Atomicrops is described by its developers as an action rougelite farming simulator. It sees you play one of the survivors of the apocalypse (congratulations) who must now find some way to turn the inhospitable wasteland into fertile grounds for a farm. As you might imagine, things do not go smoothly. Along with having to battle the various mutants and monsters that now roam the lands, you’ll also have to contend with the unique challenges of growing mutant vegetables, raise an army of farm animals, and maybe even find love in the nearby town.
It’s a little early to tell for sure, but based on what we’ve seen so far, it seems safe to say that Atomicrops leans more towards the action roguelite side of its action roguelite farming simulator formula. There is farming in the game, but the farming mechanics themselves seem to be a pretty simple way to earn more currency and eventually acquire better equipment. The same goes for the “marriage” feature which we doubt is going to be anywhere near as deep as the social options in Stardew Valley.
However, the action elements of Atomicrops are fascinating. Many of us have lost hours of our lives to one roguelite game or another in the past, and Atomicrops sports that same addictive blend of progression, randomization, and permadeath that make those games so addictive. In that sense, all of these farming and social elements really just enhance a core experience that we’d probably want to play in the first place.
On top of that, the game sports a colorful SNES-inspired art style and a combat system that reminds of us the SNES cult classic action title, Zombies Ate My Neighbors. There’s something comforting about watching this game in action. While there are limits to the appeal of nostalgia, Atomicrops seems to be drawing from all the right sources.
Atomicrops is set to release sometime later this year for PC. There’s no word on console versions available at this time.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.