In some city building games, you may have to swerve roads around inconvenient hills or smooth out some slopes to be able to place buildings, but Laysara: Summit Kingdom it’s a brand new game. The settlements you build and manage in Laysara are nestled high on a mountain between steep cliffs, treacherous terrain, extreme weather events, and all the logistical supply chain issues that come with building a near-vertical city.
Also, there are avalanches. Parts of your growing city can be buried by a sudden and catastrophic wave of snow and ice. Get a shovel.
Building on steep mountain slopes and establishing supply lines to get resources from bottom to top seems like a challenge in itself, but imagine abruptly finding your hard work buried under a few dozen feet of snow.
But while avalanches may be unavoidable, at least you can plan for them and take steps to mitigate the damage they cause.
“Forest the key areas to create natural barriers, build artificial barriers to redirect snow masses or trigger the avalanche early, while still being manageable,” says the two-person developer pretty cool games.
Its mountain has different regions to build on, with arable areas in the green plains and mineral deposits near treacherous glaciers higher up. Getting resources where they’re needed most will be critical, and you may need to set up vertical supply elevators to take them up cliff walls and build roads and bridges over rivers and canyons. Otherwise, you can always use yaks to transport goods. There aren’t enough city builders that include yak management in my opinion.
There’s another intriguing feature of Laysara: while you build various cities on different mountains throughout the game, these settlements don’t exist in isolation.
“During a campaign or sandbox game, the player will establish several cities, each on a unique mountain with its own characteristics. All cities coexist in symbiosis, creating a trade network, which can be adjusted to the needs of players by revisiting already established settlements. developed”, say the developers.
If you manage to build a successful city, you can even conquer the peak of the mountain and establish a great temple on the summit. Like everything in Laysara, it looks amazing. The Polish developer says the game is set in a “fictional universe”, but has based the buildings’ appearance on the architecture of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan.
This all sounds really cool, especially the footage that shows someone working on one part of the settlement, zooming out, rotating the camera around the mountain, and then coming back to work on another area. Above you can check out the full trailer for Laysara: Summit Kingdom and here it is. your page on Steam. It should come out sometime this year.