Factorio is a 2d building game built by an independent team in Czech Republic. Initially funded by a successfull IndieGoGo campaign, the game's alpha is nearing 1.0.
Playing Factorio feels like you are playing a natural extension to Mojang's Minecraft when played with the Buildcraft and IndustrialCraft mods. Factorio is a very simple game at it's heart: collect resources and survive. The player can wander the landscape and collect resources manually, but the primary game mechanic and the source of fun in the game is in automation. Collect enough Iron and Stone and you can build an automated drill. Process materials and you can build an inserter to move resources and machines to process them. Combine conveyor belts and electric power to build greater and greater system of machines that keep you full on resources and safe from the enemies.
It's a great game, but once you have built everything there is a limited amount of replayability. Multiplayer may change this, as build efficiency and military will play a role of increased importance, bringing all sorts of new fun to the game.
On a side note, the game also supports using Bitcoin to pre-order the game. Visit their site, click on "Buy Alpha", then select a level of pre-order and click "Buy Now", and then finally "Pay with BTC". Keep an eye on the US/EU price, as one of them will actually have a cheaper BTC exchange rate, so make sure you buy the cheaper one.
- Graphics - 4/10
- Gameplay - 10/10
- Replayability - 8/10