It kills time. Is it fun though? Errrr....
I hopped into the world of Solar 2 prepared to have a super fun sandbox experience of messing around with stuff in the big realm of space.
Wow that just simply didn't happen.
Solar 2 has fair music, fair sound effects and overall okay design. The sandbox design of it isn't particularly fun. Even if you're trying to build a giant solar system it is not fun. You're just building a solar system for the sake of having a solar system. Which may sound appeasing to some, and trust me, I was trilled about the thought. It's a sandbox game. You're supposed to do things just for the hell of it. ITSA GAWDDAYUM SANDU-BOXURU GAYM. The entire point of sandyboxy games outside whatever possible story or possible objective set in place is to do shizz cause waaaaai nawt?!
But the space is so annoyingly punishing. All you can do in this game is absorb planets/stars/asteroids in your system and move around. Now that wouldn't be so bad if so much stuff was just so out of your control. Sudden planets out of no where destroy your planets or level down your "evolution" from the next object you could be. I mean you can have your planets and you destroyed by stars, asteroids, planets, evolved life that lives on planets. It would be fun if you weren't always being punished while you're trying to just build your systems. That is what annoys me.
The missions are okay. They're sometimes a little bit too challenging for the controls you have availiable. Or are confusing, some are just plain unfair. And most of the time for combat missions I found that just having a giant system and then saving it to my Solar system files and then proceeding to absolutely brute force my enemy into submission and then reloading the system before I did that is probably the best and easiest way to victory with no damage after the reload.
I really don't like how the game shoves missions down your throat either. My goal in the beginning was to just become the big crunch and eat absolutely everything. But I had to do that with mission markers on my screen that would never go away unless I beat them. I looked for a button to turn those off, but it was nonexistent.
I expected the things you can do, the Systems you can create to be much more vast and interesting and expanse with new things to adopt into your system. But really it was just nothing but asteroid, planet, planet with life, and then just stars. It wasn't fun, it was disappointing.
Overall, with such minimal amounts of things to do "sandboxy" wise. It wasn't very fun, the missions weren't fun and pretty much a lot of things weren't fun. Nothing in this game really made me really dislike it except when planets or systems I was working on just get crushed in an instant just because a random solar system came wizzing my way.
Other than that, the game isn't bad. It's just painfully mediocre, but mediocre games can still make you smile, this one though, doesn't. It's just a timesink where you're sinking time for the sake of sinking time. It won't make you enjoy your time in it, and if it does. It will be very briefly.
I obtained this game for free by winning a giveaway of it on steamgifts.com. I don't recommend the purchasing of this game at any pricecut.
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it is helpful in your decision of buying this game or not. Have a good one.