Those looking for something new to play at the start of the new year may want to check out a unique-looking city builder that quietly dropped on Steam Early Access this past week.
Developer Lost Goblin has been working on Goblins of Elderstone for quite a while now, and the game features a unique art style and premise. While its core is a city-builder, the project is also what Lost Goblin calls a “tribe simulator.” According to the Steam page for the game, “Goblins of Elderstone brings a unique and chaotic twist to the city-building genre—it’s a Goblin Tribe Simulator! Nurture your tiny clan as it grows to stand against the other races and even the gods. Rule over the chaos and feed the growing goblin war machine by raiding dungeons and villages.”
The game offers story elements, free-form building, resource collection and even requires players to manage the politics among the different clans. Currently all of the game’s core mechanics are in place according to the Early Access description. Lost Goblin expects Goblins of Elderstone to remain in Early Access for between six and twelve months as it balances, polishes, and adds new content to the game.
“The game is entirely playable, but it still has a fair amount of bugs and balance issues to sort out,” according to the Steam page. “Most of the the core features are implemented but not final. In its current state, you can build a large village up to tier 3 buildings and their jobs. There are various story moments and random events. Goblin AI and behavior in the village is already very advanced. The full season system is implemented. There are undead and wolves that threaten the tribe in winter, as well as starvation, freezing to death, and goblins rioting (which can lead to them burning down the village). Heroes are recently implemented and still very simple. The region map has limited scouting and raiding features, which we plan to develop next. The council and NPC diplomacy system is still quite barebones. The god tech tree will follow. Then, finally, we will focus on the region map strategic gameplay layer of the game.”
The full description of the game is available on its official page here.
While only a few reviews for the game are out thus far, the rating currently stands at mostly positive with users commenting that the game is quite fun and has a bright future ahead of it. Goblins of Elderstone is currently available for 15% off its original price of USD$24.99.