What is it?
Painters Guild is a casual simulation game that sees you take control of a newly founded guild, initially consisting of one painter. You’ll be able to hire luminaries such as Leonardo da Vinci, as well as plenty of others to boost your guilds ranks – for a price, of course. Each new painter takes with them an annual wage, and if your florins start to fall into the red, then they will leave you to seek work elsewhere. You don’t compete against anyone, but people will come to you on a fairly regular basis to seek new paintings, either on canvas or as murals on their walls. There’s a good amount of variety to the game, despite only having one real screen for you to play on, as there are millions of painters to select, dozens of paintings to enjoy and a good amount of ways to customise your guild’s headquarters.
Millions of different artists to hire.
Never too easy, nor too difficult.
Brilliant to look at.
Can be fairly limited as you only ever see one screen.
I do enjoy Painters Guild a lot. I think I sank about ten hours into it over a weekend, because it offers a really relaxing game that you can just sit and play for hours and hours. It’ll never really challenge you as long as you know your painters’ capabilities, and as there are no competitors, the only thing you have to worry about is the money you’re bringing in and spending. I’d definitely recommend picking this game up.