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  • Summary: Aven Colony puts you in charge of humanity's first extrasolar settlement on Aven Prime, an alien planet of deserts, tundras, and jungles light years from earth. Build the infrastructure, look after the well-being of your citizens, manage your resources, and guide your colony to prosperity --Aven Colony puts you in charge of humanity's first extrasolar settlement on Aven Prime, an alien planet of deserts, tundras, and jungles light years from earth. Build the infrastructure, look after the well-being of your citizens, manage your resources, and guide your colony to prosperity -- all while dealing with the harsh and often dangerous realities of an alien world.

    Features:

    * Build: Take charge of humanity's first extrasolar settlement on a new alien world. Build and expand your small colonies into massive, sprawling cities.

    * Discover: Deploy your crack team of pioneers to take on alien lifeforms and unlock the secrets of Aven Prime, as you tackle the campaign and sandbox modes.

    * Survive: Prepare for harsh winters, electrical storms and much more in this cruel and often dangerous new environment.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Jul 25, 2017
    100
    There really isn’t much to dislike about the wonderful world of Aven Prime, so if you are in need of a new city sim, then there will quite possibly be nothing better than heading to Aven Colony for a brand new space travelling adventure.
  2. Jul 26, 2017
    95
    Aven Colony makes for a prime example of how a game can transcend its genre and be fun whether or not you like other games like it. Showcasing detailed visuals, immersive voice acting, an engaging gameplay loop, and enough content to satisfy most players, this title has the potential to make a lasting impression on many gamers this year. If you enjoy city building games, you owe it to yourself to play Aven Colony.
  3. Jul 25, 2017
    93
    An awesome sim game with survival elements, with addictive gameplay capable of satisfying both veterans and newbies of the genre.
  4. Jul 25, 2017
    75
    Aven Colony is set in the far future where you're an explorer tasked with colonising new worlds. Armed with your city management skills, you start off with a small colony and need to expand it to accommodate the influx of new immigrants heading your way. The game offers you quite a number of challenges including environmental and internal issues with your citizens to deal with, and only the best will power through them to win that next election. Aven Colony is one of the best implementations of this genre on Xbox One and I highly recommend you try it out.
  5. Aug 7, 2017
    75
    This is a neat take on city building that borrows heavily from Cites Skylines in certain areas, while trying to maintain its own identity. With more variety in terms of colonists’ needs and more surprising elements this could be more than just a diamond in the rough.
  6. Aug 16, 2017
    70
    Aven Colony is a unique take on the genre. It is also one that works surprisingly well on consoles. For those with the itch to build some cities and don’t mind the alien landscape I definitely recommend it.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Aug 24, 2017
    60
    Performance problems spoil a slick city-builder with a lot of potential. [Sept 2017, p.82]

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  1. Aug 1, 2017
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Aven Colony is a great game.
    It's set apart from other city simulators out there because you are in fact responsible for what your colonists do in almost every aspect.
    You are in charge of choosing not only where they'll work and live, but you choose what they farm, what they eat and how they choose to "Enhance" themselves. This will make you feel a part of the colony you will create and will make you feel more invested in actually designing the colony in a functional productive way.
    This may sound trivial or cliché, but it truly makes a difference considering other city building games like Sim City will only give you "some" element of control over which buildings will be created where and what industry will decide to put their factory in your city. You simply zone an area, put down some parks, schools, etc... and then it’s up to the virtual citizens to decide what they do. Which will undoubtedly sets you apart from the city, you are just the designer but not a true part of the city.
    Gameplay-wise, its elements are simple and elegant.
    The circular motion of the building menu is very cool and does in fact make it feel futuristic, rather than just being a menu full of boxes. The different climates and soils of the maps will present a nice challenge that will make you take certain routes and somewhat determine a number of decisions you’ll have to take but it’s a nice curve-ball to have to deal with.
    Having the ability to choose where and how many colonists you want to work at a specific building definitely make your colony really versatile in terms of efficiency and what objectives you are pursuing in case of an emergency.
    The elements that allow you to control the colony (I guess the "policies") do feel rather limited, to be fair there's like 10-20 but only 2 or 3 truly useful.
    Expeditions are a great little mechanic that made me feel like the world was in deed much larger than this limited space you are given to build up.
    The graphics while not complicated look AMAZING, the buildings look incredible and like they really could be used to populate an alien planet. The maps are visually striking! If you zoom into it you can see in great detail the small elements like the rovers and natural flora around the colony. There's some great views with elements on the horizon that make the world feel very much alive, with gusts of wind coming in and the oceans having proper reflections and movement. There's not a lot of weather effects, but it's ok, thunder storms are rather impressive and the effect of the ground freezing look proper and make the environment feel alive.
    Sound design is ok, the music is not my favorite element, I expected more especially from Team 13 and the amazing job done in sound design of The Escapists. The ambient noises truly help the experience feel immersive, gusts of wind and thunders are a great element that helps out in this aspect quite a bit.
    The difficulty curve is rather simple, I feel like you can master the game quite quickly which is not particularly good. After a couple of hours getting the basics down I found what I felt was the optimal route to get everything to 100% without much trouble and I don’t think there is another way around it, and that means your choices are limited to just 1 proper path and after you do that you are all set for the rest of the game.
    There’s a couple of minor bugs, specifically with the camera movement when entering certain overlays or when about to set down a building, the camera will jam in place not allowing you to move unless you zoom in first and then it gets “unstuck” and then you can move however you like. Nothing that can’t be fixed in an update.
    There’s a couple of elements that could use more diversity.
    Research is almost all limited to food creation, with only 4 boosts to your colony and I believe 5 upgrades to your expedition ships. There’s no research for medical facilities, new energy sources, architecture improvements, etc.… it’s not a big deal but it would help creating a more advanced colony as it grows rather than having almost everything stay the same from start to finish.
    Certain building categories could use more diversity so would the sources of power.
    Anyway, Aven Colony is a great game!
    This to me feels like the beginning of a great game, hopefully with following updates they can exploit the great foundations they’ve set up.
    Do not hesitate to pick it up, you’ll get addicted to this in seconds and you’ll find that time flies while playing this game and won’t be able to stop thinking about this game.
    A decent 9 out of 10.
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  2. Apr 22, 2018
    1
    Ce "Simcity" qui vous propose de bâtir des colonies lointaines sur des planètes exotiques bénéficie clairement d'une belle interface, qui plusCe "Simcity" qui vous propose de bâtir des colonies lointaines sur des planètes exotiques bénéficie clairement d'une belle interface, qui plus est fort bien adaptée à la manette de la console : c'est propre, net et globalement assez efficace.

    Le graphismes sont soignés et ça tourne très correctement, alors logiquement tout devrait rouler... sauf que le jeu est d'une lenteur désespérante et que si on accélère, ça devient rapidement le bordel. Les colons pas contents manifestent puis vous éjectent lors du référendum et c'est... game over. On revient à la précédente sauvegarde automatique mais c'est déjà trop tard : pas le temps de remédier à la situation et c'est game over à nouveau.

    Il faut évidemment sauvegarder souvent ou revenir à une sauvegarde plus éloignée et continuer à se faire chier à micro-gérer cette bande de cons, car l'énorme défaut du jeu est cette micro-gestion perpétuelle. Vu qu'on doit être au four et au moulin, ça devient d'une lourdeur sans commune mesure...

    Les informations statistiques sur la carte concernant l'air, l'eau, l'habitat, le crime, la nourriture etc sont mal faites puisque les structures correspondantes (épurateurs, habitations, police, fermes...) ne sont plus visibles ; or là encore, il faut micro-gérer chaque bidule, car si en moyenne la distribution d'air peut être bonne, on peut avoir un tas d'endroits précis où l'air sera très en deçà, ce qui nécessite de construire au cas par cas ces putains d'installations.

    Et c'est comme ça pour chaque besoin de la colonie : inutile de dire qu'au bout d'un temps certain, on en a plein le cul. A la complication générale se joint la répétition et l'impression de progresser comme une limace. Las et consterné, on désinstalle ce truc décidément trop foireux dans ses mécaniques bancales.
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