Factorio is a multi-dimensional game with simulation, construction, management, crafting, strategy and open-world elements. In this game, you play as an engineer on another planet who must manage resources to build a rocket that can take them away from the planet.
You start by gathering resources to craft simple tools. These simple tools are then used to make parts needed for simple machines. These simple machines will then help you to create advanced machinery and technology. You generate your own power and build transportation networks. You start from basic resources with a goal towards building advanced factories, hence the name, Factorio.
Towards the latter stages of the game, your technology become so advanced that you have factories with automated assembly line systems for various things like transportation, resource mining, product manufacturing etc. You build robots, solar fields, oil refineries, rail lines, trains etc. You gain better armor and ultimately launch a rocket to win the game.
But you can choose not to launch the rocket. So, you can continue building other things even if you have enough technology and resources to build a rocket. You must put your managerial and logistics skills at work to keep the whole system working perfectly. You can save time by using console codes to manage your massive factories.
Factorio forces you to plan ahead as all your actions have implications. You might find yourself starting a new game all over if your past actions have drastic consequences. For example, placing assembly lines anywhere you please might hamper your transportation network later in the game. Factorio also has a combat element where you defend yourself from the indigenes of the alien planet. These indigenes become increasingly hostile and aggressive as you build more factories and pollute the environment more. You build tanks, turrets and other weapons to protect yourself from enemy attacks. As you construct things around your world, you must take care to build adequate defense systems.
Factorio has a strong mod support. You will find lots of mods made by content creators worldwide to enhance your overall gameplay experience. Some mods overhaul the entire game while some simply add tools to help your in-game management.
The in-game map editor also allows you to create your own map complete with terrain, entity, and enemies along with custom scripts.
Factorio has offline and online multiplayer modes whereby you can play with or against other players. You can compete with other players to build technologies and attack each other as you would in strategy games like Civilization, Age of Empires and Rise of Nations.
- Addictive strategy and simulation game
- Lots of player mods available
- Constant improvements made to the game
- Enjoyable multiplayer mode
- The game needs more polish
Factorio is a rich strategy management game. The game is so rich, that you can spend tons of hours on it without getting bored. Factorio is still under development before its proposed September 2020 release date, so you can expect to see the game well-polished before its release. Before then, you can enjoy the game through Steam Early Access and Indiegogo.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP