Reviewed on PC
Available via Steam
Kainga Seeds of Civilization is a city builder/management game developed by Erik Rempen. Its currently in early access and therefore will not be scored until the game is complete, here’s a bit more about the game
‘Kainga is an ancient village builder set in a fantasy world full of surprises. Adaptation is key where weather events, massive beasts or other tribes can easily erase you from history. Every time you play, your village’s culture, technology, and look will be different depending on your surroundings, environment, climate, altitude and the resources available to you. Design a unique town with every play-through.’
There’s a lot to love about kainga, first off the artstyle is beautiful and the simple top down style looks fantastic, you build your colony in a lush environment teeming with different beasts and tribes for you to either share with or dominate. It’s certainly a pretty and vibrant world to play in.
In order to develop your tribe or colony, you need to utilise your thinker to be able to create basic structures in order to build your colony up. It’s a very simple process and gives a central focal point for you to defend, without your thinker you are finished! Holding festivals is also key to recharging the energy of your thinker in order to press forward and advance the technologies available to you.
The other key to your tribe is resources, the plenty of resource management at play and you need to keep on your toes in order to successfully grow your colony and complete the end objective. Other tribes are around and will seemingly quite often pester you for resources, failure to give them appears to drop you straight into war. I did also find that the other tribes seemed to get a significant leg up on me with pretty developed tribes whilst i was still developing mud huts!
There were some teething issues though and areas for improvement, first off your thinker has a tendency to wander, i caught him on several occasions disappearing off without me commanding him to do so and that spells disaster. Combat notifications kept flashing up but I had no idea where to go and I found that members of my tribe had basically run off to be murdered. I dropped into a map and there were basically no resources for some odd reason meaning I just got stuck, and tribes are incredibly aggressive very early in the game, making demands of you as you’re building your colony and the slightest failure to give them what they wanted resulted in an all out invasion.
Kainga is beautiful, the environment you play in is gorgeous and the concept of the thinker and the whole game basically revolving around him is great, but there’s work to be done refining and polishing before being a complete game. With some more work and patience this will become an excellent title.