Preview PLANET EXPLORERS Now on Steam Greenlight
Pathea Games, the studio behind DRAINS and LITTLE ZOOLOGISTS, made their debut on Steam Greenlight today with PLANET EXPLORERS: a sorta science-y, voxel-based, exploration, combat, creative-mode, open world thingy. Kinda like Spore meets Minecraft meets Oregon Trail. IN SPACE. WITH GUNS. FOR FREE.
The synopsis from Pathea Games:
So it’s not the most unique plot ever, big whoop. What struck me is that the game is skirting the open-ended glory of Minecraft without ripping off its visual style. Or StarForge without its clunky, unforgiving difficulty. Or Spore without its crappy pacing. Check out the “Adventure Mode” trailer below:
It’s trying to be a very cinematic trailer, with a touch of run and gun with the local fauna, and some cave-diving and settlement building mixed in. It has a flavor of Wild West, Manifest Destiny about it: settle a new “wilderness” and proceed to annihilate everything that breathes your oxygen. Seriously, this game has some ambition on it. Pathea promises a robust single player mode, local/online co-op/versus modes, and an infinite build mode. Can I get a kitchen sink editor with that, too?
Honestly, at first I was kinda meh. I wasn’t blown away on my first impression. The game runs likes a slideshow presentation and the look is very 2007. But it’s a freakin’ alpha, so I give it a lot of slack. Even with all the primitive elements, there’s still something every evocative about such a wide canvas to paint on. There’s a lot of potential here. What lefts to be seen is if they can combine all these cool parts into a cohesive, immersive experience.
Plus there’s this:
That’s right, race fans. PLANET EXPLORERS features robust item, vehicle, and terrain editors, so I look forward to racing Optimus Prime versus Sweet Tooth versus Thomas the Tank Engine in a race to the death in front of Castle Greyskull. All armed with dildo guns.