EGX 2018 was absolutely packed out with all sorts of different games but it was at the Team17 stand that a game caught my eye, that game was Genesis Alpha One. On first glance it looked like a sci-fi first person shooter but on closer inspection I found out that it’s so much more than that. Genesis Alpha One is a space station building game, a resource management game, with survival elements to its gameplay that all intertwine together to make an original concept that I don’t think has been done before.
The game starts off by teaching you the basics of building sections of your space station and what the purpose is or what the benefits are of having certain things built around you. The aim is to build and survive as your space station will be threatened and invaded and it’s in how you prepare for this that determines how the game pans out. I only played the tutorial section but I could see that the possibilities of the later stages would offer a deep and detailed experience. Areas can be built for a whole host of uses from growing crops, skewing quarters, tool stations and armouries just to name a few. There are also other planets that you can sent crews out to scan and gather various different materials and resources but in doing so will leave you understaffed and vulnerable to any attacks that may come your way.
The concept itself felt really detailed and I can see that if you are in to these kind of resource management games then this may scratch an itch and give you hours and hours of fun. Everything seemed as if it was deep in terms of the possibilities and the sheer scale looked impressive. The first person aspect looked and felt good but by the time I got to that part it was time to move on to something else. If you love your simulations and resource management games like Jurassic Park Evolution or similar games then Genesis Alpha One May be one to keep an eye on. There wasn’t a release date confirmed but I’m sure it’ll be out sooner rather than later.