Review: Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4)

Nom Nom Galaxy (1)

Welcome to Soup Co., Astroworker! As an integral part of the Soup Co. family, your mission is to explore the remote planets in search of tasty ingredients to make the galaxies most delicious soups and then rocket them into the gullets of our hungry customers.

Nom Nom Galaxy (4)

Pros:

  • Classic Pixel Junk graphic and artwork.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Gameplay is a mix of Terraria/Minecraft meets base building with attacking and defending.
  • Circular saw is assigned to your right stick and is used to break ground, attack and more.
  • Simple controls.
  • Quality soundtrack with some quirky sound effects.
  • Your goal in each planet is to make a base, create soup and get 100% market share from the competitors.
  • Discover new soup recipes by combining different ingredients.
  • Planets can have a favourite ingredient which enhances the stock value.
  • Hire robots to automate your factory. Have them collect and deposit ingredients, throw stock up levels and use conveyor belts, lifts and so much more.
  • Uses DS4 speaker.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Online MP.
  • Single player story.
  • Offline and online co op.
  • Challenge mode with daily challenges.
  • Stats page.
  • Map select screen, Choose your destination.
  • Ingredients can be eaten for health regen, planted or harvested in recipes.
  • Can create or join online games.
  • At the end of every in game day you get a full breakdown of productivity.
  • Huge scope on base building, Let your imagination run riot.
  • Vehicles, Used for fast travel or collecting more ingredients. These are scattered around the planets.
  • Two opening tutorial areas explaining the general mechanics in the game.
  • Collect matter to build structures.
  • Collect gum to unlock purchasable timed buffs.
  • Many many planets to explore, Each one more unique and mysterious than the last one.
  • Unlock new abilities and structures as you discover new recipes.

Nom Nom Galaxy (3)

Cons:

  • A lot to take in.
  • Can easily get overwhelmed.
  • Slow starter.
  • Jumping and grabbing ledges is a bit hit and miss and takes a bit of getting used to.
  • Can get very technical very fast.
  • Hard to get into initially.
  • Killing wildlife/enemies is hard.
  • Saw can get stuck.
  • Daily breakdown mechanic gets annoying and kills the flow.
  • The saw is not as precise as it could be.

Nom Nom Galaxy (2)

In Summary, A classic Pixel Junk game is this. I mean I am not gonna sugar coat it, I had a really hard time getting into it. Hour after hour and I still felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. Playing tutorial levels over and over and still it wouldn’t sink in. Then one sunny day it suddenly all clicked! Thank god I kept going as this is a gem of a game. Base building is fun and really lets you do whatever you want, Get bored of that and then go out exploring or if you fancy getting violent why not go and attack the enemy base or take on the local wildlife. Just watching your base function with robots is a thing of beauty. Yes it is a tough game and a single miscalculation and it can all fall apart but that soon becomes the drive you need to keep at it. In short its a tough game with a lot of time needed to get to grips but once done you will know it was all worth it. Cracking little game and best played in co op.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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