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  • Summary: Oxygen Not Included is a space-colony simulation game. Manage your colonists and help them dig, build and maintain a subterranean asteroid base.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. 90
    While there are niggles to the experience, from relatively frequent frame rate drops at the start of each cycle and the AI occasionally getting confused to the game outright crashing (which is naturally quite frustrating), these issues seem like the aftermath of Early Access. With the game having a decent swell of community support and the developers just as keen to keep improving, Oxygen Not Included appears to be going onwards and upwards – or whatever direction you fancy, really.
  2. Aug 9, 2019
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  3. GameStar
    Jan 10, 2020
    87
    Oxygen Not Included is a challening, complex survival building game for creative tinkerers and fans of automatisation.
  4. 80
    Funny, clever, and extremely complex mix of management simulator and survival game that manages to make abject failure almost as entertaining as success.
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  1. Most of all, the simulated personalities, habits and appearances of the dupes themselves feel like complete wasted effort.
  2. Jun 2, 2019
    A bonkers survival sim where watching things fall apart is half the fun.
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  1. Apr 24, 2018
    10
    When it was first announced, it was not good. But they did something and made this a masterpiece. Every step should be thought, if you doWhen it was first announced, it was not good. But they did something and made this a masterpiece. Every step should be thought, if you do something wrong, then you're f#*cked. Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2019
    10
    I've put more hours into this game than I ever thought I would. I started playing in early access and they just keep patching in new featuresI've put more hours into this game than I ever thought I would. I started playing in early access and they just keep patching in new features and smoothing out the old ones (in a good way). It's the kind of game that sits in my library and waits for me to launch it again. I then binge it for a week or two and then go back to other games until I decide to play this one again. I suspect it will remain installed on my machine long after other "AAA titles" have been played and discarded. There are just some games that have that "one more turn" appeal, and this one falls firmly into that category. Each cycle (day) more things get accomplished and more progress is made, and you look forward to the next one each time. There are still some confusing concepts and the difficulty has varied dramatically over the course of the development. I am still trying to decide if it's hit a sweet spot or if there are still pits/peaks on that front.

    The short answer is that this is a fun strategy game that looks small at first but has an amazing amount of depth and complexity once you get into it.
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  3. Jun 11, 2017
    10
    This game is very addictive. The first time is the worst, but you get better fast. Once you learn the basics, the game starts to open up. YouThis game is very addictive. The first time is the worst, but you get better fast. Once you learn the basics, the game starts to open up. You have to work with what you have, and it is a challange. You would be amazed how much you learn in actual real world science as well. The fact that this game is still in early access is great, because there is going to be more content in the future. I love this game very much. Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2018
    9
    Patch every 1-2month with new feature.
    Game stable, small bug, fantastic for beginner or expert.
    Good replayability.
  5. Mar 9, 2019
    9
    Great alpha release so far. The game progression takes a bit to get used to. Effectively going from one emergency to another. Some come upGreat alpha release so far. The game progression takes a bit to get used to. Effectively going from one emergency to another. Some come up slowly, others more quickly.

    I thought I had power all sorted out when I found a gas vent. Found out later that the gas wasn’t producing as quickly as I had hoped leaving me with a huge power emergency mid game.

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!
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  6. Dec 21, 2017
    8
    One of the masterpieces. The game does not leave time for rest. Every step should be thought through, so as not to break the fragileOne of the masterpieces. The game does not leave time for rest. Every step should be thought through, so as not to break the fragile infrastructure of the base. Constant updates and additions to diversify the gameplay. Expand
  7. Oct 5, 2019
    5
    So I ended up not enjoying this game, but I'd still recommend it to... *most* people. Weird? Probably, but here's the thing: I would onlySo I ended up not enjoying this game, but I'd still recommend it to... *most* people. Weird? Probably, but here's the thing: I would only recommend you do NOT play this game if, like me, you don't do well with technical jargon & math. Want an example: here's a line FROM A BEGINNER'S DISCUSSION on the game in a discussion thread:

    "1 Steam Turbine's cooling equals (525-450)K*4.179kJ/kg/K*10kg/s=3134kw per second"

    I can't cope with that statement, and that's JUST for one item within one branch of a whole bunch of stuff you need to balance.

    Having said that? I did give it a couple hours of playtime to test it out. Because it is a seriously adorable game and I love it and wish I *could* play it. The animations are cute, the critters are cute, the characters are cute, even the dang materials are cute. The game as a whole is really well done and I'm sad that I tend to get confused when numbers and technical jargon start muddying the mix, because I really would like to play more! So yes, if the above sentence makes you ask "what's so confusing about that?" then you are probably gonna love this game, and you should buy it and play it now, and while you're at it, could you please enjoy it enough for the both of us?
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