Best games with production chains?

Also playing The Quarry. Anyone know why my Rock Crusher won’t accept coal ore as input?? Driving me crazy.

Edit: you don’t put coal ore in a rock crusher, you put it in a ball mill. Duh!

I don’t think the was mentioned in this thread, but I just came back to it myself to try out: Anno 2070 with the Anno 2170 A.R.R.C. mod. Adds tons of extra stuff.

Nice! This is such a good game. It needs more exposure. Regarding oil, when you’re tearing your hair out because you can’t figure out how to generate a certain material (you’ll know), see this spoiler:

spoilery oil related tip

distillation columns stack on top of each other, the output of one funnel graphic feeding the input of the next one… that’s what “in series” means

Took me about an hour of fooling around to figure that one out.

Kind of bogged down in The Quarry now. Batteries are kind of tedious to generate. I could automate and speed up the process somewhat, but I really need to beef up my power infrastructure to probably double of what I’ve got: from 200 kJ/s to 400 kJ/s. And I need to spend a bunch of time reconfiguring my turbine and rotor assemblers so that they’re completely autonomous.

Picked up the Quarry, but I just deleted my research station for the 3rd time, always right before I finish some research. I wouldn’t have described the interface as all that bad but I keep deleting things I didn’t mean to.

The initial challenge is also very odd, the struggle is to manage your storage. You get one box to put things in, so it took me some mental adjustments to just produce enough of what I needed until I could make my own storage.

Finally got to the second level (I guess technically the -1th level). So… There’s nothing new here. I can’t build a shaft to transport stuff between levels, because that takes tin. I can build another shaft here, but in order to power it, I need to rebuild my entire production infrastructure on this level? That sounds… tedious.

The shaft persists through all the levels. You only ever have to build one shaft digger. Feed it more materials and it will dig one more level down. You’ll find tin on level -5. Keep in mind that anything in storage on any level can be used to build things. You only need to shift materials around to feed machines.

I haven’t had that problem. The main issue I have is that the game desperately needs blueprints–those stupid air purifiers bug me to no end (and they’re largely a meaningless distraction anyway).

It is a very strange challenge, especially coming from Factorio where there are no waste products, per se. Once you can build more storage then that challenge is greatly alleviated but it doesn’t seem to go away completely.

As @Matt_W said, you don’t, it will keep digging down as long as you keep it supplied. So tune up your top level to keep it supplied as much as possible. That said, I disagree (fairly strongly) with the decision to put tin as far down as they did. My advice, once you’ve got the digging going as fast as you can, is to build massive steel foundries on the intervening floors while you wait to hit tin.

Oh thank goodness.

I found tin! And made bronze! And discovered electricity!

Right before the update which makes it easier to find tin and make bronze…

Anyway, gotta figure out how this electricity thing works…

I have produced oil! (Still talking about The Quarry, by the way). That was a long and convoluted process.

Oh, yeah, I really slowed down once electricity showed up. I did get batteries, eventually. Now I’m working on the gas turbine thingy, but that’s a ways off…

I seem to have hit a bug. I built my full distillation column. The first stage outputs distilled oil, but as soon as I attach a tank, a drop of crude oil appears in the tank, so it won’t accept any of the distilled oil, and everything stops. I’ve deleted and rebuilt the tank and pipes a bunch of times, but every time, a drop of crude appears in the tank. So I’m completely stuck.

Someone reported this issue on reddit (was it you?) I’ve never tanked distilled oil and I’m not sure if it’s ever necessary. I think you can just return it to the distillery. I tank crude, refined, lubricant, and gas, but the distilled oil is only ever used to make refined oil.

It wasn’t me. Anyway, I’ll try that. It wasn’t clear to me what you’re supposed to do with the distilled oil, so I was just trying to put it in a tank until I figured it out. I guess I’ll try feeding it back into the distillery.

Edit: No, that doesn’t work, because what comes out of the refinery is “Pre-processed crude oil” which is different than distilled oil. So you can’t put both things into the distillery because pipes will only carry one kind of fluid.

Did you mean put it back into the refinery? Which of the 77 pipes on the refinery do I use??

Edit again: Ok, I got it. Thanks!

Yeah, sorry. You can put a distilling column on each of the four corners of the refinery and you should have in-out connections to facilitate that.

Same thing happened to me with the oil in the tank and I solved it the same way.

Is anyone here playing the mobile game, The Quarry? I only play it on occasion, and last Friday, all my saves were wiped. Has this happend to anyone else?

There are a few of us playing it. I just checked, and my saves are still there. Sorry that happened:(

Mine are there too. I would be really bummed out since I have 34 hours in my save right now according to the time on it.