Economic simulation games

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Economy management games.

List of Economic simulation games[edit]

This is a list of free/libre economic simulation games:

Game Screenshot Last Release Genres Description
FreeCol FreeCol.jpg 2015-10-17 TBS, Economic simulation
GenreTBS, Economic simulation
Latest release0.11.6  (Announcement)
Release dateOctober 17th, 2015
Code licenseGPL
P. languageJava

FreeCol is a TBS clone of Sid Meier's Colonization. It is written in the Java programming language and licensed under the GPL.[1]

In February 2007, it received the Project of the Month award. [2]

FreeRCT FreeRCT.png 2013-08-14 Economic simulation
GenreEconomic simulation
Latest release0.0.0.824
Release dateAugust 14th, 2013
DeveloperAlbert Hofman (Alberth), Richard Wheeler (Zephyris)
Code licenseGPLv2[3]
Media licenseGPLv2[3][4]
P. languageC++, Python

FreeRCT is an amusement park simulation game in early stages of development. It is inspired by the proprietary game RollerCoaster Tycoon.

Goblin Camp Goblin-Camp.png 2012-07-15 City building game, Roguelike game, Economic simulation game, Real-time strategy game

Goblin Camp
GenresCity building game, Roguelike game, Economic simulation game, Real-time strategy game
Latest release0.21  (Announcement)
Release dateJuly 15th, 2012
DeveloperIlkka Halila (ihalila)
Code licenseGPLv3
Media licenseGPLv3

Goblin Camp is a citybuilder roguelike game with economy and strategy elements released under the GPLv3. It is inspired by various and notorious games like Anno 1404, Dwarf Fortress and Dungeon Keeper.[5]

OpenTTD OpenTTD.png 2018-04-01 Transport Infrastructure, Online
GenreTransport Infrastructure, Online
Latest release1.8.0  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 1st, 2018
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGraphics: GPLv2 [6]

Sounds: CC Sampling Plus 1.0 [7]

Or proprietary data files from Transport Tycoon deluxe
P. languageC++
LibrarySDL, Allegro

OpenTTD is a simulation game for transportation and a clone of the proprietary game Transport Tycoon Deluxe ("TTD"). The game's source code is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2.0.[8]

At this time (December, 2010), proprietary data files from the original TTD are not required to play the binary packed game. Nightly/trunk build contains free media files. [9]

OpenTTD has many improvements over its inspiration, TTD, such as larger maps and online multiplayer play.

It was written in the C++ programming language using the SDL or Allegro library.[10][11]

Unknown Horizons Anno3.png 2017-02-07 RTS, Economic simulation
Unknown Horizons
GenreRTS, Economic simulation
Latest release2017.2  (Announcement)
Release dateFebruary 7th, 2017
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseCC-BY-SA 3.0
P. languageC++, Python

Unknown Horizons, formerly known as OpenAnno, is a real-time strategy game and economic simulation game loosely based on Sunflower's Anno series.[12] The game's source code is licensed under the GPL while its own media is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license and some parts under other DFSG-compatible licenses[13].

The first public version of Unknown Horizons is version 2008.1 released on October 1st, 2008 when it was called OpenAnno.[14]. This was the last release as OpenAnno before the name was changed to Unknown Horizons[15].

Widelands Widelands - Atlantean early settlement.png 2016-11-11 RTS, Economic simulation, Online
Widelands - Atlantean early settlement.png
A small Atlantean settlement, early in the game
GenreRTS, Economic simulation, Online
Latest releaseBuild19  (Announcement)
Release dateNovember 11th, 2016
Code licenseGPL
Media licenseGPL
P. languageC++, Lua

Widelands is a real-time strategy game. It uses the Simple DirectMedia Layer and is written in the C++ programming language.[16] The source code and media are licensed under the GNU General Public License.[17] Widelands has single-player campaigns as well as multi-player. It supports online play via their own meta-server as well as LAN and direct IP connection.

The latest release of Widelands is Build19 released on November 11th, 2016.[18]

The game is available in more than twenty languages.

  1. The about page of FreeCol
  2. Project of the Month
  3. 3.0 3.1 License file of freerct project on Google Code
  4. Commit 9 stating GPLv2 also applies to data
  5. About page at Goblin Camp official website
  6. License of graphics
  7. License of sounds
  8. OpenTTD copyright file at Debian packages
  9. Graphics and sound replacement complete, accessed on January 4th, 2010
  10. report on openttd
  11. OpenTTD debian package details on
  12. UH's wiki main page reveals the project aim accessed on October 10th, 2008.
  13. Unknown Horizons license document.
  14. News post on 2008.1 release
  15. News post on name change
  16. Widelands project page at Launchpad
  17. Widelands' COPYING file
  18. Build 19 announcement