I purchased this game some time ago and have waited a long time to review it, due in part to some issues I had with it, but also because I wanted to be fair, considering that it is an early access game. So with that being said, my review:
So I was flipping through the steam games and I came across this game called "Imagine Earth" in the simulation section, I saw that it had a demo and decided to try it. At the time the demo only had a missions available, a simple interface and not a lot in the way of content... but I was hooked.
It reminded me why I like simulation games in the first place, giving me all the things I enjoy with the bonus of playing God to a newly created world to work with. I could feel the nostalgia of Sim Earth I played as a kid. So I jumped right in after playing the demo and purchased early access to the game.
Playing the early access version it was immediately apparent the game was slightly different than the demo that been made available, which is okay considering that demos are just that, demonstrations of what the game will look like. But one thing was clear, this was no simulation game.
What I got instead was a game that seemed more like a puzzle where your decisions didn't really matter more than getting the right pieces in the right order before you run out of time. I had many issues with the game, all of which I made clear by submitting emails to the developers who were very receptive and seemed opened to the community ideas.
Lorian the third world in the game gave me excruciating torment, where it seemed the developers were more interested in creating a game of torture than a game of fun, and it became discouraging to play over and over, failure after failure. So I took a break, quit playing altogether in the hopes some of the issues I had with it would be solved eventually.
So after months I decided to try the game again, and I am so glad that I did. All of the issues that I had originally had have disappeared. What was once an overly complicated puzzle of torture, had become a relaxing simulation/strategy game that was less scripted with super hard puzzle nonsense and although still difficult seems less locked into "their" pre-defined way to win strategy I sometimes felt when playing. Even when I failed a couple of times, I saw different ways to get to where I wanted and ultimately finished the things that were once overly difficult to beat.
The developers have clearly taken the community recommendations and made the game a lot more playable and fun, and that's why I felt like it was time to review this game for them.
I wholeheartedly recommend this game now, for its addictive playstyle that will keep you happy for hours on end. While the game is still unfinished, it’s very much where it needs to be now, and playing it no longer feels like an exercise in futility but rather an actual game that is fun to play. I'm excited to see more and cannot wait to see how this one ends.
For the people that like extra-long drawn out games, this one might not be for you, as the game only has a few missions, but it almost doesn't matter because the addictive nature of it will keep you coming back for more. I hope to see expansions or additions to the game after it is released because what they have here opens so many other possibilities. Certainly you will be left wanting for more, and there doesn't seem to be any reason why the devs couldn't keep adding on to the game.
For the people that love simulation, strategy, space games, this game is FOR YOU! For everyone else that loves fun quirky games, you'll want to play this game too. Beautiful, charming, and challenging. Highly recommended!