Land on an alien planet. Start harvesting sources like stone, iron ore, and copper. Construct machines to do the harvesting for you, and turbines to energy these machines. String collectively conveyor belts to maneuver sources from mining gear to fabricators, create merchandise, and ship these merchandise to assemblers to create extra advanced merchandise. Construct machines, and ultimately, construct machines that may construct machines.
If it sounds acquainted, you’ve got most likely performed Factorio, or possibly Passable. If you happen to like these video games, I’ve received a hunch you will additionally like Dyson Sphere Program, now in Early Entry, as a result of it is swinging across the similar type of huge automation power. Plus, you do not have to stay to only one planet. Dyson Sphere Program’s received a lot greater plans for you than that.
A Dyson Sphere, if you have not come throughout it in sci-fi, is a theoretical construction that may seize the vast majority of a star’s power output. Take into consideration protecting each inch of planet Earth with photo voltaic panels—you’d absorb a ton of energy, however nonetheless solely handle to harness the tiniest fraction of the solar’s power. A Dyson Sphere is supposed to encompass the solar and soak up all these scrumptious, helpful rays. Factor is, it takes a hell of a whole lot of constructing materials to create a shell round a star, greater than a single planet can present.
So by way of scope, Dyson Sphere Program is a wee bit greater than Factorio. The moon you start on is a cute, chunky little orb you might dash all the way in which round in a couple of minutes in your mech swimsuit. However when you start on that single moon, your pursuits will unfold outward till you are harvesting supplies from different planets within the photo voltaic system, and ultimately constructing constructions in area to suck up all that power from the star you are orbiting. And there are different stars on the market, too, in different programs, and once you’ve burned by way of these you may even create stars of your individual someplace down the road.
Me? I am nowhere close to doing something like that but. I am nonetheless studying the ropes, firmly planted on my itty bitty starter moon, however getting the fundamentals of mining, transferring supplies round, sorting them into fabricators, constructing merchandise, and looking out on the lengthy, lengthy tech tree nonetheless forward of me.
If any of this sounds daunting, I am glad to say Dyson Sphere Program has an honest tutorial to ease you in, although it generally lacks a little bit of specificity and I’ve spent a good period of time looking out boards and guides for solutions. I do know what to do, however my questions are sometimes: “Yeah, however like, how?”
Like Factorio there’s a whole lot of satisfaction from simply seeing your sources being moved round correctly the place they should go. Every time I efficiently accomplish one thing, even minor, I am unable to assist however soar my little mech up and down fortunately. I am nonetheless eons from conquering the celebrities, however transport copper plates and iron plates to the identical machine to allow them to be mixed into laptop circuits? Feels good, man.
Advancing to a brand new degree of tech can even make you notice every little thing you’ve got constructed to this point, pleasing because it initially was, kinda sucks. Networks of conveyor belts that produce a product would possibly then must be shipped elsewhere to create one thing I’ve simply unlocked, and within the path of that elsewhere is commonly a bunch of stuff I’ve constructed and both must work round or deconstruct and transfer. I like my little manufacturing facility colony, however it’s additionally sort of a spidery, chaotic mess at this level, and once I watch gamers on Twitch or YouTube and see their neat rows of machines and conveyer belts, all I wish to do is nuke my planet and begin over.
For an Early Entry recreation, with an estimated yr earlier than it totally launches, Dyson Sphere Program feels extraordinarily polished—to this point, a minimum of. Like I mentioned I am simply beginning out. However should you’re a fan of Factorio, Passable, or different video games about automation, this would possibly scratch that very same itch.