Breached is a science fiction game in which you wake up from a long cryogenic sleep. As the main protagonist, you must also try to repair your shelter before running out of oxygen. If the concept is not fundamentally innovative, we must admit that Breached has few surprises for players accustomed to survival games in hostile environments. Indeed, it is not about crafting items in a sandbox, like Minecraft and other games of the genre, as you must first synthesize fuel and repair the oxygen generator by seeking resources scattered in a foreign world.
At first you wonder how you will do that rather “simple” task. Breached soon gives you the ability to pilot drones that you can control and give the difficult task of recovering minerals and other resources in the planet, as you wait safely in your shelter. The planet is divided into areas that you will have to explore deeply, to find the right resources and the right item to be used. To make things a bit more difficutl, Breached segments our activities into days, because after all, flying a drone takes time and energy and we can not spend all day fetching resources.
So players only have a limited time to repair the shelters, before you start to lose oxygen levels and get closer to a suffocating death. Exploration – even with drones – is not necessarily simple in Breached. Indigenous life forms in the form of spheres of different colors are there to stop you, and if your drone hits one of them, you can lose contact with it and everything that it could picked up! Fortunately, it’s not really too difficult to avoid spheres as long as players takes their time and analyze the situation.
The more you play it, the faster you’ll understand that Breached is a special game that focuses more on the scenario than the gameplay and graphics. The atmosphere is excellent and the minimalist interface makes it fun to use. Breached is played entirely with the mouse left click to accelerate and recover the resources and right click to brake. While the entire game lifespan is quite limited, with no more than 2-3 hours to finish it, it’s still reasonable considering its cheap price tag. On the technical point, the graphic engine is robust with a well polished artistic direction, but you might find a few problems on performance in certain areas. All is forgotten though, when you immerse yourself in the soundtrack, which is worth buying by itself if you can.
In the end, Breached is a special game that relies mainly on exploration and the pleasure of discovering secrets, and managing its own survival. It is original, and while too short to be recommended, Breached remains a pleasant surprise for a budget.
Breached was reviewed using an PC downloadable copy of the game provided by Nkidu Games. The game was tested on a PC running Windows 10 Pro, with a 4GB NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960 fitted on a 5th Generation Intel i7 4720HQ 3.2Ghz CPU and topped with 16GB of RAM. We don’t discuss review scores with publishers or developers prior to the review being published
• An original survival game
• A great soundtrack
• Solid technical engine and graphics
• Too short of a game
• Not difficult enough
• Small bugs here and there