This game is about building PCs while loan sharks breathe down your neck


Running a small business is tough. Esp:X (opens in a new tab) puts you in the entrepreneurial shoes of Ilie, the founder of a small but thriving PC building shop in Eastern Europe. You spend your day taking orders and building the perfect PCs for your customers, all while dealing with shady financial pressures that could bring everything crashing down.

To run the business, you got into bed with loan sharks who will take a cut of your daily profits. You’ll need to earn enough money by building PCs to keep the lights on and pay off your loans. You build each PC from scratch with components from your inventory, doing your best to match your customer’s specifications.

Throughout the short eight-day campaign, you’ll work day and night building PCs in the face of potential ruin. Ilie will receive visitors in the shop and how you interact with them will affect the ending.

Customers send in feedback on each release: “This computer is a disaster!” is the best bad review I could ask for.

Spe:X is not as complex as other construction simulators on PC (opens in a new tab) we saw on Steam. It seems to take a more tongue-in-cheek approach to PC building in both its art and storytelling. For a freer experience, there is an endless mode with unlimited days. However, you’ll still have to make daily loan payments, meeting increasingly difficult demands to see how many days your little shop can make it before everything goes wrong.

Spe:X is out on Steam (opens in a new tab) for $5, and there’s a free demo.


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