By Lee Marcussen
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on October 10th on Xbox One and PS4, also available on PC
Developer: SOEDESCO Publishing Publisher: SOEDESCO Publishing
Reus is a game where you control powerful giants that represent different biomes of the Earth. You use these giants to help you shape the planet to your liking. You can create deserts, mountains, swamps, forests and oceans. The giants also have special abilities to make a planet with plants, minerals and animal life. You control all aspects of the planet Earth besides Earth’s inhabitants, the humans! You try to build the planet to help cater to the needs of the humans, which includes food, water, science, and minerals. The only issue with building the planet for them is that they get greedy and try to attack other civilizations. It is of course, in our nature.
Overall, Reus is a joyful god game. You have the control of the whole planet, how it’s all formed, and you have the ability destroy the humans whenever you want. The controls are easy to use and they have helpful collapsible info screens to explain each giant’s powers. The giants themselves are very slow, probably from them being so massive, which makes getting from one side of the planet to the other a challenge. I found there to be sort of a delay between your giant making the resources and your humans finding them starting to harvesting them for their projects. The problem I had getting used to is not being able to control the humans directly, only guide them through the placement of resources to provide them the resources to become better. Overall Reus is a solid game that provides you the ability to play as a god and build the Earth the way you want to serve the humans. If you enjoy games that let you control the major aspects, you’ll enjoy Reus, or if you like biology and understand the different biomes as well the symbiotic relationships between animals and plants this is a very solid game.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 7/10
+Helpful menu pop-ups
-Hard to understand initially
-Humans can be wild