Best known for their Miner Wars series, Keen Software House has recently set their sights on a fairly ambitious Minecraft-like project titled Space Engineers. You can’t just think of Space Engineers as Minecraft in space as it has managed to differentiate itself by adding two key features in the form of great visuals and more importantly, science!
Developer: Keen Software House
Reviewed on: PC
Also Available On: PC
Release Date: Alpha Available Now
Space Engineers is built upon Keen Software House’s own game engine named VRAGE, It employs both physics based destruction and an awesome visual representation that makes it a real treat to look at. It is entirely possible within Space Engineers to break a ship in two if you hit it hard enough because each block that you place is fully destructible and even deform-able if it is lightly damaged. The same is true for subsystems within your ships and more often than not you will lose engines and sometimes your entire bridge to the many asteroids that litter the game.
My experience so far in the Space Engineers Alpha has been a fairly enjoyable one. There is no multiplayer implemented at this time so the alpha includes only a creative mode. This mode can be interesting but you may find yourself craving an opponent to ram your ship into once the building factor wears off.
When creating a ship you place all of your blocks and subsystems such as power generators, gravity generators and engines in an arrangement that you think looks cool or works well. The scale of these ships is entirely up to you, which makes way for some insane creations on Steam Workshop.
While building a few ships I found the controls were well laid out. The only real aspect of the whole game that I had a little trouble with was that you often forget what direction is up or down which can result in slight frustration when building.
This is just a little piece of what will become Space Engineers. When it is completed by the developers it will include mining, refining, multiplayer and weapons, which will make for a feature rich game that will be sure to please.
This game is definitely one to watch out for and will garner a big following once the multiplayer is implemented.
Space Engineers alpha is out now on Steam Early Access.
Space Engineers is in alpha stage of development. Everything in the game is subject to change.