The whole minecraft thing kind of passed me by. I understand that it took off because it created something like “Lego Unlimited” (and “Lego Unlimited Online”) for an exceptionally cheap price allowing people to explore, build, create, manage, so on and so forth, and then, just as you were getting into it, night fell and cactus people attacked you and you died.
So you restarted the game and, this time, you tried to make a house where you could weather the night and keep those cactus guys out thus allowing you to explore, build, create, and manage *WEAPONS*. And traps and other things that could help defeat those dang cactus guys.
It wasn’t really a survival game as much as a “survive and thrive” game.
Well, Klei saw Minecraft and said “I could do that” and they created a game called “Don’t Starve” which had a similar thing going on. You started with little more than rudimentary tools and went to a wild land and you had to weather the first night (well, the first week or so) but then, once you started going, you had what you needed to take on baddies. And then bigger baddies. And then bosses.
Which, as survival games go, is a neat trick.
Klei is now working on a little game called “Oxygen Not Included”. It’s still in Alpha, so it’s not even *CLOSE* to finished, but it’s like Don’t Starve… IN SPACE.
So far, I’ve had my people have to deal with the fact that Oxygen was not, in fact, included and they opened a room that was full of CO2 and could only work in there a few seconds before running back to home base to breathe.
This freaked me out so I had to stop playing.
But, if you liked Don’t Starve, and you like sci-fi, and you like survival games… Oxygen Not Included will frustrate the heck out of you unless you really like Chemistry too.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))