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 (267 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
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 7
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Is this game serious? what a piece of crap 0/10 !!
Posted: October 17
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Not fun.
Posted: October 3
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
i Dont like the game because It seems boring to me.....
Posted: October 16
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 28
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 4
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Facebook Simulator 2013. All the annoying bits of Facebook, without the friends.
Posted: May 1
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
In Redshirt you are a new arrival on a space station and your objective is to manage relationships with people and improve your stats and rise through the ranks. You do this through a social network called "Spacebook", the gameplay is basically micromanaging relationships and skill training with a limited amount fo daily points to use before something mysterious occurs after a set amount of days on the station. The gameplay is very repetetive and if you can't see yourself enjoying doing basically the same thing all game then I really can't recommend this to you. A slight pro for the game is the myriad of references to various sci-fi series that might amuse the player.

Having completed the game in 4 hours or less I honestly can't recommend this game at the current price. Did I enjoy the game? Yes I did, but I only paid 1€ for it. The game has some replay value, but that is limited by how interested you are in doing the same thing over and over again with a slightly different goal.
Posted: May 7
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
RedShirt is like a facebook parody meets a dating sim, and I had some fun with my emotionless Android trying to make his way through the ranks. Unfortunately the Facebook joke wore out quickly, and the dating sim turned out to be really stat-heavy and prone to some grinding in order to get the next job offer, and my boss was a relentless racist so I couldn't get it anyway, and that's when I got frustrated and gave up.
Posted: May 25
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
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?
Posted: May 13
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Had expected an actual playable game. like walking around and such, but i have to admit its fairly crappy, regretting spending the 10 bucks on this 1. if i had wanted something incessant like a social network id still be using facebook.
Posted: May 4
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: May 10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Better use Facebook than this...
Posted: June 19
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Facebook the space game.
Posted: September 12
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Best game <3 x
Posted: September 17
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
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...")
Posted: July 3
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Not recommended unless you're really into playing "Facebook Simulator 1.0"
Posted: September 3
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Star Trek: The Facebook Generation
Posted: August 31
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
As a Crip, I feel that owning this game is a genuine threat to my personal safety.
Posted: June 8
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Got promoted, made a new relationship with something resembling I usually eat, learned new things, and did it all while a friend died on an away mission.

10/10
Posted: June 27
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