Like The Site From Orbit: Positech Publishing Redshirt

Cliff “Positech” Harris has sent word that he will soon be the indie-dev-who-turned-publisher, because he is publishing Redshirt, the debut title from indie dev The Tiniest Shark. In the tradition of Positech’s Kudos games, Redshirt is a life sim set aboard a space station, and it takes a satirical look at the impact social networking might have on familiar sci-fi tropes: “Navigate the professional and interpersonal politics of the ubiquitous “Spacebook” to curry favor among friends and colleagues. As intense intergalactic conflict rages around you, it’s up to you to accrue those all-important “likes” on your status updates! Whether you’re looking for love, opportunities for promotion, or even a chance to play Zero-G golf with the captain, you can schmooze your way through social circles and claw your way up the career ladder. Perhaps you too can finally achieve the dream of an off-station transfer, or even the Redshirt’s opportunity of a lifetime: being sent on an away-mission!”

Redshirt should appear at some point this year.


  1. donmilliken says:

    Of course it remains to be seen if this will be any good, but it certainly sounds interesting. I think I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one.

  2. Tom OBedlam says:

    Kudos meets star trek, eh? I can dig it.

  3. diebroken says:

    Will it be possible transfer to DOOP?

  4. marcusfell says:

    I like how the ultimate goal is a transfer. It’s just too funny.

    • FataMorganaPseudonym says:

      Or an away mission. Since away missions for redshirts traditionally end in death, that could even be seen as a form of suicide. Is life on that station really so bad?

  5. subedii says:

    I would have thought being the redshirt on an away mission is precisely the thing you’d be trying to avoid?

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      You know that, but the redshirts don’t.

    • RakeShark says:

      Think of it as one of your Sims’ aspirations that always crops up on the desire bar and never goes away. It’s totally the thing you don’t want to do, but oh it gives like 5000 life completion points!

    • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      The retirement plan is amazing and quick promotion is guaranteed.

  6. Eightball says:

    >As intense intergalactic conflict rages around you, it’s up to you to accrue those all-important “likes” on your status updates!

    Reddit The Game?

  7. Jackablade says:

    There’s a game to be made about staving off your inevitable death as a Redshirt when the entire universe wants to do you in, from nasty alien beasties to unexpected exploding consoles.

    • rlr149 says:

      reverse that. its too hard to die, hence why you’re on your 19th captain, you have to get killed BEFORE the captain inevitably is.

  8. Kelduum Revaan says:

    This makes me think of Whats In Spocks Scanner, which is good, as it is amusing.

  9. Sarcophagus says:

    This looks suspiciously similar to the new book by John Scalzi, Redshirts. Obviously the names are different, but similar, along with the typeface:

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  10. Twerty says:

    This sounds a LOT like Yahtzee’s space life sim beta he released a few years ago.

  11. Andy_Panthro says:

    The picture on the website of a blond redshirt holding a mop only brings to mind Space Quest, so this has a lot to live up to!