3030 Deathwar Redux PC Review
Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on 3030 Deathwar Redux by Bird in Sky and Crunchy Leaf Games.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game from the developers for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
3030 Deathwar Redux is a genre mashing space exploration game. It mixes RPG’s, Adventure Games, and Asteroids into a surprisingly entertaining game.
The game puts you in the role of captain named John Falcon, who has his ship confiscated because the person that he bought it from stole it. With no possessions and no ship your first order of business is to make money by performing jobs or destroying junk around the starting space station. Doing so will allow you to purchase a new ship and your journey can truly begin.
3030 Deathwar Redux is widely open ended and you’re free to do anything you wish. There’s a main story but story elements appear at random so exploration is key to progressing the story. You’ll also meet a wide range of weird and often unique characters as you progress through the game. The game also has a sense of humor and many interactions are of the humorous nature.
There are 30 star systems in the galaxy for you to explore but you’ll have to travel to them before their names appear in the galaxy map. Each solar system is filled with planets, space stations, derelict ships, asteroids and pirates. You can dock at any space station you can find to chat with it’s inhabitants, trade for goods, or take on some jobs.
There are a wide variety of goods that you can trade credits for. There are various ship upgrades which improve your ship’s weapons and various aspects including bio scanners and thrust improvements to name a couple. You can also purchase notes for advertisements, bounties and news/backstory. The ship tab allows you to purchase better ships and the goods tab allows you to buy and sell various goods.
When you come upon a derelict ship, you can explore the wreckage using an EVA suit. While exploring you can collect goods that were left behind or check for survivors. There’s also a chance that you’ll get money from crates as well so derelicts are a great way to make money. A ship with a large cargo hold is recommended for derelict scavenging though.
Combat in 3030 Deathwar Redux is a lot like Asteroids. You pilot your ship around while trying to avoid getting hit by enemy bullets. The type of weapon you have equipped also plays a very large part in how combat proceeds as well. Each weapon is unique, some have a single, powerful, shot while others are rapid fire. You’ll need to adjust your play style based on your choice of weapon or you’ll be defeated pretty quickly. If you’re losing a fight, it never hurts to run away because if you die, it’s back to the last space station you boarded.
Overall, 3030 Deathwar Redux is a very entertaining, and often addicting, genre melding space game. There’s a lot of different things to do in the game and you aren’t strictly limited to a single play style either. If you’re ever feeling the urge to play a different way, you can without much effort.
I will admit that I do wish there was a space ship garage where you could store your purchased ships so you can easily switch between them but ahh well.
The game is a lot of fun though and if you’re in the market for something unique and ultimately fun to play then 3030 Deathwar Redux is a great option.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers out!