Constructor (video game)
|Publisher(s)||Acclaim (Originally), System 3 (Current)|
|Designer(s)||(English Version) Phil Thornton|
|Genre(s)||Real-time strategy/Construction and management simulation|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Multiplayer over IPX, Network|
Constructor is a 1997 video game released originally for MS-DOS Personal Computers, and later ported to the PlayStation and Windows-native DirectX 3. It was developed by System 3 and published by Acclaim.
In the game, packed with humorous undertones, the player controls a construction company in a map split between several estates, and must deal with other teams to win the game.
A sequel, Constructor: Street Wars (known as Mob Rule in the US) was released in 1999, but failed to achieve the same success of the first game. A remake of the original is headed to tablets and other platforms in 2013.
On July 31, 2015, System 3 announced that Constructor was getting an HD re-release on consoles and PC, in early 2016.
The player controls a construction company, and aim to drive the other players out of business. Using teams of workers and foremen, the player must build facilities to manufacture building materials (a sawmill, concrete works, etc.), in order to build houses (ranging from simple wooden cabins to large mansions) in which to house tenants who pay rent and thus fund the company, as well as producing new workers, tenants and other characters. Along the way, the player can build homes for undesirables such as gangsters and hippies, who work to undermine the enemy.
Reception and sales
A sequel titled Constructor II was announced in April 1998 that would have players visiting the wasteland of an alien planet. The sequel maintained the style of humor present in the original, bringing back a cast of characters from the first game. New characters based on the alien theme were also added, including the Alien Egg which impregnates victims, later causing their guts to explode.
On March 29, 2013 it was announced that Constructor would make a return and also debut on tablets.
System 3 announced, on July 31, 2015, that the game would be getting a high-definition remaster. Returning to PC and consoles in early 2016.
- 3, System. "Constructor HD Announcement". System3.
- "Bricks in space". PC Zone (62): 15. April 1998. ISSN 0967-8220. OCLC 173325816.