Revive a planet with Terranova: a new environmental space game
In Terranova, you play a little astronaut who has been charged with reviving and tending to a hazardous planet. Your goal is to clean up and remove waste, plant new life, explore undiscovered lands, and make the planet a better place. Right away, you'll notice that the game looks beautiful. The art is a fun vector style with a very stylized environment, and the avatars are highly customizable and adorable. The game walks you through a precise tutorial that shows you the basics of zapping harmful hazards, planting, watering, and growing flowers and vegetation, and cleaning up and recycling garbage. This isn't a simple farming game by any means.
For those who have played FrontierVille, you'll notice some similarities. Mostly around the questing system. Terranova keeps players entertained with a seemingly endless list of things to do. From planting flowers with pollen, then placing a beehive near them in order to attract honey, to finding boards in order to rebuild bridges - there is plenty to do in this game. Instead of giving you one simple map like farming games do, there is tons of exploration that can be done through clicking on portals on the ground or using the interactive minimap to travel from place to place. Not all areas are unlocked from the start however, you need to unlock them by buying tools or tasking part in tasks in order to gain access to new places.
A strength of Terranova is the decorating aspect of the game. With so many areas to explore and the ability to freeform decorate, players can really make their planet their own. There is a huge opportunity for true creativity here in this game. When you visit a neighbor's planet, you can navigate through all of the areas that they have customized. There is an endless amount of creativity and things to do in this game.
If we had to find a fault, it might be that there is TOO much to do. An easily evident gameloop isn't immediately apparent to the player, much the same as FrontierVille and Playdom's new game Fanglies. It's very cute, much more complex than most social games, a new theme that hasn't been done well yet, and has a ton of potential - but it might not grow as fast as the simpler games. The micromanagement aspects actually remind us a bit of MyTribe, which had an environmental feel to it as well.
So far, we're loving the game. There are only 8,000 players enjoying it so far, and it appears to be plagued by some resetting glitches - but it's definitely a top contender out of the new and up-and-comings.
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