When the world floods with water it falls to superheroes to help rescue those trapped by the flood waters while also helping to rebuild the Earth back to its ‘civilised’ state. That’s the plot of Grand Cru’s – a Helsinki-based developer – upcoming iOS game Supernauts.
Players will take on the role of one of these superheroes, taking part in missions based around 80 varied locations on a devastated planet. Maybe ‘devastated’ is the wrong word though, as you can see from the screenshots and trailer below it’s a cartoony looking fun affair. It’s not the rescue missions where the real meat of the game lies either, as Grand Cru promises a robust building mode that draws inspiration from the likes of Minecraft.
To me it looks more like slotting Lego bricks together to make those wonderful crazy creations we all put together as children. In reality they ended up looking more like a jumbled mess of bricks rather than the sort of creations that are shown in the trailer for Supernauts, but anyone with an even slightly creative bone in their body should have enough tools on hand to at least try and attempt something half decent. According to Polygon players can ‘use machines like the clay-maker, rock-maker, brick-maker and wood-maker’ which will generate the resources necessary to put your creative flair into action.
In a similar vein to iOS free-to-play game Pixel People, the land you build on floats in space. It looks like you’ll also be purchasing the land too, providing a place to pop your wildest creations on. The problem I have is that the game is freemium, and I quickly stopped playing Pixel People for that reason. It takes all the fun out of a game when you can’t progress because you have to wait a few days to earn enough just for a tiny piece of land. However, there wasn't much gameplay in Pixel People either, something which doesn't look like it applies to Supernauts. So I'm quietly confident in that sense, as long as all the pay-for items don’t ruin my enjoyment of the game.
Supernauts is out in Finland tomorrow, in celebration of Finnish Independence Day. The rest of the world will get it early next year. I’ll have a proper look at it then.