Dec 20, 20119Lets get the bad out of the way first. The UI is not good. I mean sure, making a useable UI to represent the factors that go into earths economy, politics, energy, enviornment, population...it's a daunting task, but the overwhelming amount of information, the limited feedback of the consequences of your actions (Barring having a few PHds in a few fields), and the lack of meaningful representations in a few areas (Which is a more eco-friendly outlook, Green, Altruistic, or Communal? Yeah, I don't know either) compounds the limited and usually tangential in game wiki, and frustrating qualitative information when you really need something quantitative. It can be frustrating. But underneath is a true gem of a game, one that could be a tipping point for games as a medium. This, people, is how you make a educational game that's every bit as fun as an entertainment game. It feels like a true sim, and hippie haters rejoice, blindly pursueing the greenest of policies will do the enviornment more long term harm then good, on top of an economic collapse. And above all...This game is HARD. The easy mode is welcome, because you will be challenged. But the game needs to be hard: The underlying hypothesis is that making things work in the next century to keep out earth liveable and prosperous will require a lot of hard work and sacrifice is an invaluable lesson, and the breathtaking detail that goes into climate models and fossil fuel harvest adds as much realism as you want.
Oh, and when you play Oil Fix it, don't worry: We all hate India.… Expand
Sep 17, 20129It's a frustrating game...but it's worth giving it a try! You have to rescue the world as a leader of a natural agency. The soundtrack is outstanding, the complexity is more than deep, so you can take a long time to play your turns. But I can understand: for those who don't want to think in a game and don't like serious topics it's cruel! I recommend this game for all who ever want to rescue the good things in the world - BUT: don't be frustrated; not often there is a good end!… Expand