Factorio is a rather interesting and unique kind of building and crafting game. Armed with the power of being able to craft basic automated machinery to create electricity with other such machines, Factorio is much more than you think it is. You produce items to increase your complexity of your base within an infinite 2D world. Using your imagination to design the way that you set up your factory, combining the simple elements into some ingenious structures that will provide very useful, whilst protecting yourself from the unknown monsters in the world. Let’s see what this game has to offer.
I can tell, from just playing a few hours on Factorio, that this is the sort of game that you can spend hours upon hours of playing and ever expanding the factories and machines that you make. With the massive of machinery that you can create just in the demo, the game will be having you to want to buy the full game. The main purpose of the demo version is to teach you the very basics of what this game has to offer, whilst you build machines, weapons and so forth. So let’s get talking about the gameplay itself.
The demo version that I played of Factorio had a fair amount of content in it for just a demo. I mean any game that has a demo is really nice, you can get a feel for the game before you want to buy it or not and this demo defiantly got me wanting to purchase the full version. Upon starting the campaign levels you will start off with nothing, and you will slowly be able to build up machines and such to do stuff for you. The game explains the most basic way of playing, through the course of a few levels. You start off by having to mine these minerals yourself, collecting stone, copper, iron and so forth to create machinery. After a minute or two of manually collecting some minerals, you will be able to smelt copper into copper plates and iron plates in a furnace. You are then able to create machines that can mine the ore for you continuously, you can then place tracks down so you can move the minerals to an inserter that puts these minerals in a furnace and so the furnace can smelt the ore, and then another inserter can place the iron plate from the furnace into a chest for you to collect. Factorio is just ingenious, once you get everything done correctly, and everything is running the way it should be it is amazingly satisfying to just watch it do it all itself.
Although the gameplay may seem repetitive, and the game may sound like it gets boring rather fast, there is enough content in the demo to keep you playing for an hour or so, again the demo is just to show you what Factorio is, how the mechanics work.
The gameplay is extremely fun, being able to build from nothing and then be able to build up a whole factory system in a few hours is extremely satisfying to do.
Something that did bug me a little while playing through the campaign levels was the overwhelming amount of ‘tips’ that the game gave you. Having to read a few sentences of tips that are slightly relevant from one another is kinda overwhelming and people aren’t gonna bother to read it because it’s just so much to take in at once.
There are a few enemies that you will most likely to encounter upon when you build your small factories through the levels that are provided. You will be able to, obviously, fight back these unknown monsters with some weapons that you can create with iron and such. These enemies will run at you and all you have to do is hold space and your character will shoot the enemies automatically. The enemies that I encountered were the same, but accepting the fact that this is a demo there were going to be some limitations to it.
Now moving onto the graphics of this game. It takes on a rather realistic-ish kind of approach when it comes to the kind of style to the game. All of the entities look rather nice, although the character you play as looks rather pixelated at times, most of the time you don’t really pay attention to detail that much. All of the machinery and furnaces in the game look very futuristic as I would expect them to be for a game like this. The lighting in this game is impressive, as there is a constant day and night cycle that happens throughout Factorio. The use of lanterns to light up areas really brings the game to life when it comes to nighttime.
All in all, the Demo version of Factorio is well presented and really gives you a feel of what the full game has in store for you. For the amount that the full game is asking for $19.99 (Or your regional equivalent – though you might be able to get it cheaper at the bottom of the review) it really seems like a game that you can sink so much time into and still be satisfied with the outcome of whatever you were trying to achieve.
- Decent amount of content for a demo
- Lots to do and make
- The demo really sets you up to play the full game well
- The lighting system is great, so are the graphics
- The game doesn’t really have any music to accompany the atmospheric sound effects
- Sometimes the amount of tips you get is overwhelming