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In Reus, you control powerful giants that help you shape the planet to your will. You can create mountains and oceans, forests and more. Enrich your planet with plants, minerals and animal life. There is only one thing on the planet that you do not control: mankind, with all their virtues and and all their vices.
Release Date: May 16, 2013
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Reviews

"Reus is a game of logical, organic systems presented as simply as possible. It's a delight to play at every turn."
9/10 – Destructoid

"Sowing the seeds of a flourishing planet and a prosperous populace is a wonderfully welcome challenge in Reus."
8/10 – Gamespot

"...an excellent and addicting game that more than earns its 10$ price tag."
9/10 – RTS Guru

About the Game

In Reus, you control powerful giants that help you shape the planet to your will. You can create mountains and oceans, forests and more. Enrich your planet with plants, minerals and animal life. There is only one thing on the planet that you do not control: mankind, with all their virtues and and all their vices. You can shape their world, but not their will. Provide for them and they may thrive. Give them too much, and their greed may gain the upper hand.

Key Features

  • Control four mighty giants, each with their unique abilities
  • Terra-form the planet to your will, experiment with different terrain types
  • A complex system of upgrades and synergies allows for endless styles of play
  • Observe humanity, let your giants praise or punish them
  • Enjoy an interesting art style and a strong soundtrack
  • Enrich the planet with over 100 plants, animals and minerals
  • Unlock new content by helping humanity achieve numerous developments

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Processor:Intel® Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX10(R) compatible card with 512MB of memory
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel® Core i5 or AMD Phenom II
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX10(R) compatible card with 1024MB of memory
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
38.0 hrs on record
A very enjoyable puzzle/god game. It manages to blend casual atmosphere and a surprising degree of strategy together seamlessly, while still remaining fun to play. The look and feel of the game is lovely. Reus manages to be both a challenging and relaxing experience simultaneously, and I recommend it highly.
Posted: April 27
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54 of 83 people (65%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Warning: Addictive!

You WILL spend a lot of time on this game, you WILL want all of the achievements in one night! Played this so much last night/this morning, that I STILL haven't got our apartment cleaned. It's like: clean clean REUS... clean clean.... REUS, clean... REUS.... REUS REUS RUES RUES!

-wink-
Posted: June 14
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
105.0 hrs on record
I love this game. But--full disclosure--the strategy genre is almost exclusively where I spend my gaming hours. The remaining time is usually allocated to sandbox games, and Reus sort of falls into both these categories.

While definitely not an open world game by any stretch of the imagination [the world is literally a closed ring], Reus follows the sandbox/god game pattern of affecting the world in a way similar to an artist painting a portrait. Using the proper tools (the Giants and their abilities), you masterfully paint your world on the blank canvas that is the earth. Unlike the artist, however, your creations are living beings!

The Experience

For the most part, you play the game by ordering your four Giants to either place resources, augment exist resources, terraform/terramorph the planet, or attack an area. This basic premise is compelling, and the art style is rather charming. However, once you start to really dig in to Reus, its weaknesses start to come to the surface.

At a macro level, the only real issue with the game is its repetitiveness; a trait which is no stranger to the genre, and Reus certainly doesn't aim to change that. You're literally starting from the same place every time you play [an empty planet], with little deviation in your opening choices from game to game. This weakness is something of a non-issue to genre fans, of course. Just be aware that if you struggle to enjoy city/empire-building strategy games like Civilization V, for instance, you're not likely to be won over by Reus.

The Mechanics

More specific to the gameplay: the aspect of Reus that makes it compelling happens to also be its biggest drawback. Reus retains replay value in two major ways: randomness/chance and unlocks [achievements]. The random aspect is the aforementioned double-edged sword: your villages grow by completing projects, which are chosen from a pool of potential projects (depending on terrain, etc.), which each have a randomly-chosen resource perk, which in turn dictates how you should build moving forward.

This RNG is obviously intended to keep the game fresh, however it is often at odds with the direction your unlocks want you to follow (especially once you're down to your last handful). The game requires a lot of pre-planning (prepare to spend a lot of time reading the wiki), but then forces you to rely very heavily on what are essentially a series of dice rolls to line up perfectly. If you're averse to save scumming, you're gonna have a bad time.

The game engine also has minor goofs from time to time [no surprise, it's an indie game!]. Such as: a village spiking from 1 greed [high levels of greed are obtained by growing too fast and determine how aggressive villagers are] to attacking their neighbors just by loading savegame. These events seem to be rare, however.

Conclusion TL;DR

If you enjoy the planning aspect of strategy games, and don't mind a lot of waiting [as resources build and for projects to start/finish], Reus is will reward you with hours upon hours of relaxing cognition.

Seriously. Reus can give Civilization a run for its money with all the pausing and tabbing out you do in a 120-minute game.
Posted: August 26
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
36.2 hrs on record
Fantastic progression system.
Posted: July 30
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
One of the most clever and unique RTS-like games. Underated and underpublicized. Awesome game that everyone should try out.
Posted: June 25
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380 of 412 people (92%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
You should play Reus. - It will give you a barren planet and 4 Giants which are able to create life on it. With their help you will create different biomes, plants, animals and ressources. Attracted by this, Humans will settle and build Villages, which you can then grow and care for.

The game is presented in its unique and suprisingly detailed visuals that let you zoom from the planet view in to the details of the villagers. Its something to experience, and makes navigating the whole planet fast, very easy.

The playtime is at first limited to 30 minutes, you have to play and unlock achievements to expand this to 60 and later 120 minutes. Yes the gameplay is heavily driven by achievements, but through this you are able to learn to effectively play the game. If they would have just ulocked everything from the start i would have been overwhelmed and confused. There is also an endless mode and various special gameplay options that you can play with if the standard gameplay isnt your thing.

The gameplay gets more and more complex the further you advance in the game, up to an suprising ammount of deepness that rivals the god-game-richness of classics like civilistaion or populus. The wiki helps alot to understand all the mechanics if youre lost: http://wiki.reusgame.com/index.php?title=Main_Page

Overall this is a very solid and fun game, that will give you way more than you probably expected from it. - You should play Reus!
Posted: October 24, 2013
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