This City Builder Asks You to Rebuild the World After Climate Devastation

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This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/qv7pyx/this-city-builder-asks-you-to-rebuild-the-world-after-climate-devastation
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I spent some time with Lichenia, and I’m not sure it really makes sense to call it a ‘city builder’. I think it’s more like an interactive canvas that’s trying to make a very specific point. If its opacity is meant to be thematic, then the theme is apparently “There are no meaningful choices to be made,” because I could only obtain one outcome: a white ‘city’ area, some green ‘nature’ area, periodic droughts that eventually remove all the water, and periodic fires that burn all the green and a little of the white.

I find the concept intriguing, but this execution is really disappointing.