Stranded on an alien planet with little in the way to survive but your wits and materials found around you can you make it off the miserable rock or will you be forced to go native…or worse? That’s more or less the basic premise behind the interesting looking first person survival game Planet Nomads. That alone doesn’t inspire a whole lot of “must buy” confidence but it’s what’s promised that makes the difference. And it’s a universe worth exploring just by looking at the pitch.
In Planet Nomads you crash land on a strange alien world with nothing but your environment suit, some basic tools, and what’s left of your doomed craft. As mentioned, the first few days are critical in order for you to make it through. You’ll be hunted, forced to endure extreme temperatures and conditions like severe radiation, and of course you can’t survive without food and shelter. While the survival and exploration aspects sounds intriguing in and of itself what really captured my interest was in the building and crafting angle.
I’m a fan of crafting in games, whether they’re single player or multiplayer, and Planet Nomads features this as essential in your gameplay experience. Think of this as part Minecraft but everything that you build has a purpose and is fully functional. Build a shelter from the outside world, put together a vehicle of your choice, make weapons and tools, and much more. You’re only limited by what you can harvest and your imagination. Eventually throw together a space ship to get off the rock and reach the stars. Did I mention that there’s more that you can see beyond where you crashed?
When I first saw Planet Nomads I was blown away by how it looks and am thoroughly impressed with what they promised to potential backers and players. They’re asking for actually a modest amount considering what they’ve got planned. Just under six digits USD they’ve got a ways to go but with almost a month they could pull it off.
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