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Factorio is a construction management simulation where you control your resources by clicking and dragging. The pressure is on to survive, so you must locate and harvest resources quickly to make the tools and machines you need.
From humble beginnings, you create a complex factory system that takes in raw materials and creates all manner of useful items. As you progress your automated factory grows into mining, transportation, processing, and assembly of more complex resources and products. You use menus to select which things to develop and research. This advances your technology level and opens new possibilities.
As you do this you have to defend again Biters, Spitters and Worm enemies. You place turrets, tanks, and other weapons to eliminate enemies. This means you need to balance how much resource is spent on development and how much on defence.
In addition to the main single-player game, there's a multiplayer mode where you play cooperatively or versus other people online. All players on a server share technologies, or can group into teams. These online games can include hundreds of players all competing for resources, an experience that is both exciting and challenging.
Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Factorio 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
In Australia, Australian state: Rated Mature (M) for Violence
Not yet rated, but expected to be PEGI 12 and ESRB TEEN from the alien blood and combat the game depicts. When you kill aliens they leave puddles of purple blood. There is a peaceful mode you can play that eliminates the fighting.
Parents should note that Factorio can be customised via player created mods. This can introduce older rated content that falls outside of the rating system.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. It's a complex game that requires forward planing and management of multiple simultaneous systems.
You need a subscription to play online:
- You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
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Release Date: 14/08/2020, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Players: 1 (100 online)
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid, Open World and Pixels