Xbox version tested
Review code provided
Yes, you read that right. Atomicrops is a bullet-hell style game set on a cute little farm in the arse-end of nowhere. Players take on the role of the new proud owner of a cute little farm, complete with cute little critters to take photographs with and post all over Instagram. There’s also a mysterious underground bunker, which you discover just moments before the world is destroyed in a gigantic atomic blast. How convenient. With everyone and everything around you seemingly dead or irradiated, you must rebuild your once prized farm in order to keep you and other local survivors alive, all-the-while defending what’s yours from an array of mutated monsters with designs on taking a bite out of your eggplants.
The game opens with some very familiar animation, that feels a lot like the work of Pen Ward – you know, the guy behind Adventure Time, and then eases you in with a pretty straight forward tutorial. From here on out though it’s up to you. There are no easy solutions in Atomicrops, rather players have to figure the game out themselves. You can either tend and defend your crops, or you can explore your surroundings and discover all the neat little extras hidden away within the game. You don’t need to ask which option is more fun.
Stardew Valley’s success has spawned countless pixel farming sims over the years, but for the most part they have all been a variation of the same. Atomicrops is like no other farming game you have ever played – unless you consider Fallout 4 a farming sim. It’s fast, fun, and a delight to look at. It takes a minute to get used to the controls, and you can’t take a lot of damage before you find yourself being turned into fertiliser, but once you get the hang of the mechanics it’s actually pretty straight forward.
The only downside to this game is that once you’ve completed a year or two things do become a little repetitive. There’s only so many waves of giant slugs you can squish before your mind starts to wander off to pastures new. That being said, it’ll take a while before you get there, and by the time you do, a simple switch to casual play will help keep things ticking over faster than you can say “Dagnabbit, some critters been chewing on my plums”.
If you’ve been looking for your next favourite farming sim, then you could do a lot worse than Atomicrops. But pigeonholing a game like this as a sim is doing it a massive injustice. This is the kind of wicked arcade action we used to love in the heyday of the original console wars, and we look forward to seeing whatever the devs come up with next.
TBG Score: 8/10
Platform: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo
Release Date: 28/05/2020
No. of Players: 1
Category: Adventure, Action, Strategy
Developer: Bird Bath Games
Publisher: Raw Fury
Download link: Microsoft Store