By Michael "Magic Mike" Dumee on June 20, 2016
Doesn't everybody, at one point or another, dream of creating a world of their own? Well, the good news is that now, you can! The upcoming game Planet Nomads by indie developer Craneballs is available for early access on Steam since May 25, 2017. Planet Nomads is a Sandbox Sci-fi game where you can do just about literally anything you want! Diana "DumeeGamer" and myself decided to share this adventure. So, now that we have our crisps and soda on the table, we can start!
When you start the game you can choose to enter either Creative mode or Survival mode. The Creative mode is meant to let your imagination run wild with unlimited resources and countless possibilities. The Survival mode is the real game; grab your survival equipment and learn to thrive in an alien world full of unknown and potentially dangerous elements. We thought it was smart to start in Creative mode, and get the hang of the basics at our own pace. But we learned quickly that, if you have no clue what you're doing whatsoever, even unlimited resources can't make you a creative genius, so we decided that it would be smarter to start with the Survival mode. That way, we got way more instructions of what to do and how to do it.
Both modes start the same way; you're in a space shuttle and you crash onto an unknown planet. You have a multi tool to manipulate the world around you. Immediately it becomes clear that this is not going to be a walk in the park. Your character can be hungry, thirsty and sleepy. So you'll need to take care of that whenever one of these problems arises. First thing we need to do is build a shelter. To build you have to go in build view. In Build view you see the object of your choice and where you can place them. But you'll need resources to build and create stuff. Sometimes, the resources themselves are ready to use, but often you'll need to craft them. So that's our first objective; finding resources!
Man, our first day and night is nerve wrecking! Trying to gather the needed resources of the flora around you, while receiving all kinds of alarming notifications about your condition is not relaxing at all! We tried to collect resources for our shelter, the voice told us we were thirsty, our nutrition level was dropping, the temperature reached an extreme level and on top of it all, we got poisoned! I don't know about you, but I personally think my poor little nomad is not having the best of days. After getting two parts of my shelter's floor down, we needed to find new resources. So yes, you could say that the start of the game is pretty challenging and raised our own heart rates to unknown heights. But it was also a lot of fun to do and you're actually really proud of yourself when you manage to survive another day!
Diana "DumeeGamer" calls me a pro when it comes to playing sandbox games. Well, she is the boss, so who am I to argue with that, right? I played several games of this genre, like: No Man's Sky, Astroneer and Minecraft. And I must say, I totally love everything the early access trailer promises; animals, enemies and building vehicles. Alas, we personally never reached this moment during this play-through, because we died within three or four in-game days. Nevertheless, the game looks promising, it plays really well and looks pretty cool. So yes, we definitely want to become a Planet Nomad!