You can sign up to get a daily email of our articles, see the Mailing List page.
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. See more here.

Celebrate Economic Strategy with the Steam Capitalism and Economy Fest

By - | Views: 25,093

Economy simulation and city management may not be the first thing most people think of when they think about video games. But it is one of the most longstanding genres in gaming, going all the way back to the 1980's. And if you've been looking to get into the genre or just check something new out, now's a great time with an entire sale highlighting some of the most noteworthy modern simulation games.

From the beloved Cities: Skylines to obscure stuff like Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, there's a little something for everyone in this sale. As my expertise in game genres is more blowing stuff up than planning economies; I'll instead be going through a sampler platter and determining the best games in the sale based on reviews, how interesting it looks to me, and how good a deal it is.

It should be noted these aren't games that optimally fit into the Steam Deck's normal control format, but we'll list Deck support anyway.

Cities Skylines ($29.99 $8.99) steam deck playable Steam Deck Playable / Native Linux Support

RollerCoaster Tycoon: Deluxe ($5.99 $2.99) steam deck playable Steam Deck Playable / ProtonDB Gold

Travellers Rest - EARLY ACCESS ($14.99 $11.24) steam deck verified Steam Deck Verified / ProtonDB Platinum

Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale ($19.99 $3.99)  steam deck unsupported Steam Deck Unsupported/ ProtonDB Gold

Anno 1800 ($59.99 $14.99) steam deck playable Steam Deck Playable / ProtonDB Gold

Like I've said, my economy simulator knowledge isn't great. So I welcome any additional game suggestions in the comments I might have missed that you love. You can check out the sale here and keep in mind that it runs until January 15 at 10 AM PST / 6PM UTC.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
7 Likes
About the author -
author picture
A humble Steam Deck owner and fledgling Linux user in general. I've always been interested in Linux replacing Windows as the primary PC gaming OS. But it was always a mess of frustration, drivers, and not knowing which kernel was best. When SteamOS3 and Steam Deck hit the scene however, I realized the true potential of Linux as a gaming platform.
See more from me
7 comments

CatKiller Jan 9
View PC info
  • Supporter Plus
I can recommend Parkitect (native / Deck Playable), which is 50% off in the sale.

I'm surprised Two Point Hospital (which is also a great game) isn't included - it seems like it would have been a good fit.

I have Megaquarium and Prison Architect (native / Deck Playable for both) but I've not actually got around to playing either of those, so I can't specifically recommend them.
Pengling Jan 9
View PC info
  • Supporter
Quoting: CatKillerI'm surprised Two Point Hospital (which is also a great game) isn't included - it seems like it would have been a good fit.
I'd guess that it's Steam being too strict with its criteria for the Fest. I noticed it with the upcoming Dinos vs. Robots Fest, for example - just having robots or dinosaurs isn't good enough for inclusion, a game has to go in-depth into the societal implications and so on, so I wouldn't be surprised if something similar was going on here, too.
CatKiller Jan 9
View PC info
  • Supporter Plus
Quoting: PenglingI'd guess that it's Steam being too strict with its criteria for the Fest. I noticed it with the upcoming Dinos vs. Robots Fest, for example - just having robots or dinosaurs isn't good enough for inclusion, a game has to go in-depth into the societal implications and so on, so I wouldn't be surprised if something similar was going on here, too.
They've got plenty of similar games in there. I'd expect Sega just didn't opt in for some reason.
belisama Jan 9
Quoting: CatKillerI have Megaquarium and Prison Architect (native / Deck Playable for both) but I've not actually got around to playing either of those, so I can't specifically recommend them.

I can vouche for Megaquarium, it's delightful. The ability to free-build (glaring at you, TPH), a wonderful progressive campaign, active pause, the ability to save at any time, a responsive dev, and money is really just a means to an end (which is to buy more fish!). Gotten my partner addicted to it, too.
redneckdrow Jan 10
If a shop sim/dungeon-crawler sounds like a fun concept to y'all, Recettear is one of my personal favorites. It helps that most of the characters are absolutely adorable.

Gameplay loop is buy items/find in dungeons → choose items for sale → haggle → sell for a decent profit → repay debt → don't wind up in a cardboard box → repeat.

Also, your creditor is a literal money fairy. In the story mode, you have 36 days to pay the debt off. If you lose, you can restart with most of your stuff intact. After beating the game, you can play endless mode without the debt. Or survival mode, if you hate yourself and like soul-crushing debt.

Also, I hate Euria.

It really is a warm-fuzzies type of ruthless tycoon game.

Capitalism, ho!
Just a heads up that there are three FREE items in the Steam Points Shop related to this sale.......
robertosf92 Jan 10
It's a good irony that prison architect is on sale in the capitalism and economy sale, tbh
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on:

Reward Tiers: Patreon. Plain Donations: PayPal.

This ensures all of our main content remains totally free for everyone! Patreon supporters can also remove all adverts and sponsors! Supporting us helps bring good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!
Login / Register


Or login with...
Sign in with Steam Sign in with Google
Social logins require cookies to stay logged in.