We're blasting off to the moon!
By Liam Gilroy on April 28, 2014 at 1:47 pm
It’s been a while since we last saw an interesting Kickstarter project – Toby’s treatise on video games’ own warped version of the tragedy of the commons is the last time we broached the subject, and it’s pretty clear that Kickstarter has moved beyond its fifteen minutes of fame. Nevertheless, there are still some great looking titles out there looking for funding, and as you may have guessed from the headline, The Universim is one of them.
Created by indie developers Crytivo Games, The Universim probably fits best into the genre known as God Games. You have a group of humans who worship you and you nurture them as they grow from cavemen and women to modern civilised beings, and then beyond into space. With a Majesty style twist however, you don’t control them directly – instead you shape their evolution through the technologies you let them discover, helping them grow strong through a focus on warfare, or making sure they are healthy through food production.
It’s not entirely out of your hands though – while the cities grow where they will, you can place certain buildings yourself – and when you enter the space age, you have more say in the planets your people discover. And when your little friends refuse to do as they are told you gain wrath, so you can teach them the error of their ways – Old Testament style.
It’s a hugely ambitious project (potentially a little too ambitious), and there is way too much for me to go into in this post, so check out the official Kickstarter page for more information. It’s currently at $62,726 of its $320,000 goal, and you can get a copy of the game for just $15, or the soundtrack along with alpha and beta access and the game on completion for $30. Embedded below is the trailer for The Universim too, so have a look at that too why not.