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If you were disappointed with the little remake of Spacebase Startopia, you may be interested Base One, another space – based management simulator. It was posted on Steam last week with mixed user feedback (mistakes and path-related issues seem to be the biggest complaints), but there may be something you like here or something that improves with the patches.
With Earth experiencing catastrophic (shocking!) Disasters, the Global Union has created a space exploration program to send humanity through a newly formed wormhole. Your job is to find resources in the unexplored galaxy and keep everyone alive. It looks a bit like FTL compliant with Dungeon Keeper, but with a fully 3D spaceship with modules that come together like Lego pieces.
Each module houses a different room that keeps your crew happy, rested, fed and exercised, and each crew member has unique benefits and features, making them more or less suitable for certain station tasks, and it probably makes me sadder when I invariably die from my negligence. There is a one-player campaign based on the story, as well as a free game mode where you can design a station without distractions.
Something about space colony simulators seems to make mistakes inevitable (something to keep in mind if you’re offered a trip to Mars). A Steam reviewer, while leaving a recommendation, said that Base One feels that it should be in Early Access and that similar comments can be found in other comments.
"The AI orders you to put plants in the rooms to make your crew happy, while forgetting to mention that the oxygen supply has run out," he wrote. fainting on Steam. "You need cleaning products to clean the ground, but most of your crew members don't do anything most of the time. You can order different things to be delivered by boat, but no one tells you how many units of resources you'll need and because."
Sounds pretty frustrating, but as svenevil points out, it sure looks nice and some of the other reviewers acknowledge the mistakes they say they have a good time anyway.
The developer, Pixfroze, has already released some patches. He last patch notes, published on May 13, mentions improvements in AI and path research and promises there is more on the way, not a bad sign, though you may want to wait and see how things unfold.
Base One is on sale for $ 20 on Steam right now, but it usually goes for $ 25.