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Constructor Returns!

Constructor HD logo overlayed atop a screenshot of the game featuring a quaint neighborhood.
Screenshot of U.K. developer System 3's Constructor HD game with logo overlayed.

United Kingdom (UK)-based game developer System 3, after 18 long years and a number of fan requests, is bringing back the game that let us build a neighborhood then try desperately not to get run out of town. Constructor, released back in 1997, put the player in the role of a 1920s/1930s construction company owner tasked with building a neighborhood and using undesirables such as hippy squatters, corrupt handymen, and mafia gangsters to run your opponents out of business (usually by blowing up or otherwise destroying their headquarters and them). You could use everything from property destruction and nuisance to intimidation and violence to battle your opponents while trying to keep your own residents from being unhappy or burnt to a crisp.

Since then a “sequel” has been released in 2013, Mob Rule (also known as Constructor: Street Wars), which focused more on mafia-style gang control. NOTE: I have not played Mob Rule so I am not commenting on it.

Screenshot showing the re-imagined foreman managment screen allowing you to add or remove personnel to/from a sawmill that produces wood for constructing other buildings.

Screenshot showing the re-imagined construction manager screen allowing you to add or remove personnel to/from a sawmill that produces wood for construction.

The new game appears to be a re-write of the original game with higher-quality graphics and a few new features. The new game is titled Constructor HD and will be available for PC/Windows as well as on the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft XBOX One gaming consoles. The site claims they have re-balanced the gameplay. Hopefully to be a little harder as it did get a bit too easy after you built up your neighborhood and forces… at least for myself. They are also adding some new game modes and maps. It does not say, but I am hoping online multiplayer will also be included (both co-op, versus, and whatever other game modes they are planning). A few of the developers who worked on the original are also working on this re-imagining of the classic.

Screenshot showing the updated management screen for the hippy squatter undesirable.

Screenshot showing the updated management screen for the hippy squatter undesirable.

Constructor was one of my favorite DOS-based games when I was a kid and I am happy to see it finally refreshed for the latest Windows and consoles! The release date for the new Constructor HD is, as of this post’s publish date — January 29, 2016.

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