential houses, farms, production plants, manufacturing buildings and dozens of other buildings needed to harvest the riches of the land. BALANCE SENSITIVE SOCIAL ISSUES Every decision you make as Patron will be met with different reactions from different social groups. You'll need real political talent to balance sensitive matters as religion, immigration, loyalty, poverty... Whatever you choose to do can lead to unforeseen consequences years later. ADAPT TO WEATHER AND SEASONS Managing your tasks and citizens in a timely and efficient manner allows you to prepare and adapt to external variables like harsh weather or different seasons. RESEARCH AND DEVELOP FOR THE FUTURE The world is changing and you must make sure you're advancing at the proper pace. Only by constant advancing and research will your society be able to stand the test of time. TRAGEDY ALWAYS LURKS No matter what you do, unexpected tragedies can always strike your people. They will look to you for protection and help. ENJOY THE GOOD SIDE OF LIFE People also need external signs of their success. Build and arrange numerous beautification elements of your city, and make sure everyone is rewarded for their hard work. KEY FEATURES A survival city builder with a unique social dynamics system Gather and produce resources Establish sustainable production chains Build your fledgling village into a prosperous city as you construct and upgrade buildings Manage your people and steer your citizens towards needed professions Balance social issues: Class strife, Immigration, Religion, Health, Safety, Loyalty... Plan growth through an extensive Research Tree and unlock technology, policies and upgrades Plan production and overseas trade to support your economy through difficult times

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Patron is effectively a more difficult version of Banished. But there are enough subtle differences to differentiate them and the game's overall polish is fantastic. Some outlying issues need addressing but the developers have shown themselves to be passionate and willing to take feedback. It's already a very good city builder, but given time I think that Patron could become a staple of just about anybody's Steam library. For just $20, this is a steal.

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Patron is an ambitious game, working hard to stand out in a genre that is saturated with countless clones of each other. The social system is intricate, although I think it still has some work to be done to make it feel as massive as Overseer Games would like it to be. Still, there is a lot to like about Patron, and it is a perfectly enjoyable city builder.

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Patron is great for city builder fans that absolutely like the planning and early elements of starting a town.

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Patron is an engrossing and very enjoyable survival city builder. Once you can pass the first four to six years or so in the game it seems to get easier to manage everything the game throws at you. With fourteen maps to play through with different rule sets, there is plenty of long-term gameplay on offer. The progress in Patron can be slow, even with a fast forward button, but for those that like to ponder their next move on pause, Patron is perfect for a strategic play-through. Just be careful as there is so much to do and one wrong decision can send you crashing back to the start with an unhappy ending for your citizens. I love it!

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