Surviving the Aftermath Preview
As the end of my 60 minutes with Surviving the Aftermath approached, I had starved most of my people again (dammit) and had yet to even scratch the surface of this intriguing, albeit early version of this strategy management title.
The immediate signs that this game is in early access are present, including a clunky interface as well as several visual slowdowns and at first glance it doesn’t seem that there is much here to offer. However, I found a great deal of charm in the post-apocolyptic setting and the ability to explore this new world just as I’ve seen it in my dreams! *cough
You build simple tents to house new citizens, therefore harboring more workers which can therefore build more shit, which you can then use to produce more shit, which you can then use to make more shit and then you can explore nearby areas and possibly neighbor settlements. I mean, it’s kind of your run of the mill strategy games and it doesn’t even look that great, but there’s something about its simplicity and environment that really made me fall in love with it.
I continued to underestimate how much food my community would consume as it grew causing me to repeatedly starve my own people. Well “You live and you learn” is what most people tell you after you’ve starved a lot of people and so I took it as a lesson as well.
I look forward to being able to spend more time with Surviving the Aftermath because in the short time I had, I barely got to see the depth at all. I would like to see how gameplay progresses as you expand your small tent colony and add more structures and learn about each of their functions.
This is the whole problem with running across a game like this, with so much else out there worthy of your time is this game worth your $19.99? Personally I’ve been looking for a strategy game that could grab my attention and I’ve tried Planetfall; Age of Wonders lately but just couldn’t get into it. Survivng the Aftermath grabbed me by the boo-boo and I really don’t have an explanation for that. I think it’s the fact that it’s really close to what I really picture the end of civilization to look like.
Surviving the Aftermath has me intrigued enough that I feel confident to say that it will be one of my next purchases. I’m not saying I expect it to be the next Civilization, but I’m interested where these tent cities can go.