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Clockwork Empires

Rating Summary

Based on 11 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

62

Top Critic Average

10%

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Based on 11 critic reviews
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Game Information

Available on:PCOct 26, 2016

Developer: Gaslamp Games, Inc.

Genres: Simulation, Strategy

Take on the role of a Colonial Bureaucrat sent forth by the Clockwork Empire to build a Frontier Colony. Design buildings and their contents from the ground-up to feed the Ravenous Maw of Industry, manage the uniquely unruly population, and make Important Decisions when the Occult Investigator shows up for a surprise inspection. It's up to you to ensure the success of a Frontier Colony populated by ambitious overseers, brave soldiers, and oppressed labourers who work and live in workshops, mines, scientific laboratories, lavishly decorated houses, farms, chapels, pubs, and more!

But be wary - every colonist is a unique simulated individual with their own personality, motivation, secrets, and peculiar desires which must be satisfied lest they invite Terrible Consequences ranging from occult rituals to delicious cannibalism.

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PC Gamer

50 / 100
PC Gamer

Persistent bugs, a convoluted interface, and incompetent colonists hold back a great premise.

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IGN

6.5 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

There's a lot to love in the way Clockwork Empires attempts to break up the construction sim framework with Lovecraftian creatures and almost assured destruction, but it often takes too long to get to the best parts and fills that time with dull busywork. For most of the hours spent, it's largely a standard colonization simulator that's hampered with an unwieldy user interface and weak AI.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Unscored
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

I like the game at CE’s heart, but interacting with it is simply unpleasant. Were it slick and reliable perhaps I could bear its extreme micro-management and unhelpful UI, but the fact is that it’s currently strewn with technical errors, most of which boil down to, once again, build orders not happening. Meteor storms, cult outbreaks and merman invasions are its highlight, yes, but ultimately they are just colourful interruptions to a deeply frustrating normality.

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Gaming Nexus

6.5 / 10.0
Gaming Nexus

Clockwork Empires has a lot of promise but numerous technical issues and a baffling UI, not to mention disappointing use of the steampunk aesthetic, make the game a frustrating and tedious experience.

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