Vostok Inc. (PlayStation 4) Review

By Thom Compton 20.08.2017

Review for Vostok Inc. on PlayStation 4

Clicking games are all the rage right now, especially in the mobile space. Simply tapping a screen or touchpad has a weird, addictive quality to it that keeps the fun going for hours. That's at least the logic at play, but these types of games often lack much in the way of depth. That seems to be Vostok Inc.'s singular goal: to add some much needed depth to the genre. It manages to only do this so much, though, instead finding another genre and removing much of its depth in the process.

Vostok Inc. sends you out into the depths of space to mine asteroids and planets. Through traditional twin stick combat, you have to collect gold, and then build facilities on the planets in the solar system. These facilities mine gold, adding it into the player's funds, and can be used to upgrade facilities and the ship, as well as purchase new facilities on other planets.

There are also objectives that need to be completed to unlock additional types of facilities. The clicking portion is arguably the most involved part, though it's still just a matter of getting the facilities onto the planets and upgrading them. This lends itself to the obnoxious grind that comes in the twin shooter portion of Vostok Inc..

Screenshot for Vostok Inc. on PlayStation 4

While exploring space (if it can be called exploring), it's important to destroy not only asteroids to pilfer their gold, but enemy ships to collect their gold as well. There are also boss ships to destroy, and occasionally, drones show up. If they aren't destroyed quickly enough, they spawn a tournament style battle where several rounds of enemies must be survived in a row without the ability to escape. Win, and receive tons of gold. Lose, and respawn at your base of operations. This basic setup works regardless of where doom is met, but these are the easiest places to fall victim to the grim reaper's scythe.

This is all well and good, but making any real progress requires an absurd amount of grinding, which inevitably makes it feel like any other clicking title about becoming a successful tycoon. The shooting section feels pretty typical of a shooter, and honestly is a bit too traditional to be exciting. From an audio perspective, you will be joined by an assistant who, while handling the tutorial, sticks around to yammer even more after that portion is complete.

The game utilises the often ignored language of squeaks, and it plays through both the television speakers and the controller speaker. It's really distracting and irritating. The humour does manage to hit the mark more often than not, though, and Vostok Inc. manages to still feel charming. At the end of the day, then, this is a traditional clicker with traditional shooter elements, with a frustrating set of audio files and a charming sense of humour.

Screenshot for Vostok Inc. on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Vostok Inc. is a commendable effort that just feels like a grind with frustratingly simple gameplay. For fans of either of these genres, it might be just the ticket you need to enjoy both of them. The truth is that these genres complement one another perfectly fine, but there's little to make the experience feel like it's more than just a typical foray into both.

Developer

Nosebleed Interactive

Publisher

BadLand Games

Genre

Shooter

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

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