crashlands
Metacritic (PC): 78/100
Metacritic (iOS): 93/100
Release: Jan 2016
Reviewed on: PC

Crashlands

Site Score
8.5
Good: Easy inventory management – Randomised gear
Bad: Limited longevity due to repetitiveness
User Score
8.0
(1 votes)
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Crashing into the sandbox role playing genre on Windows, Mac and mobile devices Crashlands features a similar aesthetic and design to Don’t Starve with its story driven survival gameplay.

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Opening with players hurtling through space on a delivery contract with their trusty robot friend Juicebox. After an attack on the ship players are forced to use their escape pod and land on the randomly generated world below. With Juicebox to guide players on how to survive the harsh environment players will look to thrive and survive amongst the strange plant and animal life.

This extremely alien game world is by far one of the greatest selling points of Crashlands with unique enemies and plants to farm for materials to improve your own chance of survival. Combined with a lack of micro managing your inventory (particularly welcome on mobile devices) you’ll be able to focus your attention on the joy of crafting and exploring.

While one element of this is how you manage your materials the other is the way new tools integrate straight into your spacesuit with your avatar Flux automatically pulling out the ideal tool. Crashlands also does away with any sort of durability on these tools which keeps you focused on the adventure once again.

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Weapons on the other hand take a little more time before you are given access but do offer a wealth of depth once unlocked. Every piece of gear in Crashlands once crafted will vary slightly giving you extra resistances or elemental damage chances. Should you not be happy with your creation players can recycle it and reclaim some materials to try again. Not only does this crafted gear improve your attack and health but it also alters the appearance of Flux.

All of this is wrapped within a quest based structure to slowly feed the player with new mechanics over time with diligent players being rewarded with extra recipes and other secrets.

Summary:

  • Crash onto an alien planet and attempt to survive.
  • Craft unique equipment with randomised attributes.
  • Master quests and explore the game world to uncover secrets.
  • Simplified inventory management systems.
  • Play across mobile devices, Windows and Mac.

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