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SmuggleCraft

Casual Hover-Crafting

Reviewed by: James "Voidfox" | Twitter | Jun 8, 2017

I attempted to play this longer, but SmuggleCraft just couldn't hold my attention.

  • Review Play Time: 1.5 hours
  • Price: $16.99 (CAD)

so far... I got $11.33/Hour* of decent fun

*Based on updated Steam total play time.

Game Flow

  • Select a mission
  • Go from point A to B
  • Turn in mission or betray the mission provider
  • Earn money/crafting materials
  • Customize hovercraft by crafting parts
  • Continue story/racing

Likes

  • The Low poly, colourful visuals
  • Lots of crafting components to customize your hovercraft
  • Hovercraft components noticeably affect stats
  • Hovercraft component designs are varied and you can make some rad-looking vehicles by mixing and matching them
  • Has keyboard/mouse and controller support
  • Tracks range in difficulty and are procedurally generated
All Likes

Dislikes

  • Unexciting missions made it difficult to feel motivated to build components for my hovercraft
  • There were moments when it was near impossible to select missions using a controller
  • Some environments can be a little too bland
  • Deadzone on controller makes turning feel jerky
  • Attempts to test your moral compass, but I felt no emotional connection to the characters, making it easy to betray them for the more lucrative reward option
All Dislikes

The Final Word

The concept of SmuggleCraft sounds exciting: take on different mission types to earn credits and materials to then build various body parts for your hovercraft, altering how it handles for future missions. However, while the low poly visual aesthetic is fantastic, the gameplay couldn't hold my attention.

I really wanted to create rad hovercrafts. Unfortunately, I found it difficult to grind the bland, repetitive, and sometimes boring missions in order to get the materials/cash needed to craft. Sure, some missions were more exciting than others, but I found them few and far between.

Look, SmuggleCraft isn't a bad game, it's just not a game for me. You may get more mileage out of it, especially if you're looking for a more serene, casual racer with the ability to create super-rad looking hovercrafts via a neat little crafting mechanic.

Worth it?

Wait For a sale

Reviewed by: James "Voidfox" | Twitter | Jun 8, 2017