Kynseed is perhaps the most early Early Access title I have ever played. Although the game’s art style, music, and general atmosphere may be great, the amount of content in the game is so limited that I am honestly surprised that the game is being sold in its current state.
Before I get into that though, I will start with what the game DOES have going for it, namely its aesthetic. I quite enjoyed the way the art style and music blended with each other, it provided for a rather calming experience. Given the genre, this will likely work in the game’s favor later down the line. It’s definitely going for that Stardew Valley feel, but with a more complex art style, and that is perfectly fine by me.
However, just about everything else to the game is simply not up to par. The gameplay boils down to repeating the same couple tasks over and over, the map is full of large empty spaces, the mechanics present are extremely simple, and the game lacks content in just about every department. I could not go five minutes without running into some placeholder text for a gameplay mechanic or map area that has simply not been implemented yet. On top of that, the game is also quite buggy. There was one bug in particular that had me stuck riding a pig around, teleporting me back onto it whenever I tried to get off. I get that this is an Early Access title, but Kynseed feels more like a very early demo, one that really should not be sold in its current state.
As such, I cannot recommend Kynseed. The aesthetic may be nice and the ideas there are definitely fine, but the game simply lacks in content and is far too buggy to be worth your time. Honestly, the only ones picking up this game should be those dedicated to helping better it through constant feedback to the devs, but at that point it is really just the devs dumping the testing onto its consumers. It is quite the disappointment, as I can see this shaping up to be a nice, finished game, but in its current state, it is simply not worth it.
You can buy Kynseed on Steam here.
I was provided a review copy of this game. Read more about how I do my game reviews/impressions here.