Meeple Station Review: Enter The Space Tycoon
“Have you ever wanted to build your own space station? Trade goods and care for the inhabitants? Explore distant galaxies and take on daring missions while trying to keep your Meeple alive! Meeple station is an open-ended space station simulator in the vein of Rimworld that succeeds in doing just that. Live a never-ending adventure whilst trying to make the best of your ramshackle station.”
Essentially, Meeple Station is a building and management simulator by Vox Games Studios where you are in control of designing the layout of your own space station and oversee the day to day activities of the station inhabitants called Meeples!
As the operator, you delegate different jobs and authoritative roles to suitable candidates and generally see to the well-being of your crew.
You will also need to mine asteroids and salvage wrecked spacecraft in order to trade with other merchants and build upgrades to your space station. But be careful because sometimes a merchant might turn out to be a band of pirates in disguise ready to loot your hard‐earned supplies!
I spent the last week testing this game which is currently in Alpha mode and found it to be a frustratingly enjoyable experience.
The game uses beautifully crafted 2d pixel art projected onto an isometric grid to create the illusion of 3d space in which you can build upwards and down as well as expand outwards. The classically styled pixel art combined with the ambient soundtrack and nonsensical babble from your Meeples creates a unique and interesting environment to observe and control. I have to say I do love the pixel style graphics, it really took me back to my days of playing Habbo Hotel as a kid, the aesthetic is just great.
I did find quite a few aspects of the game to be frustrating though. Firstly, it really throws you into the deep end with a lack of tutorial at the beginning, there are prompts of information that appear, but they really lack the details you need to know early on.
The navigation is extremely basic, you can only view your space station from one direction which can get problematic and tedious when trying to build across different levels.
There is no option to rotate it and I constantly found myself moving the map by accident when I overshot trying to click menu items placed on the edges of the screen.
I did get slightly annoyed with the alerts and notifications too, it’s all well and good giving me a vague notification that there is an issue somewhere, but it would be nice to know where exactly that issue is so I can fix it before it is too late.
Playing Meeple Station can be a little frustrating.
It is hard to keep some Meeples happy while some can be antisocial which brings down the rest of the crew, so it is imperative to make sure everyone is as happy as possible. Especially your officers, because if your officers are unhappy they will start giving ridiculous orders which can really mess with the dynamics of your game.
For example, I left my computer for a few minutes to get a drink and some snacks and came back to find half my crew had starved to death because a bored officer decided to remove a crucial hallway.
Finally, I do think there is a lack of content so far. But only because I really enjoyed playing Meeple Station and wish there was more to do at the moment, it’s so much fun! However, there are plenty of exciting updates that the developers intend to drop on a weekly basis, so I really look forward to seeing how this game evolves over time!
Overall, I rate this game at 7 and a half out of 10. Even though I found this game to be super frustrating at times, I really enjoyed it.
See you space cowboy!