(PS4/XO/PC) HHHH Age: 7+
Hands up if you remember SimCity, a buildingsimulator franchise that lies dormant after a disastrous sequel by EA in 2013. Aven Colony takes the concept into space, asking you to develop and manage outposts on a remote and hostile planet.
A hand-holding story mode establishes the ground rules — chiefly, mining sufficient resources and ensuring every corner of your biome is connected to adequate power. While it lacks the outright politics of SimCity, AC still requires you to juggle priorities to keep your colonists happy and safe.
Outside the hermetically sealed walls of your gleaming settlements lie threats from aliens with tentacles and meteor showers, among other things. But it’s the dangers from within — diseases and discontent — that will keep you busiest in this enjoyable taken on a once-great sim.