Astroneer – Full Release Review

System Era Softworks released Astroneer from Early Access this month and after flying to the moon and back we wanted to bring you our thoughts.

Astroneer is at first glace, a beautiful creativity tool full of colour, discovery and wonder. My first few hours of the adventure, consisted mainly of learning the ins and outs of the game. Playing with physics mining and suffocating as SoupyTea and I tested the limitations of our space crafts limited landing bubble.

SoupyTea & Sir_Cloud

After a few hours of misadventures. I ventured into the depths of caves to explore the underworld figuring out oxygen tethers, poor lighting and the dangers of the colour red! It was peaceful and quiet the music score fading into the background among my day to day exploring with pleasant ease.

Lastly there was the disasters of Kevin_M97 and myself as we built more technologically advanced vehicles. Tractors, solar panels batteries. Setting out to explore the diverse landscape in the hopes to eventually escape this rock to the moon. All and all it was a blast!

Kevin_M97 & Sir_Cloud

The deciding factor with Astroneer however and the thing you need to realize if your thinking about purchasing it. Is that the game is very much a creativity tool first and an gripping adventure second, it’s a sandbox of possiblity but it’s also only as fun as you make it. As a nice relaxing venture into space or a laugh with a few beers and your mates. It’s an experience i would recommend but your millage out of this title may vary.

Astroneer is ultimately a reflection of your ability to make castles out of sand in space.

+ A colourful and beautiful world to explore

+ Extensively well built creativity tool

+ Subtle soundtrack

+/- Slow and calming experience

Score: 8.5/10

Thanks goes to System Era Softworks for graciously providing us with a shuttle and copy of astroneer for this review.

Astroneer is available on Steam for $39.99 AUD or your regional equivalent here.

~ Aaron Nicholls

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