Outpost Kaloki (PC)

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, September 19, 2005

Graphics: 9.00
Sound: 8.50
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 8.50

Outpost Kaloki is a tycoon style game, in which you maintain a space station. One of the premier games from Ninjabee Studios, Kaloki is an impressive game that manages to carefully balance challenge and ease of play.

First off, Kaloki has a nice look to it. Everything is well textured and has a nice calm feeling to it. Although many of the ships that visit your space station may look similar, you likely won’t notice this, as you’ll be busy tending to their needs. Outpost Kaloki presents an interesting art style to its major characters, and they heavily remind me of a comic book. Even with a lot going on, there is a consistent flow to everything, and the system requirements are not that high.

Kaloki’s soundtrack is very relaxing, and keeps you focused on the game at hand. The in-game background music reminds me of the type of music that was played in the 1950’s, nice swing style music. Sound effects are also decent, and give you a good idea of what’s going on, whether it is that one of your structures is on fire or that you’re making money. Kaloki’s main campaign and other modes also feature some minor voice acting that imitates an alien language. While it’s an interesting take, it can get kind of annoying, although you don’t have to listen to it for too long.

Consistent and fun core gameplay is the heart of any good tycoon based game, and Outpost Kaloki offers exactly that. Sure, it may not be radically different from other games in the genre, but it is fun to play. The basic idea of the game is that you are the owner of a space station, and must build extensions to keep your visitors happy and provide income to your station. However, in order to keep all of this running you must build more power sources and maintenance stations, all while balancing the needs and wants of your visitors. It may sound complicated, but is all easy to execute using a simple mouse and keyboard scheme. Not only can you do all this, but you have the options of advancing structures on your base once you have completed certain requirements. For example, you must build a basic Flower structure before you can build the Herb Garden. While this type of gameplay structure is not uncommon in the structure, it still is very fun to play, and the team at Ninjabee has certainly gotten it right.

Outpost Kaloki is divided into two main modes, a 14 level campaign mode, and a scenario mode, in which you can choose to play extra scenarios and sandbox modes in which you can experiment with no time limit. The campaign mode is where you will spend the majority of your time in the game. The basic story is that you are trying to impress an alien race by accomplishing certain goals within your space station. In each level you must complete certain objectives within a certain time limit. Although you may have limited time, you never feel rushed and also will likely not get frustrated. Missions are fun and varied, and slowly introduce new structures that you can create. Difficulty is well balanced, making it easy to just pick up and play.

Overall, Outpost Kaloki is an excellent tycoon-style simulation. While it may not be the most innovative game of the year, it certainly is a very fun game that will keep you occupied for a long time. If you love games of this type, you owe it to yourself to give Kaloki a try. A free trial can be downloaded at http://www.ninjabee.com, and the full version can be purchased for $19.95.

Overall Rating: 8.50

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