Lets get started
First of all - there is a lot to tackle. While the previous version was mostly about producing enough ATP and running from toxic prokaryotes, this version is much more complicated. ATP production is finally fixed, but it is really hard to find enough glucose for ATP production, especially in the early game. In the midgame focus shifts to competing with other cells for survival. But, while I genuinely love the idea, I cant tell if the realization is good.
I will try to write a bit less this time because nobody got time for reading all of my ranting.
I havent really tested patch map yet, so everything written below is only applicable to vents biome.
There is no light in the vents, but a lot of resources. Knowing that, I have decided to go for chemosynthesis. Two of them should be enough for providing your cell with enough glucose for maintaining five cytoplasm. That means that gen4 nucleus is very possible here. After that I have decided to go for toxic vacuole. That solved my problems with hunting but, since other cells evolve from my cell, soon all of other cells had a toxin. And… yeah, it was not pleasant to deal with.
Lets talk about toxic vacuole for a bit - I have a feeling that it is kinda broken. It is the best tool for hunting it player’s hands, and other cells can use it quite sufficiently. It wouldnt be a problem by itself, but cells tend to move in packs, and pack of 5 cells can obliterate player in the matter of seconds. What makes it really broken though - there is no counter to that. The best thing I came up with was putting some flagella and simply fleeing when I see other cells. In order to hunt, I was searching for cells of my species, since they can protect me. That resulted to massive 10v10 fights (and really laggy) where I at least had the chance to survive long enough to reproduce.
Also, even if you manage to flee from other cells shooting at you, hp regen is painfully slow. I feel like some hp regenerating organelle would be very helpful.
If somebody has figured out how to deal with toxins, please share your experience with us.
Game still kinda lacks late game, since you can build whatever you want by generation 10, and after that you can just stack whatever organelles you want.
Also, I just feel that population numbers are weird. In my runs I have nearly no prokaryotes, but shouldn’t they reproduce faster than other cells?
The last thing - I have already said that, but some description of biomes at a patch map would be really helpful. Something like “Vents have no light, but there are a lot of sulfur and iron” would do the job.