Aven Colony – PC Review

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Genre: Indie, Simulation, Strategy
Developer: Mothership Entertainment LLC
Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd
Release Date: Jul 26, 2017
Edited by KnightAvenger

Are you ready for SimCity, on an alien planet, far out in space? Then Mothership Entertainment has delivered the game for you! It’s called Aven Colony.

From the starting tutorial, which was actually very good, I was hooked on this game. Starting off with just the bare bones of a colony on a generally hostile world, you have to build and play smart to build a thriving new civilization.

Just when you think everything is going well, in comes a shard storm, a nydus-like worm, alien spores and god knows what else. If you think that’s bad enough, wait until winter and your solar panels produce very little energy, you run out of nanites to repair your air vents, the citizens demand entertainment, or you don’t grow enough food.

Between all of that and making sure I had a steady influx of trade and researching recreational drugs to make my minions…err citizens happy, I can truly say there wasn’t a time during the game play that I lacked something to do or when I did not feel the challenge and pains of building a thriving colony on a distant alien world.

Being a stickler of space games and space themes, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Everything from managing citizens, trade, power, water, food, rationing, security, base security, health, and so much more is already implemented in the game, and Mothership Entertainment has promised there is more to come.

There are also a number of scenarios to play if you want a challenge outside of normal sandbox. That said, this game is hard work and not really for casual play to play it well, but for those of you like me that enjoy meticulous challenges, go for it.

Aven Colony is priced at $29.99 (USD) on Steam and offers the Cerulean Vale DLC for $2.99 (USD). I would recommend this to any space/strategy/city building fanatic.

Pros:

  • Long time play potential
  • Amazing city management systems
  • Awesome soundtrack
  • Smooth game play
  • Good interfaces and menu implementation
  • In-depth tutorial
  • Well updated

Cons:

  • Requires a lot of commitment to play
  • Landscapes are a little drab and unremarkable
  • Can feel repetitive to an extent

XariusPrime gives Aven Colony a Drastik Measure 8.2 out of 10 (82)