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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.
Release Date: Nov 13, 2013
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Redshirt updated to v1.04

January 31st, 2014

Redshirt has been updated to v1.04! This update is available immediately for Windows players, and Mac and Linux players will also receive the same update later today.

Here's what the update addresses:


  • FEATURE: Added an 'endless' game mode!
  • BUGFIX: Fixed game breaking after some away missions for some players (due to new NPCs profile pictures not saving properly.) This has been addressed, and previously-inaccessible games should now be working again too.
  • BUGFIX: Window displaying option to take a character off the station with you now shows their name and relationship to you.
  • BUGFIX: Game is now properly saving after leaving station early.
  • BUGFIX: Screen resolution settings are now being properly saved.
  • BUGFIX: Ensure player has heard of the illicitly-trading Geldar before being introduced to his brother.

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Redshirt updated to v1.03 (Windows)

November 26th, 2013

As of yesterday, Redshirt was updated to v1.03 (for Windows players only, for now -- Mac & Linux updates are to follow.)

This addresses a few remaining bugs which have been reported since the last update. A changelist is as follows:


  • FIXED: Misreported away mission number of deaths.
  • FIXED: Some players reported bug in NPC generation.
  • FIXED (critical bug): Game was not ending for some players.
  • FIXED: Friend requests after away mission from people.
  • FIXED: Skills accidentally levelling up on game reload.

You can also read the updates made in v1.02 in the previous announcement here.

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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 the 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!


  • 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

For more reviews (and also information about development of Redshirt), please visit the forums.

PC System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any

Mac System Requirements

    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
Helpful customer reviews
197 of 220 people (90%) found this review helpful
164 products in account
1 review
5.7 hrs on record
Synopsis: Redshirt is mildly fun, cute, but vastly overpriced nerdservice.

While it tackles an old saw with a new seemingly innovative twist of vicariously experiencing a space adventure from the perspective of a nobody who experiences life vicariously through social networking (wow how meta), the end result is a cute and at first funny menu game that shows itself pretty shallow with time. At first you smirk at all the little references and sarcastic jokes and puns, but then after hours of shifting through menus you frown because that is really all the game has to it. It is unfortunately a one trick pony, and ironically it essentially is the shallow facebook game that this game precisely intends to mock. As an example of art imitates life, it works and I get it. As a game that is an enjoyable time sink? Not for $20. It is a phone ap game at best for less than five.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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180 of 209 people (86%) found this review helpful
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14 reviews
10.8 hrs on record

The price of this game is absurd, it started out being a funny satire of facebook; but after a few hours it became a really shallow micromanaging game, based entirely in menues. I thought I would be seeing around the station or something, but you just look at menus the entire time, eventually after you become better friends or have higher relationships with people, you can suddenly be sendt out in an "away team" (the only part of the game not in a menu, but you just sit there watching people, either die, or not die.) If you are unlucky enough to be on an away team with a friend/girlfriend/boyfriend and they die, your character goes into a -100 mood and use a couple of days buying items that make you happy, and doing activities with others (via menu...) to be happy again.

It was kinda fun at the beginning, I was smirking at the whole - mocking facebook - aspect, until I realized that was all the game was. The ending was the thing that made ME go to a -100 mood, it was as if nothing I had just done mattered, and I was introduced to a small summery of stats, and then directed right back to the main menu. It has no replay value, and for the price, I was expecting a LOT more.

This game should be priced under the $5 / 5€ mark. The graphics are lacking, the characters look horrible, eventually everyone looks similar, there are no decent faces - female characters seemed like the men just with added boobs. The only thing you see regarding the space station, is the actual space station viewed from the main menu and intro, and where you're character stands (in some kind of hall way?) so it's the same static image constantly - oh wait, you also get to see the same background every time you get sent out in the away team.

The sad thing is, this is still an improvement from their other games. I'm guessing just to stay away from anything made by Positech. After this, and the whole Kudos series, I'm officially giving up.

Honestly, I don't understand how Positech hasn't gone bankrupt. The reviews from Rock Paper Shotgun, The Escapist and Softpedia, reflect exactly why no one should listen to them. Ever.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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89 of 108 people (82%) found this review helpful
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29 reviews
10.8 hrs on record
Compared to other games of it's genre, it is overpriced, though it matches the proce of the Positech game this is a re-painting of: Kudos 2. For those that like the idea of a social management game, there are java based phone games, android games and I'm sure IOS games that have more to offer in the free to $10 range, but on the PC, Positech's Kudos and this are it without counting the Sims, which is really a whole different experience.

It is a social life management game. You are given so many tme units a day to allocate your time and try to manage the life of your character, try to inch up the job ladder and anything beyond that is fed as backstory clues but the game itself is of a style more befitting a tablet than a PC interface.

As far as the style of game goes, it is pretty average in it's genre, and have seen cell-phone games that had more to offer. For those that like the genre of game (which I do, in some of my moods) it's worth getting, but unless you love the game style, not at $20. $5 to $10 would be a much more typical pricetag for what is being offered. If you don't already know and like the genre, there are much better games out there to experiment with the genre, starting with the game this one almost clones: Kudos 2, which you can usually pick up for $5.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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81 of 112 people (72%) found this review helpful
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33 reviews
1.0 hrs on record
A game about social networking.. and guess what.. it´s just as boring as the real deal -.-

It repeats itself quite fast, there is way too few change in the daily activity and your "goals" as well as the actions of the "people" are senseless and stupid.

Add this to the high price for such a game and the very few connections it actually has to Star Trek, which it wants to imitate with this "Red Shirt" thing and the away missions.. leaves only one thing

Thumb down!
Posted: November 29th, 2013
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47 of 61 people (77%) found this review helpful
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11 reviews
4.3 hrs on record
The disappointment first arrived when I realized that, yes, the artwork in-game is worse than the preview screenshots. Since then that disappointment has mutated into full-blown ennui. I caution anyone considering whether or not to buy this game to wait for a discount. Please don't buy this game at its regular price; don't make the same mistake that I did.

At first glance, Redshirt looks like a SciFi offering along the lines of Long Live the Queen, Magical Diary, and so on, but don't be fooled. While other slice-of-life simulation/RPG blends provide a decent story and actual rewards for game progression, Redshirt laughs in the user's face as it generates more and more lifeless content to grind through.

All the shortcomings of an independent development house mixed with all the malice and hate from triple-A publishers.
Caveat emptor.

The Good:
- Star Trek inspired universe
- multiple species available as player races
- wide range of interests and skills

The Bad:
- clunky engine and interface
- no quick-save/load
- unnecessary actions-per-day economy
- fast-paced gameplay mixed with slow progression

The Ugly:
- the graphic designs are just cheap--no other word for it
- the NPCs have zero personality beyond randomly generated messages and posts; cardboard and forgetable
- mind-numbing grind that never really pays off
Posted: December 17th, 2013
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2014 IGF Awards: Excellence in Narrative - Honorable Mention