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.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (268 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 13, 2013

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“Like a socially-aware velociraptor, Redshirt is a clever girl... Smart, savvy, and satirical.”
7.5/10 – PC Gamer

“Redshirt has everything I've ever wanted in a social sim: satire, addictive mechanics and buckets of cheesy sci-fi puns.”
8/10 – Polygon

“Most games in the life sim genre would punish you for playing incorrectly, but Redshirt thrives on transgressions. Don’t let the charming, low-key tone and gentle referential humor fool you, this is pitch black stuff.”
8/10 – Paste Magazine

About This Game

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!

Features

  • 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

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System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
The game just isn't fun. It's not worth any money. It should be free, even then I'm not sure I would Recommend it.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
It's a facebook simulator with some space satire as you try to ballance your mediocre redshirt life. The first few hours are a crack up with lots of great jokes but you'll never open the game again. Once you've seen all the content there is no real reason to come back to it. I wouldn't recommend purchasing unless it's already in a bundle with something more valuable.
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Is this game serious? what a piece of crap 0/10 !!
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Not fun.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
i Dont like the game because It seems boring to me.....
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
TLDR: Try and get the game during a sale, or in a bundle. It's not worth $10.

Star Trek fans will pick up on some humour, otherwise it is a relatively easy game to play for all, without too much effort, and can be picked up and started up again without having to remember or re-learn how to play.

It's a time-waster game that mimicks Facebook, and various Sim-type where you learn skills, and try to play your career, your relationships, or bribery-tactics into getting off the space station before it goes kerboom.

It has some fun to it, but the longevity is really determined by how much you like repetitive play. It's quirky, good for a laugh, but not a $10 one.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Possibly the most niche & "marmite" game I've played in a long time.

Published by the team behind Kudos, it's a "social simulator" set in a spoof of Star Trek. Think managing relationships via Facebook, trying to climb the social ladder, all while playing a turn based Star Trek "choose your own adventure" spoof. You're managing the social graph & your reputation.

It's utterly utterly bizarre & felt more like work than a game at times. But if the idea of mixing the Sims, Facebook & Star Trek appeals to you, this is 100% designed for you. It's certainly worth trying to experience something different to most games out there.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
I gave Redshirt Game a try today—it's a parody of Facebook with a Star Trek-esque setting. Unfortunately…trying to play the game felt like what I imagine Facebook must seem like to an elderly person who's not at ease using computers. I suppose that was a valuable experience, in and of itself?
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Well, it's no Princess Maker 2, but it's better than Long Live the Queen. Some of the emergent social commentary is pretty funny, too. ("Yes, I know you we used to hang out, and you keep sending me invites and increasingly desperate private messages. But I'm trying to get promoted, and focusing on networking with people of higher social station, so I literally can't spare the time to like the post of a peasant like you...")
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
I wanted to like this game, I really did. And I do... to an extent.

I liked the fact that it's basically a snarky social-network simulator set in outer space.

But let's be real. It's repetetive as all get out. You're going to spend inordinate amounts of time doing the exact same things over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over.

But, okay, sure, I don't mind a repetetive game every now and then. I can play it in bursts. But your "Spacebook friends" in this game are SO NEEDY. Your lovers get jealous if they catch you talking to other people, people get annoyed with you for not inviting them to events that they were too busy to attend, your ever-growing social circle requires constant love and attention.... it's like you're expected to be the entire world of everyone you've ever met. It's exhausting for a game.

And, real talk here--- it feels like one of those flash games you play on like newgrounds or kongregate or whatever for free.

It was a phenomenal concept. It's just not a good game. Which pains me to type, because like I said--- I wanted to like it. Sorry, Redshirt, it's not you, it's me. Maybe we should see other people.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
This game can't reeally be called a game, more of a chore. If you're playing with someone else you can have a good laugh but on your own? Damn this is dull.

Plus, this is far too expensive for what you get. If you REALLY want this, wait till a sale pops up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
The game is basicly facebook sims, was a bit confusing and felt pointless. Had some fun stuff but thought i was getting something diffenrt then this. If thats what you want might be good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
I bought into the hype and the appeals at my inner-geek. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting, maybe something with a little more role play action.

I was all jazzed up, I was going to be a Red Shirt, enjoy watching the drama unfold trying not to be killed, all the while making some space buddies for life. Judging the Captain for not seeing how very in love they are with their Science Officer and vise versa. What I got was repeative clicking, and boredom. I can't be bothered with the inane lives of real people, why did I think I would enjoy this?

I understand that that's the point, the commentary the game is making on FB and Twit etc. but a whole game on it? Where actions have no conquences, nothing changes, and a very real sense of same sht different day. I use video games to get away from that.

I was expecting more actions away from Spacebook, and that was my own fault, it had been on my wishlist so long that I turned it into the game I wanted not the game it was. I wanted to experience life on a space ship for the cannon fodder, all I got was life on Facebook.

I got the game on sale and would recommend doing so too if you are going to go for it. I didn't even bother saving the game, that's how sure I am that I'm not going to play it again.

Just be prepared for monotony, because that's the point. That's the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
I guess i just dont like "life sims" because thats what this game purports to be, and i didnt like it.

Then again i dont like real facebook, i dont know why i thought i might like a game which is a simulation of it. I guess i was just attracted by their "what goes on below decks" theme, which this game fails to actually capture in any meaningful way.

Live & learn i guess.

I do like the humor & all the references to sci-fi pop culture though.... its not enough to make this game enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Games fun at first but it gets old quick , not alot of content to work with and its seriously just a social turn based manager , save your money dont be like me and get excited about space missions and meeting exciting new species , its crap
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
The single thing this game has going for itself is the fact that it is a mediocre friend simulator, something many people using this service require. However, beyond that, it is bland and quite unentertaining after playing for a sizeable amount of time. If this entertains you for more than only a few hours, I would suggest going outside, as it would most definitely be a beneficial activity.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
This game is ridiculously engaging, for all that it's a Star Trek styled parody of Facebook. The whole game is about managing relationships around work while trying to make sure you survive the inevitable destruction of the station you get warned about early on. Lots of jokes for Trekkies to enjoy, but I don't feel like you have to be a Star Trek fan to like the game. I actually really enjoyed this game -- it was my go-to lunch game for like a week.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Redshirt is a wonderfully satirical game about people and situational manipulation. It does make you question a validaty of the facebook and social media controlled society we live in today.
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
I've registered on Facebook for free and able to chat & skype call people I know in real life.
In Redshirt, you pay 10$ to be able to talk with BOTs.

Seems legit, my full support for the scammers who created this piece of crap.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Better use Facebook than this...
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