Floodland, the latest survival sim by developer Wiley Monarch, shows what life has become after the destruction of the world due to climate change.
Floodland Review, Town-Building Survival Simulator: Hope Finds a Way
Floodland is a town-building survival simulator set in a bleak future ravaged by climate change. Sea levels have risen to overtake most of the land, and only pockets of survivors are scattered across the waterlogged planet. Players are tasked with building and maintaining a small town of survivors as they attempt to rebuild humanity as it once was. Each randomly generated world around the small beginner’s camp is harsh and unforgiving, but as players progress, they discover new technologies to expand, explore, research, create laws, and use tools to keep the peace between factions. will unlock.
Floodland takes a lot of ideas from other city-building survival simulators and uses them well. Fans of the genre will instantly recognize the gameplay loop and dive into the world. Harvesting food and fresh water, exploring the land, discovering abandoned buildings, and hoping to find more survivors all around the map are the first steps to success in any city building sim. The intro and tutorials in the game do an amazing job of lulling the player through the early stages of Floodland and remain consistent over and over again during play. When starting a new clan there is an option to eliminate the start altogether, but for first timers, it is highly recommended to continue.
What Floodland does incredibly well is immerse the player in its own world. Immediately, players will choose one of four starting clans, which will reveal their worldview as well as the specific traits that each brings to the table. The game then leaves the player in a small camp with only a few survivors to work on. The lands are small and surrounded by fog and water, which forces the player to immediately begin searching additional areas for more resources to survive.
Unlike many other survival sims, Floodland continues the participant and their survivors transferring. It is a mistake to settle in one place immediately because there are not enough resources available to accomplish what needs to be done. It feels so different from other games that just set up a town square while everything is built around it. Each playthrough also has unique and random options; Moral dilemmas that force the player to take sides, whether they know it or not. Something as simple as choosing how to bury dead survivors can create an unexpected wave among the established community.
During the basic gameplay loop, players will advance technologies and pass laws in the cities they create. Floodland uses a research cycle based on a variety of materials found throughout the country, with each item broken down into classic research trees. The simplified point system and easy-to-understand paths keep the game flowing smoothly, without players staring at menus trying to decide what to do next. Once the law tree is uncovered, the dilemma of deciding how the world of the future should be built is presented, and choosing between the betterment of humanity versus immediate benefit is a happy balancing act.
Overall, Floodland Survival Simulator is an absolute must-play game for fans of the genre. The game runs smoothly, is well controlled, and has enough depth to keep players coming back for more. The foggy world of this post-climate change disaster is immersive and beautiful looking, and Floodland is a great beginner-sim even for players who might be new to the genre, with its classic research trees, simple mechanics, and well-crafted The tutorials made are easily understandable at any skill level.