Before We Leave

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a game by Balancing Monkey Games
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Best Casual Games, Base Building Games
Before We Leave
Before We Leave
Before We Leave

Before We Leave is a super fun city-building game that has zero combat! That is right, this game is all about building a city and keeping your “peeps” happy, clothed, and moving forward in their lives. You may think the idea of this game is to make a 4X style of game that is very simple and easy to get into. That is not actually the case, this is still a very deep strategy game, but it just so happens to go about its business without any violence!

Peeps Rule The Earth!

The plot of the game is that mankind basically blew itself into extinction and those that did survive lived in bunkers for many, many years. Before We Leave has so much time passing that the Earth has managed to fix itself and now there are tons of lush green areas for mankind (sorry, Peeps) to try and live in a more sustainable way than they did before.

The “endgame” of what is going on here is to advance your civilization so far that they can travel to the stars and find new places to call home. While it may not exactly be “original” I think that the charm this has going on more than makes up for it.

Building Takes Time!

There is a happiness system at play in Before We Leave. Each Peep has their own name, personality traits, and so on and you need them to be as happy as possible. This way they can zip around building roads, buildings, and so on. You need to keep them fed, clothed, and happy so that your society can progress.

There is a great skill tree type thing here too where you can find technology that was left behind and with this, you can learn new technologies that can help your Peeps move forward. It has the typical stuff you would expect from a grand strategy game, but it does it with a big smile on its face.

Look At Them Go!

This game is one of the most charming strategy games I have played. I would even go as far as to say that Before We Leave has some of the loveliest character designs of any strategy game. The Peeps kind of look like little toys as they go about their business. The whole world (and universe actually) has a lot of detail to it all and the game in general looks fantastic.

I like how bright and colorful it is and while the hexagon grid style of things may seem like something you have seen before, I do feel that this game nails it and it works perfectly and makes it nice and easy to see where you are placing things.

8

If you are a fan of grand strategy-style video games then without a doubt, you have to give Before We Leave a closer look. Some might think that as there is no violence/combat in the game that the stakes may not feel as high, but that is not the case. You will find that you do get attached to your Peeps and you want them to be happy and them getting depressed and slowing everything down will become a huge concern for you! I thought it was pretty neat how the game was able to make you care like that.

Pros:

  • I thought the premise and story of the game was great
  • I love the design of the Peeps, they are very cute
  • There are many decisions that you have to make that really do matter
  • I liked the way that the game progressed

Cons:

  • It is not exactly all that original
  • Some may not like the fact it has no combat

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PC

System requirements:

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

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