Steam Early Access
So, the Steam winter sale has just ended and I purchased for myself a number of good little bargains one of which is the little early access gem called Rise to Ruins.
Rise to Ruin is a quirky pixelated style game in the flavour of Dwarf Fortress, while I have never had the pleasure or the pain of playing the legend that is Dwarf Fortress, I did know of it.
Rise to Ruin puts the player in control of a fictional deity looking down from a loft onto would be settlers in a foreign land of your choosing. The player gets to pick a starting location from the continent at the beginning of the game. The objective is to build a successful settlement that can survive the wilds and dangers that are thrown at them. A successful settlement will include every the settlers need from food and shelter to defences and industry.
A basic settlement can take time to establish and deaths of settlers are more than a bit common and when the night falls, monsters become enrages and seek out settlements to attack. Attacks aren’t however limited to the night, they can also occur in the day. That and a number of other random events like nomads arriving or dogs finding their way to your camp help to keep the player on their toes.
The game certainly has a steep learning curve, I have only played around 2 hours so far and yet I can already tell this game is going to be good, like very good. I have not yet had any encounters with any bugs, which is surprising for an Early Access game. I also very much like the art styling, it is very early 90’s style but flows very well and is constitute within the game. For an Early Access game it feels almost complete. Yet the developers are adamant they are still a while off before full release.
If you get the choice and have a few pounds / dollars sitting around after the spending spree over Christmas, I strongly recommend you take some time and check out this game. I picked it up for around £3.50 and frankly it was a steal.
Gameplay: 8 / 10
Graphic: 8 / 10
Sound: 7 / 10