- Release Date: 2012
- Developer: Plinga
- Genre: Simulation
Pioneers is a Facebook-based village management game where players can build structures, harvest resources, and develop and expand their village.
It’s difficult to be rich in Pioneers. Actually it is my personal opinion that this game should be named “How to Be Broke in a Simulation Game.
At least the game stays true to its title – Pioneers – in that you own nothing except a small portion of land upon entering the game. Or to be fair, there may be something else: wasted well that needs a repair, a short path, ripe corns in the fields, weed, trees, and rocks.
You will build a town hall, repair the well, and then proceed to Sawmill, Quarry, Storehouse, Workshop, Jetty and Fishing hut in turn. During that process, you will also be quested with planting and harvesting strawberries, pumpkins, or cottons, deploying various decorations on your land, levying taxes from homes, factories and stores, as well as collecting resources, clearing the land and purchasing items in the shop.
By far, three characters present themselves and are at my service: an old man who is in charge of all the construction jobs; a girl who cleans the village and tends the crops; and a young man who clears rocks, chops down trees and removes weeds. All of them wear hats, according to which I assume the world must be sunny all the time.
Stamina is seldom an issue in Pioneers – you will be broke before you run out of energy. Quest inputs and outputs are severely out of proportion, which may lead to bankruptcy. There was this quest that instructs me to plant four crops and harvest three. Given that three online casino out of my four vegetable patches are being occupied with corns that are due in about 7 hours. I have to buy another two patches for 200 coins. To complete that quest as soon as possible, I planted strawberries, which are also the cheapest (60 coins for each). Therefore, I spent 440 coins altogether for this single mission, which in turn only rewarded me with 50. The same happens to almost every quest. It was not long before that I suddenly had no enough money to approach any task. Having no other choice, I exchanged all the 6 Gems I had at the moment for coins to keep going. The game, however, isn’t merciful enough to allow me to go much further. Currently, with only 32 coins at hand, I have to wait for about five hours to collect taxes from the houses in the hope that those revenues would be enough for me to complete other missions. You could actually drain your energy to clear rocks and weeds on the land for coins, but the rather limited income wouldn’t change the whole picture and will merely drag you down to long wait.
The developer doesn’t take Pioneers seriously enough or maybe I take it too seriously. Either way, the game sucks.
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