Friday, October 7, 2016

Software Inc. - Early Access Impressions


I don't normally buy into any "Early Access" games on Steam. If I have any on my wish list, they stay at the bottom of my list untill they come out of "Early Access". I don't really like the fact that I am paying to beta test or alpha test a game. But there was something about Software Inc that enticed me into purchasing it. I am a sucker for business simulation games like SimCity, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Game Dev Tycoon, etc, etc. What really got me to buy into the game was an article by Rock Paper Shotgun, you can read it here. The article detailed the features of the game in an interesting way that made me want to try it out.

Software Inc. is a game which is in an Alpha state that is being developed by one person. Currently he has stated that Software Inc. will remain in "Early Access" until maybe around 2018. For the most part the game is playable with minimal crashes. I only ran into some when I increased the graphic settings, for some reason the game would reboot my computer if I turned them up. After turning the graphic settings down the game has run pretty solid with little to no crashes.

The main goal of Software Inc. is to build a software company that makes money. You hire people that will fill roles such as programmers, designers, artists, marketers, and leaders. Once you hire some people and even design and build your own office, you can then start to create software. There are many choices such as creating an OS, office software, video games, anti-virus software and much more. There is even an option to buy servers and start your own online distribution channel, kind of like Steam. The software goes through three phases, Design, Develop, Beta, after beta testing you can then release it to the public. During each of the phases you can market your software so people know about it. It is a simple game, but has gotten me addicted to it for the last 3 weeks or so.

I am really excited to see what features will be added to the game over the next few years before its final release. Till then I am enjoying the crap out of it, even the state it is in right now. If you are curious about this game then check it out on Steam, and remember it is still in an Alpha state and is an "Early Access" game. So there are bound to be bugs and crashes.

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