By Dennis "CallMeBackdraft" Aspers on January 25, 2018
Is it Minecraft? Is it Farmville?! No sir, it's Staxel; a brand new game by indie developer Plukit. Staxel is a voxel based sandbox world that opens up to you after the first introduction, an introduction which gives you your very own farm, complete with pet. And, in light of the century old feud between cat lovers and dog lovers, the developers decided to incorporate both species into the game, so nobody has to get their panties in a twist over that one!
You start out in a cute little town, complete with supermarket, merchants, city hall and even a tavern, so after a hard day's work you can enjoy a cold or hot beverage together with the other townsfolk. It is a colorful and happy town in which everybody goes about their lives in a calm and controlled fashion. And while this might be fine for most people, there are those of us (including me) that just can't help but wanting a bit more action!
So, for the more destructive among us; yes, you can complete and utterly disassemble said village and any and all of its buildings, giving you some nice building materials in the process. The real goal of the game, however, is to tend to your farms by tilling your fields, managing your crops and using the proceeds to feed yourself, while selling the rest to make some nice cash. With this cash, you can buy more and better tools, building supplies and, of course, some food for your pet. I mean, why did you get a pet if you don't intend to take care of right, right?
And, with Staxel being a voxel-based game, the world really is your oyster. You can build as far as the eye can see and so high that even the birds get vertigo. And, if all else fails and building high structures has never been your cup of tea, you can even dig a huge hole in the ground and go back to be a cave man farmer.
If all that still isn't enough for you, Staxel comes with an added bonus: Online Multiplayer! This mode lets you create or join dedicated servers, so you and all of your friends can join you in order to make your very own town, city or even metropolis. The people at Plukit also added Mod support and, let me tell you, the community the game has gathered so far hasn't been sitting around quietly twiddling their thumbs. No sir, they have build both mods and tools for modders who are just getting started in the scene. Mods tend to bring a certain community feel to a game and encourages people to help each other out and create a much more expansive experience than even any dev could imagine.
Staxel is a game that can help you with all your relaxing needs by tending to the crops, your creative needs by allowing you to build any and all building you can come up with and, last but not least, your socializing needs by letting you join a server and join friends or strangers in the ever-growing community that is Staxel.
If you're looking for that high-octane, story driven shooter, than Staxel might not be what you're looking for. But if, on the other hand, you are even only slightly creative in one way or the other, I would recommend that you do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this really cool game over on Steam.
January 23, 2018