Terra Nil Aims to Respectfully Rebuild the City Builder Genre

Terra Nil, a “reverse city builder” from Free Lives, blew me away earlier during the 2022 Wholesome Games Direct. In the trailer, we see a game that feels familiar for those of us city-building perverts who enjoy the relaxing nature of infrastructure design without thinking too much about how said…

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Games Are Reimagining Nature in the Age of Climate Catastrophe

Even in Arcadia is one of the most faithful portrayals of nature you’ll find in video games precisely because it is so breathtakingly fake. In Phoebe Shalloway’s far-future satire of space capitalism, mega firms shop planets around like condos, converting them to landfill when they’re drained of life. You play…

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I Love Saving the World in Terra Nil, a Bite Sized City Builder

The first time I heard of Terra Nil it was presented to me as a “reverse city builder.” That description may bring a few different ideas to your head. It certainly did to mine. I also guarantee that most of those are incorrect. Rather than taking a map complete with…

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