Sandship, developer Rockbite Games' sci-fi factory sim, has launched a day early for iOS and Android. It's set in a post-apocalyptic desert and sees you controlling the last remaining sandship in existence.
This imposing mega-factory roams the desert like a metallic king but still needs to be looked after if it's to continue along on its endless journey. Lucky for you, you've awoken in a land of strange ruins, where the forgotten technology of an ancient, advanced civilisation can be found.
Naturally, you'll use whatever you stumble upon to your advantage, upgrading your ship along the way with ever more impressive tech. I should probably mention about now that there's also a vicious cult hellbent on your destruction. I suppose there needs to be some immediate conflict for you to deal with, after all.
You'll spend most of your time designing factories from the ground up, making use of chemical mixers, ice guns, and synthesizers to keep things running smoothly. The better your devices, the greater your automated productivity, so it's all about putting in the work, upgrading the essentials, and obtaining more scientific research from the ancient past.
Trusty engineering mentor Harvey will help you out during your quest. He's a one-eyed cyborg with a complicated past who'll teach you the basics of running a sandship, completing objectives, and defending your home from invading extraterrestrials. More friendly NPCs will pop up over time, which I'm sure will come as quite a relief given your harsh surroundings and the whole murderous cult problem.
Sandship is now available for download as a free-to-play title from over on the App Store and Google Play. It definitely seems like it'll please fans of the genre, and the developer's previous title, idle mining game Deep Town, proved to be quite a hit.On the hunt for more top-tier strategy games? Here are 25 of the very best for iPhone and iPad