When you first look at this game you can not help but think “minecraft” this is understandable as minecraft is the big daddy of voxel based games and this does look like Mc with the unbelievable shaders installed and does include the 1×1 meter squared blocks that we know and love…. But this is where the comparison stops under the hood of this game is both a much more complex ai and much less complex game, it is a confusing thing to behold so let me attempt to explain.
The actual mining and gathering in this game done by hand is really simplistic, no tools no real effects etc (hopefully a product of it being very early access) but the ai behind the colonists you recruit is pretty cool, we are not talking amazing here but good enough that you do not feel alone and better than what i have seen in some minecraft mods that have promised the same functionality.
It is mouse and keyboard, i can not imagine playing this style of game with a control pad sadly.
They are pretty cool, basic yes but really good use of shaders for lighting and depth of field. The colonists are also pretty coolly done (though i confess whenever i see them i think south park Canadians lol)
I also like the rag doll when zombies are killed.
They do need to add more to the visuals though as it does get a little repetitive.
There is quite a good guide that you can access by pressing F1 but there are some things that are a little confusing, you can only use what is on your hotbar for crafting and many of the items you make can only be used by your colonists who insist on only doing one job. It is at this stage a little frustrating at times and there is the real danger of spreading yourself too thin too fast as you have gotten a tad bored of waiting for x to be done.
- There is a good game here, just needs to blossom a bit more.
- Ragdoll on the enemies
- cool graphics style and shader use
- has the potential to be very good
- very very early in its life.
- pathfinding can sometimes get a little confused.
- Frustrating that you can not use some items to help out your colony
- can get tiresome.
- very steep learning curve.
Well i am going to recommend it but on the condition you know what Early Access is,if you want a game to play right now then i do not think this is for you, though i do know many would disagree and have created some very impressive colonies.
With the frequency of developer updates and info i do expect big things for this game in the future.
Find it on steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/366090/Colony_Survival/