Switch version tested
Review code provided
If Stargate got rid of guns and army generals, and replaced them with lumber: you might get Community Inc out of it. Coming out of a gate of sorts and into the wild are your builders of the future. No, don’t expect modern pleasantries, but closer to the feels of the 14-1500s, where brandishing an iron sword can merit the means for survival still.
Community Inc gives the player 30 days to have a successful business and turn a profit in uncharted lands. How you go about it requires one to be put to task with mining, hunting, farming and crafting. These goods are meant to either help Community Inc or its other races of the title. There are other races involved, being that of anamorphic persuasion. Some a bit more towards their ilk. All of whom the player’s community must make relations with. Help one race out more, and another might be jealous enough to force war.
Aesthetically simplistic and not too bad with the music, Community Inc. knows its’ Sim City audience. With a day and night cycle, it helps to push things along. The humans you control talk to each other and as the avatar, you can even read thoughts of theirs to see how things are going for them. Several gauges introduce the character to their stats. Level progression is also apparent. Jobs require certain criteria to be met or items to have. The resources created would probably also need these. Bricks would need a sculptor and a stone working area and so forth. A nice way to challenge. There is the occasional attacker from the distance, but this is a rare occurrence. Characters are locked into their profession and are equipped to their task. There is no improvision here.
Community Inc suffers through the soil. I’ve run into several bugs in the build I received, the game froze when moving through perspectives. Sometimes, it would literally destroy saves to a point of not even being able to bring them up again. Perspectives are confusing, also. I would zoom out and in, yet it doesn’t give much freedom when plots for warehouses are involved.
Community Inc is a quaint title to play through. It limits the player with a timeline similar to Harvest Moon or other games of this sort, yet taken out is the romance and strict job direction. A lot can be done with the loans given throughout the game to start, but Community lacks enough care to even bolster a finish even at its best moment.
TBG Score: 5/10
Platform: Steam, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 04/10/2019
No. of Players: 1
Category: Simulation, Strategy
Developer: T4 Interactive
Publisher: tinyBuild Games
Download link: eShop