Pointless Nonsense

Posted in video games by Bill on July 7, 2017

Offworld Trading Company is an economic game centered around resource extraction and processing on Mars. You control a corporation on the red planet and on an RTS-like map, you deploy mines, solar panels, and other stuff, then buy and sell the things you make on a market. Prices rise and fall based on supply and demand among all corporations on the map, so if your opponent has tons of iron and sells it all to the market, you can then buy it for cheap. Or more profitably, if you have tons of iron, you can sabotage your opponents’ iron mines to drive up the price and sell your stockpile for a bunch. You win the game by buying out the other corporations.

There’s an interesting campaign mode in which you all start with crippled corps, then play several games without the stock buyout mechanism, instead trying to build up colonies to get metagame income, and that income allows you to purchase upgrades to un-cripple yourself, until the last game with all the upgrades you’ve bought is a regular game where you try to buy your opponents out.

It’s kinda fun for a while, and for like $7 on sale I was happy to get 22 hours out of it, doing the tutorial, a few standalone games, and then a campaign. I’m not interested enough to try to get good at it though.


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