System 3: Original Constructor Free!

If  you didn’t know, System 3 Software is remaking the 1997 classic video game Constructor! Originally they were going to call it Constructor HD – essentially re-writing the original to work better on the latest PCs with high resolution graphics – however they now feel that enough is being added that it will also be it’s own game. They are no longer calling it Constructor HD but instead just Constructor (like the original).  On top of that they are going to give away free copies of the original 1997 game to anyone who likes their game Facebook page by January 31, 2017 will receive a link to download the original game free. I assume the game has been updated enough to run on the latest PCs (or at least running in an emulator like DOSBox).

Constructor Returns!

Constructor HD logo overlayed atop a screenshot of the game featuring a quaint neighborhood.

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.

British Grandma Rules GTA 5

Screen capture of Grand Theft Auto 5 with the British grandmother-gamer shown in the top left corner. The words "DIE! DIE! DIE!" are overlayed on the image with color transitioning from white to red.
[dc]B[/dc]ritish grandma is put in front of a computer to play Grand Theft Auto V with hilarious results! She is kicking ass (after running out of bubble-gum), taking names, and out-swearing sailors and yelling “DIE! DIE! DIE!” while shooting rockets at cars, people, and buildings!

Mythbusters: Video Games Special

Discovery's Mythbusters Video Games special logo made to appear like an old-school 16-bit video game menu. The fonts are mostly mono-spaced and using terminal-like fonts. About one-quarter from the top is the title "MYTHBUSTERS" in large, bold, yellow, mono-spaced type with red outline around each of the characters. Hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are represented by 16-bit game caricatures where their heads are covering the title and their hands are folded across their chests. Under the title and hosts is bold, red text with a large red outline reading "VIDEO GAMES" and in white text at the bottom is "Press Start." The background is black space filled with white plus-shaped blue and white stars and a dark blue gradient that becomes opaque at the bottom.
Discovery's Mythbusters Video Games special logo made to appear like an old-school 16-bit video game menu. The fonts are mostly mono-spaced and using terminal-like fonts. About one-quarter from the top is the title "MYTHBUSTERS" in large, bold, yellow, mono-spaced type with red outline around each of the characters. Hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage are represented by 16-bit game caricatures where their heads are covering the title and their hands are folded across their chests. Under the title and hosts is bold, red text with a large red outline reading "VIDEO GAMES" and in white text at the bottom is "Press Start." The background is black space filled with white plus-shaped blue and white stars and a dark blue gradient that becomes opaque at the bottom.
Discovery’s Mythbusters Video Games Special Title Screen

This preview of next week’s new episode of Mythbusters on Discovery previews host Adam Savage sneaking through rooms setup like the DOOM video game complete with old-school growls, plasma guns, and chainsaws. Next week Jamie and Adam will be taking on video game myths and will be interesting to see what they come up with and could possibly be plausible or confirmed in a world design to be pure fiction…

[Unfortunately because Discovery’s video embeds do not support loading on an encrypted page you will need to follow this link to see the video preview.]