My friend group has a wide range of gaming prowess. On the one hand, I have a friend that could tell me all the lore behind World of Warcraft and dominates every game he plays. On the other hand, I have another friend who is new to gaming. Therefore, it can be challenging to find a game that caters to all of us. Valheim was the last game we all played together; however, we were looking for something to pass the time while waiting for the next update. That is when I found our latest obsession, Core Keeper.

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Source: Core Keeper’s Presskit

The Story

In Core Keeper, players are explorers who were drawn to a mysterious relic. Through a series of events, players find themselves deep underground. Their survival skills will be tested as players mine resources, craft, farm, defeat powerful creatures, and work toward powering up the Core. This sandbox game supports up to eight players and boasts procedurally generated maps. It honestly has something for everyone, as noted by the sheer number of downloads in the month it has been live on Steam. It is currently in early access, meaning some elements are subject to change; however, these core elements should remain the same.


As a self-proclaimed virtual farmer, I immediately assumed farming would be my favorite aspect of this game. However, I have found myself absolutely obsessed with all elements of this title. I love digging tunnels, finding new biomes, crafting new gear, and fighting more brutal enemies. We typically play in a party of four, and it has been incredible taking on massive bosses and shrieking every time we find new loot. In addition, the loot drops in this game are unique and make me want to know more about the lore behind this mysterious cavern system. Overall, it is a wonderful way to pass the time, and I recommend Core Keeper to anyone looking for a new coop game.

Odds and Ends

If you want to learn more about the world of Core Keeper, head on over to Twitter. However, if you are ready to get exploring, jump on over to Steam on PC or Linux. In the end, I cannot recommend this game enough, and I look forward to seeing the final product.