Gone Home And Moon Dock At Verde Station

Gone Home. To space. Like a space man. A space Sam.

A year alone in space and it’ll find anyone, They say: space madness. The big black boredom. The horizonless heebie-jeebies. The endless ennui. Lunarcy. A year aboard Verde Station tending plants with only an AI for company and the mundane might start to seem very weird indeed.

All of which is to say that Verde Station is a video game, a first-person explorer set about a space station where you’re all alone. I’m getting a big hit of Gone Home with a bosh of Moon, and I dig it.

Like Gone Home, it’s about poking around an empty space, picking things up, looking at stuff, tapping at computers, and trying to figure out what’s going on. Something seems suspicious, see. I say the whole premise of a solo space-gardener is unlikely, for starters.

Developers Duelboot Games say it’ll have no combat or mandatory puzzles, explaining:

There are no puzzles that stop you from progressing. You explore the station to figure out what’s going on. It’s actually possible to run through the game, skip most of the content, and finish it without really knowing what happened. Of course, that would be missing out on the entire point of the game.

Duelboot plan to release Verde Station this autumn, and are currently trying to crack Steam Greenlight. They say they’re still working on making it look and sound better too. As you watch this trailer, do bear in mind that we can’t all have Kevin Spacey voice our space station AI (but oof):

8 Comments

  1. Wowbagger says:

    I’m in space! Dad are you space? yes son now we are a family again.

  2. Richard Burton says:

    Good article, thanks I’ll watch out for it! But don’t you mean “Gone Home and Silent Running dock at Verde Station”? Why reference David Bowie’s son’s sci-fi film rather than the most obvious (Silent Running) if we’re talking about gardeners going bonkers in space..? You know, this one: link to youtube.com

    • Alice O'Connor says:

      Because the emotions of isolation, unease and suspicion in Moon seem more relevant and important than the space garden-based plot of Silent Running.

      • bstard says:

        A nice movie as well, this Moon.

      • rexx.sabotage says:

        Also, Kevin Spacey.

        Duncan Jones maybe the son of Bowie but, Kevin has space in his name.

  3. CookPassBabtridge says:

    Which makes me once again wonder aloud, whats going on with Routine, Sonder and that other one set in a creepy space station with coffee in it?

  4. RagingLion says:

    These seems to have quite a few of the ideas I had for making a game myself so I’m very interested in where this will go. Will be following this with interest.

  5. The Random One says:

    Moon Home? Gone Moone? Wait a second, I got this…