19 Games Like Factorio

Games Like Factorio
The games like Factorio contained here offer a similar strategy and resource management experience that challenges you to create a thriving settlement.

In Factorio players take on the role of space explorer as they land on an alien planet ahead of the Earth colonists who plan to settle there. Your objective upon landing is to establish a base of operations to defend the landing of the ships with your crew. Like all great video games though this has not gone to plan and you now find yourself crash landed and under attack from the planet inhabitants.

Primarily a resource gathering experience Factorio blends the likes of strategy, survival and economic management like many titles before it. Factorio’s focus is unique though encouraging players to craft tools and machines to create sophisticated technologies that slowly automate the experience with the likes of drones. Ultimately your objective is to launch a satellite into orbit which requires massive resources.

Reaching this point is not only an economic achievement though as alien attacks can quickly dwindle your resources and momentum. To counter this a number of defences are available such as turrets, light vehicles and durable tanks which serve a multitude of purposes depending on your current requirements.

The games like Factorio below have a similar focus which mixes the economic with combat on mostly foreign worlds. For those that love climbing up a tech tree to enhance their settlement these titles will quench your need for advancement.

Games Like Factorio

spacechem

SpaceChem

Exploring the principles of chemical bonding inside a video game has probably never crossed your mind as an enjoyable experience but SpaceChem achieves just that. Your objective in this puzzle title is to use automation and chemical reactions to achieve the objectives for that level by designin... Read More »

User Score
7.6
(8 votes)
infinifactory

Infinifactory

Infinifactory throws players into an alien controlled facility as you create assembly lines in first person for blocks to go from point A to point B. With many different block types to master, a competitive leaderboard and dark sense of humour there is plenty to enjoy in Infinifactory. Infinifa... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(10 votes)
blueprint-tycoon

Blueprint Tycoon

Can you run an efficient settlement by taking goods from raw material to complex items to sell for a profit? That’s the test that Blueprint Tycoon offers players with its uniquely slimmed down graphic style that has you creating paths for your workers to follow from your various buildings... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(6 votes)
gnomoria

Gnomoria

Gnomoria puts you in control of a civilisation of gnomes who need your guidance to grow their settlement, fend off attacks, craft and dig. While a sandbox game at heart there is also plenty of management and strategy to also master. Each game in Gnomoria starts in a procedurally generated world... Read More »

User Score
7.3
(4 votes)
sol-0

Sol 0

Your objective in Sol 0 is to colonise the surface of Mars by delivering regular rockets of resources and then pairing those with the materials found on Mars to create a thriving colony of astronauts. While the game is set in the future Sol 0 focuses on keeping the experience a realistic one, w... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(7 votes)
human-resource-machine

Human Resource Machine

Human Resource Machine features programming like puzzles that uses a corporate office worker as a metaphor for assembly language. With constantly evolving concepts the player will tackle several puzzles in order to complete each level. With around 30 programming puzzles each takes place over a ... Read More »

User Score
9.3
(13 votes)
open-ttd-logo

OpenTTD

OpenTTD remakes the popular Transport Tycoon Deluxe title, with various improvements this open source recreation of the franchise is ideal for fans of the original or tycoon gamers in general. Introducing a host of additional map sizes, new languages, refreshed UI, custom AI and multiplayer Ope... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(11 votes)
prison-architect

Prison Architect

Maximum security prisons aren’t an easy line of business but one you’ll become expert in by the end of Prison Architect, a game that takes the management simulation genre into the private construction business. Prison Architect takes place in a top-down 2D environment and clearly dr... Read More »

User Score
9.4
(14 votes)
big-pharma

Big Pharma

Ever thought you’d be great at running your own giant pharmaceutical company? Chances are you haven’t but Big Pharma lets you live out this life anyway with a unique setting that combines the likes of puzzles, business management and tycoon games with a sprinkling of ethics. Throwin... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(10 votes)
planetbase

Planetbase

Fancy yourself as a colonist? Planetbase challenges you to settle the stars with your own team of space settlers as they try to establish an outpost on a remote planet. It’s a struggle for survival at its best and one of the few games set in the science fiction realm. Your goal in Planetb... Read More »

User Score
8.0
(4 votes)
banished

Banished

Banished is one of the latest additions to the city building genre (launching in early 2014) and takes it into a unique medieval setting. Unlike other games where you have an abundance of resources you’ll find yourself focusing on balancing your scarce supplies to try and thrive. The game start... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(53 votes)
craft-the-world

Craft The World

Craft The World is a sandbox game with strategy elements for PC, Mac and iOS. Borrowing elements from the likes of Terraria and Dwarf Fortress you’re definitely in for a gaming treat. Craft The World puts you in charge of your own dwarf society that grows from a single dwarf to a thriving commu... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(44 votes)
mini-metro

Mini Metro

Mini Metro opts to go down the simplistic route with a unique offering in the transport simulation video game genre. Focusing on the creation of an efficient subway system in a rapidly growing location it’s a challenging title like no other. Gameplay in Mini Metro is basic but still ensur... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(7 votes)
trainfever

Train Fever

Have you caught Train Fever? Explore this business simulation adventure which challenges you to build a large scale transport empire across several towns. Using trains and buses you’ll get to craft the service lines and build around the terrain to meet your financial needs. Born from a cr... Read More »

User Score
9.0
(6 votes)
simutrans

Simutrans

Simutrans is a unique open source and free to play game like OpenTTD. While similar the game does take the transport tycoon and management genre in some interesting directions thanks to its far reaching community of contributors. Your objective in Simutrans is simple but achieving it is anythin... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(7 votes)
dwarfs

Dwarfs!?

Dwarfs!? (and its free to play counterpart Dwarfs!) lets you command your very own team of Dwarfs in a Lemmings meets Dwarf Fortress approach to gameplay. The free version allows players to experience arcade mode (main game mode) in addition to tutorials and challenge mode while the full versio... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(7 votes)
spacebase-df9

Spacebase DF-9

Build and maintain your own space station in Spacebase DF-9 a game of ships, asteroids, aliens and more. You’ll get to assign jobs to the citizens that you attract while you try your best to keep them alive and grow your space station. At the start of your Spacebase DF-9 adventure players... Read More »

User Score
5.7
(16 votes)
towns

Towns

Towns had the honour of being one of the first games to be released based on the Steam Greenlight program. The game offers an interesting mixture of strategy, city building and role playing which is available on both PC and Mac. In Towns players are in charge of their own settlement which as lu... Read More »

User Score
5.7
(24 votes)
dig-n-rig

Dig-N-Rig

Dig-N-Rig is a 2D mining game based in the future. The game focuses on resource management and some unique building mechanics and can easily offer hours of fun for fans of the genre. The idea behind Dig-N Rig definitely isn’t anything new but the setting and overall game feel is a fresh experie... Read More »

User Score
9.6
(15 votes)