Trade goods and explore a huge world in this intriguing MMO that features a complex economy and complete freedom for players
Economic simulators used to be pretty popular back in the day, especially if you remember names like Patrician, Port Royale, or even the Anno series. However, it would seem like interest faded over the years, even if some of the games are still alive and kicking. On the other hand, one has to wonder what would happen if something entirely new hit the market nowadays.
A huge world ready to be explored and conquered
LuckCatchers is a very interesting concept that includes ideas from all of the games mentioned above, plus a few new components to tie them all together. Hence, the result is an MMO in which players are free to explore, trade, build and even hire other players in order to amass wealth. The main goal is to acquire more transport ships/zeppelins to haul goods, but there are plenty of other things you can waste some time with.
To begin with, on the other hand, it’s worth noting that the game suffers from the EVE Online syndrome, which means that it’s incredibly difficult to understand how to play it. The tutorial is pretty bad as well, which means that you do not have too many options at your disposal, other than pure patience to tinker with the interface and figure things out by yourself.
Hire other players and decide how to improve your character
The game allows you to create a character in the beginning, and this character can then be improved by increasing various skills and abilities. There no classes to constrain you, which means that you are free to choose the desired skills and do as you wish. Hence, you can end up as a pirate, a farmer, a cargo carrier, or a pure trader that lives and breathes for profit.
Speaking of which, there are many ways you can make money in the game, besides hauling cargo with your ship from one city to the other. As an example, you can extract and process minerals, produce weapons, or even hire other players to the work for you in exchange for a fee. Thus, the economy is very flexible and dynamic, which makes the experience realistic and enjoyable, most of the time.
A good game that needs a better presentation
All things considered, LuckCatchers is certainly something unique, but it’s not very polished at the moment. The lack of a proper tutorial might annoy too many players, and the graphics are not very pleasant at the moment either. However, the game has the potential to become something a lot more appealing in the future.