First off I love this game, Devs keep pushing forward. Since I started this game it was like crack for me, Im glad I got to the end tiers and I can start sleeping before 3am. It took me about one solid week of 10hr a day gameplay to reach what I considered the end of the progression. Sorry for any possible typos, I am lacking sleep because how much I played last night.
I am only reviewing the survival side of this game, I dont play the creative side of these games so I wont review that aspect.
What I liked:
Wonderful visual block building logistics. This game offers a fun way of going around to collect ore and turning it into smelted bars of metal. I loved the power generation, the lazers used to transport energy longer distances. Originally my mine had ran on burning coal, while I was concerned for burning a fuel I could run out of I started building a large solar array that charged up my capicitor block array just under it. This then fed the lower levels I had connected with lazers.
I had built 10 elevators to allow me easy access for the top 300 blocks of the world. The elevators I had built were one way only (one type only went up, and another elevator set went down). They did have manual two dirrection elevators but I didnt have the need in my base.
What I did not like: (much of these complaints are bugs, I expect that eventually these will be resolved)
The hoard of bugs that still exist within the game. The largest complaint I have about the game is the horrible rendering, minecraft seems to just have the block appear when rendering. FCE renders off the screen then raises or drops the image to where is should be. This is an endless elevator experience when trying to walk in a straight line, this often left me running into the black unrendered space ("this allowed me to see through all solid blocks and cheatingly see other open blocks in the area. The grappling hook will often move you into a solid block, you will then need to workyourself out of the solid block or simply destroy the block and move on. If this is in your main base and you are electronically connected, this may be a bit frustrating. The lazers do not always auto connect, making that you have reset the lazers up the power line to start reconnecting.
How the game play progression went:
Start the game, find the purple beam that shows you the location of your base (if the rendering allows you to see that far). If not wander around a little untill you find it (now you can follow the targeting locator your pet flying robot projects).
Find an ore vein using your scanner (I love the scanner). Get to it and place an ore driller block, fill it with power and run home before you freeze. Get more power, run back to your first ore outfit get the ore and go back before you freeze.
Eventually you find: Coal, Copper, Tin, Iron and Lithium, all of the first tier materials. After making quite a few runs back and forth each time trying not to freeze on your way back (because your suit heater is out of power and its cold outside).
I had the bright idea of making a smelting outfit for each metal at the location powered by a coal generator. Now I simply had to run to my ore outfit, load it with more coal and collect the bars I had smelted on the spot.
Eventually I had connected the ore smelting outfits with the main central powersource using lazers energy transfer blocks (these look really cool). And eventually added elevators and a central shipping system that only transported finished bars (since I smelted everything on location). This led to quickly gathering lots of tier one meterials.
Dig for tier 2:
Dig, dig, dig, dig. Why is is so cold down here? After finding the frozen layer and nearly freezing while standing on a torch I head back to my base to upgrade my heater. Upgrade done, back to the frozen layer, upgrade works. Now what are these creatures, they follow me then when I turn around to look at them they transform back into a simple block. Do they hurt me? no. Can I shoot them using the gun? not in the games current form. :(
Make it to tier two, get all the medals smelting outfits starting. Gold, Nickle, Titanium check. Okay Im all set. I then decide to spend some time to transfer 5lines of power straight down to tthe tier two material level (300 blocks down) and set up a shipping method to transfer my metal bars back to the surface.
Okay, im feeling like Im at the end of the game here, so lets build everything else. Build everything except the jet turbine and the refinery. I dig down to the 500 block layer and find biomass. Take my scan of this material back to the surface and start to research the jet turbine and biomas refinery.
At this point I have no need for additional power since my entire base is now solar run, but its something else to build.
Ran out of things to build so I decide I want to find hell. Start digging down, way down. I explore caverns reaching all the way down to 4500 blocks deep, I finally reach magma, yet its not hot enough to kill me (lol). So I keep diggin untill I reach 5600 blocks deep which my internal suit temp reaches around 300C and I die from overheating.
After playing and knowing how the game went if I had to go back in time and rechoose to play the game or not, I would most definately PLAY THE GAME AGAIN. This said I would suggest playing this game. 80hrs for a $9 game isnt that bad (I had bought the game for under $3 myself).
I am now going to get some long needed sleep.
If the devs are interested in a full bug list and suggestion list I would be happy to create one for them on request.