planetbase
Metacritic: 75/100
Release: Oct 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Planetbase

Site Score
8.0
Good: Great setting – Multiple planets – Build your base and customise individual structures
Bad: Poor AI drags down the experience
User Score
8.5
(6 votes)
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Fancy yourself as a colonist? Planetbase challenges you to settle the stars with your own team of space settlers as they try to establish an outpost on a remote planet. It’s a struggle for survival at its best and one of the few games set in the science fiction realm.

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Your goal in Planetbase to master the three game planets that provide different challenges and increasing difficulty. Starting out players will explore the barren desert planet which despite its name is actually one of the easiest to conquer before moving onto the frozen planet and the giant gas moon. Each planet has its own variables for energy effectiveness (wind and solar) and the risks of external environmental hazards.

At the start of each of these levels players will only have their colony ship and a handful of humans and robots. These humans each have their own speciality skills from engineer to worker, medic and several others. This colony ship comes with a healthy starting stash of resources and also can be broken down for an extra boost.

Primary resources in the game include food, metal and bioplastic which is expended for structures and objects within structures. The game also includes a number of supporting resources such as water, power, medical supplies and many others that are used in various ways.

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Managing resources is of course the key to a survival themed strategy game such as Planetbase with starvation and suffocation being common causes of deaths. These can occur either because of poor management or come about as the after effect of meteor showers and sandstorms striking your colony.

Overall Planetbase is a simple but entertaining management game that involves reacting to the what the game throws at you, while the three planets limit the gameplay potential its enough value for your dollar.

Summary:

  • Survive on three harsh planets with different challenges.
  • Manage multiple resources to survive outer space.
  • Customise not only your settlement but each individual building.
  • Offers plenty of gameplay to dollar value.
  • Only for Windows.

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