Outer Belt Industries from developer Nate Largo is an early version of a space-based, empire-building type game. The objective of this downloadable game for Windows is to mine the various asteroids for precious metals and rocks. By doing so, you can establish a whole industry and advance your scientific standing. As your scientific knowledge increases and more resources become available, you can create factories to automate production.
It's clear that Outer Belt Industries is quite unfinished. Still, if you're interested in this kind of game but without the typical military colonisation aspects, The Fertile Farm is a finished product and is also worth checking out.
You play the game using your keyboard and mouse. Some of the controls are intuitive to regular mouse users. You left-click to select items or start building and use the scroll wheel to zoom in or out. Other actions are carried out with the keyboard and mouse combination but are simple to learn.
Knowledge is power
Of course, there's no point travelling all the way out to the outer asteroid belt to mine rock and metal if you're not going to do anything with it. It makes perfect sense to investigate these new materials by applying your finest research skills. You can then utilise the new knowledge in automating production and building storage for the raw materials.
It's good to share... usually
If you've ever wondered if we’re alone in the universe, you’ll get your answer. You have serious competition for the resources within the game of Outer Belt.
The developer has made an encouraging start with Outer Belt Industries. The aim of the game is to build an industry among the asteroids of the Outer Belt. This gameplay is a welcome change from the usual objective of military dominance. You do, of course, have to deal with the other occupants of the asteroid belt, but that's just part of the game.
You have to bear in mind that, at the moment, this isn’t much more than a proof of concept. However, it does give you the chance to test what's been developed so far. If you want to see the final development of this game, you can contribute to the developer to support him financially to advance the game further or provide feedback.