I’ve always loved management games for being so casual in terms of action, and instead focusing all of your energy on telling employees what to do. Furthermore, there’s always a lot of interior designing to keep me busy for hours on end. Below are such games by indie developers I’m most excited for that will be releasing this year, with a couple to get some console versions.
Evil Geniuses 2: World Domination
A satirical spy-fi lair builder where YOU are the criminal mastermind! Construct your base, train your minions, defend your operations from the Forces of Justice, and achieve global domination!
It’s developed by Rebellion and releasing in 2020 on Steam. Personally, I think this game seems to have the same silliness of the Despicable Me movies and will be more in the same vein of “evil” as these indies here.
Do you have what it takes to design and curate the world’s greatest museum? Fill your exhibit halls with extraordinary artifacts, hire staff to keep things running smoothly, and do everything you can to expand your visitors’ horizons and blow their minds!
It’s developed by Viewport Games and published by Kitfox Games, the game will be releasing on Steam Early Access in 2020. I love filling up my Museum in Animal Crossing so getting to decorate it as well sounds great!
Little Big Workshop
Imagine a magical factory, appearing right in your living room. A carefully planned masterpiece, where diligent workers throw together anything customers want. Rubber ducks and dressers, drones and electric guitars, scooters and other wonderful goods can be created from many different materials and sold for hard cash, cash you invest right back into your factory to get more machines, more workers and grow your business. In Little Big Workshop you become a factory tycoon!
It’s developed by Mirage Game Studios, and published by HandyGames and THQ Nordic. The game is technically available on Steam now, but will be getting a release on the Xbox One September 23rd, 2020! I love how cute these characters look and they remind me of Santa’s Little Helpers.
Honey, I Joined a Cult
Honey, I Joined a Cult is a single-player resource management strategy game where the player is in charge of creating, operating and growing a cult in the funky 70’s! Your tasks will range from deciding the organisations symbols and relics to where the toilets should be in the compound!
The developers of the game, Sole Survivor Games, have recently announced that they will be partnering up with Team17 (The Survivalists), which I find is the perfect publishing team for them! Also, having just binged-watched The Umbrella Academy Season 2, I find this game to be even more hilarious. Check it out on Steam here.
Megaquarium: Freshwater Frenzy
A theme park management tycoon game with an aquatic twist. Design your displays, look after your fish, manage your staff and keep your guests happy! It’s all in a day’s work as the curator of your very own Megaquarium.
Technically this title is an expansion to the main game but any chance I have to talk about Megaquarium I take it because I love it so much. The details and information on the fish are just so vast, which is all the more impressive considering it is a game created by a solo game developer,
Megaquarium: Freshwater Frenzy is out now on Steam, however, Switch users like myself will have to wait a while longer. As the subtitle implies, this huge update will include freshwater fish and reptiles in a short new campaign, along with new equipment and decorative items.
If you’re looking for more playable PC games like these, check out this article: Good Company is Coming Soon to Steam Early Access.