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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Aug 7, 2017
    80
    Beautiful, long-lasting and pleasantly made, this is Aven Colony – the star among the building strategies. Although it copies many things from less known games, it managed to keep its own and dignified face.
  2. Jul 25, 2017
    80
    I had an absolute blast playing through Aven. It’s as absorbing as it is relaxing, and it does a good job at bringing its own to the table whilst still retaining what makes city builders fun and challenging. The challenges it brings are unique and fun, and though there might be a few changes I’d personally like to see added, not having them doesn’t deduct much at all from the gameplay.
  3. Jul 26, 2017
    75
    Aven Colony is a well made city-building strategy game. Well-known solutions were improved and the end result makes you play for hours at a time. The "just one more building" syndrome is strong with this one - even irritating music and occasional graphical issues don't matter that much. Aven Colony is simply a good game.
  4. Jul 31, 2017
    65
    Aven Colony could have been a great space sim manager: there are some good and original ideas, but the game is really easy, without a real challenge, and a lot of things simply don't work, gameplay-wise.
  5. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Oct 16, 2017
    65
    Boring sandbox mode is partly compensated by the campaign: in each mission developers came up with new ways to complicate the life of the colonists, while at the same time unraveling a story about the imminent end of the world and the search for alien artifacts. [Issue#223, p.60]
  6. Sep 8, 2017
    60
    Tactical city-sim for the sub-menu-phobic. [Issue#265, p.58]
  7. Jul 25, 2017
    50
    I spent the equivalent of a working week playing Aven Colony and it was hard labor. This is a game of relentless concentration and chore-work, with only the briefest flashes of magic and relief, offering almost nothing new to the city building, or resource management genres.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Jan 5, 2019
    10
    Aven Colony; is very much as advertised. Pretty much checks every box for what you would expect from a resource management city building gameAven Colony; is very much as advertised. Pretty much checks every box for what you would expect from a resource management city building game on an alien planet. Recent updates have upped the challenge in a very positive direction. Keeps you on your toes and encourages a proactive approach to keeping your colony going in an environment that can be as much your friend as an enemy.

    A genuine pleasure -- the attention to detail in the art assets themselves is particularly impressive.
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  2. Jan 2, 2018
    9
    There has been some significant free changes and updates that have drastically changed this game from being monotonous to challenging. If youThere has been some significant free changes and updates that have drastically changed this game from being monotonous to challenging. If you enjoy strategy city building games that have a lot of resources and micro management you will like this game. Aven Colony is much more satisfying as a city building resource management game than let's say something like Annon 2070. Most of what i expect from a game that requires you to build a colony on a foreign planet happens in Aven Colony.

    Sometimes it is crisis after crisis and that can be annoying and if you're not carefully balancing resources and buildings you can get voted out quickly. I enjoy that challenge because it means I have to keep managing things. That could be boring to some people but to me I love it.
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  3. Aug 8, 2017
    8
    A simpler version of Tropico set in space. Good entertainment for about 10 hours. Voice acting is surprisingly good and adds some nice flavourA simpler version of Tropico set in space. Good entertainment for about 10 hours. Voice acting is surprisingly good and adds some nice flavour to the campaign. The campaign is interesting. There are not many other city-building strategy games out there right now. Expand