Constructor (video game)

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Constructor
Constructor-pc.jpg
PC box art
Developer(s)System 3
Publisher(s)Acclaim Entertainment
System 3 (re-released & HD)
Designer(s)Phil Thornton (English version)
Platform(s)
Release
1997
  • MS-DOS
    PlayStation, Mac OS
    Microsoft Windows
    • NA: 1998
    • EU: 1998
    • WW: May 26, 2017 (HD)
    PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
    • PAL: January 14, 2010
    PlayStation 4, Xbox One
    • WW: May 26, 2017 (HD)
    Nintendo Switch
    • WW: February 28, 2019 (Plus)
Genre(s)Real-time strategy, Construction and management simulation
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Constructor is a 1997 video game released originally for MS-DOS computers and later ported to the PlayStation, macOS and Microsoft Windows-native DirectX 3. It was developed by System 3 and published by Acclaim Entertainment.

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.

On July 31, 2015, System 3 announced that Constructor was getting an HD re-release on consoles and PC in 2016,[2] but it was delayed to May 26, 2017.[3]

Gameplay[edit]

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.

Development[edit]

Constructor's development was first revealed in a January 1991 issue of The One, where the player's role was described as "You play an architect on a planet subject to freak weather conditions. Like Jupiter it has a huge red spot which revolves every hundred years flattening everything in its path. While not being good news for most of the inhabitants of the planet it is very good news for you and your fellow architects ... From your sophisticated office console you control the planning and building of building of new properties and then attract the right sort of tenants to them."[4] More information regarding Constructor was to be announced in the first quarter of 1992, but its development was delayed.[4]

Fergus McGovern of Probe Entertainment said in 1997, "[Constructor] was a project that we'd been after for a long time, but it was originally with Warner. When they were going through some problems, we jumped in and snapped it up. We've been working on it ever since."[5]

Releases[edit]

The game was originally released for MS-DOS computers in 1997.

Ports[edit]

The game was later ported to the PlayStation, Mac OS and Windows-native Directxx3.

On January 14, 2010, System 3 Software re-released Constructor for Sony PSP and PS3 systems in Europe via the PlayStation Network.[6]

A remake of the original was heading to tablets and other platforms in 2013. On March 29, 2013, it was announced that Constructor would make a return and also debut on tablets.[7]

A HD version of Constructor was announced by System 3 on July 31, 2015. It was originally planned to be released on January 29, 2016, but was delayed six times. It was first delayed until April 29, 2016, then postponed to late summer 2016, January 31, 2017,[8] February 28, 2017, April 28, 2017 with a new projected date of May 26, 2017, on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch version to be released later in the year. The delays with the release were attributed to new features being added to enrich the gameplay, as the game's development progressed.[9][10]

Reception[edit]

Sequel[edit]

Constructor II was announced in April 1998; it would have players visiting the wasteland of an alien planet.[12] The sequel maintained the style of humor present in the original, bringing back a cast of characters from the first game.[12] New characters based on the alien theme were also added, including the Alien Egg which impregnates victims, later causing their guts to explode.[12] Constructor Space was previewed years after the game was announced but was never completed. It was mentioned on June 29, 2016, as a possible sequel to Constructor if the HD re-release was successful[citation needed].

The sequel Constructor Plus was released on May 27, 2019, and features planets as playable maps alongside missions.

Mob Rule (known as Constructor: Street Wars or Street Wars: Constructor Underworld in some regions) was released in 1999, but failed to achieve the same success of the first game[citation needed].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (October 3, 1997). "Now Shipping". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on February 18, 1998. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
    "Acclaim's Constructor hits the stores today..."
  2. ^ "Constructor HD Announcement". System3. Archived from the original on August 4, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  3. ^ "Constructor HD pushed back to 2017". videogamer. Archived from the original on August 28, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Systematic Software: Under Construction". The One. No. 28. emap Images. January 1991. p. 22.
  5. ^ Rider, David; Semrad, Ed (April 1997). "Probe Has the Games to Bring Acclaim Back to Life!". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 93. Ziff Davis. p. 88.
  6. ^ "'Heads-Up' PlayStation Store Update". PlayStationBlog. Archived from the original on January 29, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "Constructor, California Games being re-mastered for tablets in 2013". VG24/7. April 4, 2013. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  8. ^ "Syberia 3, Valhalla Hills, Constructor HD and Vikings: Wolves of Midgard Release Date Announced". gametransfers. January 3, 2017. Archived from the original on January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  9. ^ "Constructor HD: Still under Construction…". System3. Archived from the original on June 12, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  10. ^ "Why System 3 is rebuilding Constructor". MCV. Retrieved June 29, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Jones, Gareth (August 1997). "Constructor". PC PowerPlay (15). 58, 59.
  12. ^ a b c "Bricks in space". PC Zone (62): 15. April 1998. ISSN 0967-8220. OCLC 173325816.

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