Posts Tagged ‘Scrap Mechanic’

Premature Evaluation: Scrap Mechanic

Please give a warm welcome to Rob Zacny, the new writer of Premature Evaluation. Each Monday he’ll be picking through the detritus of early access to separate the games might one day be assembled into something worthwhile from those which should remain on the scrapheap.

A confession: I think sandbox games are boring.

Which makes their popularity kind of ironic, considering that Jim Rossignol once wondered whether games might one day “banish the curse of boredom from our lives.” If you look at the great majority of popular Early Access games on Steam, you’ll find they are either about sandbox construction and crafting, or about survival, or both.

Entire worlds at our fingertips, all manner of heroes, explorers, and villains to choose from, and yet the surest way to players on Early Access is to leave them with a few building blocks, a lot of room to use them, and nothing else to do. So it is in Scrap Mechanic.

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Scrap Mechanic Creative Mode Out On Steam Today

Crafting games are as common as scrap, but I like the look of Scrap Mechanic [official site] more than most because it has tools to animate the contraptions you make in it with hinges, pumps and wheels. The latest trailer for the game’s creative mode shows this off with buggies which unfold to release drones, AT-ATs that actually stomp and trucks that can be driven into the back compartments of other larger trucks. The trailer marks the game’s arrival in Steam Early Access today.

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Scrap Mechanic Adds Animating Meccano-Style Gadget

Scrap Mechanic [official site] is a multiplayer survival sandbox game about machine-building, crafting and pegging it from angry automatons. Since we last poked our head into its inner workings, it’s announced plans to shift from Greenlight to Early Access on January 20 2016, and has also introduced the Controller – a nifty gadget that lets you give objects instructions on how to move transform in a set sequence. It’d let you make Transformers. Come see below.

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Robotic Sandbox Build-o-survival: Scrap Mechanic

Hoggin'.

I shall, somewhere in the next two or three lines, write the words “multiplayer survival sandbox with building and crafting” and I don’t want you to see those then skim the rest. Pay attention, okay? Scrap Mechanic will be a multiplayer survival sandbox with building and crafting but wait wait wait you can build vehicles and machines like rocketcars and buggies with impractical numbers of wheels and suspended monorails and VTOL flying machines and walkers and devices that seem to flail wildly with no real purpose until they destroy themselves. See, that was worth sticking around for, wasn’t it? With a little more patience, you can see all those in a trailer too.

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