Atrio: The Dark Wild

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a game by Isto Inc.
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Survival Games, Open World Games, Crafting Games
Atrio: The Dark Wild
Atrio: The Dark Wild
Atrio: The Dark Wild

There are a wealth of survival games that exist within the gaming industry. A lot of them pin you against invulnerable behemoths, others make you a passive bystander aiming to escape a hostile environment. Whereas others give you all the firepower you could ever ask for, but double down on the danger. Well, what about something new? What about a game that combines automation with survival, testing your ability to create chain reactions to bend nature to your will. What about Atrio: The Dark Wild?

This game plays like other survival games such as Factorio, ARK: Survival Evolved, Minecraft, The Forest, Raft and Grounded. This game encourages creativity, forward-thinking and persistence. However, will this persistence lead to an unforgettable gaming experience? Or one that you wish you could? We find out in our review of Atrio: The Dark Wild.

Automated Anarchy

Firstly, lets discuss the story for this game. It bases itself within mystery for the most part. You are a lonely android lost in the wilderness with one goal, restore station three. Why are you doing this? That isn’t clear? Where are you? Again, not a clue. However, as the world is slowly revealed to you, it only urges you to travel further into this mysterious cyberpunk world in search of answers and without giving anything away, you are going to want those answers.

As for the gameplay, it’s one of those games that is hard to describe without a hands-on experience to help. However, to give it our best shot. This game asks you to find and use resources within your environment to explore beyond your base. However, you can only do this by making your base self sufficient. So you need to automate actions, allowing you to make tracks to Station 3 and beyond. It sounds rather vague and we can only apologise but we assure you, it’s enthralling and addictive when you get the hang of it.

Then lastly, we take a look at the presentation. While the art style is simplistic, it really works for this type of game. The blocky, pixellated style is in line with the cyberpunk theme and the electro soundtrack also does a fine job of tying together this theme.

The Verdict

Overall, we have to say that while it is a hard game to explain and sell to others, if you are lucky enough to get a hands-on experience of this game, we assure you, the quality will speak for itself. This game has a super story hidden within, gameplay that is like nothing we have ever played before and an overall presentation, that while simplistic, does exactly what it needs to do to keep players immersed within the action.

7

We would say that this game won’t be for everyone but even if this one caught your eye, we say give it a try.

Pros

  • Unique automated strategy gameplay
  • Decent soundtrack and visuals
  • Story is surprisingly compelling

Cons

  • Gameplay is a slow burn

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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