Aven Colony

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

(PS4/XO/PC) HHHH Age: 7+

Hands up if you re­mem­ber SimCity, a build­ingsim­u­la­tor fran­chise that lies dor­mant af­ter a dis­as­trous se­quel by EA in 2013. Aven Colony takes the con­cept into space, ask­ing you to de­velop and man­age out­posts on a re­mote and hos­tile planet.

A hand-hold­ing story mode es­tab­lishes the ground rules — chiefly, min­ing suf­fi­cient re­sources and en­sur­ing ev­ery cor­ner of your biome is con­nected to ad­e­quate power. While it lacks the out­right pol­i­tics of SimCity, AC still re­quires you to jug­gle pri­or­i­ties to keep your colonists happy and safe.

Out­side the her­met­i­cally sealed walls of your gleam­ing set­tle­ments lie threats from aliens with ten­ta­cles and meteor show­ers, among other things. But it’s the dan­gers from within — dis­eases and dis­con­tent — that will keep you busiest in this en­joy­able taken on a once-great sim.

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