When you get hooked on a game like Mindustry, it's hard to put it down and play anything else so please send help. A free and open source game that looks like a retro Factorio, with a heavy emphasis on tower defense that keeps expanding with updates and I can't stop playing it.
Mindustry is all about building a smooth supply chain. Right from the raw resources, spreading across the map with conveyor belts feeding into turrets holding back waves of enemies. It's so ridiculously easy to get into and play for a little bit at a time, it's become quite the regular in my own personal list. So much so, that I've now gone and personally purchased it on Steam after spending far too many hours with it on itch.
The campaign pacing is excellent too, you're not really forced into doing anything. Maps can be repeated, you can finish each map at various enemy waves taking resources with you to then unlock new tech or play on a different map. Once you've unlocked some of the tech tree, the game really does open up a lot more too, there's some seriously fun contraptions you can build. It just feels like it all fits together so nicely.
Being able to play against others in PvP is also part of what I've been enjoying about Mindustry. Being able to build up a base, then send out a little army. It's such a glorious mix of gameplay types and with modding support expanding recently, it's only going to get bigger and better. It's advancing quite rapidly in other ways too not just modding with an experimental lighting system being added, a Schematics system to save things you've built that work well done to quickly build, easy block rotation, hotkeys for selecting blocks and more.
Earlier today, I checked out what was going on inside the Mindustry community, instantly getting blown away by what's possible. There's a new map being tested, which is huge and split into little hexagon areas each player spawns in for some large-scale PvP.
What's possible with it is quite amazing. If you're after a game to sink some hours into, do a little base building and create some crazy factory then like me you will probably think Mindustry is just awesome. A fantastic example of how great an open source game can be.