Signs of Life is a sci-fi survival sandbox platformer with a combination of procedurally generated and hand-crafted content. You'll explore mysterious locations, Mine blocks for resources, and meet strange (and some familiar) creatures, some of which don't even want to kill you and eat your corpse.
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Hvorfor tidlig adgang?

“We wanted to get our game in the hands of as many people as possible, as soon as possible. We are a tiny team with no budget, so Early Access will allow us to think longer-term, and ultimately deliver a better game.”

Hvor lang tid vil dette spil være i tidlig adgang?

“Until we finish the content we have planned for the 1.0 release. We can't give you an ETA at this point, as we're still quite far from being finished.”

Hvordan er det planlagt, at den fulde version skal være anderledes fra tidlig adgang-versionen?

“The full version will have more content, a complete, satisfying narrative and less bugs. What we have in the current Early Access build is a solid foundation, but now our job is to expand on that content in order to finish the game. At some point between now and release, we are also planning on implementing online co-op multiplayer.”

Hvad er den nuværende tilstand for tidlig adgang-versionen?

“The current Early Access version of Signs of Life is very playable and stable. What we have now is a solid experience, although it has only a portion of the planned total content.”

Er prisen på spillet anderledes under og efter tidlig adgang?

“We have no plans to change the price between now and release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“In any way we can. We're active on the Steam forums, and we love getting feedback from the community. The more you guys get involved and tell us what we're doing wrong the better the game is sure to get. We take criticism well, so don't be shy =)”
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27. februar

Signs of Life Update 0.46

Update time, yay! Got some fun new toys and features for you folks, let us know if you run into any issues. We changed the way the static lighting works a bit (with torches, etc) so let us know if you notice any reduction in performance. As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts, so don't be shy and let us know what you think in the comments =)

New Content
  • Added the teleporter project! Build two, set them to the same symbol and instantly transport yourself (and anything inside the teleporter) across the world.

  • Added a deployable turret! It loads 9mm ammo and must be retracted to pick it up. Prevents mob spawning nearby.

  • Added flare arrows (Flarrow!)

  • Added Bone Arrows

New Recipes
  • Steel turret - 1x Microchip, 1x Steel Machine Parts, 1x Steel Gun Parts, 1x Large Battery, 1x D6 Polymer (Requires Material Printer)
  • Flare arrows - 1x Aluminum Ingot, 1x Bauxite Ore, 1x Iron Ore (Makes 3)
  • Bone arrows - 1x Bone, 5x Sticks, 5x Feathers (Makes 5)
  • Power Core - 3x Large Battery, 3x Steel Ingots, 3x Plastic, 1x Refined Rose Quartz (Requires Material Printer)

UI Changes
  • Added cursor icons when hovering over things. Let us know if you notice things that we missed that you think should have cursors.

  • Fixed some issues with the medium and large fonts.

Gameplay Changes
  • Added reload animation to grenade launchers.
  • Reduced regeneration salve effect by half, it was pretty overpowered considering you could use 2 and combine it with the health regen from being well fed.
  • Doubled energy regen per step of kinetic inductor

Bug Fixes
  • Changed saving method for player inventory, should be backwards compatible but let us know if you notice any missing items or anything like that.
  • Disabled connection to local server by default, may cause issues so let us know if you have problems dropping items, things not working as expected, etc. This should fix the issue for people who were having problems dropping items.
  • Changing font with a dialogue box open will now properly resize the dialogue box.
  • Changed static lighting system (torches, etc) to hopefully be a bit more optimized. Should result in fewer hitches with lots of static lights, let us know if you see a reduction in performance.
  • Kinetic inductors now properly stop working when unequipped

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27. januar

Signs of Life Update 0.45

Hey folks, I have a small update for ya. Normally I'd hold off until we had a more substantial update ready, but we found a bug with the item details that would occasionally cause items to get removed when you attempted to split a stack so we went ahead and pushed out what we had so far. We also made some balance changes to picks and guns which should make fighting armored creatures a bit less annoying, but we may still need to raise their health amounts to make up for the change, so let us know what you think.

New Content
  • Added a trash container that holds deleted items until you leave the game. This should be useful if you accidentally delete an item.

UI Changes
  • You should no longer open the key item pouch through other containers when you right click
  • Fixed some graphical weirdness with equipping items in the MEG menu with right click

Gameplay Changes
  • You can now dig multiple background blocks simultaneously with the proper upgrades (Meant to be in the last update, but its here now!)
  • Pick damage reduced, but picks now pierce through armored creatures
  • Most bullets (not shotgun pellets) now partially pierce armored creatures (reduce armor by half)
  • You can no longer equip batteries from power sockets menus.

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with the item detail popup buttons (items getting deleted when split, etc)
  • Fixed a bug that would cause basic smelters to pause their progress
  • Fixed beds not making you go to sleep
  • Fixed some minor tooltip issues
  • Fixed some dupes/issues with the crafting/build menus

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Signs of Life is a sci-fi survival sandbox platformer with a combination of procedurally generated and hand-crafted content. You'll explore mysterious locations, Mine blocks for resources, and meet strange (and some familiar) creatures, some of which don't even want to kill you and eat your corpse. Along the way, you'll be able to craft armor, weapons, gadgets and more to assist you in surviving in an inhospitable environment.

Story

Sensing that an apocalyptic war was imminent, the United Nations executed a last ditch plan to save what they could of the human race. 2 crafts were launched, a massive colony ship called the Hephaestus and a smaller, faster scout ship called the Hermes. The destination was a recently discovered earth-like planet with the potential to harbor life located roughly 18 light years away. The Hermes reached the planet first in order to establish a presence in anticipation of the arrival of the Hephaestus.

4 years later, as the Hephaestus approached its destination a faint signal was detected from a nearby asteroid. Against their better judgement, the crew of the Hephaestus decided to investigate, and in doing so set in motion a chain of events that would ultimately lead to their destruction.

The good news is, you managed to survive by hitching a ride on a small escape pod just in the nick of time. The bad news is, everyone you knew and loved is dead, you have nothing but the clothes on your back, a standard issue multi-function wrist laser and a faulty artificial intelligence companion named AGIS. Oh, and the human race is probably doomed.

Probably.

Features

  • An expansive world with procedurally generated and hand-crafted content.
  • A bunch of weird alien creatures.
  • Some familiar creatures.
  • Chickens.
  • Mining, hunting, gathering.
  • Gobs of ores, materials and animal organs you can use to...
  • Craft all kinds of weapons, armor, gadgets, furniture, etc.
  • A bit of story and lore to hold the whole thing together.
  • Eggs.
  • All spiritual content in this game has been assessed by Dr. Halamkah, advisor to the stars.

Current State of Development

Signs of Life is currently in Alpha. We feel like we've put together a fun, satisfying experience that will allow us to get wider feedback while we complete the rest of the game.

Right now our first priority is making sure that the content we have in-game is as bug-free, balanced, polished and fun as possible based on feedback from you folks. Our second priority is working on the co-op online multiplayer, which we have been working on since day one, but we don't feel is ready for prime time. In addition to those priorities, we'll be adding content to the game regularly as we finish fleshing out the game. We have a significant prologue/tutorial planned, as well as significant content beyond what is currently playable, so the sooner you get involved the more of an effect you'll have on the final game. We deal in hard science, and in working very closely with our personal science advisor at Sweet Dog Studios, that tends to lead to results.

We are still very much in development, and we would like you to join us in shaping the game from here on out. Your feedback is vital to us, so don't be shy =)

Caveats/Issues

  • Multiplayer is not yet implemented, but we have been working on it since the beginning and it is our next major milestone.
  • Some sound effects are missing, but we are actively working on filling them in.

Systemkrav

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with Shader Model 2 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2+ GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with Shader Model 2 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
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When you play a game that exists in a genre that’s already heavily populated with awesome titles, it’s easy to jump to negative comparisons. In the case of Sweet Dogs Studios’s Signs of Life, you’ll be having too much fun to think about how games like Terraria or Starbound may be more expansive.

Signs of Life is what Sweet Dogs Studios defines as a “sci-fi survival sandbox platformer”. It mixes different elements of crafting games while adding an adventure game feel through the storyline. The premise of this game is that you’re one of the lone survivors of a devastating incident which left most of your crew lost or dead. Your task is to land on the planet (which is conveniently Earth-like) your crew originally intended to investigate and survive long enough to find out what happened to them. In spite of the morbid implications left through the clues about your crew that you’ll find throughout the world, Signs of Life manages to stay light-hearted and keep you focused on exploration and fun.

When you first start out, you’re given several character creation options. Since the game is still in its Early Access stage, your options are limited but the developers have promised to expand on the character creation system in the future. I simply opted to make the most girly-looking dude possible and ended up with pink slippers and a super-saiyan haircut. You then make your landing on the planet via your escape pod and quickly discover that you’re going to have to improvise in order to make it.

The crafting options in Signs of Life were a lot more intuitive and varied than I initially expected. You have dozens of options from the very beginning, and as you discover new areas and objects, your virtual companion AGIS compiles new recipes for you. AGIS is only one component of your infinitely useful wrist-laser device, which is what you use to break blocks and collect items. The only thing the wrist-laser can’t be is a weapon – you’ll have to just settle for guns, crossbows, swords, and a plethora of other weapons you can craft based on your preferences.

One of the more difficult aspects of the crafting is perhaps the gathering of the actual materials. Although some of the materials require a common-sense driven gathering process (picking up rocks from the ground, chopping down trees for wood) others require exploration (you probably won’t find a battery in a tree). You’ll also have to get used to figuring out the base components of certain objects by looking through their recipes and trailing backwards in order to achieve crafting that item. That may seem cumbersome at first, but the crafting menus are built in such a way so that everything is easily sorted and found.

My personal favorite thing about Signs of Life has to be the art style. The backgrounds that seem to move with you are beautifully done and serve as a contrast to the blockier style of the actual playing space. The graphics give an overall sense of polish to the game that may not always be present since it is still an Early Access game. The music that plays in the background is mostly non-intrusive and peaceful. While it serves to make sure that the planet you’re on isn’t entirely silent, it’s not enough to make you feel like you’re not alone – which was probably the point. Signs of Life really emphasizes the fact that you’re a lone survivor, isn’t always pleasant. The game will definitely benefit from the eventual implementation of multiplayer, as do games like Minecraft and Terraria.

With Signs of Life, Space Dog Studios has created a game with plenty of character. It’s through intuitive gameplay and special attention to detail that this game will stand out in the eyes of those who play it. When Signs of Life is finally finished and out of Early Access, it will likely have the potential to be a contender among the Terrarias and Starbounds of the genre. Signs of Life is worth the investment. It’s not a perfect game, but it’s definitely a lot of fun.

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The Good:
-Graphics and animations are gorgeous
-Handheld multitool you start with feels like something a crashed ship survivor might actually have, high tech without being game-breaking, and scales up nicely over the course of the game
-Imaginative enemies with an AI that, while simplistic, knows what it can do and how to accomplish it, and will even outmaneuver and trap you
-Story (what there is of it, I'll get to that in a moment), while not all that new, is handled better than most triple-A titles do it, paced so you learn more as you advance
-Tech scales up nicely from primitive constructs assembled with sticks and vines to plasma cannons, and the transition actually feels pretty natural
The Bad:
-Not much variety. It's very easy to reach a point at which the game has nothing new to show you, or where there is more content but you're completely stuck as to how to advance or just plain don't realize there is more.
-Rare updates. It was doing very well, but the last update was two months ago, and didn't add much. Even if it's just the odd new weapon or another bit of the story revealed, I'd love to see more frequent updates.
The Verdict: If you like Terraria, this is like Terraria but in my opinion better fleshed out. There's less content than in other games, but what there is has been polished to a mirror shine, with the promise of more on the horizon (even if that horizon is sometimes frustratingly far away). A brilliantly executed take on the sci-fi survival game that I sincerely hope will keep growing and realize its potential.
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I love the idea of this game and im a big fan of starbound... but this ticks all the boxes!

Theres tons and tons of content in the game already an d there just getting started i love the crafting system and the way you place items in the world!

And for the price this game is great value and offers tons and tons of gamplay im hooked ive been play for the last 17hrs...

8/10 but only because its still early access!


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It was fun for a while, but missing multiplayer and the ability to travel to other planets/biomes made me lose interest after about 60 hours of gameplay. Still a good buy compared to how much some new titles cost for the same amount of game play hours.
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THIS GAME IS PURELY AWESOME!i bought it last week and cant stop playing!
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I know i havn't played it for a long time but the game is amazing its fun and the concept is cool. first ive seen in it's type of concept
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"Controls are disgusting.
the text is too small to read easily.
and in general I am less then impressed"

this was my initial take on this game but since I posted this the developer has asked me questions about my experiances and has been incredibly helpful. if a single man can take the time to do this why can't our AAA titles?
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TL;DR: Contains a lot of unique ideas for Early Access, but progression via trial-and-error is prevalent.

Inevitably, Signs of Life is going to get compared to Minecraft, Terraria, Edge of Space and Starbound for being a sandbox game where you build up your shelter and arsenal from scratch. However it's got enough unique features and ideas for being Early Access that a $10 pricetag can be justified.

Pros:
-Developer(s) is/are responsive.
-Many small details in the game. (hit detection and headshots, boots boost kicking damage, basic metallurgy, etc.)
-Very clean and pleasing art style. (crisp detail in the foreground; soft detail in the background)
-Armors aren't linearly better or worse. (i.e. damage reflection V.S. mobility V.S. energy regen)
-Organization is very easy and convenient with crafting worktables, container placement and sets of material pouches.
-Your wrist-attached "MEG tool" is versatile. (light, mapping, ore-scanning, mining, collecting) and convenient
-Most enemies are exploitable in some way. (again, your MEG tool is versatile)
-Achievement hunting is amusing. ('Me Time')
-Saving and exiting leaves you exactly where you were on that world and character.

Neutrals:
-Currently no intro/tutorial feature, but it's planned; once implemented, should help players with game progression.
-Fairly strong "grind" factor (a love/hate relationship, I'm sure) comparable to Minecraft. Not as rough as it used to be, once you get your hands on mining upgrades for your MEG tool.
-The music isn't terrible, but it isn't terrific either. Probably a matter of personal taste on this one.

Cons:
-As of this review, overall weak Wikia and Steam guide support, requiring players to figure most things out by themselves.
-Locational progression is confusing at first.
-No "Trash Can" slot to recover deleted items from, creating the potential to completely delete items by accident. FIXED!
-Ranged options are weak and/or expensive until late-game. Crossbows, bows and energy weapons are actually nice and not too difficult to obtain/keep filled, but I still shy away from ammo-consuming guns because sulphur's an uncommon, non-renewable resource.
-No liquids in the world whatsoever.
-By default, font size is a little small and Auto Run isn't on.
-Some details are too small and require squinting at.
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(Written during Version 0.45)

Through making some poor choices, I've learned to be incredibly specious of Early Access games. I've purchased quite a few that have looked promising (and even WERE promising), only to find my initial investment squandered due to the developer(s) not following up on their initial design ideas, or, in two cases, all but abandoning their game completely.

To add to that anecdote, I never caught the "Minecraft bug." I'm not very artistic, so the idea of an open world where you just GO did not appeal to me. Terraria approached the middle ground that I could see myself enjoying, but this...

Signs of Life is my mecca.

There are some very unique, well thought-out aspects of the game that really lend to helping it carve out its own identity in the mire of "sandbox" games that have been popping up as of late. From the clever M.E.G. tool that you use to collect resources, to the trial-and-error method of discovering new items to craft, Signs of Life very aptly toes the line between being accessible to the player and patronizing them.

As you progress throughout the game, the developers have managed to create an atmosphere of discovery that is almost completely organic: the more you do and the more you explore, the more you will learn. That being said, there are a few aspects of the crafting system that aren't very intuitive (@Devs: perhaps a classification system for certain items could help new players to know what can and can't be used as fuel). This is, of course, where the Early Access part of the game comes in, and community involvement is a crucial part.

The developers are, thankfully, not at all like those mentioned at the beginning of this review. I have seen developer responses within the *HOUR* of an issue becoming known on the forums, and that in and of itself is one damned impressive feat.

IN CLOSING:

+ Wonderful art design; color schemes are fantastic
+ The soundtrack is haunting, hypnotizing, and cathartic
+ Excellent flow in the crafting system, save for a few bumps here and there
+ The world is alive and makes you naturally want to explore

- Some clipping issues in the terrain (my head would get stuck in 99% of cases)
- Dodge / roll mechanic can be bothersome when trying to make minute adjustments in positioning
- Overlapping inventory system DRIVES ME ABSOLUTELY BANANA SANDWICH I WILL TYPE IN ALL CAPS FOR THIS
- (This last point isn't a negative, but it is because I want more story, please.)

For $10, you're making EXCELLENT use of your money.
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A spectacular game so far with plenty of content despite it's early access status.
I only have a few minor issues, in which I will state them in the questions I have for the developer(s) in hopes of having them answered
1. Will there be more diverse terrain generation in the future? Such as curved/diagonal blocks for easy terrain navigation, as it's tedious to continuously place blocks to get to higher spots.
2. Will there be character wipes in the future to make room for updates?
3. Will the game eventually have an "ending" or do you intend to make it free-roam for as long as the player wants?

That's all I have, TL;DR this game is worth it's 10$ price tag.
My rating is at least a 9/10
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Metroid meets Minecraft.

It's all about discovery and enjoying the enviroment.

The crafting system is very intellegent.

It's a got a hard science fiction tone.

The game is constantly being updated.

The develepor listens to the players and responds right away to any issues or suggestions.

It has a giant mechanical chicken for no reason.
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If you like survival craft games and also like a good story to go along with it, than you have found the right game. This is easily the best value I have ever gotten out of a Early Acess game.
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A great game with lots of terraria/starbound(ish) concepts.
I've had lots of fun with this, however i've got just one complaint.
Please fix the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ spawn caps for animals/neutral mobs on the surface... Every time I leave my house for 10 seconds I come back to find a friggin swarm of those blue-flying things smashing their heads into my door. So If I open the door, of course the house gets flooded with them.
Or when I'm trying to do a simple task outside like cut down a tree, or mine a block, something always has to get in the way and get hit and then get ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off at me and attack me.
Overall it's a fun game, it could just use a bit of multiplayer, and fixed spawns for animals.
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Compared to other games I've played, Signs of Life is both more simplistic, and more complex. Simpler in that construction of a base doesn't take 5 days, and that hordes of enemies are, while a possibility, not likely to simply turn into a never-ending swarm that'll override any defensive measures in a couple minutes.

The complexity comes from the mid and late-game (for now) crafting, where you need to use literally every crafting station/system you have on hand to build things like the rocket launcher or the Jewel Bow. Even some of the earlier recipes can take 4 or 5 differing components to make, and at least 2 crafting stations to make the parts in the first place.

Honestly, I don't find it a problem. I find it a nice change of pace from the more "grind it til you have it" tendency of more than a few other games (World of Warcraft, for example.).

My only real issues stem from just how much digging you're apt to do just to get enough resources to build that fancy Material Printer or that last box of rockets.

I would rate this game a 9/10 as it is, if only because the game is incomplete.
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Temp review... will write a better / longer review later.

This game is like Starbound, but it's far more grindy (right now, soon to be better balanced). I've already spent enough time into the game to notice that the threats are almost non-existent (aside from the bosses which currently can be exploited). Armor currently just feels optional. Getting ores takes forever currently, but again, the dev says it'll be improved next update. Mining with a pickaxe is a bit clunky cuz it requires so much space, so you're likely to use the MEG tool which can also be upgraded to be superior in digging speeds anyways.

Overall, it's an interesting new game with new ideas and everything, but it being in early access, it's just not quite there yet with the finished games which compete with this game.

EDIT: I'm giving this review a thumbs up based on the dev's replies here and in Steam Discussions. The dev communicates with us all the time and is very appreciative of suggestions and feedback unlike most other game devs out there. Also, I do see this game being an awesome game, potentially even better than all the competitors out there.
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One of the best "Early Access" experiences I have had... and I swear there is a room full of vulcans coding this :p
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My interest was first peaked when I saw Survival with Aliens, so I thought I'd have a quick peak at the game. What I thought was 30 mins of my time was actually 3 hours!

This game is very addictive and you get sucked right in to the game. One of the cool things I ended up doing was crafting a Bow & Arrow, then creating walls for a penn where I could just take out animals from a distance to collect materials.

It took me a while to realise, but holding the mouse wheel down to collect items IS AN ABSOLUTE GODSEND! Thankyou for putting that in!!

I'm still trying to figure out if I can install some basic lighting in my mud house at this stage (for night time, which is pitch-black), but as a bottom line comment...

... If you like sandbox vs survival vs aliens and you don't mind every hour of your life feeling like 5 minutes, then you must try this game.
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Well made 2D Crafting and exploring game

The game has simple mechanics so its easy to get into and even when its on the Early Access there is still a lot to do.

I myself come from games like Terraria and Starbound and this is similar but still unique enough to entertain for hours.

I would recommend the game for everyone.

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As it stands, the game is still fairly early. The plot's not complete, and the tutorial is still being worked on. But, what content is there is very polished, and effective. There's a fair amount to do, but you have to piece it all together yourself. This game does not hand hold you, and it can be punishing at times. However, once you really get into it, the game is not that difficult. I can't wait to see where the game goes from here, one to keep your eye on!
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I love all kind of crafting style games and well i saw this game a time ago and well it did not look that interesting. Well i stumbled again on this game and this time i looked some videos from youtube and i got interested and bought the game.

I was pretty surprised that this game was this good and considering its still early access. I did play terraria and starbound that are closest games that you can compare to this. But for some reason this feels a bit better somehow. Signs of life tryes to do things a bit its own way and not copying straight from similiar games and seems its a good thing because it feels a bit better.

I like that this game is more scifi oriented and not much of fantasy at all and i hope it stays that way.

Crafting system is very easy to use and it got categories and a search button that i have to use a lot. Lots of items need other crafted items so thats where search comes handy. Could be easier if there was possibility like double click on the required items on the crafting recipe so you could jump straight to making those and skip the search button that way.

One thing more thing i like about the crafting is that when you find new resources lets say a new ore you learn recipes when you pick it up. Nice way to avoid confusion with massive recipe list at the start.

It took me around 20 hours maybe to go trough about everything the game has to offer at this point. There are tough some stuff i still could get and will because it's hard not to play this game. There is just something that pulls into this game.

But its not perfect game tough, it got bugs. I've stumbled on two so far, one was game crashing upon death. I've not died in a long time now so not sure if that issue is still in game.
Second i found was that splitting items from a stack makes the whole stack gone all together. Other than that it worked pretty well.

Can't think of much more negative to say other than its not finished and need more content in the game.
If you like terraria and starbound i think this should be one to keep an eye on.
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