Besiege: A fun little Siege machine simulator game

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Besiege is one of those games where the premise is pretty simple: create a machine that seems as if is from the Dark Ages, and attack your enemy’s walls and soldiers. It’s this simplicity that makes the game so fun and wonderful to play.

In the game, you start off with a simple control block, from which you can add just about anything.

Do you want to build a self-loading catapult machine? Sure, go ahead. Do you want to build a floating, flying machine with tons of spikes pointing downwards, to crush your enemies? Do it!

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The great strength of Besiege lies in its customization. Besiege feels like the love child of Kerbal Space Program and Minecraft. The interface is easy to navigate and understand. The best part – you will create machines to wreak havoc on the land in no time.

As with any game, there are some challenges. The current content of the game is pretty sparse. There is only one ‘campaign’ map and a sandbox you can play around in and build. Fortunately, the creators of the game are adding new content periodically. They released an update on 22 February which added balloons and some new blocks to the game, including the ability to copy and paste settings on blocks – which makes it easier to set up how your machine should work.

At the time of this article, the game is still in early access. The debate over Spacebase DF-9 springs to mind, but I think and hope that Besiege will not fall into the early access trap. Even if the developer scraps this game, (which I hope won’t happen) the game still has some features making it worth its $7 cost (about R105).

Can I recommend Besiege? Sure, it’s a fun little game, and the day it gets a multiplayer platform, I think this will be one of the most fun games to play with friends. Even without multiplayer playing ability, watching and laughing at your creations blowing up is always fun.

Synopsis:

Besiege is a physics based building game in which you construct medieval siege engines and lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets. Build a machine which can crush windmills, wipe out battalions of brave soldiers and transport valuable resources, defending your creation against cannons, archers and whatever else the desperate enemies have at their disposal. Create a trundling behemoth, or take clumsily to the skies, and cause carnage in fully destructible environments. Ultimately, you must conquer every Kingdom by crippling their castles and killing their men and livestock, in as creative or clinical a manner as possible!

You can buy Besiege right now on Steam.

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