Early Access Preview: Project Automata

Project Automata is one of those Indie games we are really looking forward to! We loved playing the old school transport games like Sid Meier's Trains! and Transport Tycoon. Project Automata takes us back to our childhood with this awesome game!

Early Access Preview: Project Automata


Project Automata is a strategic tycoon game that puts you in the shoes of an early 20th-century industrialist. Grow and manage your empire in a living, breathing, and the procedurally generated world that is constantly evolving and adapting to your playstyle. The developers are trying to fund the entire game through Kickstarter.

The game is still in early development, but developer Dapper Penguin Studios made an alpha demo which is free to download from their website.

"Under the hood, Project Automata will break new ground in advanced industrial simulation. Unlike other games in the genre, the towns and environment in Project Automata will be living, breathing, organisms. They will interact with the player, with other towns, and with competing companies. To succeed, players will need to constantly evaluate their strategies and decisions. The A.I. will be so good even we, as developers, won't know what it will do from one game to the next," developer Dapper Penguin Studios states.


Build factories, construct efficient transport lines, move raw resources, produce finished goods and arrange trades with the world's developing cities, providing them with the materials they need to flourish – for as they grow and prosper, you do too.

Strategically place your headquarters, factories, warehouses, and resource gatherers to make optimal use of the terrain available to you, while leaving the cities on the map with plenty of room to expand themselves.

Trade with the cities you encounter, providing them with the requested resources or products in exchange for resource rewards and persistent buffs to your industrial capability. Unlock new town levels as you satisfy more and more of the growing city's needs, earning yourself greater and greater rewards each time.

Build roadways to facilitate the transportation of both raw and finished materials at every stage of the journey; from resource gatherer to warehouse to factory to the final stop at a city's trade depot, your transportation network is the lifeblood of your industrial empire.

Maps are large and procedurally generated via a seed. For people interested in Project Automata, tons of upcoming features are planned, such as biomes, campaign mode, transportation networks, and more.

Factory Panel in Project Automata
Like it was mentioned, the game is still in early development, but the demo is playable and downloadable for free on the game's website. So if you want to give it a try, go ahead and download the demo.

Just be aware of the fact that there are still bugs in this game, and the developer is working hard on this. In one of our playthroughs we were building a chain of factories (a lumberjack, and two paper mills), when our game just crashed. And since there isn't a save option in the game yet, all progress was lost. But we are sure the developers will fix the bugs soon enough and add a save option for our convenience.

As we mentioned, the game is also on Kickstarter. If you have fun playing the alpha, then feel free to support Project Automata and Dapper Penguin Studios. They seem like they have a lot of plans in store and any help would surely be appreciated.


Overall, we think this game looks and feels very promising for fans of the old-school tycoon games. There are a lot of options and even more coming. We won't rate this game just yet because it's still in its very alpha shoes. But if developer Dapper Penguin Studios keeps up the good work, this is going to be a high rated game for me, depending on the price.

Follow the game and our website! We will provide you with a detailed review once the game will be finished.

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