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Set in an ancient world of eternal rainstorms, your population of humans, beavers and humanoid lizards must establish outpost colonies to expand your dominion, establish trade routes and gather resources with the hope of restoring the once-majestic Smouldering City. You battle blights on crops and trees, face off against the three different rainy seasons and more in an ever-evolving and changing world.
The game map has the Smouldering City at its centre, and a series of tiles around it. On each of these tiles, you can attempt a new colony, which can trade with other colonies and gather resources. In each of these you begin in the woods and must expand into other clearings. However, there are deadly adversaries, such as monsters, blight and fungi, that can threaten to end the colony and set you back, so you always need to be thinking ahead.
In each colony, you need to provide food, housing, water and rest for its population, or you risk it collapsing. If you are successful in maintaining a colony, you can expand your reach to new areas, so you can gather more resources and create new trade routes. Each colony also has a series of randomly assigned bonuses and detriments (ie. harvest yield might be higher but wood gathered might rot faster) which adds yet another level of strategy to the game.
Each of the three races - humans, beavers and lizards - also have unique advantages; beavers, for example, are excellent lumbers and woodworkers, making them ideal for expanding your colonies through the dense trees. There are three different biomes to explore and expand into, each offering different resources and benefits, but also unique dangers you need to adapt to.
It's an incredibly complex game, which offers countless ways to play and provides a deeper experience than similar games, allowing you to get deeper into a unique and strategic system that rewards planning and tactics.
You can play this game in the following styles:
You can pause, speed up and slow down the speed of the game at any point, giving you all the time you need to process information and set new actions. Because of this, you don't need quick reactions. However, you still need to complete overarching criteria within a certain amount of (in-game) time.
While some of the text is initially small, it can be adjusted in size. However, some of it doesn't contrast with the background.
The game presents you with a lot of (often complex and detailed) information, which can seem overwhelming, and it doesn't always guide you through your goals and methods to achieve them, instead relying on your own intuition to serve you. There are tutorial areas which can help increase your understanding though.
Owing to the constant stormy weather, the game can sometimes appear desaturated and low in contrast, making some objects difficult to distinguish from others, as does their often small size. Red and green are sometimes used to denote good/bad, so being able to distinguish between them is important.
Because all the game information is conveyed visually or textually, no sound is necessary.
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