December 27, 2016 8:30 AM | Joel Couture
Planets hide valuable ores and riches just ripe for the plucking in the futuristic gold rush of Astroneer, a game where you can fly to distant planets, reshape those worlds to extract their valuables, and then sell those items for cash or use them to create tools, vehicles, and bases to expand your space mining operations.
A whole galaxy awaits you in Astroneer. You're free to hop on your ship and travel to any of them, then fully explore each planet's unique surface and environments. Then, feel free to change them up, as you can alter the terrain at will "as though it were made of Play-Doh." Doing so is not only fun, but will help you get to the rich, gooey ores contained within. And who doesn't like to play with Play-Doh planets?
With your cash and items, you can create neat outposts, vehicles, and other fun tools using snap-together components, allowing for some creativity in the things you make. Don't feel like you have to do it alone, as Astroneer offers four player drop-in/out online co-op.
Doughy planets that you can manipulate with up to four people online sounds like a recipe for pure ridiculousness to me. Astroneer might be worth it for the silliness that comes out of that alone.
Astroneer is available for $19.99 on Steam Early Access and Xbox One. For more information on the game and developer System Era Softworks, you can head to the game's site or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.