At a first glance, this game looked gorgeous. I knew nothing about it, but I was drawn to it simply by the art style. After a few hours of gameplay, I can’t really say I regretted it but I did expect to get more from it. Surviving in space, deserted on unfamiliar terrain with unknown dangers creeping up on you, is not an easy thing to do. With that in mind, I didn’t expect it to be so damn boring.
Developed by a Polish Indie studio, Sleepless Clinic, Symmetry was primarily released in February 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In November 2018, Symmetry GO became available for Android and iOS. It’s a survival management video game set on an unknown planet, with some futuristic, sci-fi elements. The main point is, your ship crashed, few of the crew survived, and you have to keep them alive. Go.
When you start the survival mode, you randomly get three members of the crew. The ship crashed on some planet covered in snow, and all the systems are down. You have to find a way to fix everything in order to keep your crew alive. When you tap on a character a small window pops up presenting actions he or she can perform.
You can send them to chop some woods for heating, dig up some useful metal parts to fix and upgrade ship components, and work on the botanical garden to provide food resources. None of the characters will have all the skills they need to survive, but you can send them to study and develop new skills or perfect the ones they already had.
As more days go by in survival mode, your crew would have to go further away from the ship to get resources. Weather is unstable and if the temperature gets too low, your crew will be more exposed to health problems.
Don’t forget to check their health and nutrition as often as you can, especially if you speed up time, they can be gone in a jiffy before you even notice anything’s wrong. If someone from the crew dies, you can either bury them, or use them for food, or, there’s another possibility, use real money to revive them.
Speaking of real money, you’ll need it to unlock story mode or survive 100 days in survival mode. Sounds easy, but trust me, only the “iron will” can get you to surpass 100 days in those conditions.
When everything on the ship stops functioning, when you have to fix everything but you lack resources, when you have to send your crew outside in a blizzard to get the necessary stuff but their health has almost run out, it will get overwhelming.
Now, the question is being raised - Is it worth the storyline? It might be if you have the patience of a saint. The story by itself is interesting, and, depending on the crew you got, it will be told from different perspectives. It’s everything you would expect from a good sci-fi with a little cherry on top, but other than that, gameplay is basically the same as the one in survival mode with a few more management options.
For me personally, everything was going too slow until it got too fast for me to react. I spent a lot of time doing the same things over and over, so naturally, it felt too repetitive. We at GameBuz PC, console and mobile games news site, dare you to try it as well and see for how long will you be able to survive. The good thing about being stranded on another planet, in space, no one can hear you swear at your phone.