Utopia: The Creation of a Nation
This thing was tickling my brain from the first screen but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why or what it was. Wasn’t until seeing the full thing (and staring at it, leaving it, coming back to stare at it some more) that I thought maybe it was a game I had rented in the 90s for the SNES. A strategy game which, had I known, I wouldn’t have even rented. That’s the reason I even remember it at all, because when I got it home I was annoyed as hell. It was one of a handful of games at my small town’s rental place (Video Safari) that didn’t have a box. It was just sitting in a rental case. So I couldn’t look at screenshots or read a description on the back of the box. I was stuck with that game for a whole weekend. Ugh.
Maybe it’s a good game, I don’t know. But I absolutely loathed playing city builders and stuff like that on a controller back then. Anyway, I couldn’t think of the name and had to comb through Mobygames’ strategy section to find it.