Astroneer

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Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Released: December 2016, updated in 2019. Added to this library 4 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Overview

Astroneer is an open-world space adventure where you colonize planets by creating habitable structures, farming and mining resources. There is no specific story, although the challenges of each planet give rise to struggles of achievement to placate the wild landscape.

As well as build a home on a far off planet, you can also sculpt the hills and valleys with the terrain tool. This creates space to build different structures (storage silos, atmospheric condensers, research chambers, component smelters, batteries, generators, turbines, and solar panels) and explore with different craft (rovers, buggies, space shuttles).

The game has a complex hierarchy of building and materials. You develop production sequences that take the raw material you find and turn it into more useful substances. You need considerable patience and time to achieve this.

For example, Ammonium can be converted into hydrazine fuel for an Astroneer's spacecraft, or used in its raw form to create a limited-use thruster. When low on oxygen, the Astroneer recharges by staying near craftable tethers, which can be chained over long distances to prevent suffocation. As of the game's full release, an "oxygenator" is required to provide an extended reach of oxygen when tethering.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 14 hours and 40 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

Costs

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Ratings

Rated PEGI 7+ with mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human like characters and violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. The reaction of the astronaut to all forms of impact or aggression from the flora are mild. The character just falls down when hit by, the air runs out or is exposed to the aggressive flora. There is no emphasis on violence or the death of the character. When the character dies, the screen fades to black and the character respawns. While exploring, players may face occasional dangers: suffocating due to lack of oxygen; worm creatures, and plants with toxic gas.

This game offers players the opportunity to purchase in-game items in the form of which some parents or carers may want to be aware of. It should be noted that the game can still be played without the need to purchase such items.

Rated ESRB EVERYONE with mild fantasy violence.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a wide range of system features including some that can be used on all games, like the excellent co-pilot mode... read more.


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