Besiege is one of those games where the premise is pretty simple: make a machine that looks as if it comes out the Dark Ages and attack your enemy’s walls and soldiers. It’s that simplicity that makes the game so fun and wonderful to play.
You start with a simple control block from which you just add what you want. Do you want to build a machine that has a self loading catapult? Sure go a head. Do you want to build a floating flying machine with tons of spikes pointing downwards to crush anything below it? Sure go a head.
The great strength of Besiege lies with it’s customazation – it almost feels like the love child between Kerbal Space Program and Minecraft. The interface is easy and somewhat easy to understand. The best part – you will be creating machines to wreak havoc on the land in no time.
As with any game, there are some problems though. The current content of the game is pretty sparce. There is only one ‘campaign’ map and a sandbox you can play around in and build to your hearts content. Fortunately it does appear that the creators of the game are adding new content as soon as they can. A recent update was released 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 setup how your machine should work.
The game is in early access and some players have been burned pretty badly by developers putting their games into early access – letting everything go and leaving the games in a half finished state. 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 calls it quits (which I hope won’t happen) the game still has some features making it worth its $7 cost.
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.