Icon - Calendar Released: 14 Aug 2020
Icon - Edited Reviewed: 14 Feb 2021
Platform: PC


Factorio is a game about automating production lines and logistics puzzles - and it really is very good at that. If you enjoy those mechanics then it's going to be easy to lose a lot of hours to this. When it boils down to it, it's the same puzzle over and over but with more and more parts. It's not pretty, although it's extremely satisfying to automate the production of something complicated. It also has a sort of tower defence mechanic which I feel is completely out of place in a game about logistics and thinking, but thankfully you can disable the enemies. Overall, excellent gameplay and balance, definitely worth trying.


  • Excellent tutorial
  • Really good background music
  • Very relaxing, and addictive for people who like base building and problem solving
  • Built in mod support
  • Can disable the enemies and make resources infinite
  • Can deconstruct everything with no loss of resources
  • Enormous tech tree
  • Can copy/paste recipes from one machine to another
  • Has a blueprint system for creating multiples of building setups
  • Personal construction robots
  • Incredibly well balanced gameplay
  • Huge choice of how to play. You can turn the enemies off, or play with them on, or use a preset map, and change all the options you like


  • Mods disable achievements, even if you're only playing with "quality of life" addons like better car handling
  • I don't think enemies belong in a game like this at all. That being said, their mechanics are also not explained at all to the player - like how they spread, what happens when you destroy nests etc. My first base was swarmed with 50 biters within the first 10 minutes of the game in before I'd even researched one technology and I had no idea why. You have to look this up online
  • I'd like an infinite resources option built into the game rather than having to mod it
  • You can't delete items, unless you put them in a chest and blow it up
  • I was kinda pissed off that it only decided to show me the tutorial for how to copy/paste buildings after 50 hours
  • It's not explained that oil fields run out. It looks like they're infinite, then just as I was nearing the end of the game I noticed my oil field production had dropped to 26%
  • You can't move anything, you have to destroy and rebuild
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