Lacuna Passage preview
SG Gaming Info previews Random Seed Games’ Martian sandbox title, Lacuna Passage.
Currently in Steam Early Access, Random Seed Games’ Lacuna Passage is sandbox survival game set on Mars. The goal of the game is to survive for as long as possible while exploring the 25 square miles of Martian terrain for supplies, random points of interest and most importantly of all habitats.
Lacuna Passage is an interesting game with its four main features: explore, survive, capture and interact all being handled well, with the most notable of the four being the survival and interact features. The survival aspect of Lacuna Passage involves using your data pad to keep an eye on your vital signs, which are broken down into nutrition, hydration, exhaustion and exposure. This means that after a long day exploring you need to return to your habitat to eat, drink and sleep. While it might sound like a burden, it isn’t over taxing and it gives the game a sense of realism.
In regards to the interact feature, this involves managing your inventory, salvaging and crafting supplies, and repairing habitat systems. Repairing and interacting with the world is an important aspect of the game and in my mind the most enjoyable aspect of the game. When you come across a habitat for the first time its main systems – heat, electricity, oxygen and water aren’t fully operational, and so you need to take the necessary parts found inside the habitat and use them to repair the various systems. However, when repairing a system you need to make sure you don’t use any unnecessary parts, for example, if a heating system only requires 3 fuses there is no need to put in a fourth or fifth.
While I enjoyed the focus on exploration and survival, the game does become a reoccurring cycle of leaving your habitat to explore Mars and returning to not only eat, drink and sleep but to also replenish the oxygen and battery power in your suit.
Now, the lack of things to do can be down to the fact the game is in Early Access, which means the game is not feature complete. Hopefully, when Random Seed Games’ have cleaned up the current features the game’s upcoming story mode will help liven up the exploration of the red planet.
Lacuna Passage is an enjoyable sandbox title, as the game does a good job of balancing the enjoyment of exploring the red planet with the worrying of how to survive on such a lifeless planet.
For more information on Lacuna Passage, visit http://lacunapassage.com/.
Author: Aaron Meehan
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