Pile Up! Preview (Steam Early Access)

For our Pile Up! Preview, where we play a strategic building game in which you need to build houses, fulfill your people’s requests and manage your risky buildings in different ways on a small land. But don’t let your guard down in this chill environment, we only get you relaxed so you destroy everything you did.

Pile Up! Preview Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 453.31MB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Graphics settings – resolution, screen mode, and graphics quality preset.
  • I out mode can be set to mouse and keyboard, mouse only, and keyboard only.
  • Drag and rotation speed sliders.
  • Can rebind controls.
  • Strategic building placing gameplay.
  • Opening optional tutorial showing off the controls and basics of the gameplay.
  • Two game modes – regular and sandbox.
  • You can name your island and what the citizens are called.
  • The goal of the game is to place buildings and increase your population.
  • You can rotate buildings before placing them.
  • Set in a 3D world with full 360-degree camera control.
  • Very simple easy-to-learn controls.
  • Has a very Zen atmosphere to it.
  • When placing buildings you see an outline and grid to show before setting it down.
  • Factories give you unique elements like particular platforms or another building needed to expand the previous building.
  • Feels like you are playing Sim City on a single platform.
  • Handy top-down camera view button.
  • As you place buildings you get or lose people (population).
  • A population bar shows how many people are happy, sad, or dead. Quick easy-to-read circle fills in with it for quick reference.
  • Placement comes up with red or white outlines to show if it’s possible to be placed.
  • You can speed up and slow down time.
  • As you reach milestones you get two pick one of two choices, I say choices as they can be good or bad and sometimes you won’t even know.
  • The handbook is a reference point for tutorials and what building icons mean.
  • Hover text pop-ups.
  • Buildings close together will automatically blend or connect together.
  • Very addictive.
  • Day and night cycle.
  • Click on animals in the surrounding sea to interact with them.
  • Play how you want.
  • Lovely animation of the buildings populating and filling in.
  • Different weather types.
  • The progression bar at the bottom shows how close you are to milestones.
  • End of a run breakdown showing your city, name, how long you lasted (in-game days) and how many citizens lived, and what caused the ultimate Downfall of your town.
  • City Blueprint is an unlock tree where you get new buildings and abilities by spending scrap earned from playing the game.
  • The scrap bar at the top shows how much you have earned.
  • Save and quit option.
  • Takes mere seconds to get I to and start a new run.

Pile Up! Preview Cons:

  • No controller support.
  • Takes a fair few games to get to grips with optimal placements etc.
  • Hard at times to see where the front of the building is.
  • Not all gameplay elements are explained in the tutorial.
  • Once it all starts going wrong it can be really hard to bring back.
  • You don’t really have a massive amount of creativity as it all becomes a case of build this to fix this and do that to unlock that.

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Pile Up!:

Official website.

Developer: Remoob Games

Publisher: IndieArk

Store Links –

Steam Early Access

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!