dotAGE - Buyer's Guide

Unique blend of management simulation and roguelike elements make dotAGE a thrilling experience, but be prepared for a potentially long and grueling late game. Worth checking out for fans of city builders and roguelikes.
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In ‘Dotaturia’, players assume the role of an Elder guiding a group of Pips through a post-apocalyptic future, as foretold by the Prophecy. Deep Worker Placement mechanics from board games are employed in building and managing the village’s resources - crops, animals, corpses, tools, buildings, professions, and more. The game presents over 200 buildings, amoeba professionals, and a staggering 70 resources to master as players unlock new content by reviving fragments of the Elder’s memories throughout their journey. Dotaturia is not for the faint-hearted: Domains release increasingly formidable events with each turn that range from poison and disease, all the way to kittens! The game features multiple difficulty levels allowing players to experience a serene town builder or tackle mastery levels’ challenges. Enhanced by medieval tunes sourced from the Montpellier Codex rearranged by Luigi di Guida, Dotaturia is an Italian developer’s passionate nine-year journey through time and gameplay.

Should I play dotAGE in 2024?

The good

The game starts out great, with a lot of fun and enjoyment, especially in the first 6-8 hours. Many reviewers praised the game’s unique blend of management simulation and roguelike elements, calling it addictive and engaging. The game’s art style and humor were also well-received.

The bad

The late game experience was often described as tedious, with too much busywork and a feeling of repetition. Some reviewers felt that the game became too long and dragged on, making it feel overstay its welcome. The unpredictability of the game’s disasters and challenges was also criticized, with some players feeling frustrated by the lack of warning or control over these events.

Verdict

Despite its flaws, I would still recommend playing dotAGE in 2024. While the game’s length and late-game repetition may be off-putting for some, the initial experience is truly enjoyable and unique. With the developer’s willingness to listen to criticism and improve the game, I expect future updates to address some of these issues. If you’re a fan of city builders or roguelikes, dotAGE is definitely worth checking out. Just be prepared for a potentially long and grueling experience, at least in the late game.



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