So I might’ve mentioned before that Imperium Galactica II: Alliances is my favorite 4X space strategy game, like, EVER. Well, while I don’t usually cover mobile gaming, I found out today that this AMAZING game is now available for the iPad through iTunes for about $4. $4! For some of the greatest grand space strategy EVER. If you have an iPad, and are reading this, GET IT NOW. You can thank me later.
I recently realized that Spacewar! was first released in 1962, fifty years ago. In looking at the game’s Wikipedia entry, the first operational version of the game was released in February, while the version we’ve come to know and love was released in April. Therefore, I’d say now is good enough a time as any to say happy 50th birthday to space gaming, and to look back at how far we’ve come since the very beginning…
As I stated in a post a few days ago, you can now purchase the indie space combat game Solar Struggle over on Little Indie for 5.19€ (or roughly $6.89). I should be able to pound out a review by next week, so stay tuned, and enjoy!
Thanks to Alexander Barrentine (@acbarrentine) on Twitter for pointing this out to me! Apparently there’s a new spacey game on the horizon called Ring Runner – Flight of the Sages, according to this article on Rock, Paper Shotgun. They’re calling it a mix of DOTA and other MMO’s along with some ARPG action thrown in. I’d never heard of it before — though a trailer was released almost a year ago — likely because it looks to also be an Xbox Indie game (I own a PS3). ;)
Regardless, it looks to ME like a successor to Subspace with RPG elements using archetypes from Fantasy RPGs, which isn’t a bad thing. Combat is top-town, wherein you can choose to fly one of sixty five ships pooling from over 300 skills to make each ship unique. Their YouTube page has a bunch of videos so you can make your own determination, and I’ll embed some of these after the cut. I hope to learn more about this intriguing looking game soon. Thanks for reading!
Edit: I got some new information on the game from the game’s designer, and will paste it beneath the cut.
Hey y’all, how’ve you been? Me, I’ve been BUUUSY, which is why it’s been a while since I did one of these. There’s been a good chunka news over the last couple of weeks, so let’s get right to it, shall we? :)
- The Starfarer blog has an article about accidents which talks about stat limits.
- In the world of EVE Online, they just had their FanFest, so a lot of news came out from that, including articles on the mocking of a suicidal player, a release date for the Inferno expansion, a look at gameplay from Dust 514, and blog posts on alliance tournaments, third party development, UK pricing, exploits, and news about their user interface. Whew!
- There’s a new gameplay video from FTL: The Game which looks pretty cool.
- Space Sector has an in-depth interview on Endless Space, which is good as it helped me know what NOT to ask in my own Q&A that I’ll hopefully have up soon. ;)
- There’s a newly released version of Naev that adds new missions, outfits and more.
- The Beyond Beyaan blog has been updated with posts on background music, more overhauls and a successful scripting system.
- According to Steam, there have been updates for Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter, Space Pirates and Zombies and SOL: Exodus.
- Vendetta Online has been updated with some fixes to cameras, groups and so on.
- There’s a newly released screenshot of ZigFrak over on Desura.
- There’s a preview of Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion over on the blog Matchsticks for my Eyes. I’m still awaiting my press copy. :/
- Space Sim Central has a review of Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn which is pretty good. I hope to have mine up shortly. ;)
- Space Sector is having a contest wherein you can win a copy of Armada 2526 Gold Edition. Head over there and enter for frak sake. ;)
- The Star Conflict website has been updated with new screenshots and some new art for a dreadnought class ship!
- David Braben — you know, one of the co-creators of Elite — has stated that pre-owned games are “killing single player games”. At least according to this article in VG247. Seems a tad reactionary to me, as I only play single player games and there are tons to choose from these days.
- In SLIGHTLY space gamey news, according to The Escapist, some high school kids (!) are striving to make a full-motion Battlestar Galactica Viper simulator! If it looks cool to you, you can kick ‘em a few bucks through Kickstarter, but at this time, they’re more than fully funded. Still, looks pretty cool.
- Finally, in non-gamey news, the awesome (yet hard on the eyes from a design standpoint) Concept Ships Blog has some awesome designs from Thomas Pringle and KaranaK. The KaranaK designs are a particular favorite, though they look like the Star Conflict art above…
That’s it for now folks, Stay tuned for some more original stuff in the coming days. Have an awesome day, and thanks for reading!
I got a lovely email in my inbox the other day from Andreas Heldt, CEO of Z-Software, asking me if I’d like more information on their upcoming PC space game, Solar Struggle. Since I’d never heard of it before — apparently it was an Xbox Live Arcade game before this — I totally wanted to hear more. Here’s the blurb I was sent:
Today I would like to announce the upcoming release of Solar Struggle for the PC platform. From the 29th of March 2012 on, the game will be available on the LittleIndie platform for € 6.95. Update: At the moment there is a pre order discount of 25%.
The game has 11 missions and a skirmish mode as well, and the player can fly nine different ships. You can read more about the game on the official website linked above, or check out a trailer after the cut. I’ll bring you my thoughts shortly after release. Thanks for reading!
One of my favorite sites on the intarwebs, GOG.com, is having a fairly extensive sale on Atari games, which includes a bunch of spacey games. The space games on sale this weekend are:
- Independence War Deluxe for $2.99
- Independence War 2: The Edge of Chaos for $2.99
- Master of Orion 1 and 2 for $2.99
- Master of Orion 3 for $4.99
- Star Control 1+2 for $2.99
- Star Control 3 for $2.99
If you were to ask me which games to get — if you don’t already own them — the easy picks are both Independence War games, Master of Orion 1 and 2, and Star Control 1 and 2. Skip the third installment of both series, in my opinion. These are some fantastic games, so if you don’t have ‘em, get ‘em now. Enjoy!!
Usually I don’t like to post mere rumors or murmerings, so when Notch — the fellow behind the breakout indie hit Minecraft — mentioned he wanted to do a space game, I figured I’d wait for something a little more concrete before discussing it here. Well, thanks to a tip from Lee, one of our readers, there’s now something a bit more official, as in an interview with Notch in PC Gamer regarding this very topic. As a huge fan of Firefly my own self — one of my tattoos is Serenity-themed — this is very, VERY exciting stuff. While I never got into Minecraft my own self, I know this Notch fellow is very dedicated to gaming, so there’s a very likely chance this will happen. For now, I’ll just endeavor to keep you posted. Thanks for reading!
As promised, the long-awaited stand-alone Wing Commander fan-created game, Wing Commander Saga: The Darkest Dawn, will be released today. Once it goes live, you’ll be able to download this game — based on an updated Freespace 2 engine — for completely and utterly free. I know I’m eager to dive in and see what this game has to offer. I’ll likely throw together a quick review or something soonish, so stay tuned, and enjoy the free game! :)
Update: The official site seems slammed, as to be expected so check out this forum post for a list of mirrors. You can also read Rock, Paper Shotgun’s impressions while you wait for it to download. Enjoy!
If you recall from our last adventure, Captain Rubin had to scuttle his frigate, Ishinomaki 001, after it got jumped by an evil, evil sand slug. That. Bastard. After a long and strenuous journey back in their escape pods, Captain Rubin must face the consequences of what happens next! Read on to see where fate, guile and tenacity take our plucky hero and his crew!