Oxygen Not Included is a new game from Klei Entertainment, the team that created cool titles such as Don’t Starve Together. They are now taking us into the future when the Earth has become too small for humans, and we need to head into space. You will be in charge of a galactic colony and the survival and satisfaction of its residents that are called duplicants. Although the game is still in early access, it is fully playable and very addictive!
You Might Think It’s Simple, but…
That was our conclusion after playing the game for a couple of days. Oxygen Not Included has a simple premise, but don’t doubt it is a complex simulation. You will begin with three duplicants in a small base that is also equipped with a Printing Pod. If you are wondering why the residents of your space colony are called duplicants, it’s because you are using this machine to clone them. Occasionally, you will get a set of duplicants to choose from to clone for your base. If you don’t like any of them, you can skip and wait for the next batch. But be careful, the game will end if all of your duplicants die!
Can You Keep Them Alive?
It’s not that simple to keep them alive. For starters, you will need to secure them enough beds, food, and oxygen. You will recognize the clean air by the light blue color, but keep in mind that there are other gases, too. Your duplicants can’t breathe some of them, such as carbon dioxide, which is why you need to be extra careful. The water can also be clean or polluted, and you need to watch the temperature as well. Things can get tricky in Oxygen Not Included which is why you should always think one step ahead. Once you ensure that your duplicants are healthy, you can consider employing them. There are various jobs available, and you can choose the priority for employment.
Research Buildings and Construct Them
There are various things you can build where you can employ your citizens to work. These include devices for temperature management, gas pumps, medical facilities, power systems, and a lot of other things. Most of these will require some research before you can construct them. The good news is that the interface is user-friendly and you will find your way around quickly. The graphics are decent for an indie game, and the title captures the atmosphere of a distant space colony nicely. The sound effects contribute to that, especially the goofy sounds the characters make when they are in a particular mood. Yes, you need to watch if your duplicants are handling stress adequately because they might start destroying things around the base if they get angry.