Clutchpoints’ Jesseyriche Cortez would get their hands dirty with a shovel, staking their claim in the pixel-art alien wilds, but why do that when you can have an army of robots at your beck and call instead? They enjoyed their time with Nova Lands, the base builder with interstellar exploration and epic alien battles from developer BEHEMUTT and publisher HypeTrain Digital, available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, GOG, and Epic Games Store.

Automation is the end goal of this game. The goal is to free up as much of your time so that you can do the things that actually matter. The more you progress through the game, the less you have to do down the line. You won’t have to mine anymore, transfer items, and more. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and let your machines do all the work.

Cortez notes that Nova Lands shares similarities with games like Factorio, Mindustry, and even Minecraft, in that while you start with simple tools and manual labor, you end up building a largely self-driven automation process that frees you up for exploration, developing the next wildly complicated process… or, ultimately, gearing yourself up to hunt down the more dangerous challenges that an army of construction robots can’t handle.

One thing I appreciate is that the introduction of the NPCs seamlessly introduces new features to the game. The crash landing pods introduce the shops, the worm NPC unlocks the museum, and down the line, a stranded alien introduces the game’s delivery system. Although the game doesn’t have much of a story, what little it does have melds well into the gameplay feature introductions. As to what those gameplay features are, you will have to try the game to find out.

Read Clutchpoints’ full article here. Learn more about Nova Lands from the official website, and follow BEHEMUTT on Facebook and Twitter. Nova Lands is out now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam, GOG, and Epic Games Store.