The most artificial game design I have seen in 40 years, wrapped around free Unity AI, with a staggering amount of grind. The map isThe most artificial game design I have seen in 40 years, wrapped around free Unity AI, with a staggering amount of grind. The map is gigantic, but full of the same few spawn points repeated a thousand times, with the slight variations existing towards the outer edge. There is no care in the tech tree, just random additions such as the late-stage tech Titanium requiring Aloe Farming, and paving the way to the might Cotton Farm. All to explain why you need Aloe to make Titanium. Yes, you read that correctly.
Then there is the blatant misinformation, such as a character called a particular occupation (e.g. Priestess) but not having a *single* skill from that path (e.g. only have Farming), or hidden mechanics that are not even detailed on the wiki. Or placeable items that do not even have text descriptions, yet this classified as a full release!
The gameplay suffers from major spikes in both difficulty and player progression, which is why I believe has a small, but very vocal support group which prompted me to review this. If you understand all the game mechanics going in, this is very easy to beat on any setting, given how easy it is to cheese. This appears to have been made entirely by a group of programmers, that doubled in the other fields.
Since Suncrash is ready to release their next Early Access Game later in 2020, they are only patching what little there is in this grindfest. If this had an active modding community, or at least one major overhaul mod by someone with actual game design experience, then it might be worth it on sale. But even on sale, this costs far too much time, is painfully artificial (aloe and cotton are end-game techs), and the game design is far too janky to suggest. With another two years of development this could have become a real game, but in this state is just a playable demo.
Fun Fact, the upgraded research benches are set at about 90% of the two research paths, so by the time you get them, you do not need them. Also, whomever they have covering CS on Steam is the reason I think this gets reviewed so positively. They listen to criticsm, do not attack customers, and from what I saw actually do try to fix errors and bugs. Finishing the game is beyond their control however.… Expand