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Freshly Frosted

Posted on June 14th, 2021

Place conveyor belts to solve puzzles in the world’s most adorable donut factory!

This is a logistics/puzzle game with the emphasis solidly on the puzzle elements. Play through well over 100 levels and complete the factories to generate the required donuts.

Learning Factory

Posted on July 13th, 2020

In this automation sim, you are a data scientist who is trying to understand what your cat wants. How do you do it? By rebuilding and automating an old Learning Factory, a place designed for collecting data from thousands of cats and analyzing it with Machine Learning.

A factory builder with a cute theme in which information and machine learning become part of the overall system.

Lumbermill

Posted on May 7th, 2020

Build, Manage and Maintain a Lumber Mill deep in the Forest!

This is a factory building logistics game with tycoon elements to manage employees and products. Build a lumber mill in order to create and sell various wooden objects, all within a procedurally generated forest.

Good Company

Posted on May 6th, 2020

Good Company is a tycoon management game about founding a robot manufacturing empire. Grow your business; hire staff; automate production lines and optimize their output; invent new products and profit in an ever-evolving market. Can you build a Good Company?

I hadn’t intended to add this game to the list as it feels more like a tycoon game than a nerdy logistics/automation game. Initially you just hire staff who do most of the thinking themselves, but later on there are a few more in-depth automation/logistics elements so it might be worth a look.

Final Upgrade

Posted on April 14th, 2020

Final Upgrade is a factory building sim featuring battles in space.

This is a curious looking one. It’s a sci-fi factory builder but has combat/base defense elements so you have to deal with your factories being destroyed, which may be frustrating for some people. It also has an interesting looking galaxy map which add a big sense of scale.

Mechanica

Posted on April 6th, 2020

Mechanica is an open-world survival game with a heavy focus on building and programming. Create your own bases, defenses, manufacturing systems and more. Explore the map and expand the scope and complexity of your creations.

Quite and interesting and unusual game for the programming category. It’s a survival/building game with programming and wiring elements.

uFactory

Posted on March 19th, 2020

uFactory is the ultimate in finely-tuned logistics challenges. Navigate the complexities of manufacturing processes inspired by real industrial methods.

This appears to be a pretty traditional factory-style game with a clean isometric visual style and a strong focus on mechanics over story.

Industrial Petting

Posted on March 18th, 2020

Industrial Petting is the chance for you and your friends to explore an alien world, find new pets, get them to love you, and sell them on the galactic market. Build factories to make more creatures, farms to feed them, and gadgets to entertain them.

I’ve seen this described as Satisfactory crossed with Slime Rancher. Seems about right. And unusually for this list, it’s also playable in VR.

Survival Vacancy

Posted on December 18th, 2019

In a nuclear apocalypse, you have to use your engineering skills to save as many survivors as possible. Defending, mining, crafting, automation, and building an underground city for survivors is your purpose in life.

A factory simulation crossed with Terarria? This is a side scrolling factory/colony builder with some base defence elements on top as well.

Automation Empire

Posted on October 30th, 2019

Build and manage a massive industrial network of factories, mines, and farms. Employ a fleet of trains, trucks, and robotic drones. In the age of automation, efficiency is survival!

Another game which could be described as Factorio in 3D. It’s very grey and industrial and doesn’t show off a huge amount of personality compared to other games on this list, but it definitely looks like you can create huge complex sprawling factories with lots of moving parts.

Satisfactory

Posted on March 11th, 2019

Satisfactory is a first-person open-world factory building game with a dash of exploration and combat.

Most people seem happy to describe this as Factorio in 3D, which you can understand looking at it. It is currently in development so we shall have to see how it turns out.

Factory Town

Posted on March 11th, 2019

Build, expand, automate, and optimize your own custom village using a variety of worker units, marble-run chutes, railways, logistic blocks, and conveyor belts.

This one starts out looking like a Settlers-style logistics game, but the more you play and unlock the more it becomes about automating and optimising your town.

God Is A Cube

Posted on March 10th, 2019

“God is a Cube is a programming puzzle game where you control nanomachines (small robots), by creating powerful Artificial Intelligences made of graphical symbols.”

At first glance this looks like another LightBot-style robot programming game where you give commands to your avatar and set them off but this looks to be made more complicated by introducing things like branching paths in your programming script.