Before We Leave

Rating Summary

Based on 17 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

71%

Critics Recommend

Based on 17 critic reviews
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4.5 / 5.0
May 29, 2021

In a pleasant change from most RTS games, Before We Leave makes a point of being a non-violent city builder.

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8.6 / 10.0
May 4, 2020

Space whales! Before We Leave brings us space whales! And along with them, a polished city builder which takes known tenets of the genre to forge its own direction. Repetitive assets are a minor flaw in an overall extremely enjoyable experience with a lot to do even in absence of a real game over.

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8.5 / 10.0
May 17, 2021

It’s rare for a strategy title that doesn’t have some element of conflict in it to provide a satisfying challenge, but Before We Leave shines despite it. Its mixture of charming gameplay and resource management provides an enjoyable experience to scratch that civilization building itch, and I found myself spending HOURS setting up a thriving resource chain between planets and islands. Believe me, a good time was had. Perhaps some players would argue that it’s a bit more basic in comparison to heavier games in the genre, but Before We Leave shows that you don’t need complexity to have fun. It’s definitely the most fun I’ve had with a civilization builder in a while. Give it a chance, and you won’t be disappointed… just watch out for the Space Whales.

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May 19, 2020

Before We Leave is a relaxing take on the post-apocalypse and city building, with enough benefits to overcome its hiccups.

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May 21, 2020

I’m actually surprised by how disarmingly cute, charming and engaging Before We Leave really is. I’ve always been able to fire up strategy games and wind up losing a few hours before I’ve realized what’s happening, but Before We Leave is especially good at it. It’s the perfect lazy evening game for when you kind of want to build up a colony and watch it grow but don’t fancy all the moral schtick of Frostpunk or the complexity of something like Cities Skylines. Balancing Monkey Games have done a terrific job.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2020

While lacking depth compared to larger, more mainstream strategy titles, Before We Leave is a fun entry in the genre. In its current state, it is still a good respite between grueling campaigns for the strategy addict.

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May 12, 2021

Before We Leave has a surprising amount of depth and layers to it, that you’ll continually uncover as you play. This is a non-violent game, but it’s anything but safe. Some may balk at the minimal consequence to properly treating or taking care of your peeps, but the space whale and other ancient creatures will do their part to disrupt your rebuilt civilization in more meaningful ways. Before We Leave has left an indelible impression upon me, from the visuals to the unique gameplay, this is a planet builder that won’t be eclipsed anytime soon.

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3.75 / 5.0
May 25, 2020

Gamers will easily be able to sink hours into Before We Leave, from conquering new islands to finally getting off the planet. It’s just hard to get past, that while launched, the current game state feels more like the end half of a Beta.

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7.5 / 10.0
May 1, 2020

Before We Leave is a great, relaxed simulation, but feels like it may be missing a few things

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7.5 / 10.0
May 19, 2021

Hexagon non-violent city building strategy offers much more as it seems. Find your new home in stars and reveal big space mystery.

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