Chinese indie studio Star Chess is working on a city builder with a particularly Chinese touch, bringing the god of the land of Taoism to the logical conclusion of the video game: In the Immortal Mayor you are the deity of the local land, and with more worshipers comes more prestige, so it’s up to you to ensure the prosperity of the locals. To do so, direct the expansion of your city, including protecting the building from the attacks of wild monsters, and use your divine powers and divine inspiration to lead the city around.
It’s a game where you can do a demo for Steam Next Fest, and a bit of a gem buried in the mix. It will be released in Early Access in July 2021.
It’s a neat idea, since your city gains more believers – not everyone will worship you before – you gain divine power more quickly, and as your city grows it grows in importance in the hierarchy of the gods. Making friends with other gods by building temples in your city, assigning priests, and providing rare incense allows you to use their powers to benefit your country as well.
It’s a fresh touch on the usual concept of survival of city builders to have the job as a sort of omniscient “mayor,” instead of making a specific character with specific goals and a very precise relationship with the people you watch. . You want to build education so that your priests will be wiser. You want to give divine decorations not only because they make people’s homes more beautiful, but because they are a direct example of your benevolence.
The demo itself seems to cost a lot for some players, by the way, but not much for me. (About once an hour.)
You can find it The Immortal Mayor demo on Steam, where it is part of the Steam Next Fest, a massive event celebrating Steam’s upcoming releases with demos of the games. We have also compiled a list of our own 16 favorite Steam Next Fest demos is a list of i demos for 52 games announced at E3 on Steam. If you want to play those, act fast: Steam Next Fest ends on June 22, and demos with it.