Planet Nomads – PC (P)Review

Genre: Action, Adventure, Indie, Simulation, Early Access
Developer: Craneballs
Publisher: Craneballs
Release Date: May 25, 2017
Edited by KnightAvenger

Planet Nomads is a single player, sci-fi based, sandbox game with survival elements that is currently in Early Access. It is brought to us by Craneballs, who are both the devs and publisher. The actual gameplay begins with you having just crash-landed on a alien world in an escape pod. Armed with your trusty multi-tool and limited supplies, you must seek out your existence on this alien world. You must gather materials from the natural world and stuff that fell to the planet from the crash in order to survive.

Personally, I tend to avoid survival games and I am quite picky when it comes to sandbox games. However, Planet Nomads had piqued my interest when it was placed into my lap to review. Upon researching the game before playing, the first thing I noted was the fact the devs do weekly updates for the game. That and the fact it has a 70% + positive review rating. This, in itself, is a rare thing with Early Access games and I applaud the devs for their hard work. My personal experience with the game was a mostly positive experience.

Other than a sound issue I discovered (which is noted in the cons), the only thing I had issues with is, depending on your pod placement at the start, it can be quite rough at the beginning. One of my pods was in the middle of several creatures (I am calling them beasts of hell) that were highly aggressive and wanted to murder my face. I assume it was hilarious to watch but not so much playing it. When I finally got around to building things, I found the system fairly easy to use. The only issue I had with it was a personal one. I can design for crap when it comes to buildings.

The coolest feature with it, though, was the fact the multi-tool could break down what you built and you get most (if not all) of your materials you put into back. The overall environmental layout for the game seems to be well placed as far as resources, flora, and fauna go. Thus, it’s either a great algorithm they use to determine placement of things when you start a new world or I just got extremely lucky. The overall experience that came out of me reviewing this game was pleasant and definitely made me want to take a look at the game again when it comes out of Early Access.

Pros:

  • Updated weekly
  • Robust options menu
  • Single player survival and creative modes
  • Given a pre-story
  • Can break down structures to get most (if not all) of your materials back you put into it

Cons:

  • Sound won’t play unless game is in focus; only way past this is clicking on it in the task bar to minimize it. If you tab out or minimize it (while in window), it loses focus
  • Can be a bit too rough at the start

BoxCatHero gives Planet Nomads a Drastik Measure 7.9 out of 10(79)

Planet Nomads is available on Steam for $19.99 (USD).