Seeds of Resilience is a chill indie management game by Subtle Games that aims to provide a relaxing experience without the use of violence. It’s out now on Steam Early Access for PC, Mac and Linux, and it advocates for an environmentally-friendly perspective of the world.
The primary goal of Seeds of Resilience is to craft a whole village from scratch. You’re on a stranded island, and you need to work and understand the nature of the world in order to survive. Trees have different fertility rates and drop seeds depending on this, and different trees provide different forms of shelter, for example. All of the buildings that you can make in the game are also energy and cost-efficient, too.
Subtle Games has placed a heavy importance on non-violence in Seeds of Resilience. The game has no violence, magic, supernatural events, or anything spooky or kooky or smashy or bashy, or anything like that. Instead, there’s a heavy focus on crafting, building, and surviving off of the land. Subtle Games wants to stress, however, that it’s still a challenging enough experience trying to create a whole village by yourself.
Thematically, everything has a medieval spin in Seeds of Resilience. But rather than the industrious, steam-bellowing, cog-turning construction that you’d expect from the era, there’s more of a focus on environmental buildings. You use rudimentary feudal tools like hand ploughs to cultivate crops and incorporate the terrain of the island in crafting your shelters and buildings. This makes it an interesting task to try and survive through many of the natural disasters you’ll experience in-game, like wind storms that can damage vulnerable structures.
Sometimes, games that place a heavy importance on non-violence tend to lose the focus of an actually enjoyable experience. From what can be seen, this may not be the fate of Seeds of Resilience, and it actually looks quite calming and relaxing to play. You can grab it now on Steam Early Access.