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Lean back in your chair and end your day feeling great. LowPolis is a city-building game with strategy and management elements. Friendly pace and balanced learning curve make it great when you need a break or a chillout moment after playing fast-paced games. Neat lowpoly graphics look nice and make the game run smooth even on fairly modest computers!

Expand your city, provide anything your citizens need, and progress to the next level. Download below and chill!


Current features:

  •  Building/destruction
  •  Double-tiered construction system
  •  Tiered production (resources and manufactured goods)
  •  Citizen needs and happiness
  •  Tax management
  •  Rampant fires and disease
  •  Simple environment-forming 
  •  Battle mode with units operating in formations

Incoming features:

  •  Simulation of neighbouring cities
  •  Trade mechanics between player and computer
  •  Random events
  •  Tier III structures and citizens

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lowpolis-demo-linux.zip 120 MB
lowpolis-demo-win32.zip 96 MB
lowpolis-demo-win64.zip 98 MB

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Looks great! Are you planning a mac version?

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Hey!

Having a lot of fun with this game I hope you are all enjoying it too. Look forward to see future updates and will follow it to make sure I am staying up to date I am keen to see what you are adding to it. Great indie game and devs.

Sorry for the misspelling on the intro card. I hope you add more content to it improve the graphics and that like others have said in the comment there is a path of development where we can see when new things are added. Discord would be good to. 

Thank you for creating an awesome game!

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Hello SGP, we're striving to improve both LowPolis and communication, let's hope you'll like what's to come. Many thanks for featuring us on your channel and leaving some heart-warming things in the comment!

Hi Matek,

No problem its great to see such a great game being created and I love strategy and city builder games so I am keen to see what additions you will be making in the future ! Is there a campaign in mind? Or scenarios? Looking forward to see more.Discord seems like a good medium to get in touch with fans of the game also and to keep people in the loop but im sure you can do that brilliantly here also.


SGP

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I got a death-spiral from an unending barrage of "building is not serviced by a storehouse!"

I ended up building a new storehouse near the effected building each time this popped up, until I had waaaaaay too many storehouses, which didn't even stop that from happening.

Since it was my fisheries (and only my fisheries) complaining about this, it was the end of my city.

I have no idea why this happened.  Even before the first notice, I had, on paper, enough storehouses, and all were efficiently placed.


One minor thing is that I would like to be able to place road-needing buildings without roads.  This is how I think - I like to place buildings before the road network.  It made for a lot of switching back and forth.


Fun game!

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Hello, dontnormally! What an unfortunate way to lose. If the conditions were satisfied (road connection, entrances facing the road, available worker etc.) it could've been a bug that wouldn't show up during our test plays. Let's hope that the issue doesn't happen to you again. We'll see to it as well before the update.

When it comes to overall building vs. road placement. It's been on our minds, and we're working on a solution that would allow free building and at the same time keep the need for road connection to make structures active.

Thanks for playing the game and coming here to drop a comment!

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Really love this so far. This is just a suggestion, and it really depends more on your attitude toward this sort of thing, but do you plan on setting up a discord server? I know a number of free itch games do that, to better advertise the game and engage with the community around it.

Just wondering if that's on the roadmap at the moment.

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Hi, thank you for coming by! Discord definitely feels like a good way to connect with people. While we're positive about it our roadmap is somewhat tangled in between studies, work & LowPolis development. It is something we would love to use in the near future.

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So I've  played your game I really like it !
Here're my points :

+ The low poly design allowed the game to work really efficiently
+ The sound design is great
+ I liked the way our people evolve
+ The zoom system is good
+ Easy to understand

BUT there're few things that have no sense imo

- The warehouse system makes it too redondant, and build a level 2 warehouse is kind of useless.
> "If you want to expand, use a warehouse, people will be able to export their ressources" This is totally ok. But quite quickly it's more like "lay a building, build a warehouse" as our workers seems to not working for more than 2 buildings.

- The wells. It's just dumb. Why would people take water from the well to store it in the warehouse? It would be way more logic if our people only had to draw water from them instead. With a minimum amount of water for a defined number of buildings and services (like 1 well for 3 houses, 1 well for 1 house and 1 bakery...). Here it's just a non sense. Wells depend on warehouses.

Talking about wells, one time I had a pretty good balance like 1K water, everyone happy with tavern, church, bakery, a good income, etc. But my water level just dropped for no reason. So I had to lay several wells and it broke my balance, my income went to negative, so I had to build houses again, and I had not enough food, so I built
fisheries, and more bakeries, so I went to negative again.. At some point I just could'nt find any balance and it was the bankrut, because of... wells.

- Food. Food depends only of fisheries and bakeries when there're hunters and farms. More possibilities would be nice. Why are the hunters only hunting for animal skins? Why is there only one wheat farm ? A bit like the wells, at some point the food level go down, even if you are balanced, for no reason.


I played 10 hours or so. I really enjoyed it but, yes.. at some point I just wanted to give up because after trying different things it seemed that the only way to have a larger city was to build a city of warehouses and wells, with a S load of fisheries every 10m..

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Hello Cenarone, thanks for sticking with LowPolis for 10h already! Every compliment on the game makes us happy. We also value suggestions & feedback — many thanks for that as well.

As far as water goes, we are aware that wells in their current state feel like an awkward thing. We’re still fiddling around that, but we’d love to keep water as a product to distribute it among people. It’s some serious early The Settlers nostalgia.

When it comes to Storehouses. Level 1 can serve 6 production buildings in a single moment, while level 2 can serve 9 at once. The real challenge here is to place them cleverly enough to make resource collecting as effective as possible. We wanted to add more building variety by introducing higher tier equivalents. It’s a matter of testing how much better these should be than the basic ones.

Eventually there are going to be more types of food. 

Again, thank you specially for writing an extensive comment on the game. LowPolis development has its direction, and we are moving the game to achieve more variety in the gameplay. Make sure to revisit the game every now and then!

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Hello !

Thank you for replying.
As I said, regarding the "water logistics"  you can distribute it like so : 1 well for 3 houses, 1 well for 1 house and 1 bakery etc. Still a product, as people need to draw water from the well to get water. Clearly, using someone to draw water and store it inside a storehouse is a non-sense to me.

Talking about storehouses, I know how it works :)  As a huge fan of Anno and all the city builders in general I'm used to it. But here, there's something wrong. At some point there's no way to balance the economy with the number of people, services and storehouses. As I said it becomes a city of storehouses, fisheries and wells and it feels really redondant. 

I'm glad that you're working on adding more variety of food supplies and services it will add more fun to the gameplay !


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Hey again!

LowPolis is regularly balanced with slight adjustments to resource costs and consumption. We are going to make every small effort to discover the “just fine” spot! :)

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I loved the game!
1 - I like this kind of visual
2 - The possibility to zoom it's fun!
3 - The sound is perfect, so chill
4 - The english used is easy for non-english players (like me)

But if i can feedback:

1 - When pause the game, try to remove camera moviment. When I go to another window (like a browser), with 2 monitors, the game (paused) still run camera to the border of map without mouse on game
2 - Maybe you need to call hut as HOUSE, and describe better what it's do. I think only this confused me on the game. You combineted description box incame with happness with population in the same box. I don't know, I loss a bit time to understand that is the most important part of game
3 - The game don't show me how to evolute to level 2. Some times its fast, sometimes i dont get evoluted. I see on comments here how it's work, and only now it's make sense for me. It's can be write on the game on a description box over this button
4 - Try to add some minimalyst sound to HUD, like a hover on buttons and actions. Minimal sound.
5 - When camera is too far away from selected build, make camera jump a little fast to the place when "navigate to the place" action

Anyway man, i'm playing about 4 hours this game on debian 10 with mate and nvidia GPU. It's alot nice and alot fun! Great work man. If you need any help with web or linux dev/test, just say!

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Hello Bruno! We're glad that you liked playing LowPolis. The comments you left are really important observations that need some simple changes. We are especially focused on adding more details regarding level 2 city upgrade. We will be addressing 1 and 5 in no time as well. Thank you both for your nice words and spot-on suggestions!

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the water system is a little weird is there a way to keep the wells full that m not realizing

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Yup, it's a bit confusing because there is no information on how it exactly works. We realize that, and we are going to change it in the next update. Wells are slightly different producers since they are maintained by storehouses. It means that when a worker goes to the well he spends a few seconds there getting water, and then he goes back to store it. Thank you for the feedback!

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oh ok thanks for getting back to me and thank you for such a good game 

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Great game so far! After a few attempts at it I decided to try create a really big city. I started off by trying to make sure I had many villagers and food but I expanded fast and ended up 10,000 in debt. I then decided to close all my buildings and use the remaining resources to build buildings that would raise the happiness of my people so I could raise the tax and get enough money to get back into the positives. After that, I built slower (learning from my previous mistake) and I ended up making this:

(I couldn't capture the other two thirds of the city so it doesn't look that big)

Had a lot of fun playing this and can't wait to see how you develop this moving forward! One thing I'd like to ask about however is I don't quite get how city hall levelling works nor do I get how you get different types of residents. At one point one of my huts turned into a medieval house looking thing but then reverted back after being unhappy. It was a little unclear how the city hall levelled up (maybe I forgot something from the tutorial) or how the huts upgraded so how exactly does that work?

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Nice attempt here! I am really happy to hear that you enjoyed your playthrough. Congrats on getting out of debt! 

As for how the city level works, all you have to do is to fulfill the needs of your citizens. If they are happy (over 90% of happiness) and the particular hut is full it will get upgraded to the next level. If it is the first-ever house to level up, it will unlock II level buildings together with that better looking City Hall. There is no III level yet, but we are working on it at the moment. We are going to add clearer in-game information about upgrading your city I know that currently, it may be confusing.

Thank you for trying LowPolis and leaving a comment.

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I cant expand anything

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What do you mean? You can't expand your city's borders or you can't reach II level of civilians? 

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i cant expand the boarder

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You have to build a Storehouse.

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Ive done that, nothing has expande.

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nevermind ive got it no

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very ugly men , addd somethin cute and adorable , why they keep showing men as ugly , that suspicious

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LOL why are you so caught up in that?? And very unnecessarily subjective... it's a free game, geeze!

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I really liked this game.
And it has great potential, although it is still under development
But is there a minus when you can save the game?
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I'm glad you like our game. About saving system — it's not stable enough, the game changes a lot, so we decided to disable it for demo version.

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I enjoy the game. It's surprising how much was put into this, from every aspect. The detail, the small town feels, it's all very cool.

However, there are many issues. Primarily with supply. I found that the fire is a massive burden in this game. I had a city growing, had just reached the 1000 person mark, and suddenly, the whole city is destroyed by fire. I had at least 1 well per every 5 homes. This obviously isn't intentional, but the wells just don't put out any water. I would put at least 3 wells to try and solve 1 fire, and by then, I had already lost several huts.

As soon as I got to level 2, my city was hit by a plague. This is annoying as I had no way to defend against it. It wasn't a matter of a few minutes, it was mere seconds after I leveled up. The house would change, and suddenly everyone's dead from a plague. This is very annoying as I don't get to address the actual city, I don't get to try and work on improving, I just get to watch my entire effort get wasted.

Another issue is the battle demo. I get it's just a demo, but it's terrible. Absolutely terrible. There's no way to strategically fight against the enemy. I tried to flank; failure. I tried rushing; failure. I tried luring small units; failure. The red team is too powerful. It's crushing and frankly insulting because no matter what happens, you can't win.


This game has great potential continuing forward. But it's a pain in the rear right now. Big waste of time to watch my city just crumble after an hour or more of playing in mere seconds.

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Thank you for constructive feedback, I really appreciate it.

Many things are still in the “work in progress” stage, and we are sorry for these issues. However, here are a few tricks to optimize your experience:

  •  if you want to keep your wooden constructions safe remember to separate them with roads and keep a lot of water in storehouses
  • diseases problems are due to my mistake, I kept high illness risk from the test stage, sorry for that
  • actually battle demo is not that hard but you have to know a few things. Keep your archers safe, give orders in pause mode and try to guess which unit types are counters for one another
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Nice game but there are some issues like i dont have a way to get to stone at level 1 so i end up in a dead end and when i restarted the game it kept me in the same no stone location.

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There are two stone sources near City Hall building but you have to expand a little your city using Storehouse.  I will attach screenshot to clarify it.

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I see... you might wanna add where to put it into your tutorial 

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Yeah, I should highlight it or something. There is a stone icon in building mode but I see it is not enough. Thank you for sharing thoughts.

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Really like the idea, tho I have one question. Is there a way to run it on Windows 32-bit? Wanna try it since I bought it but I didn't think about checking if it actually works in the first place :(

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Really sorry for that. Try now lowpolis-demo-win32 package. Thank you for your donation!

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Thank you! But I come again with even different problem. The game crashes when I try to run it by using itch app. It shows me this aaaalll the time :( Also I copied the files so maybe you could help me somehow. I'm sorry for the problem!

https://pastebin.com/pLW04a8g

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Hm, first of all, ensure that you have the latest Graphics Card Drivers. If yes - try to reinstall them. You may check DirectX too. If the problem still appears please contact me via mail browar.collective@gmail.com. I will need crash.dmp file too, it is located in the same folder as the previous error.log file.

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It doesn't let me save and it crashes 30 minutes in the game. I really like the game and I wish it could be fleshed out more. Good work already though!

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Saving game is disabled because user interface isn't finished yet. Can you tell me what exactly happened before game crashed? Big FPS drop or something? Thanks for comment! New update is coming in 4 days. 

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Yeah,  I placed an object an object and then it crashed. The fps marker was at 72 which is good for me when it crashed and things just froze. I'm happy that you are updating your game and I honestly can't wait for it!

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Ach, thanks I will try to reproduce it.

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The game has a good idea and it remembered me few other games.

But there are a few problems with the game:

1. Roads should be placed without multiple clicking. It should be like holding a mouse button and dragging over the map.

2. There is definitely too much resources at the beginning of the game (wood & stone) .

3. Also gold income/outcome is too fast. I spent too much time to build some houses and almost run out of gold. But when I built houses, the situation was opposite: I had way too much gold.

4. Warehouses (in my opinion) should have a bit larger influence range. They are quite a big buildings and I had to place them almost in every spot where I produced something.

5. There is a problem with CPU usage when you have some buildings. I had them about 40 and the FPS dropped to a very low value. I don't know why. Similar games haven't got such a problem and they are a bit more complex.

6. I can feel that there is no building-up sequence. That is something I miss here. It is rather optional and my "feeling" about the game.

7. The map... It is just the same and it contains some wall system. Next time consider removing such artefacts from release version ;) .


Hope you will build up the game! I really would like to see progress here! :)


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Really thanks for comment.

1. I already changed it, now player can build multiple roads by holding mouse.

2. Yeah, I added all resources just for demo.

3. I will try to balance it.

4. Yup, I know this but in next update every building range will be different, all buildings (except storehouse) have square as range and I will change it.

6. Do you mean that there should be something like in Anno - first you can place only warehouse, lumberjack, house and fishery, after that game unlocks next buildings? 

7. This map is only for demo, in future I will add more predefined maps.

I made some fixes, e.g. selections system and buildings placement, in few days I will add it here. In 2/3 weeks will be optimization patch.  ;) 

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6. Placement of basic resources, then the rest exists. You have 3 levels of buildings. I was rather thinking about something like in Settlers (or their remakes like Widelands): you place a building, then it is built and it takes a while. Then it can produce.
I know that this is very code-expensive part, but it is very pretty and from human position there is a progress of building up everything.
Of course it is only my opinion and it is not mandatory. Your game is good already :).

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Ach, sure. I will think about it, I like this feature too.