Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space is a hybrid roguelike game of space exploration, adventure and starship combat.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (119 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 19, 2013

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"It's a game which, after playing, provokes the desire to have another game."
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"Makes a perfect gift for just about anyone who likes space and science fiction, even if they are not a hardcore gamer."
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"In my opinion, no aspect of this title is lacking."
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About This Game

Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space is a hybrid roguelike game of space exploration, adventure and starship combat set within a peculiar as-yet-unvisited region of the galaxy known as the Purple Void. Each time you play the game, a new and different "instant space opera" is generated at random; from locations of stars and nebulae to plot-twisting quest events, nothing stays the same.

But unlike other games of its kind that go on for dozens of hours, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space plays to its conclusion in less than thirty minutes - it's the perfect lunch break game! Features also include a fully animated star map, a unique turn-based movement system, real-time starship battles, award-winning music and sound, and a robust battle simulator. Weird Worlds also has built-in support for community-created mods that can change anything and everything in the game!

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Pentium II 600MHz
    • Memory:128 MB RAM
    • Graphics:Intel GMA 950
    • DirectX®:8.0
    • Hard Drive:45 MB HD space
    • Sound:16-bit stereo sound
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, Win7
    • Processor:Intel Core2 duo or better
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:NVidia GeForce 8 series or better
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:60 MB HD space
    • Sound:16-bit stereo sound
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
I have heard this game (favouribly) being compared broadly as a kind of 'space solitaire' game. But it doesn't look or even at first blush play like solitaire, so I want to explain why the analogy works for me:

In solitaire, you have the same 52 cards, arranged in such a way that their order is different, so sometimes you might get snuffed out early by an unlucky deal, and sometimes you might fly through for victory - you don't really mind which, because games don't take long so the stakes never feel so high that you'll never play it again.

Weird Worlds shares some of this in common. The star system is filled with mostly the same items and hazards, but the order you encounter them switches out, so in one play through you might have exactly the item you need to best deal with an encounter, and another time you might not.

This means that a lot of it is luck based, but half the fun is replaying the game and seeing where luck will take your exploration of the galaxy this time.

That's not to say it's all luck - fitting out your ships with the best gear takes a bit of decision making, and it's possible to learn the function of special objects to understand whether they're worthless and tradable, or could come in handy. Plus the real time combat segments are basic, but reward people who avoid combat before becoming sufficiently tooled up.

Occasionally, too, the game likes to switch things up by layering a 'meta' plot, usually difficult to resolve, above the usual exploration. Some sort of crisis which the player must solve in order to score a 'win.' These are rare, but always welcome.

Like Solitaire, this is an ideal game to kill a short space of time with, but better than solitaire, it rewards repeat play with just a modicum of depth to be discovered beneath the surface.
Posted: October 9
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
3/10 as a game. 6/10 if this were a Which Way book.

I wanted to like this game. Someone recommended that if I like SPAZ and/or FTL, two of my favorite games, I'd like this game, but it's nothing like them. It very quickly became apparent that there was nothing at all to this game, but I played for a few more hours just in case I was missing something. I wasn't. It's like pulling a lever on a slot machine. So if you like pulling a lever on a slot machine, you'll love this game. If you like strategy, there's none to be had in Weird Worlds.

Note: If you look at the play time on the positive reviews, they actually played less than I did. So they say they like it, but not enough to actually play it.
Posted: October 19
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21.9 hrs on record
One of the best coffee break games in existence!
Posted: September 25
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0.6 hrs on record
Unimpressive. While the general idea is nice, the gameplay is very repetitive with various items found hardly making a difference. There isn't a big goal to achieve (like in, say FTL), just score to get for amassing generic artefacts or items (I appreciate the descriptions, but all alien species are the same, just with different picture).
For me, it's a dissapointment not worth the money.
Posted: October 16
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2.7 hrs on record
As much as I want to like this game I can't. I enjoy the space opera, exploring, seeing new things but htis game just doesn't scratch that itch. Here's a brief breakdown.

1) it's a short and sweet game. Want to blow a little time? Here you go
2) Easy to pick up, easy to 'master'
3) There's fun to be had! Explore space, meet new things, see how you do.

1) It's -short-, as in after less than 3 hours I'm seeing nothing but repeats of things I've seen 3-4 times already
2) Combat is rather dull and straightforward, rarely get any chance to try any tactics
3) perhaps too easy to pick up and to master, I don't feel like there's anything below the surface I scratched 3 hrs in
4) Far too much of your score and your game seems entirely dependant on the RNG at universe creation

All in all I wouldn't reccomend it. I'd been watching it for a while and it looked up my alley but despite getting it with another bundle (so there's no buyer's regret, I bought the bundle for a different game) I'm still rather disappointed with how this turned out. I hope the creators go on to make a more interesting, expansive 'infinite space' type game.
Posted: October 21
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0.5 hrs on record
At first I was confused by this game, wasnt sure what type of game it was and was baffled at what the objective is but after grasping a better understanding of this game I understood. This is one of those games that your friend at work has on his computer so that when the boss isnt looking he can slack off and play a 10 minute game of it. So I suggest that when you have ten minutes free you have a game of this and it will be 200 percent more enjoyable.
Posted: September 28
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22.3 hrs on record
This game combines all the exploration fun of the original Star Trek with the quirkiness of early science fiction pulp stories in a game that plays about as fast as solitaire. Like solitaire, it will take you a little while to figure out a strategy, then you'll play several games back-to-back. Very fun!
Posted: October 1
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0.9 hrs on record
This really is a fun little roguelike strategy game. I recommend it.
Posted: October 5
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Short Overview

[---] Weird Worlds is a space exploring rogue-like game.The main objective in the game depends on which of the three ships you select: Science,Pirate, and Terran.Each with their own primary & secondary objectives ranging from collecting relics,weapons,creatures, to making 1st contact with sentient life.You get 1 starting ship & have free roam to explore anywhere you want.Hazards,planets to explore(main way you get things), and battles to wage you can look forward to.Trading & hiring ships are present ,but only if they are not hostile.You have a time frame to complete set tasks, fail to do so an the amount of income you will recieve will be reduced by your bill.The profits you made are will define your score when you complete the game via retiring your ship.

[---] Battles in the game are handled via a top down space ship shooter fashion in which you can only control the direction your ship moves in.The various weapons,sub systems and fleet formations keep the battles challenging.Ship upgrading is as simple as finding or trading for set item and equipping them to the slot that can house them.

[---] The game has a decent amount of lore for those who like background info.Outside of the main game there is a simulation mode which is a skirmish battle mode.In this you can battle against any of the alien races and their ships.The UI is smooth and the graphics are easy on the eyes no rough around the edges. Its a short and sweet game good for 5 minute plays allow for multiple plays within a 30min-1hr period but still challenging enough to keep you coming back for more.

Pick it up for a buck,buy it full price, or buy it in a bundle.Either way worth if for a quicky.
Posted: August 4
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22 of 37 people (59%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
At first glance, there are some superficial similarities between Weird Worlds and FTL; both are ship-based, roguelike games. But they are otherwise substantially different experiences. Weird Worlds presents the player with an open map and a fairly generous time limit to explore it in order to find upgrades and acrue wealth. This gives the game a very different feel to it compared to FTL, but it's not why I am giving this a thumbs down.

I gave this a couple of attempts, putting little more than half an hour into actually playing it before I decided I was done. The reason being that the choices the game offers lack any reasonable sense of transparency. Apart from hyperdrive upgrades, none of the other things you can augment your ship with includes numbers. Everything is descriptive rather than quantitative. This may well be a valid approach. The history of roguelikes is replete with games that thrive on obfuscation and player experimentation (e.g. "drink red potion? Y/N"). But I think it is terribly misplaced here. The combat system in the game is a little like Gratuitous Space Battles. It's a 2D map with ships on either side of the screen squaring off. The player can choose targets for each of their ships, or whether a ship holds off or retreats. The rest of the engagement is handled automatically. For me, this was instantly just a way too chaotic environment for me to learn the basic efficacy of a given ship upgrade or anything else for that matter. I am loathe to do too much comparing to FTL, as it just ends up sounding like I like that more than Weird Worlds. I do, but I also came to this looking for something different. With all that said, I have to say that what FTL does right is that it presents situations where it's possible to see what is going on step by step. While there might be a steep learning curve, and one neglected thing overwhelms you while you are busy learning about something else, there is still a constant sense that you are learning something all the time, even if you're losing horribly. Weird Worlds lacks that transparency. Whether you win or lose an encounter, it is really hard to know what helped or hindered the situation.

There may be a lot of depth to the game a couple of hours in that I will never see. But I am choosing to recommend against this game because it simply offered me little incentive to keep going far enough to learn of any hidden potential.
Posted: April 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
This is an underrated game, built more for a niche audience and only providing short bursts of play before getting tiresome. Space fans and those of the gaming community starving for a true successor to the Homeworld series might find some value out of the overly simplistic space combat.

Technically a rogue-like game a la Oregon Trail or Rogue Legacy, Weird Worlds' item collection and map generation keep you entertained for a time before you realize that each play session varies little compared to the next. The small amount of items and ships don't help it.

If you're starving for a good space combat sim, keep waiting.
Posted: May 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Weird Worlds is indeed a name worthy for the title.
It's a strangely addicting,"roguelike" space exploration/adventure strategy game with a fair bit of inventory management. You start your journey deciding between 3 different type of ships, you then leave your planet called Glory to venture out on a 2 year long journey traveling in interstellar space. Along your journey you will find civilizations and goods as well as allies and foes.
Mechanics is a bit clunky at some places, the graphics isn't exactly something to brag about but it's certainly succeeds in setting a vibe of mystery that hangs tight in the air.
Sound varies alot with some tracks sounding decent to horrendous at best, some tracks feels out of place and the transitions between silent to full volume can produce a jump scare better than most horror games today.
It's got a decent amount of replayability enough to suffice for a few hours of fun and certainly beyond that depending on your experience with the game. Don't let appearances fool you, this game offers equal fun to what you could have with FTL or any other game of this sort and is at least worth a playthrough.
Posted: August 31
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
You could call it a more casual and relaxed version of FTL; at most a game lasts about half an hours, and you'll find interesting components almost instantly. Winning or getting a good high score just doesn't matter all that much; the game is all about the journey, and it's perfect if you got a half hour to spare.

The game got a few hours worth of content, and since the developers made modding easy you can more than twice the value by trying out some of the mods, and many of them are both large and balanced. The game won't blow your mind but you'll have a good time.
Posted: June 8
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
If you don't already have it then get FTL instead. This is just a little too simplistic and does not have the same fun factor as FTL
Posted: September 16
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
This is a review.
Posted: May 12
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1.3 hrs on record
This game was okay... ten years ago. Unfortunately there's not a single thing this game does that Flotilla doesn't do better, and with more artistic style. In almost every way it is inferior to Flotilla. Flotilla is 3D, has better execution of customizable ships with firing arcs, and has a much more fun galaxy.
Posted: June 25
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38.4 hrs on record
This game is just weird. It has nice graphics, and looks nice. But it's oddly restrictive. I don't know, it's kind of interesting.
Posted: August 1
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13.3 hrs on record
I love so many things about this game that I don't know where to start. It has an excellent atmosphere; from the quirky bits of backstory to the memorable snippets of country music you sometimes pick up while drifting through the void, it does a great job of creating a unique 'feel'. The combat is unforgiving and forces you to truly consider the consequences of every engagement, but a bit of cleverness and careful planning can help you avoid combat entirely if you so choose (and on many runs, that's exactly what I did; combat is not by any means central to the game). I love how the various random items and their lore interconnect, and how exciting the storylines have the potential to be, in what appears on the surface to be an aimless journey. The final boss, simple as it was, is possibly the closest thing to 'epic' that I have ever seen in a game.

So yes. If you like roguelikes and want to try something that is more about exploration and thinking creatively rather than just killing everything in sight, check out Weird Worlds.
Posted: September 16
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1.2 hrs on record
I would have figured with the popularity of FTL more people would be onto this. Though Weird Worlds predates FTL by quite a bit, both games seem to scratch the same itch; scaleable, randomized play sessions, ship cargo and weapon management, choosing the best route through the map, offbeat sci-fi humor. There is a slight learning curve; equipment is fairly random throughout your route, and combat is pretty rough until you find some allies. This is definitely one of those games you play five times in a row just too see what else is out there and how far you can go!
Also, don't let my short playtime on Steam fool you. I had dumped at least 20 hours into another copy of this before repurchasing it here!
Posted: July 19
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12.8 hrs on record
Decent, quite interesting game. It would be amazing if someone created full 3D, first person, open world version of this game. Imagine flying in spaceship, visiting planets, collecting and changing equipment, meeting aliens. 2D makes this game not so interactive.
Posted: June 15
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