Club a penguin: Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator out of early access

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Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator [Steam page], that game where you can stage a fight between five Spartan warriors and 10,000 chickens, has bashed its way out of early access.

UEBS is basically a sandbox for you to play out your fantasy battles: pick two ridiculous armies and let them whack each other until one of them is no more. You can tweak the stats of the combatants to make it a fair fight or, as Brendan did, create an immensely powerful penguin that can slay 1,000 Vikings.

Brendan thought that it was “hundreds of times more limited than a real strategy game”, but as a tool to create insane brawls it just about hit the mark.

The launch update taking out of early access has added ragdoll physics, new maps, and new units including elf huntresses and German soldiers.

The full release has definitely arrived earlier than I expected — I thought more features would be added before it emerged from early access, and judging by the Steam reviews a lot of others did as well. It’s crying out for mod support, which could massively broaden the scope. Modding and Steam Workshop support are planned for later.

Having said that, there’s definitely fun to be had here (I wonder how many turtles it takes to kill one Roman soldier?), and it’s already amassed a decent player base.  If you want to join them then it’s £10.79/14,39€/$14.39 on Steam, and that includes a 10% discount that ends on Thursday.

Here’s the release trailer, featuring lots of zombies in running shoes:

10 Comments

  1. DThor says:

    Don’t get me wrong – I love these ventures by solo devs striking out and getting noticed in a world of AAA moneyfests, and this guy seems quite sincere and is investing in the product, but the one-trick pony aspect of it seems to be the elephant in the room. It’s not any sort of actual sim (and doesn’t profess to be), it’s sort of a limited laugh generator for YouTube.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

    • tomimt says:

      Yeah, it does look like something that would entertain someone for a half an hour and then would then be left gathering dust. I can’t really see it having any longevity.

    • Seafoam says:

      Ah well, theres always a knack for these things.
      The same thing applies to universe sandbox, but it’s one of those games that youre glad that it exists. I probably wouldn’t buy UBS 2 or some other competitor, but that doesn’t take away worth from UBS itself.

    • ezbez says:

      I agree with this sentiment – it hardly seems more interesting than opening the map editor for Warcraft 2 and giving some units ridiculous stats. A game with a similar premise but radically more interesting looking game play is Totally Accurate Battle Simulator. Just check out their crazy YouTube channel.

  2. Antongranis says:

    Yeah, when i saw the game i assumed it would live in Early access for a while longer. Hmm.

  3. poliovaccine says:

    Looks like some fun, but it should’ve just been a patch for Garrys Mod.

  4. DingDongDaddio says:

    The bit of recognition this game has gotten is baffling to me. Watching penguins fighting orcs as the universally brainless AI just mashes blobs of units together is fun for half a minute.

  5. Darth Gangrel says:

    This is a perfect game for youtube, where you can get all the game has to offer for free just by watching other people play it.

  6. Moraven says:

    Never understood the popularity of this when Total War mods do this x1000 better. 10 seconds of fun then you realize how sparse and broken it is.

  7. TheKillerNacho says:

    Not enough units to be worth it.

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