The Universim looks like what you’d get if the later stages of Spore were any good

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By 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.

9 comments (Leave your own)
Anon. E. Moose

This looks really interesting and has my attention, although I’m dubious about backing things on Kickstarter so I might just wait and see how this pans out.

 

Backed this project on the weekend, I think it has lots of potential of becoming a great game.

 

realone:
Backed this project on the weekend, I think it has lots of potential of becoming a great game.

That’s what I said about Spore.

 

I agree it has lots of potential, but so did black and white and its sequel.

 

This looks pretty interesting!

 

not sure if this game is necessary now since we have kerbal space program which did exactly what spore should have done.

 

gammad:
not sure if this game is necessary now since we have kerbal space program which did exactly what spore should have done.

But KSP and Spore are completely different genres.

 

matty: But KSP and Spore are completely different genres.

Spore didn’t know what it wanted to be. Better to make one good game than make 5 sub-par ones. But you can certainly see Spores influence on KSP, especially from the editor perspective, except that KSP did that whole sandbox element way better and has a much better progression system.

Spores progression system is completely broken, especially in the space stage where the game doesn’t allow you to do anything remotely sandboxy, reducing what could’ve been bloody amazing into nothing more than fetch questing trivial bullshite… they might as well had been making an MMO given how bad it was. KSP has no objective, the player has places to explore but they don’t have to go there if they don’t want to, instead they can just sit on Kerbal and build go karts, to me its proof that what Spore was trying to do would’ve been amazing if they’d kept it as the science sandbox it was supposed to be, KSP is that science sandbox and its bloody awesome. I’ve learned so much about rocket science from this game that I didn’t know before. What did I learn from Spore… jack shit. KSP cost way less too.

 

trb:
I agree it has lots of potential, but so did black and white and its sequel.

B&W was a great game so… what’s your point?

This looks like what Godus was supposed to be, sort of.

 
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