Eco Review – The World Is In My Hands Now

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We all have a survival instinct and many of us like to pretend our survival abilities are superior. Truth is, this tends not to be the case. We have become a tad soft due to our creature comforts. On top of that not many of us are willing to give living in the wilderness a try. To fill this survival fantasy we can turn to games and so I put myself to the test and played Eco.

Lets Talk Eco

Eco strands you on an empty world with only 30 days to turn this wilderness into a civilization capable of stopping a meteor. During this process though you must not destroy the ecosystem and make sure you think of the needs of the wildlife rather than just yourself. To help with this large task you can play with other players . Though this could be a hindrance more than helpful.The Indie Toaster, Eco, Review

Turning the wilderness into a civilization is as difficult as it sounds, after two hours all I had to show for my time was four walls. Though with the meteors arrival not due for over 29 days there is no pressure to be fast. This calm beginning was nice as I felt no pressure to rush and was given time to get to grips with the game. This is necessary as some tasks can see a tad over complicated. In the past on similar games after half an hour I already have a hut with an accompanying camp fire. With Eco I still am not even sure how to make a roof!

This complexity has lead me to feel indecisive about Eco. Half of me loves the complexity making it seem more like a challenge. In reality survival wouldn’t be easy and Eco captures that sense of slowly learning. The other half of me felt defeated comparing my progress in Eco to that of other games. Everything felt so unnecessarily complex and confusing.

This World Is My World

After you name your world you are thrown straight into it. You start with a multitude of tasks to complete. These tasks are set to teach you how to navigate Eco but in honesty what I was being taught felt unnecessary at the time and no way will I remember it later! Some tasks were useful, they taught building and how to eat. Others seemed a bit redundant at that moment in time. This made the games introduction seem long and tedious, I just wanted to get crafting.The Indie Toaster, Eco, Review

I started to ignore the tasks and went exploring, the world itself was impressive. There was a variety of terrain and tree types. Eco is in early access but already it has visual charm, the animals in the world are brilliant. While some details need to be fixed – such as the water physics- Eco is already on its way to being visually stunning.

After my exploration I decided to start setting up a home and work tirelessly to try The Indie Toaster, Eco, Reviewcreate a grand abode. My I was being overzealous but I wanted to make my mark…I failed. After creating my walls there was no guidance and I felt lost. Eco went from holding my hand way to much then pushing me in a lake and demanding I swim. So I did what any normal person would do and hunted a dear for ten minutes. In the end it got away.

There Is Still More To Develop

As Eco is in early access there will be more developments and it can only get better. The Indie Toaster, Eco, ReviewPersonally I would like to see a change to the tutorial system to make it more spread out. There are a few glitches to mend as sometimes what I had crafted was invisible and some tasks took way to long. To chop a tree, for example, requires multiple steps. It took a minute to make it fall to the ground, but then it had to be chopped in to pieces several times. This was a bit numbing of an experience when it takes so much to wood to make a wall.

In all Eco was a thoroughly challenging game but I am not sure if that is in a bad way or not. While I may currently be on the fence about Eco it still has time to win me over. It is defiantly something I will be continuing as I strive to see the transformation the world can go through. If Eco sounds right up you alley I recommend playing it, see what you like and give feedback so that it can be made better. If you are a little on the fence, wait a while before you play. The worst thing would be to jump into early and be put off by the imperfections!


  1. Antonio Pigafetta

    Warning: game is a scam and heaven for griefers

    don’t take my word for it just ask anyone who can see the list of available game servers for Eco how many people are actually online compared to how many “citizens” who’ve already left. good luck trying to play the game as advertised, especially if you’re a second class Mac user. Eco has no intention of ever letting Mac users run their own servers so you’ll be at the mercy of others, including those who run the game for Eco. one of the few active servers is called Pams Big World, and is run by someone selling dedicated servers for 20-30 bucks a month. of course there’s no refunds for all the time you’re unable to play the game at all, or have to play with ridiculous workarounds and all the buggy problems.

    I tried for months, and played for well over a thousand hours, and never once managed to stay in a world for over 2 weeks. the number of people who quit playing this game is astounding. awol admins, players quitting, and the devs just keep trying to make the game worse by adding more and more ways for griefers to wreck the worlds.

    the recently added garbage feature serves no purpose whatsoever other than as a griefers paradise. there really is no need to dispose of anything in garbage as almost everything is useable. so, the purpose of garbage is only to allow griefers a way to wreck your experience. wait until you see what griefers like doing with tailings. and….. burning coal, so all your hard work making food crops are ruined within 100 meters of these griefers and irresponsible players. Eco devs have openly admitted that their intention is to make more and more metal toys and other ways to make the environment worse (and supposedly improve the game play this way.)

    good luck trying to find a server. good luck dealing with all the down time because of Early Access bugs and glitches. good luck getting a refund for your dedicated server when you can’t play the game for days or weeks because of new update bugs and glitches. there’s always something wrong with the game. just wait until the next update and you’ll see for yourself. it’s like they don’t test the game themselves, make the players report all the problems, and then do updates on a Friday so nobody fixes the problems until the next week.

    the last straw for me was being banned from Pams Big World recently. I had become friendly with Pam as the game requires hours and hours of your time requesting info and help, and Pam is the top mod for Eco (and profits from selling those dedicated servers that charge you the price of the game every month just to play.) I had even been offered an Eco Discord forum moderator position by Shayden herself, so it’s not like I was the problem, I respectfully and apologetically declined saying the game had yet again become unplayable due to another update and I’d had enough after months of the same.

    after 4 days of grinding and grinding and grinding away on Pams Big World to make my house and grow all my crops I actually got banned by Pam. I had a griefer who had crossed an ocean and made a beeline to my solo little remote property and just wouldn’t leave me alone. initially he tried stealing anything he could from the edges of all my farmland ( but luckily I had barely enough claim flags to protect my stuff at this point, in the first few days you won’t have enough claim flags to protect all the goodies surrounding your property, so others can clean you out easily, and quite permissably according to Pam.)

    this griefer literally got up into my face with his avatar, jumped up and down, pushed my avatar around, and checked all my chests and stockpiles to see if he could get anything. he didn’t seem to like me watching him when he was on or around my property. he spent at least 30 minutes griefing me until I finally had enough and resorted to using the rep feature so others might know he tried to “poach” anything he could, I thought he might’ve been the guy chopping all the tree leaves near other players properties or the guy who dumped tailings in the ocean, or the guy who left garbage throughout the world. who knows? so I watched, used the rep feature, and yes, I got a little miffed about my time being wasted by yet another of the many griefers in this game.

    after seeing his name changed color from my neg repping, my little griefer ran off to Pam to complain about me picking on a newbie like him boo hoo. Pam lectures me first about the definition of the word “poacher” and details over and over how public property no matter how close to your own, is open for everyone to do whatever they want to do unless a law is made to stop it. next, Pam tells me to go play on a single player server if I can’t get along with others. (Mac users cannot do this but I didn’t argue with her.) next, she orders me to remove the negative rep pts or else. I say I have the right to use the rep feature and tell her to “do her worst” so of course, she does, and bans me.

    in case you’re wondering….. Pam didn’t know who I was initially, as I was using a different name than the one she knew me by. I was so surprised to see how accusing she was, calling ME a troublemaker. when mostly, all I said was “just leave” to this griefer and really didn’t want the drama, just an end to the griefing.

    if you think this was long….. my convo with my son and his best friend went on for hours. they work for BroadBand TV and EA Games respectively. just thought you might want to know they’ve heard all about this game from me now too. I’ll be badmouthing your game and your company to everyone I can from now on. congratulations to Pam and Shay….. you’ve managed to turn a potential partner into an actual troublemaker now. well done.

    and by the way, if you’re wondering what happened to that griefer….. he obviously thought Pam’s handling of the matter was way overhanded as he never returned to play again either. he actually asked Pam not to ban me, as I suspect he eventually had a conscience afterall. so, Pam lost both customers and Eco keeps losing players because they already got your money and now it’s all about getting more of your money from the dedicated server people trying to sell you more of this scam.

    • Elisa Napolitano

      Thank you for your reply on the game… It is bad indeed to read that such a potentially charming game can be ruined by griefers and what it seems to be poor moderation.

      Definitely not what the devs were aiming for on first place!

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