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Mini Review: The Colonists (PS4) – A Nice and Chill Civilisation Building Sim

Human after all.

The Colonists is an addictive little world-builder featuring cute robots. And while it doesn’t do much to set itself apart from its strategic peers, it’s a relatively accessible game, complete with step-by-step tutorials and a gameplay structure that’s easy to understand. In a genre where complexity can be a serious hurdle, The Colonists finds agreeable ways to ease you into the experience, and it’s better for it.

But that’s not to say The Colonists totally lacks depth. The further your robot-run civilisation flourishes, the more there is to manage. At first, things are simple. You build wooden huts, basic water wells, and small farms. These resources are converted into battery energy for your mechanical minions, and naturally, a growing population demands more and more sustenance. You’ll soon find yourself expanding, scouting new territory and harvesting the land’s many resources so that the cycle can continue.

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