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Ostranauts

1 month ago

Feature: Space to grow

Ostranauts is a hugely ambitious space game, but I think it’s going to work

"This is all just an excuse for me to build a universe, right?" says Daniel Fedor, as I settle in for an evening watching him play Ostranauts. And he's serious. The sandboxy space sim, which hit early access on September 10th, and which is a sort-of sequel to acclaimed oddball RPG NEO Scavenger, has some properly deep worldbuilding. And I don't mean deep as in…

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2 months ago

Neo Scavenger “spiritual sequel” Ostranauts is now exploring space in early access

The crew behind the fantastic Neo Scavenger have returned to the universe of their post-apocalyptic survival game with Ostranauts, a "spiritual sequel" about struggling amongst the cold stars rather than on the ruined Earth. Launched into early access this week, the sci-fi life sim makes us the captain of a spaceship trying to scrape out a living while dealing with the mechanical problems (and many…

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4 months ago

Feature: Ah dinnea ken if I can take any more, Captain

Ostranauts is a jaw-dropping space sim, trapped in a brutal interface

Based on its intensely confusing demo, I've concluded that I really like everything about Ostranauts, except for actually playing it. Admittedly that's a fairly significant obstacle, and it seems I'm not the only person facing it. But it also seems developers Blue Bottle Games are acutely aware of where the pain is coming from, and it looks like they're holding off on launching into early…

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11 months ago

Ostranauts looks like RimWorld on spaceships, and it has great nouns

You know what are underrated? Nouns. The new trailer for "noir spaceship life sim" Ostranauts introduces the game's scifi world in which you design a ship, captain its crew, and tinker with control panels, and its full of excellent fictional nouns, both proper and common. "I've smuggled contraband Lusca out of Atlantis," says the narrator, and I instantly want to do the same.

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1 year ago

New publisher Modern Wolf declare commitment to “ethical game development”

New wee indie publisher Modern Wolf announced themselves to the world this week, and made a big show of declaring they are "committed to ethical game development." Their initial lineup of five games sounds pretty neat, including the next games from the studios behind Neo Scavenger and Out There. More folks in the industry do talk openly about its troubles these days but it's still…

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2 years ago

Ostranauts is a messy space-life sim set in Neo Scavenger’s world

Living in space sounds like a claustrophobic nightmare, and Ostranauts isn't doing much to change my opinion on the matter. Billed as a "noir spaceship-life sim", it's the next from Neo Scavenger studio Blue Bottle Games, and set in the same universe. Earth is completely screwed by forces both man-made and cosmic, so players get to manage a small ship, trying to make ends meet…

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