Watch out! Flying Asteroid!
Planetbase is a resource management game based in the future. The goal of the game is to set up your own civilization on a planet with no atmosphere, bringing the term bubble boy to a whole new level! If you have played games like Sim City, or Banished, you will be immediately familiar with Planetbase. However, a mix of charm and frustration is what you will find if you skip the tutorial like I did.
I tend to be stubborn when it comes to games of this nature, so I like to dive in without an annoying popups telling me what to do! After struggling and learning the hard way how to set up my own self sufficient colony, I regretted not spending some time doing the tutorials. Things as simple as my colonists dehydrating could have been avoided. (Seriously, drink from the darn fountain!) All jokes aside, the game is addicting!
I spent the better part of 2 days locked at my computer working on my colony, trying to make it the most prestigious colony of all time! I can’t believe how much fun this game has been and how enjoyable the entire experience was. I have yet to experience any sort of bugs or glitches. I’m sure there are some, every game has them, but my experience was never hindered by any sort of issue like that.
Things this game does really well:
- Great interface, you can find everything you need easily and the tooltips are helpful
- Amazing idea, the idea of going out into space and colonizing a mars like planet is every scientist dream! It felt very much like I was in the movie The Martian.
- Light weight. This game does not tax your system tremendously, which is a nice change from the block buster games that have come out around the same time (I’m looking at you Witcher 3!).
- Clear progression and not overly unforgiving on mistakes. You can mess up, most of the time you can recover, but even when you lose, you still want to start again and keep playing!
Things this game did poorly:
- The camera, for the love of all that is gaming, that angle is annoying. While you can see everything, having the camera locked is incredibly frustrating because you can’t zoom out very far.
- Saving is hard, you cant name your saved files and it does not have steam support, so having multiple saved games becomes difficult.
Bottom line, if you like games that will suck up your time and let you vedge out and burn an hour, or 5 or 15, you are going to like this game, if you are a fan of resource management games, you will like this game. If you are a fan of Banished or Sim City, you will like this game.
Well Played Dude gives Planetbase a 3.5 out of 5.