Redshirt is the comedy sci-fi sim about social networking aboard a space station, starring the station's most ambitious low-ranking peon: you
Videogame for PC, developed by The Tiniest Shark and published by Positech Games
Release date: 13 November 2013 (PC)
Redshirt is the comedy sci-fi sim about social networking aboard a space station, starring the station's most ambitious low-ranking peon: you! Navigate the professional and interpersonal politics of the ubiquitous "Spacebook" to curry favor among friends and colleagues. As intense intergalactic conflict rages around you, it's up to you to accrue those all-important "likes" on your status updates! Whether you're looking for love, opportunities for promotion, or even a chance to play Zero-G golf with the captain, you can schmooze your way through social circles and claw your way up the career ladder. Perhaps you too can finally achieve the dream of an off-station transfer, or even the Redshirt's opportunity of a lifetime: being sent on an away-mission!
"Redshirt’s take on science fiction clichés is amusing, telling short stories in the form of status updates and messages, but the activity of playing the game is rather intense, even though it’s a turn-based life management sim. As if accidentally snubbing friends and causing heartbreak wasn’t enough, a short while into your misadventure, a disturbing message arrives. A calamity is coming. The station is doomed. People will die." - Rock Paper Shotgun
"Spying on an ex in a video game even though there’s no tangible benefit to doing so WHATS GOING ON" - Red Door Blue Key
Redshirt received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 IGF Awards for Excellence in Narrative!
Social Networking, But Not As We Know It...
Redshirt is a comedy sci-fi social networking simulation game. Create & customise your character, a brand new arrival aboard space station Megalodon-9, where you start your career on the lowest possible rung: a Transporter Accident Cleanup Technician. You also realise that everyone on the station is required to use the proprietary social network, "Spacebook"!
You hear rumours something terrible will happen soon aboard the station, and it's up to you to stop being a disposable nobody before it's too late! You can do this by interacting (through Spacebook!) with randomly-generated, AI-driven characters with their own unique personalities, trying to win friends and influence station citizens. Or, you can focus on what skills you need to climb the fairly-extensive career tree. Or, save up your KarmaCreds. Or, flirt your way up the station. The choice is yours, and there are different strategies. You just have a limited time in which to do it, otherwise... terrible things will happen. You are a Redshirt, after all!
- Satirical, tongue-in-cheek social simulation, filled with humour and political intrigue.
- Detailed character creation: choose from 5 different species, from human to tentacled squid creature!
- Each game is unique: Megalodon-9 is full of procedurally generated AI-driven characters, each with their own random personalities and profile pictures.
- Customise station settings: define the kinds of personalities you'll encounter, from friendly chatterboxes to self-obsessed bigots.
- Update your Spacebook, strategically 'like' statuses, and send private messages to your fellow station citizens.
- Arrange Spacebook 'events' with your friends, frenemies, and even higher-ranking officers, to influence your relationships and skills.
- Multiple routes to success through turn-based gameplay, from skills-based diligence, to romance, to charismatic schmoozing.
- Navigate an extensive, non-linear career tree, by gaining the right skills... or just by making the right friends.
- Make friends and manage romantic relationships -- if you can handle the drama!
- Strategically manage your interests and skills.
- Buy items in the Self-Help Object Purveyor (S.H.O.P.) to increase your stats and skills, from RoboCats to illegal hoverbikes!
- Away missions!
- Humorous parody of social networking culture.
- Puns! So many puns.
More Reviews & Articles
- IndieHaven (8/10): http://indiehaven.com/redshirt-review-2/
- Dads Gaming Addiction (8/10): http://www.dadsgamingaddiction.com/redshirt/
- Softpedia (8/10): http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/games/pc/Redshirt-Review-400716.shtml
- ZOMGPlay (7/10): http://zomgplay.com/2013/11/15/review-redshirt-pc-ios/
- Tiger Gaming: http://tiger-gaming.org/redshirt/
- Jayisgames.com: http://jayisgames.com/archives/2013/11/redshirt.php
- Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2 Lead Writer): http://www.heyash.com/why-i-like-redshirt
- Red Door Blue Key (4/5): http://www.reddoorbluekey.com/reviews/review-redshirt/
- Paste Magazine (8/10): http://pastemagazine.com/articles/2013/11/redshirt-review-pc.html
- The Mary Sue: http://www.themarysue.com/redshirt-game-review/
For more reviews (and also information about development of Redshirt), please visit the forums.
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- Operating System: Win Xp 32
- CPU (Processor): Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz / AMD Athlon XP 1500+
- RAM: 512 MB
- Free disk space: 600 MB
- Video card: AMD Radeon HD 3100 or NVIDIA GeForce 8300