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.
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Mixed (350 reviews) - 40% of the 350 user reviews for this game are positive.
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!


  • 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.

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System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
    • Processor: 2 gig
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: any
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
This game has the potential to be a decent game, but it has a number of frustrating bugs that have never been fixed that greatly take away from the game experience. For that reason I can not currently recommend this game to anyone, however if they ever issue an update that fixes these bugs then I would definitely change my review to reflect that as the game would be more playable.

Bug #1: Game can become unplayable due to a livelock. To reproduce, wait until the start of a new day when you have one pre-work action available. Bring up the Social Map, then click on any person to bring up their Spacebook profile on the left. Click "Like" on any of their Spacebook posts and the game triggers "work mode" that pops up a dialogue box half on top of Spacebook on the left, and half underneath the Social Map on the right. You have to ALT-F4 out of the game as input is no longer processed at all.

Bugs #2: This is a multitude of identical bugs. Within the Skills & Inventory screen, if you go through each of the available Skills one at a time, then click on each of the "EVENTs" listed for them, it brings up the chosen event on the left hand side pane. Many of these events are buggy however and the actual event that shows up on the left, does not match the name of the event you clicked on on the event list.

I've made screenshots of these bugs in my public Steam profile:

These bugs make the game frustrating and make various paths through the game impossible because you are unable to advance certain skills properly because the events to do so bring up the wrong actual event, so you do not gain the correct skill points.

If they fix these bugs, I will update my review and change my recommendation, but until then I caution people to pass on this game for now.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2015
Humor based on Star Trek

The game is, in more than one sense of the word hillarious. In this game you are one of the countless "Red-Shirts", that were often used as - alien trap discharge - units in the TOS and TNG Series. Work yourself up, from the security standard issue "Mop the Warp Conduits" - Worker up to high levels of social ranks on a large spaceship on a long term tour.

Oh, and don't forget the merrits of programming the replicators with 999 cat-food recipes, or learning how to use alien melee weaponry as meditative art form. Yes, the game is funny, it has a strong connection to Star Trek, and some other space opera. But I am quite torn if I should give the game a recommendation at all. To a hardcore, blood and grit Science Fiction fan the game can be an outright insult.

Acutally sometimes the game reminds me in one way or another of a "How to die a gruesome death in an entertaining way"-Simulator... Because of the god damn title... not because it is one... and I am always reminded on the "Redshirt Blues"... and some other rather derogative terms used to describe the actual use of sacrificial lambs in modern media.

Yeah, the game is funny - but it's also getting quite boring after a while, and you always think, "Ok, it's in my library now, but I don't have the nerve playing it at the moment..." and you will find at last a dozen of reasons why to let it rot like a lead duck in a swampy pond... mostly because it is as entertaining as the same duck down there.

  • The actual "Redshirt" joke.
  • Good learning curve, the game is easy to master.
  • Turns into boredom really fast.
  • Can be an insult to a fan of the series.
  • Some of the events in the game can drive you really, really nuts - because... it has a very, very strong Rinse and Repeat feel.
  • Only moderate value for the money rating in my opinion.

Not Recommended, but read further!

The game has it's humorous silver linings - but there is too much low humor in the game to make it really a worthwhile addition to any collection. The price is too high for a casual game that might give you only a limited time of fun, and the time of wearing it out can come very, very suddenly... Oh, and yeah, it has also some dating sim qualities... which - well, darn it - I think I dive for the lead duck, it's more fun!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
I honestly don't understand why this game has so many negative reviews. It's funny, entertaining, and give you many options and paths to reach your goal, giving it a high replay value. Recommended especially for fans of Star Trek.
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240 of 269 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
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.

Update 1-19-15

It ain't worth 9.99 either. This is a glorified cell phone app.
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205 of 240 people (85%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013

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.
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