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a game by Polymorph Games, Inc.
Platform: PC (2019)
Editor Rating: 6.5/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown
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A relaxing city-building game that puts creativity over anything else, Foundation features one of the most impressively laidback approaches to the genre that we have ever seen. Not only is it the perfect way to chill if you’re a fan of city builders, but it is also one of the most natural simulations ever achieved in this kind of game.

The lack of variety and obtuse mechanics are easily overlooked by the game’s outstanding creative freedom. There are tons of games like Foundation, but nothing comes close to what this indie title has managed to achieve.

Natural Progression

Like many other games in its genre, Foundation is a town-building game where you’re tasked with designing and constructing the most efficient city possible. Unlike other games, however, Foundation takes an organic approach to how things like roads and most buildings are built. While games like Cities Skylines will have you designing and placing roads in the most efficient manner, Foundation develops its roads on its own. All you have to do is place some workplaces (like a bar, church, or blacksmith) and watch as your villagers create their own routes from their homes and to the town’s business center.

This allows the cities in foundation to feel more like actual medieval cities, and less like those blocky suburbs we’re so used to seeing in Sim City. The fact that the game doesn’t have a grid as other city builders do is also a great plus when it comes to designing towns that feel more genuine. There’s a catch, however, and that’s that the game is quite short in terms of actual content at the moment. While the devs seem to still be actively working on the project, the lack of building variety will make you feel like you’ve seen all there’s to see a few hours into the game.

Medieval Cartoons

The visuals of Foundation are even more cartoony than what we saw in the latest installment of the Sim City series. Villagers in particular look like tiny cartoon characters. While this might be a detriment for some players, some others might find the colorful look appealing.

Despite this, there’s no denying that there’s a certain charm to Foundation’s overall design. The Ui is kept tidy at all times, which is something that will be particularly useful for new players. The game tries to delve a bit into the political side of things, much like the Civilization series. However, this is kept mostly to a minimum, as is the game’s economics management – which is impressively barebones.

If you’ve never played a city-building game before, and the changes made to the Sim City series simply aren’t appealing to you, Foundation is a great place to start. You’re getting a game that lets you design a town in almost any way you want, all while keeping things as simple and fun as possible. Veterans of the city-builder genre might be a bit more critical of the game, however. The lack of building variety and barebones management mechanics might be seen as a downgrade from titles like Cities Skylines.


Foundation might not be the most feature-rich city-building game out there, but it still manages to impress thanks to its creative building mechanics and colorful visuals.


  • Appealing cartoony visuals
  • Excellent and organic building mechanics make the towns feel alive
  • Clear UI that’s easy enough for newcomers to master very quickly


  • Building variety is severely lacking
  • Barebones economics simulation
  • No random events can make the gameplay feel dull

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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