Space Cadets: RymdResa’s Poetry Space Sim Hits Steam

RymdResa. RymdResa! RymdResa? Say it three times fast, it rolls off the tongue with a jagged clatter of consonants. Oh well, at least it’s looking nice. RymdResa [official site] is now available on Steam – it’s priced at £8.99 but there’s a 10% launch discount on offer at the moment.

Do you remember our hands-on with the game just last month? – John was pure glee over the idea of a Space sim that features no combat, no shopping, no bar charts, but lots of ambient drifting. Set in the vacuum of Space, RymdResa is a project developed by a two person collective called Morgondag. The studio has described the project as a “procedurally generated poetry space odyssey”: A contemplative roguelike in which you’re a survivor of the recently destroyed planet Earth. You bum around the universe, thinking deep thoughts and seeking out resources to stay alive.

“Where I’ve found the game to shine, in my early play, is in the moments when all goes wrong,” wrote our John. “Resources are your health and when they run out, it’s game over. So a rash decision to find out what would happen were I to use a floating space teleporter caused me to be transferred a ludicrous distance from my home base. It was extraordinarily unlikely I’d ever make it back, but in trying, the game won me over.”

Here’s a teasy little launch trailer:

And this has some actual gameplay:

15 Comments

  1. rasnasty says:

    rymdresa, means spacetravel in swedish.

    • Sarfrin says:

      I thought it was an anagram for a phrase including “arse”. Clearly I have no poetry in my soul.

      • Rikard Peterson says:

        Then maybe I should add that “Morgondag” means “Tomorrow” (usually in the poetic sense) so you don’t imagine anything odd about that…

    • Babymech says:

      Bullshit. The Swedish word for space travel is Christer Fuglesang.

    • JFS says:

      Are those the same guys that made rymdkapsel? Or did they just shoplift that nifty Swedish word for space?

    • Cyrus says:

      Space-journey me thinks

  2. Cinek says:

    Great, I just wasted 27 seconds on a trailer that doesn’t show even a tiny bit on the game.

    • Sarfrin says:

      And another 27 posting that comment.:(

      • Ross Angus says:

        I’m going to gather up all of the wasted time on the internet and store it in the Tardis.

        • Sarfrin says:

          Use it wisely. Think of all the lives that could be saved in 54 seconds!

  3. Gravy100 says:

    If they wanted to sell the game to people that trailer with no gameplay or explanation of anything sure is the way to do it!

    • Focksbot says:

      The first trailer’s obviously targeted at people whose interest is piqued by the atmosphere and use of poetry. Worked on me.

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    Harlander says:

    If you want a bit more of a look at how the game plays, Scott Manley has done a video about it: Here.

  5. racccoon says:

    Looks kind of like a graphical upgrade on the asteroids of asteroids :)

  6. Joshua Northey says:

    It is fine. Kind of interesting.