A brief rave:
I am so excited about this game. i absolutely fell in love with the charming art style and that love has continued. Everything from the design of the people to the GUI to the cute Cthulhu stomping the town is inviting. I can see the potential for serious gameplay while at the same time I feel like I wouldn’t be afraid to let my young kids play this game.
Another thing that I am loving about this game is that while it may have similarities to Minecraft, Dwarf Fortress, Gnomoria, and half a dozen other games already on the market, Stonehearth has potential to have engaging crafting and survival elements while also including story and progression elements that lead to a satisfying conclusion (“The End”) and strong replay value. I love the idea that the game will be made up of scripted modules that could include story elements and will have definite goals for completion beyond “Go here. Collect this. Build this.”
A brief rant:
The only thing that keeps me from investing in this game right now is my fear that Stonehearth will not be compatible with my older hardware. I get to update my computer every 5 years, maybe. I’ve loved supporting games that appreciate the fact that there is a large portion of the population that does not maintain a “gaming rig” with the latest and greatest machinery. I’ve been thoroughly frustrated a few times by developers that assumed that the people purchasing their games had the newest hardware. This is particularly the case with indie games where it is harder to find dependable minimum hardware requirements.
I can appreciate a development philosophy that says, “Let’s make the best possible game we can, that has the best look and the best features we can imagine.” I tend to avoid those games because I don’t have the hardware to run them. I’m also old enough to remember when game developers kept games under 1 MB because hard drive space was a premium commodity. This forced game designers to optimise every aspect of the game and really challenged their creativity to make a great game with limited resources. While I’m grateful that these limitations have lifted, I still wish more developers maintained the philosophy that their games should work with limited resources for the largest majority of the population.
My computing power consists of a 2011 macbook pro and an older Windows XP machine. The Windows machine runs Minecraft, League of Legends, and Portal with little problem, but for some other games I’ve tried, especially 3D games, it bogs down and becomes unplayable. Since everything about Stonehearth appeals to the casual kind of player like me, which tends to be the type of gamer with older systems, I am hoping that the developers make efforts to have their game work on older machines. I’ve heard that they are wanting this as well, but I am pushing this to the community as well so that others like me can make sure that their voice is heard in support.
I really want to drop $30 into this game right now, but I am really afraid that after doing so I won’t be able to play.