Everybody likes to build and create. Be it something insignificant or something more satisfying, there is something catchy about building games. Some games require more attention to details than others. These can be based on mechanical or even electrical physics. There are more than one type of building, but in the end their purpose is the same. Create something out of nothing using simple elements such as blocks or cubes.
Although there are games with reputation such as Roblox, Minecraft, Sim City or even Tycoon, the following are rather indie games usually simpler and less complex. However, at their core they all follow the same principle of building. Without further due here are the top mini-building games:
1. Tower Bloxx
A simple yet entertaining game, Tower Bloxx has won a lot of awards since its release. The concept is straightforward and it all depends on timing rather than on creative thinking. However, you can also make things less straightforward. You have the options to build a fast simple block or you can build an entire city. Building a city requires a bit of thinking as there are multiple types of buildings you must create. Some buildings require less blocks whilst other need to be taller. They also need to be strategically placed. Officially released back in 2007 the game is constantly revised and took smartphones by storm. Currently, it can be played as a flash game and there is even a paid 3D version.
2. Electro City
Electro City is not the common building game. It is mostly a lighter version of Sim City. You have to prevent disaster such as pollute rivers and deforestation to take place under your watch! The action takes place in New Zeeland and to succeed you need to build a city where people can thrive and live happily. Most of your money comes from taxes. Hence your main goal is to get as much residents as possible into your city. You can build or you can demolish. Nothing stands in your way of building a busy city with a balanced environment. The real challenge is the industrialization of the city which will hold you back from creating a friendly, pollution free climate.
3. Let it Flow
If you ever wanted to be a plumber this is the game for you! You can finally be a one without getting dirty! Let it Flow concept is simple. In order to keep the plants growing and healthy you need provide water through pipelines. You have to deal with an already given set of pipeline shapes and types which must be properly fused to keep the village supplied. The plot teaches you that hyenas dug up the village water stock and with the help of elephants and their lovely trunks you can save the village.
4. Cargo Bridge
A similar build to survive type of gameplay is what motivates you to be better in Cargo Bridge. The game gained a lot of fans being one of the best games in this category. The simple concept of building a bridge makes this game more engaging and somewhat different than what we are used to. Using steel or wood you must convince workers of building a strong enough bridge to sustain their cargo which eventually ends up in your shed. The games stresses out logic thinking combined with the funny facial expressions and movement of the characters and animals that walk on your bridges.
5. Catastrophic Construction
A game that can at times get boring, Catastrophic Construction will definitely keep you busy for the first few hours you play it. Using a specific set of blocks of different geometrical shapes you need to fill in larger geometrical shapes. A lot of focus is required as a slight movement of one piece can break down the whole structure. Very frustrating at times it tries to be funny with the moving eyeballs of the shapes. For a more dynamic experience you can try the sequel.
6. Grow Cube
Grow Cube is a game that can give you real headaches or you can finish it in matter of minutes if you know what your are doing. You have a cube supposedly made of fertile soil which you have to dig and place various things such as water, small trees, actual people and more. Placing them in the right place and doing the right digging will level up each of the item available. Once all the items are leveled up you are done, the game is complete. You can easily find online the way to complete the game in minutes, but striving to do it on your own will earn you great fun and satisfaction.
Stackapolis is an addictive experience in which you must create a copy of a structure within a time spawn. You are given the exact number of pieces of the original copy and you have to start almost from scratch and build the same structure again. Although simple, the ticking clock makes it increasingly challenging. As you advance through the levels harder and harder structures will make you either more motivated or more frustrated.
8. The Electric Box
Electric Box is probably the most complex and dynamic in the list. If you are used with simple fast paced type of building games, this one may seem too much and too serious for you. Although the concept is simple - you need make the electricity flow to the electric devices - there are a lot more elements you need to consider than connecting one wire to another. You are dealing with things such as magnets, solar panels, air fans which carefully need to be placed in the right spot, together providing aid in power supplying the final electrical device. Definitely a game that worth trying at least for the effort put in by the developers in creating such carefully connected complex structures.
9. My New Town
Following the same concept of old sims game, My New Town is a game for both boys and girls. You basically have to build a town. You have however a level of freedom in choosing the right spot where to place your bridges, streets and buildings. There are no restrictions if you want to actually build a city on water. The number of things you can choose is overwhelming for a flash game. You can even select the weather and the background.
I know that I was supposed to write about roblox. However, something happened that prevented me to write about building and scripting. In my attempt to keep this blog alive I wrote about top building games that I have played and enjoyed.
I have a 5 years experience in roblox and thousands of hours played.