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author: Bart Swiatek

A gamer, journalist, and tech enthusiast. Likes to dabble in different things and genres, but the RPG acronym is forever etched on one side of his heart. Hurts like hell, btw.

10 Long Single-player Games to Keep You Occupied in Quarantine

How to spend the quarantine? If you have too much free time and aren't sure what to do with it, playing video games is probably one of the best ways to keep you entertained. This time, we look at single-player productions that are really, really long.

Factorio

  1. Reason to play: it's a slightly underrated strategy, combining elements of several different subgenres
  2. Completionist hour count: 207
  3. Dollars to hour ratio: $0.14

Let's stick to being stranded on alien planets for a while. Here, too, we start from scratch, but instead of humans, we manage machines. Factorio is an economic strategy in which the task is to develop a complex of factories on an alien planet and defend it from invasions of insect-like aliens. The game was developed by a Czech indie studio Wube Software and was inspired by series such as The Settlers and Transport Tycoon.

Factorio is possibly the most complicated game out there, offering a challenge that will satisfy even the most demanding and hardcore players. We need to obtain basic raw materials (such as coal, copper or iron), ensure proper technological development (including researching alternative sources of energy, but also weapons and armor), transport infrastructure, and security, which is important because we're under constant threat of an attack of aliens, which makes this game quasi-survival, of all things. Our capabilities increase as our factory grows, but the aliens aren't wasting time either, and they become increasingly dangerous over time.

All in all, "automation" is the word of the day. The cornerstone of Factorio is figuring out the most efficient production chains by maximizing automation and minimizing your own involvement. Once you do that, you can start thinking about how to make it more compact, and easier to navigate.

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