We take the colony sim genre into the future, onto a lush planet where humans are making their foothold. Characters and alien wildlife are brought to life through a rigorous simulation, making the game a tug-of-war between humans and nature on an alien planet.
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Mixed (76 reviews) - 67% of the 76 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 26, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We launched the game on Early Access in March 2014 to help finance the game’s development and to involve players in the process. The time immediately after was spent on getting the core mechanics finished and stable, as well as developing better UI feedback to the player about what the simulation was doing. Basically improving usability and playability.

Now that we have this work mostly done, we focus on bringing many more interesting gameplay features in, and with the help of players we can make sure that the game realizes its full potential.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We aim to release the game from Early Access during 2016. After that we will sell the game as completed - however, we hope to continue improving and expanding the game with post-release updates long after it's been released.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will be a well rounded game offering even deeper gameplay and replayability. The scenarios will be more finely tuned to provide a suitable challenge at any selected difficulty level.

Early Access: Planned features


During the Early Access phase we wish to develop most of the following features. But our plans could change, depending on the feedback we get and the resources we have. (This list was updated June 30th 2016)

  • Save game functionality -DEPLOYED!
  • Trade / migration -DEPLOYED!
  • Happiness - DEPLOYED!
  • Democracy - DEPLOYED!
  • Many more scenarios -SEVERAL ADDED!
  • Creatures can feed on food items and carcasses -DEPLOYED!
  • More animations / effects -DEPLOYED!
  • Interface graphics polished -DEPLOYED!

Possible features in the long term (after Early Access)


-Modding support (maps, scenarios, game data)
-Languages (community provided translations)
-Game feature: Research
-Game feature: Medical treatment
-Game feature: Electrical power

NOTE (Jan 2016): We have decided NOT to aim for making a Mac/Linux port because of the cost. Sorry!

See our website for the list of current features and what we might develop in the future:
http://unclaimedworld-game.com/the-game/features/

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is fully playable and can offer 50-100 hours of gameplay in scenarios, sandbox maps and tutorial. It has a polished UI, a robust AI, a functioning alien ecology system, lots of crafting, trade, migration and a sturdy combat system.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, the price of the full game will be higher and we will also raise the price during EA as more features are added. So jump in now!”

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

“We regularly visit our forum to read and comment on feedback from players, and many times it influences the development path. Feedback is valuable for us when we discuss which road to take in the dev team.”
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July 26

0.8.3.4 Multithreaded save and load

Hi all - A new version was just released. These are the changes:

- Multithreaded save and load. There used to be a problem where Windows would designate the game as "Not responding" during save or load, especially when changing focus to another window. Now the program has been changed so these processes run in a separate thread, and this should make the problem much less common.

- Production tooltips now show available amounts under "Inputs", for instance it will show 2/3 if the item needs 3 input items but only 2 are available.

- Added extra start provisions on the Fields of Tau Ceti expeditions (on normal difficulty)

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July 23

0.8.3.1 Start game changes to prevent "Not responding" label

There is a new version available which contains changes to the start game procedure (the code that runs while the progress bar is showing).

There used to be problems with Windows designating the game as "Not responding" while this was going on.

Hopefully this issue will be much less common now.

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“What I most like so far is that the survivors chat to each other, quipping or showing agitation...”
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“I. Want. This!”
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“...an interesting and novel game that aims to make you think and often succeeds.”
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About This Game

We take the colony sim genre into the future, onto a lush planet where humans are making their foothold. Characters and alien wildlife are brought to life through a rigorous simulation and the game plays out as a tug-of-war between humans and nature on a planet full of opportunities and dangers.



Features
Indirect control -- the colonists are free and have a democratic society. Dissatisfied people can either leave or vote for improving their colony: Only if you have ambitious inhabitants will you be able to unlock more advanced technology and develop a colony from the survival stage to a comfortable town.

-Realistic sci-fi, pioneer setting
-Simulation of alien nature, human needs and frontier community
-Detailed, flexible crafting
...We draw inspiration from ‘The Settlers’, ‘Dwarf Fortress’ and Paradox games.

Setting
The game takes place in a realistic sci-fi setting, in a plausible future without Faster-than-Light travel. Humans landed on a Tau Ceti planet in 2238 after a 100 year journey. Over the generations, the Tau Ceti colonists lost the advanced equipment which was brought to the planet and the descendants formed simple frontier societies based on farming, fishing and trade.

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Sandbox maps and scenarios
In various scenarios and maps we explore the history of the planet's colonization. We continually develop new scenarios with different objectives and features.

Fields of Tau Ceti is a sandbox map that takes place in a primitive future centuries after planetfall. You begin with a community equipped for either hunting, farming or fishing and work off the land. Apart from an old robot, the people use predominantly simple technology, such as smithing, small scale farming and black powder.


Twinkler Island is a scenario with a team of planet explorers that have crash-landed on an island. There will be attacks by pack predators, the so-called “twinklers” which emerge from the caves littering the island. To repel them you can construct ranged weapons and build fences, but to permanently end the threat you must locate their nests and come up with a way to clear them out.


Making Headway is a scenario where you grow a small farm community by expanding into rubber production, extracting sap from a dangerous swamp.


Muckroot Research Station is a sandbox map where a group of scientists explore an unknown biome. (Work in progress)


Castaways is a tutorial scenario that teaches you the game as you guide a group of stranded sailors to find food, fight 'bush dragons' and build a signal pyre on top of an island.


-The maps and scenarios are hand-made with randomization of starting location, number of resources, camp members, animals etc.



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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 capable graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 280 MB available space
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Overall:
Mixed (76 reviews)
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Fenylal
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7
Currently the game is quite enjoyable, and has a lot of features. The graphics are nice, and is has quite an advanced colony management simulation. One thing that is still a bit wonky is the interface, or maybe it just takes a bit to get used to. In that respect it is quite similar to dwarf fortress, although perhaps slightly easier to use. One thing that was a bit troublesome was that saving takes quite some time, and windows ended up closing the program, but it did successfully save and I could continue my playthrough.
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needsleep000
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7
Great game! Chock full of potential! Still very much in progress and not for the impatient, but if you like survival colony sims I definitely reccomend it
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Brosty
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: July 2
Had this game since it would crash, a little over 2 years. It was fun then, took some getting used to. Now i cant even begin to understand 9/10 things to do. Like most modern things, menus within menus, within menus, within...ect Makes absolutely no sense to me anymore, more of a chore to navigate dialog box hell than anything.
I get the premise, i understand the objective, its just not fun. Even though it was barely playable back when i got it, i could still manage to enjoy it.
No idea how such a simple design became an over-elaborate nightmare
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Lesnoj
( 36.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 8
This game is just awsome, really like it and there is no other game like that.
Its in early stage and even now I am having lots of fun - BUY IT ! :)
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Indiekid
( 64.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 29
This game is an absolutely amazing concept for an economic/town management type simulator. I love how the game combines advanced technologies with very low level primitive technologies to give an exciting twist on economic and town management in a futuristic sci-fi setting.

If you enjoyed playing the old Caesar 3, Emperor and Pharoah games then then this is your type of simulation game but it is however much more than these games because it combines other aspects into the settlement running that make it a lot less mechanical and requires a lot more input from the player, it really pulls the aspects of building a town that will thrive while ensuring that you survive together into one continuous journey. You will constantly be tested by dangerous beasts that try to eat your settlers and plagued by vermin who steal your food stores.

I bought this game at a very early stage of development and was very disappointed with the lack of features in the game but since the release of a lot more content it has started to become the simulator/town management game that I have dreamed of playing for so long and has really in my opinion become money well spent on a game under development even though I didn't initially feel this way.

Be advised that the game is still in a very early stage of development and there does tend to be a long wait time on updates to the game but when an update is released it tends to add a whole new level of depth to the game which really makes it worth playing which is why I have recently logged so many hours playing this game.

I would like to see a lot more content added to this game both in the world variety (fauna, flora and environment) as well as different scenario types each with their own unique challenges. Unfortunately there is only a single player mode so there is no intertribal warring and there is currently no sandbox mode.
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Boulvai
( 82.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 27
Well, I can honestly say this one is starting to grow up. The last few patches have taken this one from hard to play, to you can honestly build a settlement. The game mechanics are pretty straight forward, not that difficult to master, and a lot of fun.

The developers on this one I can say honestly care. If you watch the forums, they listen closely to player feedback and do what they can to get it in the game.

At this stage, I would definately suggest giving it a try. it's worth it :)
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Jywert3
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 27
This is a beautiful and complex management/survival/crafting/Sim game that has a ton of potential
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leeroy jenkemmms
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 20
I write reviews as if I could go back in time and tell myself if I should get it or not.

Currently I dont find the game fun. I thought the art itself is pretty cool, but the game just doesnt interest me. I cant really describe it. Things just are akward, self. I dont feel in control, even though I really am. I know this is in early access so I wont ask for a refund..
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Hillius
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 8
This is a beautiful and complex management/survival/crafting/Sim game that has a ton of potential. The developers seem to be updating on a pretty regular basis and if this type of game appeals to you then I'd say support it with your dollars! Is it 100% fleshed out yet? Nope, but I'll say that it has about 2-3x's more gameplay and polish than it did 6-10 months ago (when I played it last).

One thing I like about it is that the developers aren't afraid to build a good bit of complexity into the game. While it's no "Dwarf Fortress", it has some depth (and more to come from what I've been reading). I think this has potential to be a great little gem.
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Hydrofoil
( 76.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 8
So Ive watched this game develop for some time now, and for two guys in norway this game is utter gold. Yes its no Triple A title but it is a great game by two guys with a vision, visually this game is stunning and its only going to get better with time. It is at a place where the game is largely playable and the devs have some great ideas for the future.

Give it a try
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7
Great game! Chock full of potential! Still very much in progress and not for the impatient, but if you like survival colony sims I definitely reccomend it
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7
Currently the game is quite enjoyable, and has a lot of features. The graphics are nice, and is has quite an advanced colony management simulation. One thing that is still a bit wonky is the interface, or maybe it just takes a bit to get used to. In that respect it is quite similar to dwarf fortress, although perhaps slightly easier to use. One thing that was a bit troublesome was that saving takes quite some time, and windows ended up closing the program, but it did successfully save and I could continue my playthrough.
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66 of 85 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 24, 2015
Unclaimed World has oodles of potential oozing out from between the flaws. But don't be tempted, the flaws are terrible and many. After playing 0.1.2.1 in January 2015. I'm going to probably give this game a year or more before trying again. And now I have given it a year - it's January 2016 - and things have changed but not drastically.

First off, the good stuff. Unclaimed World is like Majesty and Dwarf Fortress at it's core. You designate tasks and one or more of your free-willed plebs will undertake them. There is no mico-managing workers. The banter between the various colonists is the perfect way to introduce the new world. The scenarios are not random so after a couple of tries you'll know which colonists you get and what their skills are.

I like the graphical style and the smooth character animations, they give a good sense of pioneering on an alien planet. The character portraits, whilst somewhat caricatured, make knowing and empathising with said characters much easier.

But.

That's where the good stops.

There are currently only three stages, the tutorial which is so hand-holdy it's a chore; and not one I've forced myself to complete. The first stage which is impossible to lose unless you try really, really had to get your colonists killed. And lastly the second stage which crashes fairly early in. Don't expect content, it's not here.

The user interface is bad - but vastly impoved from when it was first released. And as things start to take shape it's now possible to see higher level issues with interface. Right click context sensitive menus have been a 'thing' for a very, very long time now. Unfortunately the devs have ignored years of progress and have a wierd left click, bring up a small box with an arrow, left click the arrow, bring up the context sensitive menu. Right clicking hides the interface but doesn't close anything. Left clicking brings back all the menus as they were.

Unclaimed World is SLOW. The characters idle along at maybe 5 to 10 pixels a seond but have to traverse areas that are thousands of pixels across. Leaving the game to run whilst doing other things seems to be the only meaningful way to play. Even after three version bumps this is still a problem and I suspect it's a fatal one. I've added more detail in my first comment.

And the speed gets worse on the (previously mentioned) second stage. The characters still move at about the same rate but the screen refreshes at less than a frame a second until eventually it becomes a slide show and crashes. I'm sure a simple 2D game should run better than this.

The artificial intelligence in a game where units can't be directly controlled has to be good. But in Unclaimed World it's not. It's awful. I can't seem to prioritise tasks. Gathering seems to take precedence over everything. So if there are a couple of construction projects going on and I set a new gather task then everyone drops what they're doing and rushes (relatively) to all gather the same stick of firewood. Practicaly this means as long as there are gather tasks construcion tasks will not finish.

Furthermore the AI in combat is even more deficient, with the characters commenting that they must attack as a group and then walking in one at a time; and only after the previous character has been killed. It's horrible. They also seem to get lost and will wander backwards and forwards through an enemy nest despite there not being any tasks near it. I still haven't found a good way to get the colonist to move and work as a unit.

In closing, Unclaimed World has a lot of potential with a good exploration and command vibe but it is so far from being completed that it's barely even a tech demo - let alone a full game. Avoid.
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42 of 54 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 19, 2014
Still too early to buy, get a demo or wait for future developments.
The game is beautiful and is full of potential, definitely watchlist-worthy!
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71 of 108 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 23, 2014
I do not recommend Unclaimed World.

First, the good: the game has a lot of charm. The soundtrack and graphics are very appealing, and the banter between your scientists really sets the mood for exploration of an unknown world, giving you a sense of possibility and adventure. You assign general tasks and priorities and your scientists go to work, constructing shelters and weapons, exploring their surroundings and gathering materials. The basic concept is fun and draws from fantastic games like Dwarf Fortress, and it shows a lot of potential.

However, the game is highly unfinished. The colonist AI is quite buggy despites multiple bugfixes and often they will stand there being slaughtered by enemies, refusing to attack, or fumbling with their hauling tasks. The UI is finicky. There is only one relatively small map and no sense of progression in terms of tech or anything of that sort.

And all of that would be forgivable if there was any sense that actual development was happening on the game, as it is in Early Access and is not a finished product. However, since its Early Access in March, there has been very little in the way of significant new gameplay features nor any communication from the developers as to the state of development. They have not updated their dev blog since release in March and a question asking about the state of development in their (very quiet) forum has gone unanswered for a week.

You could ask the question whether this game is abandoned. Don't buy expecting it to get better, because there is no reason to.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29, 2014
I've played this game so far for Hours and does crash from time to time which is to be expected with an early access game. I really like the concept of trying to survive in an unknown region then having the ability to control the outcome of each and every one of your people. Currently I own several early access games and Unclaimed World is deffinately at the top of my list. Patience is key with all early access games expect buggs. And talk about them. Creating games is a long process especially if the dev team is small. Overall the game has a great concept with unlimited possibilities and I like sim type games so I recommend this game. If any potential buyers of unclaimed world want more info please feel free to message me I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 26, 2014
Update: Might want to wait until this one is farther along or promised to be finished, as the development cycle isnt very fast.

Shows promise, not feature full yet, but does have good vision and a steady updates (Albeit slow, probably smaller team) .

The systems they have in place show some foresight, compared to other strategy sim games (Gnomaria, towns, etc) and I can see they had good systems from the start. It has been a while since early access started but it seems they have been adressing AI bugs and implementing systems over just raw content. I would wait for release or a sale if you like something feature complete, but if you are like me and just like to keep an eye on projects as they go grab it and suppourt them, as long as they don't abandon it like some other ones *cough spacebase cough* then it will prove to be a solid game
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
64.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 29
This game is an absolutely amazing concept for an economic/town management type simulator. I love how the game combines advanced technologies with very low level primitive technologies to give an exciting twist on economic and town management in a futuristic sci-fi setting.

If you enjoyed playing the old Caesar 3, Emperor and Pharoah games then then this is your type of simulation game but it is however much more than these games because it combines other aspects into the settlement running that make it a lot less mechanical and requires a lot more input from the player, it really pulls the aspects of building a town that will thrive while ensuring that you survive together into one continuous journey. You will constantly be tested by dangerous beasts that try to eat your settlers and plagued by vermin who steal your food stores.

I bought this game at a very early stage of development and was very disappointed with the lack of features in the game but since the release of a lot more content it has started to become the simulator/town management game that I have dreamed of playing for so long and has really in my opinion become money well spent on a game under development even though I didn't initially feel this way.

Be advised that the game is still in a very early stage of development and there does tend to be a long wait time on updates to the game but when an update is released it tends to add a whole new level of depth to the game which really makes it worth playing which is why I have recently logged so many hours playing this game.

I would like to see a lot more content added to this game both in the world variety (fauna, flora and environment) as well as different scenario types each with their own unique challenges. Unfortunately there is only a single player mode so there is no intertribal warring and there is currently no sandbox mode.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
72.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17, 2015
Lovely, if you enjoy the feeling of surviving off the land and whatever resources it can give, coupled with some resource and personnel management. Currently in progress, but looking rather promising.
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 12, 2015
It's a good game for what it has and a good idea, but it updates incredibly slowly and doesn't seems like it'll fulfill it's potential. Wouldn't recommend until and if it's more fleshed out.
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