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ProtoMasons
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Genre: Simulation
Platforms: PC, Mac
Languages: English
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Release date: Late 2014
ProtoMasons is a unique freewill building game and life simulator, where players can create structures, manufacture products, and build electronics. It is currently about 40% done so I've had to be a little conservative with what I can show.

Players must also look after themselves by cooking foods, developing medicines, and researching technology. The game is designed to be a multiplayer experience but can be played in single player.

You play as a "Protomason", a specialist jack-of-all-trades engineer who can assemble material with the aid of a high-tech robot, known affectionaly as a "proto-pal". "Protomasons" are tasked with establishing new architecture on empty land.

Unlike other games with crafting and building themes, ProtoMasons is based on a simplified version of real world manufacturing, where all factory machines are mini-games, with the outcome of the mini-game influencing the quality of what you make.

  • Manufacturing system lets you create materials, goods, and electronics either by hand (using one of five factory minigames) or with machines that you build yourself.
  • Architectural designer lets you plan building blueprints which are constructed by robotic "Proto-pal" helpers, allowing you to make anything from small buildings to tall towers.
  • Simplistic electronic engineering system lets you create devices (such as desktop computers) starting with the individual components inside of them.
  • Featuring a simulated microworld with randomly occuring organisms, where players can either engineer their own bioweapons or help to research and find cures.
  • Fight illness and disease using medicines and hospital equipment to research, diagnose, and hopefully cure players (don't die or you'll be stuck as a ghost!)
  • Day / night system with simulated weather and daylight hours based on real-world patterns, complete with seasonal temperature changes
  • The fun doesn't stop when building is over; grow food, cook meals, decorate buildings with furniture, send robots into space, create artwork, and more.


    Developer comments
    ProtoMasons is a solo effort and I've been working on it since late 2013. It is not yet available for download, and it is still in development. In an ideal world, I'd like to first release it on Steam first, with the help of the community.

    The game is about combining ideas from real-world manufacturing and building, and presenting it in a fun, simplified way. Everything exists in a highly interactive world to add purpose to what you do. This is my take on what a sandbox game should be.

    Because it is still in development, there is a lot I have chosen not to show (don't want to spoil it all anyway). The visual style is reforming and changing a lot too, but you can get a fairly good sense of what it will be like from the video.

    Looking forward to any questions you may have.
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zubiaks Jul 29 @ 8:15am 
looks like a smart game, hope to see more about this project.
Octomelon  [author] Jul 28 @ 8:19pm 
I understand what you mean, STVR. It is a challenge to get people to give you the thumbs up on Greenlight at the best of times, let alone when (like ProtoMasons) the game isn't easily explained.

I know it isn't easy to get the clearest of pictures at this time. I hope to have a gameplay video out in the coming month. For now, I'm hoping anyone with an interest in freewill construction games and life simulators will throw some support my way, even if it is just because the game "seems strange".
STVR Jul 28 @ 6:08am 
It's really hard to tell what kind of game this is from the screenshots, pictures, and description. Maybe a short gameplay video would help?
LeBubzie Jul 20 @ 2:45pm 
This looks really interesting. I'd like to see more, try out a demo. Will definitely be following any updates :)
Император Цой Jul 20 @ 12:47pm 
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[NoSuave r+] LanLan Jul 20 @ 11:37am 
Interesting... I need a demo!
Duyo \m/ Jul 17 @ 9:14am 
неплохо.вот только симулятор чего это?
不如自掛東南枝 Jul 17 @ 9:12am 
Looks interesting But dont know what th...
ChizuMichi Jul 16 @ 9:21am 
looks weird, but i think it worth a try :D
Octomelon  [author] Jul 16 @ 4:52am 
If you're interested in this game, be sure to tell a friend or two. I'm working to share this Greenlight project (which isn't easy without a demo I'm comfortable sharing yet) but there is no substitute for friend-tell-friend.