Monday, November 18, 2013

Early Access Review: Godus

Hello Ladies and Gentleman!
There was a time when each and every one of us wanted to play God. Why? Well we all though it would be fun and easy! But actually, Godus shows that being a God is quite hard!

A bit about the game and developers.
Godus is being developed and published by an indie company called 22cans. Godus is the first game that they are working on, and for now it looks promising! Godus is a game in which you're a God, and it's your job to "lead your people to victory!"

About Gameplay.
So, as I said, Godus is a game that is in VERY early stage. I can not stress this enough. So a lot of
things might change, and most likely will change by the time the game fully goes out. Even though it might take at least 6 more months to do so!
Anyway, in Godus you are a God. Your job is to shape Earth enough so that your people could build houses there and live there. For now, that's pretty much all you do. You have to cut down the trees and dig out the big stones so you would get enough spaces to build houses, and to get Belief with which you do certain actions, such as use God powers, or sculpt lands and so on and on. In other words, Belief is your currency. You have to sculpt your lands so that your people would have place to live. The more people you have, the more you advance into different ages of the game.

Since the game is still in a very early development process, everyone starts off on the same part of the land, and there is currently only single player available. Multilayer is available at pvp, in which you win if you end up with the most people, but that is pretty much it. I have been watching couple of the videos of people playing this game, and some of them said that you start off with a random stranger on the map. I can not confirm this, but for now I think that that is not true. My settlement became quite big for now, and I have yet to find anyone on my map. In the future this will most likely be inside of the game, and that will make this game even more awesome! But for now, we have to be happy with what we have.

And I can tell you, I am quite happy with it! I'll be honest, this game is pretty boring once you start it
out. But after an hour of gameplay, once you reach the land from your small island, this game turns into an insanely addictive, awesome game! The game starts out quite slowly because gathering Belief is very hard. There are not many trees to cut down, and people give you Belief quite slowly. But the land that you connect with is full of stones and trees which help you get Belief much much faster. And after you manage to build up a bigger settlement, you can turn it into a town and you'll get the Belief even faster, with just one click of a button.

Sculpturing land how you want it takes a long, long time. But with a lot of effort and patience, you can make a beautiful place for your people to live on. Now, there is one bad thing about this game: it will have an in game store. Once you build up three cities with Belief, you pay fourth one with things called "gems". Everyone starts off with 100 gems, and later (probably after game's fully released) you will be able to purchase more. And that makes me sad. If this game will be fully multiplayer, this game will turn into pay to win, and that will be horrible.

Graphic and Audio
Godus has quite cartoony graphic. I'm sure that the developers could make it look much better, but honestly, I'm fine as it looks right now and I wouldn't change it. Who knows, maybe some people wouldn't be able to play this if the graphic was better.  Audio on the other side is rather empty. There is no background music, so the only music you hear is your people saying "Okay!" once you're about to build something, and the nice melody that you hear when collecting Belief from your people.

Pros, cons and final grade.
- Highly addictive!
- Requires some strategy when it comes to town building.
- Ability to sculpt land how ever you see fit!
- You are a God!

- The game is quite expensive (more or less 20€) and it will probably have in game shop. If it didn't have in game shop, the 20€ would be perfect price for the game!
- Start of the game is incredibly slow and quite boring.

Final Grade: 7/10!

Extra Info: If you are into God based games, you should definitely give Godus a try! For now the game looks very promising, and I just can't get enough of it! But once again, this is a VERY EARLY stage of the game, so you can never know what to expect! Who knows, maybe you put 100 hours of gameplay into your huge town with cars and everything (I don't know if this is possible, I still didn't get that far into the game, hehe) and your whole game gets deleted because of the new patch. But hey, this is why the game says Early Alpha! So in case you aren't afraid to face bugs, glitches and future errors then BUY THIS GAME!

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