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Stormworks: Build and Rescue Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @JonahMonaghan and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Stormworks is an open world adventure where you design, build and pilot your own air sea rescue service. You create programmable vehicles using it's block-building system and pilot them into dangerous situations to rescue stricken vessels or individuals. Planning is as important as execution if you are going to safely carry out your rescue.

The Custom Creative Mode gives you all the resources and time you want to create large and complex vehicles. Players enjoy making scale replicas of real-world vehicles or wacky and ambitious creations of their own design.

The Career Survival mode offers missions to progress through, that slowly unlock more features and resources to build with. You manage your finances, build space, and your own safety as you complete various missions to finance larger, more complex vehicles and new land bases.

The vehicle construction is by placing blocks and specifying their behaviour using the powerful in-game logic system. Choose from a wide array of components to assemble your own rescue helicopters, boats, submersibles. You can then take to the sea, land or sky in your newly created vehicle.

The game is played in a huge 15,000 square kilometres of ocean and islands in a dynamic world. The day-night cycle and dynamic weather system create diverse environments to put your creations to the test. Calm sunny mornings. Unforgiving stormy nights. These all affect your vehicles using physics-based hydrodynamics and displacement-buoyancy systems. Because of this you need to design specific vehicles to respond to challenging missions across open oceans, island facilities and remote rigs.

Many players focus on the boat and helicopter building with its deep level of skill required and understanding of the game's logic. It's the sort of emergent gameplay that Minecraft has become famous for, here side-steping the rescue mission in favour of pure build craft and engineering.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 28/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Dan Games (@Dan_Games)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 25 hours and 30 hours to complete. Working through the different missions and construction tasks will vary depending on your approach. Many more hours can be spent on the games creative mode.
 
Players: You can play this with 5 players online. Join your friends in cooperative multiplayer as you operate multi-crew vehicles, and execute complex missions involving careful planning and coordination.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

11-16 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The more advanced building, planning and constructing skills make this skew older than Minecraft. Taking vehicles out on missions extends this further as you content with weather and complex tasks.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There are lots of difficulty options that can be customised to suit your play: advanced simulation, vehicle damage, spreadable fire, prolonged exposure to the sea resulting in hypothermia, mechanical damage (rotor blades), water pressure damage and sharks.
 
Our Stormworks: Build and Rescue Accessibility Report documents 8 accessibility features:

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