I backed this game back in July 2017, where I was told it would be released in December 2018. Now, two years after, I finally get my hands on the game. Even though I’ve waited two years more than planned, the game is not finished at all, we are talking a very early alpha build - actually barely indistinguishable from what I saw when I backed the game. What did Uncasual do with all the money they received from various funding sites, and 3.5 years of development? It seems very odd, and sorry to say, but it makes it all look like a big scam.
This is a list of the features which, according to the developers, were in in July 2017 (my comments in italic):
In house 3D render technology and UI.
No in house 3D render at all, and the UI is truly horrible
Procedural world generation.
Can’t really confirm or deny the existance of this
Simulated day and night cycles.
In the game
Simulated seasonal cycles.
Very minimal according to what I’ve seen, however I haven’t played for long enough to experience winter
Weather simulation based on real data.
I have tried multiple embarking places, and while it could be based on real data, the weather wasn’t that prominent
Wild animal life and plants cycle of life.
Definitely not included in the game
Not included in the game
Step-by-step structure building and effects.
Is included in the few structures which are there
Resource collection and storage.
Is included, although storage is very tedious (what other game requires specific stockpiles for every type of resource?)
Family tree for citizens.
Is included, but haven’t played long enough to see it in action
Is included, doesn’t seem to have a big impact though
AI to some extent, including path finding, job selection…
Is included, but the AI seems decent at best
Citizen basic needs like eat, drink, sleep or rest.
Definitely not included
Some items of each type to test the tech ( plants, animals, buildings… )
Decay of resources and buildings.
There is definitely decay of ressources, haven’t seen any decay of building during the short time I have played.
Furthermore, multiple of the structures shown in the videos are not present in the current build of the game, and most of the stuff under “Final Release Features” is definitely not present in the game either. I understand that this isn’t the final release, but we were promised the finished game by December 2018, and I truly expected them to be a lot further now than they are.