October 3, 2022

Are blocky games Minecraft-likes time? Although I don’t recall seeing many blocky games that channel Mojang’s charmed survival adventure, Outerverse is an impressive take on Minecraft’s blocky shoulders. It draws inspiration from Valheim’s boss elements, as well the world automation of Satisfactory, Factorio, and Satisfactory.

This may sound strange, but it’s actually quite simple to use. This design was developed by Tbjbu2. Outerverse(Opens in a new window)It’s kind of like Minecraft in space. Instead of a flat and endless world, you will spawn on a cube-shaped, explorable world. It can be mined, built on, and cultivated before you build a spaceship to explore other stars in your galaxy. It was very easy to use and quick to get me started on my automation adventure. 

You are encouraged to mine, build machines, and eventually improve your character to the point that you can defeat six bosses scattered across the universe. These Titans are Valheim’s style. They’re all quite different in body and abilities. To make sure you’re ready for battle, you need to find their counters. 

(Image credit to Freedom Games

The machines play an important role in survival, as they can take over many if not all of your tasks. They can do everything from the box, but they can also be programmed by players (when you start a world, you have the option of playing’manually. This will disable all automation, logic and wires so that you can control everything to make it behave the way your want. 

From what I saw, Outerverse is generous. The automation focus makes it easier for you find mines and let machines do your bidding. This encourages the player not to survive but to thrive. It is not clear how it scales but it was a relief to build my first’machine’, which was a cave finder. It did a lot in mining. Although it ran from the seven blocks structure, the line reached the ground and passed through a small lake before reaching open space underground. Outerverse wants to make sure you get to all the good stuff quickly.

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(Image credit to Freedom Games

It’s a combination of Valheim, Factorio and Minecraft. However, it’s lighter than each. Although the explanation of automation can be overwhelming, there are helpful images such as LEGO guides that explain how things work. The visuals aren’t as engaging or expressive as Minecraft’s. Sand is pink, iron mine is pink, and so are many of the animals and foes I met. Outerverse is a small but effective approach to a large genre. It takes the best parts of each game and transforms them into something new. 

Source: Explore square planets in this space survival sim that’s like an automated Minecraft

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