Vostok Inc through their own words is “is a casual game for a hardcore audience and a hardcore game for a casual audience. Collect resources, build your empire, upgrade weapons, defeat insane enemies and collect enough moolah to be the richest badass in the whole galaxy. You’re the newly appointed CEO of Vostok Inc. As a greedy, space-capitalist your ultimate goal is to get filthy, stinking, rich!” and that’s what you’ll do. BadLand Games and Nosebleed Interactive have released a fun and addictive twin stick shooter that will have you cursing parts of the game, yelling at Jimmy who’s your personal motivator to get all things MOOLAHH and still going back for more. Vostok Inc. has done a great job fitting a whole lot into a relatively small install At under 500MB download (that in itself now-a-days is pretty amazing) you get a HUGE amount of game.
There are 40 planets to exploit and earn money from 6 solar systems. Each solar system has a unique boss to beat before you move to the next one. There are over 500 objectives that will get any OCD gamer to pull their hair out as well as 19 different weapon types, 13 mini-games and a virtual pet system. Starting the game you start with nothing and as Jimmy will continue to remind you you need to get to work to get filthy stinking rich! You can start by blowing up some asteroids to get money and quickly you’ll see that the enemies come out of everywhere to try and stop you. What’s really good about this game is you can play the game a couple of ways.
Fight enemies and gain XP pretty quick to level up and get money or ravage the universe for resources and get rich that way. I’ve played it both way and both ways are pretty enjoyable but I think a mix is needed to get the most out of the game. If you just fight enemies you can run into places where you’ll die and luckily they give you an escape pod that’s nice and fast but only has 10 life which can go quickly if you’re in a bad place. And Jimmy will take every chance to let you know when you’re losing money and dying costs MOOLAH!
Once you get yourself set up with a good amount of capital you can work on getting automated collection systems set up at all your planets and then you can focus on leveling up your weapons and ship to fight the boss. Once you beat the boss you’ll move onto the next area to essentially repeat the process against a new set of enemies and planets. Vostok Inc. keeps you interested by making the next upgrade JUST out of reach so instead of quitting you’ll want to get that next objective or achievement or upgrade for your ship, weapons our upgrade the buildings on your planets.
With 20 different building types and each having 5 upgrades each it goes without saying that you’ll have plenty of things to do to 100% this game.
I do feel and can totally understand how some people would find the game repetitive and even not enjoy the mining and money collection part of the game but for me the immense amount of objectives make me want to finish the game which I know will take forever. The artwork is fun and cartoony and Jimmy can get annoying at times but he does help keep you generally focused on the end goal – MOOLAH! And at a price of $14.99/€14.99/£10.99 it’s a must buy for any gamer and you’ll get tons of hours of addictive gameplay.