Game Watch: Orion Trail

Orion Trail is a single player space adventure for Windows, Mac, and Linux. In the game, you are captain of the Indestructible II, flagship vessel of Galaxy Force. Your mission: to explore and survive the dangerous and enigmatic Orion Trail. With the help of your trusty officers, ship, and crew, your success is ensured… Probably.

Orion Trail’s gameplay centers around making the tough calls that only you, a starship captain, can make. The galaxy is full of strange, stupid, and terrifying Things, and you’ll need to make the decisions that ensure the survival of Your Crew. Well, most of your crew. Each journey, you’ll pick your captain, Officers, and Equipment. Each pick will give you a leg up when dealing with Encounters in specific ways.

However, you can’t apply all strategies to every situation. Sure, you could stock up on guns and aggressive officers to crush your Enemies, but you’ll be in trouble when you need to host that alien dinner party.

Starships don’t run on good intentions alone (not the ones you can afford, anyway). Each decision you make will increase or decrease the resources that keep your ship functioning. Run out of any, and you’ll be in deep (space) trouble.

Official site

Steam

Kickstarter

Game Jolt

Release TBA

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Game Watch: Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire

Tahira: Echoes of the Astral Empire is an episodic turn-based tactics role-playing game set on a world that has fallen into a medieval dark age after the collapse of space faring civilisation.

You are Tahira, the last princess of a small kingdom called Avestan, tasked with leading the remnants of your people in search of a new home as you are pursued by the enemy who destroyed your kingdom.

You’ll fight epic turn-based tactics battles, customise your forces to suit your play-style, develop relationships with those traveling with you and uncover the secrets of a time when man traversed the stars with impunity.

Official site

Steam

IndieDB

Kickstarter

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Game Watch: RimWorld

A sci fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller.

RimWorld follows three survivors from a crashed space liner as they build a colony on a frontier world at the rim of the galaxy.

Inspired by the space western vibe of Firefly, the deep simulation of Dwarf Fortress, and the epic scale of Dune and Warhammer 40,000.

Manage colonists’ moods, needs, thoughts, individual wounds, and illnesses. Engage in deeply-simulated small-team gunplay. Fashion structures, weapons, and apparel from metal, wood, stone, cloth, or exotic, futuristic materials. Fight pirate raiders, hostile tribes, rampaging animals and ancient killing machines. Discover a new generated world each time you play. Build colonies in biomes ranging from desert to jungle to tundra, each with unique flora and fauna. Manage and develop colonists with unique backstories, traits, and skills. Learn to play this deep game smoothly and naturally with our intelligent, reactive AI tutor.

Official site

Dev blog

Kickstarter

Release TBA

Game Watch: Melancholy Republic

A JRPG inspired, cinematic story driven game. Set in the beautiful city state Lorna, uncover the conspiracies and broken souls within.

At its core Melancholy Republic is built upon the best and most poignant memories from JRPG stories, their cities and their music. Exploring classic JRPG cities such as Final Fantasy’s Midgar and Lindblum or Chrono Trigger’s Zeal are key inspirations for Melancholy Republic. The greatest JRPG moments are found in uncovering the hidden corners and small stories of the game’s populations.

Melancholy Republic is crafted to recapture the essence of a deep and thoughtful experience through the personal political story of a woman trying to change her world. The story is told across four chapters, each with its own memorable characters and their stories that unfold. Using a mix of beautiful illustrations and sprite art to tell the a deep, multi-layered tale, explore the city or Lorna, speak to hundreds of characters and get lost in the mature, story based adventure of Claire C. Lockridge.

Kickstarter

Steam

Early 2016 release

Game Watch: Tiny Trek

From the creators of Vincere Totus Astrum comes a universe of exploration and adventure. As the Captain of your own Starship begin your trek of literally endless worlds by first selecting and editing your randomly generated race and ship, then set out for the stars.

Encounter alien races and exotic locations as you travel in an endlessly procedurally generated galaxy. No two game are the same. As you explore, randomly generated “Episodes” will have you fighting hostile ships, helping aliens and exploring the surface of new planets.

How long can you survive the deep of space? How far can you travel? Who knows what is waiting for you! Your trek begins now!

Dev site

Steam

Kickstarter

IndieDB

Currently in early access

Game Watch: Starr Mazer

Starr Mazer blends two classic genres, the Point-and-Click Adventure and Classic-style Shoot ‘Em Up, into a retro-sexy sci-fi epic with modern design sensibilities, open-middled gameplay and RPG elements.

The game will feature a collaborative soundtrack by Alex Mauer (VEGAVOX, Serious Sam: Random Encounter), Manami Matsumae (Mega Man), The Protomen, Virt (Shovel Knight) and many more!

Official site

Kickstarter

Twitter

Release TBA

Game Watch: This is the Police

A strategy/adventure game about power and corruption, duty and choice. A rich story starring Jon St. John, the voice of Duke Nukem.

The next 180 days won’t be just a mad dash for money. Jack will need to keep up his police work too. He’ll send his cops out to handle situations, he’ll coordinate action on scene, monitor the progress of key investigations, oversee the budget, hire and fire – every day, it’s dozens of key decisions that affect countless lives. Even just regular cop business poses lots of problems: a drunken patrolman might gun down a bystander while he’s aiming for an unarmed bully. And it’s not just the staff, it’s the increasingly crazy orders from the mayor’s office – not to mention the press and their uncomfortable questions. It’s all a part of life as a police chief.

Kickstarter

December 2015 release