Have you ever heard of a guy named Notch (aka Markus Persson)? He made a small little game called Minecraft. He then sold it before it was released and made, like, a gazillion bucks! He then got into legal fights with Bethesda, tried to help Tim Schafer make Psychonauts 2 and named his next game 0x10c (no, I do not know how to pronounce that either).
Before Minecraft made him his millions, however, Notch made a little game called Breaking the Tower. The game is available on the Mojang website for the sweet price of your time, and nothing else.
In its simplest form Breaking the Tower is a game about conquering by expansion. You only ever get to build buildings – nothing else. These buildings will produce a population that will get to work as the woodcutter, farm or even barracks. Building guard posts will allow these little pixel sized people to move closer and closer to the tower, eventually attacking and, inevitably, breaking it.
As simple as this sounds there is a lot of depth to it. Resources are limited, but can be reintroduced by starting new plantations. When to build and where to build is important as the local brigands will surely attack and easily kill your peasants. Barracks are needed to not only protect your people, but also attack the brigands.
The game runs at a very slow pace, which is kind of unusual for a casual game, but if you run this in the background at work it is perfect to kick off, go to a meeting or two and come back without really missing out too much. Trees grow, crops are harvested and life goes on without your interruptions.
To lose yourself in a great little title by one of the best gaming personalities in recent years, hop on over to the official website to give the tower hell!
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