Check out this cool new Kickstarter game The Universim from Crytivo Games. Unlike other simulation experiences you are not limited to a single person, family, or city, you have the entire universe at your fingertips! Like any good god game you will be able to manage your people through time, from the stone-age to the space age, and if they get out of line you can always crush them with a slew of natural disasters to show those peasants just who is boss.
I think that the Universim is going to make for an awesome gaming experience, a sandbox god game that takes place in the whole of the universe. Plus I really dig their art design, simple and elegant.
“The Universim is, first and foremost, a planet management game. Your civilization will begin in the Stone Age, thousands of years before the modern era. Research plays a crucial role in the game. For example players will initially need to take on such challenges as reinventing fire in order to survive attacks from wild animals, creating cures for deadly viruses and other potential threats to your civilization. We are developing realistic planets that will have air, weather effects, and varying temperatures as well as natural resources and deadly natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes, freak storms and meteors. In The Universim you have a godlike ability to make decisions that play another crucial role in the game. While you will not interact directly with the population that inhabits your planet, you will be able to guide them through their development and influence their decisions for better or worse. Choices in the game extend from ending wars between cities on your planet or watching as one city destroys the other, to influencing the research path of your civilization, and much much more.”
“Your civilization can advance all the way to the modern era and beyond! As your planet’s sciences develop, ability to research and construct spaceships becomes available. This allows players to start exploring the universe and discover new planets with completely different environments, living conditions, and gameplay possibilities. An example of a decision players will have to make at this stage of the game is: Will you spend time on research that will assist in the discovery of new planets and achieve early understanding of its alien environment, or you will send your team in unprepared? There are many conditions that will affect your research team and the outcome of a mission- such as the temperatures on new planets being far higher than the temperature on your home planet which can result in your entire crew burning alive. Another scenario can be that there is no oxygen available on the planet and thus sending your crew in without proper breathing apparatus or atmosphere generators can lead to disaster.”
“We even hope to eventually implement a complex and exhilarating multiplayer mode where you can connect with up to 4 friends in online co-op environments or in a competitive versus mode. There are many interesting ways in which you can assist your friends, or leave their civilizations in ruin. You will have the ability to send your friends natural resources such as gas, oil, water, air, or even send enemies deadly viruses hidden within Cargo Spaceship Containers wrapped as a gift. Alternatively, if you believe that you have the nuclear strength to erase your friends from the face of the universe; go ahead and launch those missiles and watch them sweat as death rains down upon them. The possibilities are endless!”
“…we take your feedback seriously and are always willing to listen to what you have to say. We want to ensure that we are allocating our time and resources on the features YOU want to see in the final game, so let us know what you think.”
The Kickstarter has a pledged amount of $61,682 of the $320,000 goal, and the key stretch goal asks for $920,000 for multiplayer, with 26 days remaining. It will be released on PC, Mac, and Linux, no release date as yet. Keep an eye out for this one, I think we might see this game come to fruition.