Before We Leave is a city building game set in a cozy corner of the universe. Nurture your Peeps and their surroundings while rebuilding and rediscovering civilisation. Settle new lands and planets while avoiding hungry Space Whales. Grow, gather and manage resources to help your settlements thrive, and share goods between the hexagonal lands and planets around you. Relax and expand the fabric of your growing societies and create a solar system of happy planets at your own pace. Not everything will go your way, though - use your wits and research solutions to overcome the challenges that your ancestors once faced.
Your Peeps have spent generations underground. They’ve missed the caress of sun on skin, the squelch of soil between toes, the tickle of flies on noses. They emerge, full of wonder, but with no idea how to grow anything - except potatoes. Start rebuilding their lost civilisation by providing shelter, uncovering ancient technology, and expanding this reborn society to other continents and planets. But the universe is not safe. Ancient, ancestral guardians demand attention and challenge your settlements - it’s up to you to circumvent these creatures that hamper progress and disturb your newfound peace. There are no weapons, no battles with neighbours for control of resources - just you, and a solar system full of opportunities.
Before We Leave is the first game created by Balancing Monkey Games® with development starting in 2017. Before We Leave was first released as a self-published title on the Epic Games Store in May 2020. In April 2021, Balancing Monkey Games partnered with Team17 for the subsequent releases of Before We Leave. Before We Leave's Steam release followed soon after in May 2021, then on Xbox and the Windows Store in November 2021, and on Playstation in April 2022.
Before We Leave has won several awards - the NZGDA's Kiwi Game Starter (First Prize) in 2019, the New Zealand Games Festival Award for Excellence in Audio (aka The Pav for The Composed Segment) and the Across the Ditch award at the 2021 Freeplay Festival Awards.
"Kiwi Game Starter (New Zealand Game Developers Association)" First Place 2019, Finalist 2018 (under the working title “Before”)
"The Pavs (New Zealand Games Festival Awards) 2020:" Winner. The Composed Segment: Excellence in Audio, Finalist: The Decorative Piece : Excellence in Visual Art, Finalist: The 'Slice of Heaven' Grand Prize.
Kiwi Game Starter 2019
The Pavs (NZ Games Fest) - Excellence in Audio
Link to our acceptance Video
Freeplay Across the Ditch 2021
NZ Game Festival
The Pavs, https://nzgamesfest.com/2020-finalists