18 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.


Dig-N-Rig is a 2D mining game based in the future that challenges players to find and manage resources through unique rig building mechanics which create hours of fun and challenge as players master the possibilities of the available game tools. Created in a similar manner to Tag: The Power of Paint and Narbacular Drop Dig-N-Rig has student game development origins which does show through in the basic 2D graphical style of the game but generally doesn’t detract from the unique mechanics at...[Read Review]

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Oxygen Not Included

Oxygen Not Included challenges you with space colony simulation across varied procedural generated worlds. With food, warmth and even oxygen as your resources under constant threat you’ll need to guide your colonists to survive. Every detail of your colony is in the hands of the player and more so than most simulation games. While colonists will listen to your commands as you send them adventuring for resources from the rocks and minerals that surround you players will also be given advanc...[Read Review]

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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 draws from a number of classics in the genre. Every element of the prison is in your hand and the game is about much more than just throwing up some cells though with a level of depth that ensures you won...[Read Review]

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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 year within the corporate world of Human Resource Machine. Each year you’ll be promoted to a new level which adds additional complexity and rules to the game. While being promoted players also uncove...[Read Review]

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9.3 User Avg (13 votes)

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 crowdfunding campaign Train Fever was released in late 2014 and has since received a number of tweaks and further developments, which are likely to continue into the future. Gameplay is entirely single playe...[Read Review]

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Mini Metro

Mini Metro opts to go down the simplistic gameplay route with a unique offering in the transport simulation video game genre that still proves challenging despite the basic design choices. Focusing on the creation of an efficient subway system in a rapidly growing location it’s a challenging title that allows players to begin to understand why real world metro systems struggle so much with expansion of cities and population. Gameplay in Mini Metro is basic but still ensures plenty of disco...[Read Review]

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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. Throwing half a dozen different scenarios at you with over 30 challenges within them Big Pharma is about taking your company from its current position to riches while curing the planet along the way. Scenarios ra...[Read Review]

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Blueprint Tycoon

Can you run an efficient settlement by taking goods from raw material to complex items to sell for an eventual profit? That’s the test that Blueprint Tycoon will put players through with its slimmed down graphic style that has you creating pathways for your workers to follow from your various buildings with their own role in your profitable empire. Each Blueprint Tycoon game starts on its own island island which limits players space to the blueprint inspired aesthetic island area to begin ...[Read Review]

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Craft The World

Craft The World is a sandbox game with strategy elements for PC, Mac and iOS whereby players will be creating their own dwarven colony from humble beginnings. Mixing elements from a range of titles in similar genres Craft The World’s overall experience is a gaming treat and offers replayability at the same time. Craft The World puts you in charge of your own dwarf society that grows from a single dwarf to a thriving community of adventurers (often 12-14 depending on your level completion t...[Read Review]

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Banished joins the ranks of the city build genre with a 2014 release that takes it into a unique medieval setting where you’ll build from humble beginnings into a thriving economic powerhouse. Banished opts not to throw abundance of resources at players either and instead looks to force players into resource scarcity so that every decision is one of balance as you try to survive and with some luck, thrive. Banished starts you off with your own community of outcasts who have come together a...[Read Review]

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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 OpenTTD has a list of features to entice any player of the original title. OpenTTD also has the benefit of being playable on more modern systems as the original release in 1994 does not have the same flexibil...[Read Review]

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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 anything but, ensuring a real challenge for players. This objective is to create and maintain an efficient system for transportation while staying financially viable. Similar to other titles this means transporti...[Read Review]

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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 Planetbase to master the three game planets that provide different challenges and increasing difficulty. Starting out players will explore the barren desert planet which despite its name is actually one of the ea...[Read Review]

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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 itself to create a thriving colony of astronauts. Available on Windows, Mac and Linux Sol 0 is primarily a strategic management title as you pioneer space travel for those that are to come after you. While the game is set in the future Sol 0 focuses on keeping the experience a realistic one, with technology available at the present day or w...[Read Review]

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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 designing an appropriate system. This blend of chemistry and programming combined with the open ended solutions to each level ensures all puzzle fans will enjoy what is on offer and also pick up some basics of che...[Read Review]

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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 across 6 challenging worlds. With many different block types to master, a competitive leader board and dark sense of humour there is plenty to enjoy in Infinifactory as you break down the puzzles laid out before you and conquer them through logical constructions. The core Infinifactory offering is a highly structured experience with players selectin...[Read Review]

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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 version adds sandbox, rush, endless, tower defence and dark mode for more variety. These modes can be added individually to your game or bought in a package (Dwarfs!?) allowing plenty of flexibility. Regardless ...[Read Review]

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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 with a number of sliders available to players to alter the difficultly and type of experience they wish to have. Options include things like map size, flatness, depth of resources, amount of resources, en...[Read Review]

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