Deepworld [Beta]

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Deepworld [Beta] on Steam

MSRP: Free to play with in-game purchases

Platforms: Win, Mac, iOS

Release: 4/22/15


Deepworld describes itself as a “massively-multiplayer 2D crafting adventure game”.  Since it’s a free to play title, and in beta for over a year at this point, my expectations weren’t high, but I tend to enjoy digging, exploring, and resource collection even when there’s nearly nothing compelling about the game play.  However, after spending about half an hour with Deepworld, I can’t even tell you if I like it, never mind if it’s actually good.

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I like the steampunk aesthetic, I like the signs that guide you carefully through most of the tutorial. The control scheme took a little getting used to – you don’t jump so much as use your jetpack to fly – but it was logical. The biggest problem I had was that, even in the tutorial, with things constantly being explained, I just didn’t get it.

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I think, for fans of dig-games, it’s worth exploring. The majority of the negative reviews center around the fact that, if you want a private world to explore and build on, you need to purchase one with money.  I feel like they’re ignoring the fact that the base game is free, which means that having to spend something to fully enjoy the game is perfectly reasonable.

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The premium upgrade is a measly $3. It doesn’t unlock everything ever, of course, but it makes it easier to earn premium currency in game. As with most free-to-play titles, you can treat it like a time suck, and grind your way to things you want, or treat it like a money-suck. I think having to pay for a private world makes sesne, and for the folks who just like to explore things and collect resources, the option to do that without ever paying a penny is there.

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