God games are great; there’s something very satisfying about looking at a virtual world or family and being able to say ‘I built that, that’s all down to me’. But when I play, I don’t like to interfere. In games like The Sims, I may remove all of the doors and stick my Sims in houses made of wood but I turn free will all the way up so that the choice to burn the place down is their own. I’m nothing if not fair.
God game Crest is something that will appeal to you if you’re of the same line of thinking. In the new title from Swedish developer Eat Create Sleep, the only interaction that you can have with your followers is via the use of commandments.
Just like with real-world religions, your rules can be followed but how your followers interpret them is entirely up to them. More on Crest after the break.
Crest Improves Cannibalism and Consequences
Crest is currently on Steam Early Access which means that Eat Create Sleep has yet to include several vital features such as a save button. This is what the game has so far: 17 symbols that you can use to write commandments, procedurally generated worlds, weather (including rain which can form rivers, lakes and grow vegetation) and your followers can also can farm, mine, reproduce, die of old age, live according to their needs, settle new cities and, of course, they can suffer or survive as a result of following your rules.
In the latest update to the game, Eat Create Sleep made changes to cannibalism. It is entirely possible for your followers to eat one another as a direct result of your commandments but before, they could only eat followers from the same village as them. With this update, they can now take their cannibalism cross-country and eat followers in other villages too. As hilarious as it sounds to make everybody eat each other, if all of your followers die off you aren’t allowed to reload your save file and you’ll just have to start over, so think carefully before putting your commandments in place.
The lack of save backups is going to be a toughie for some players, but the developer has made it slightly easier as you can now see which commandments your followers are following as well as what they died from. There’s the risk that that will make Crest more tactical than experimental, which isn’t what Eat Create Sleep is going for, but Early Access is for testing things out so if it doesn’t work it can be patched out at least.
Crest is now available for PC, Mac and Linux via Steam.