1 May 2018, 19:41 PMTobis
I finally beat it after like 20 tries.
After about a dozen attempts I was able to finish it. This scenario made the Arks Hard mode look like trivially easy tutorial. Your trial and error tips helped a lot so cheers! I also had to resort to the food production exploit in the beginning (Also let's just say I am not surprised that there isn't an achievement about getting all the people to survive )
One thing I'm not certain is the effect of RNG in the scenarios. I saw one youtuber get absolutely hammered on Arks in hard mode by constant temperature drops in the late game. In my run I had nothing alike and saved a lot of coal while being able to keep the generator heat levels very low. Also I had a lot more freedom in teching priorities compared to the youtuber who had to constantly research better heating. In my trial and error attempts on the Refugees I saw no significant differences in the early game but since all the previous runs were doomed well before mid/late stages of the scenario I cannot compare them.
My only gripe with the game so far has been the tendency to crash on autosave. Apparently the game really dislikes me for pausing from max speed if it happens just around the autosave time period
Otherwise I've been having a blast and the harder difficulties really strain your micro and resource management and put your planning skills to a good test which is very refreshing change of pace from other building games like Tropico.
I can see a lot of potential for future scenarios which I hope are coming in a bit. There are so many limitations you can put on a scenario (or perhaps an over-abundance) which could force you to use unusual teching paths and city layouts. Naturally plain new stuff like extra tech or buildings is always cool as well. The achievements also encourage for fun playstyles like Charcoal Kilns only run which was a very relaxing time on Easy mode. The difficulty really drops in that so I had plenty of time to appreciate the cool atmosphere and not stress out about every single little thing