Signs of Life is a sci-fi survival sandbox platformer with a combination of procedurally generated and hand-crafted content. You'll explore mysterious locations, Mine blocks for resources, and meet strange (and some familiar) creatures, some of which don't even want to kill you and eat your corpse.
User reviews: Very Positive (300 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 27, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We wanted to get our game in the hands of as many people as possible, as soon as possible. We are a tiny team with no budget, so Early Access will allow us to think longer-term, and ultimately deliver a better game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until we finish the content we have planned for the 1.0 release. We can't give you an ETA at this point, as we're still quite far from being finished.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will have more content, a complete, satisfying narrative and less bugs. What we have in the current Early Access build is a solid foundation, but now our job is to expand on that content in order to finish the game. At some point between now and release, we are also planning on implementing online co-op multiplayer.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version of Signs of Life is very playable and stable. What we have now is a solid experience, although it has only a portion of the planned total content.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We have no plans to change the price between now and release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“In any way we can. We're active on the Steam forums, and we love getting feedback from the community. The more you guys get involved and tell us what we're doing wrong the better the game is sure to get. We take criticism well, so don't be shy =)”
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May 8

Signs of Life Update 0.47

Heya folks, got another update for you, sorry for the long delay since the last update but it took us awhile to work most of the kinks out of the new tree system but it also gave us time to add a bunch of fun new stuff.

We totally re-did the tree system, which unfortunately means your trees and bushes will be wiped from existing maps and you'll probably see some fruits floating in the air where the trees/bushes used to be. You may need to use the sandbox menu to generate another map, grab some fruits, and then eat them to get the seeds to begin repopulating your pre-patch worlds with trees. On the plus side, the new trees look and work a lot better, and more details about the system are below in the notes.

We changed a lot of the behind the scenes stuff related to saving items, creatures, projects and bushes, so definitely let us know if you notice any weirdness with things not being saved correctly.

Let us know if you notice any major performance changes, the new way we're saving items may cause some lag and if so we have some ways to speed it up but we're not sure if it will cause a problem yet.

Most of the new content this update was a direct result of the feedback we've been getting from players, so we want to everyone out there for their suggestions and criticisms =) If you run into any issues, let us know in the comments, the forums or you can email us directly at playsignsoflife@gmail.com

New Content
  • Added 3 new creatures
    • Sulfur gas creature - Found at medium or deeper depth

    • Plant creature - Found occasionally on the surface of the planet

    • Goat - Found on the surface of the planet
  • New tree system

    • 4 total tree types, each with their own fruit type (including 3 new fruits) that return a seed to your inventory when eaten.
    • 2 wood types, one contains sap and the other contains rubber
    • Trees now grow slowly, but grow while you are away (even when you are offline)
    • Fruit now grows slower, but also grows while you are away
    • Trees re-grow limbs as long as you don't cut it down to a stump.
    • In order to remove a tree, you must destroy the stump with an axe.
    • You cannot break the blocks under a tree.
  • Tree tap item added, can be attached to a tree limb or trunk and generates sap or rubber over time. Holds up to 20 sap or rubber at a time.

  • Added a Material Grinder that grinds up basic materials like stone and granite in order to find trace metals.

  • Added a Backglider - Allows you to glide while falling and holding the jump button

  • Sulfur gas gun - Fires blasts of sulfur gas

  • Razor Leaf Sword
  • Added 4 new materials
    • Laminous Wing
    • Gas Bladder
    • Sulfurous Ash
    • Razor Leaf Blade
  • Added 3 new fruits
    • Jiggly Fruit
    • Delicious Fruit
    • Sweet Fruit
  • Added 3 new seeds
    • Jiggly Fruit Seed
    • Delicious Fruit Seed
    • Sweet Fruit Seed

New Recipes
  • Backglider - 2x Laminous Wing, 4x Bone
  • Sulfur Gas Gun - 1x Gas Bladder, 3x Plastic, 4x Iron Ingot
  • Razor Leaf Sword - 1x Razor Leaf Blade, 4x Plant Fibers
  • Tree Tap - 3x Iron Ingots
  • Sulfuruous Ash - 1x Sulfur, Requires a mortar and pestle tool as well as a heat source
  • Material Grinder - 8x Plastic, 12x Iron, 4x Unrefined Glass

UI Changes
  • Added a loot all button to containers that takes every item from a container and puts it in your inventory
  • Added buttons to the GPS Device. You can still use the mouse and scroll wheel to navigate, but now there are some buttons too.

    • A button for centering on the player
    • A button for zooming in and out as well as a zoom level display
    • A button for panning around the map
  • Replaced ore sprites on the GPS Device, more sprites coming for bones/coal/anthracite/amber
  • GPS Device mineral scan visibility duration doubled
  • Added a funky holo effect thing to the background of the GPS Device
  • Added the ability to label containers. Labelled containers will show the text over the container item while inside other containers.

  • Blocks with rounded corners should no longer leave gaps when placed next to each other. Let us know if you notice blocks that still leave annoying gaps

Gameplay Changes
  • Flint and Rocks are now throwable
  • Reduced blue flying creature spawn rate a bit

Bug Fixes
  • Changed the way the world is saved - This should fix several minor bugs such as items popping out of containers, items not saving proper positions in containers, as well as some dupe bugs related to containers. Let us know if you notice any issues with saving, such as items disappearing after quitting and loading the game
  • Fixed buggy player movement while walking on rotated/flipped sloped blocks
  • Possible fix for issue related to not gaining fullness upon eating
  • Fix for an issue related to crafting using items taken from a worktable in the world
  • Fixed a crash related to sound effects during the intro escape pod section. The crash should only happen on systems without a sound device, and there will likely be other crashes but this should fix the first one and we'll go from there.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the kinetic inductor to not work when encumbered
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent you from splitting items in containers in the world
  • Fixed the AGIS button the HUD
  • The players fists are now "unequipped" when you die

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February 27

Signs of Life Update 0.46

Update time, yay! Got some fun new toys and features for you folks, let us know if you run into any issues. We changed the way the static lighting works a bit (with torches, etc) so let us know if you notice any reduction in performance. As always, we'd love to hear your thoughts, so don't be shy and let us know what you think in the comments =)

New Content
  • Added the teleporter project! Build two, set them to the same symbol and instantly transport yourself (and anything inside the teleporter) across the world.

  • Added a deployable turret! It loads 9mm ammo and must be retracted to pick it up. Prevents mob spawning nearby.

  • Added flare arrows (Flarrow!)

  • Added Bone Arrows

New Recipes
  • Steel turret - 1x Microchip, 1x Steel Machine Parts, 1x Steel Gun Parts, 1x Large Battery, 1x D6 Polymer (Requires Material Printer)
  • Flare arrows - 1x Aluminum Ingot, 1x Bauxite Ore, 1x Iron Ore (Makes 3)
  • Bone arrows - 1x Bone, 5x Sticks, 5x Feathers (Makes 5)
  • Power Core - 3x Large Battery, 3x Steel Ingots, 3x Plastic, 1x Refined Rose Quartz (Requires Material Printer)

UI Changes
  • Added cursor icons when hovering over things. Let us know if you notice things that we missed that you think should have cursors.

  • Fixed some issues with the medium and large fonts.

Gameplay Changes
  • Added reload animation to grenade launchers.
  • Reduced regeneration salve effect by half, it was pretty overpowered considering you could use 2 and combine it with the health regen from being well fed.
  • Doubled energy regen per step of kinetic inductor

Bug Fixes
  • Changed saving method for player inventory, should be backwards compatible but let us know if you notice any missing items or anything like that.
  • Disabled connection to local server by default, may cause issues so let us know if you have problems dropping items, things not working as expected, etc. This should fix the issue for people who were having problems dropping items.
  • Changing font with a dialogue box open will now properly resize the dialogue box.
  • Changed static lighting system (torches, etc) to hopefully be a bit more optimized. Should result in fewer hitches with lots of static lights, let us know if you see a reduction in performance.
  • Kinetic inductors now properly stop working when unequipped

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About This Game

Signs of Life is a sci-fi survival sandbox platformer with a combination of procedurally generated and hand-crafted content. You'll explore mysterious locations, Mine blocks for resources, and meet strange (and some familiar) creatures, some of which don't even want to kill you and eat your corpse. Along the way, you'll be able to craft armor, weapons, gadgets and more to assist you in surviving in an inhospitable environment.

Story

Sensing that an apocalyptic war was imminent, the United Nations executed a last ditch plan to save what they could of the human race. 2 crafts were launched, a massive colony ship called the Hephaestus and a smaller, faster scout ship called the Hermes. The destination was a recently discovered earth-like planet with the potential to harbor life located roughly 18 light years away. The Hermes reached the planet first in order to establish a presence in anticipation of the arrival of the Hephaestus.

4 years later, as the Hephaestus approached its destination a faint signal was detected from a nearby asteroid. Against their better judgement, the crew of the Hephaestus decided to investigate, and in doing so set in motion a chain of events that would ultimately lead to their destruction.

The good news is, you managed to survive by hitching a ride on a small escape pod just in the nick of time. The bad news is, everyone you knew and loved is dead, you have nothing but the clothes on your back, a standard issue multi-function wrist laser and a faulty artificial intelligence companion named AGIS. Oh, and the human race is probably doomed.

Probably.

Features

  • An expansive world with procedurally generated and hand-crafted content.
  • A bunch of weird alien creatures.
  • Some familiar creatures.
  • Chickens.
  • Mining, hunting, gathering.
  • Gobs of ores, materials and animal organs you can use to...
  • Craft all kinds of weapons, armor, gadgets, furniture, etc.
  • A bit of story and lore to hold the whole thing together.
  • Eggs.
  • All spiritual content in this game has been assessed by Dr. Halamkah, advisor to the stars.

Current State of Development

Signs of Life is currently in Alpha. We feel like we've put together a fun, satisfying experience that will allow us to get wider feedback while we complete the rest of the game.

Right now our first priority is making sure that the content we have in-game is as bug-free, balanced, polished and fun as possible based on feedback from you folks. Our second priority is working on the co-op online multiplayer, which we have been working on since day one, but we don't feel is ready for prime time. In addition to those priorities, we'll be adding content to the game regularly as we finish fleshing out the game. We have a significant prologue/tutorial planned, as well as significant content beyond what is currently playable, so the sooner you get involved the more of an effect you'll have on the final game. We deal in hard science, and in working very closely with our personal science advisor at Sweet Dog Studios, that tends to lead to results.

We are still very much in development, and we would like you to join us in shaping the game from here on out. Your feedback is vital to us, so don't be shy =)

Caveats/Issues

  • Multiplayer is not yet implemented, but we have been working on it since the beginning and it is our next major milestone.
  • Some sound effects are missing, but we are actively working on filling them in.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with Shader Model 2 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2+ GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with Shader Model 2 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Early Access Review
This game is a side scroller. A super deep, and very atmospheric side scroller, that let's you kill, build, and dig your way to complete domination of your little section of the world... which is pretty big, actually.

The combat in this game isn't too engaging, although it can be pretty funny to kill a chicken with a rock. Actually though, this game is more about finding and crafting the plans, metals and machinery to build a really cool laser rife to seriously kill that chicken... and anything else that comes your way. Careful for the huge, metal, mechanical chicken that you may run into later on, though, as he'll probably be looking for some payback for all those dead chickens.

This game will keep you guessing for some time, and you'll probably need some cheat help to get you moving along at times. It will keep you entertained for hours, although the long term replay value may be a little lacking. I played it for over 40 hours before losing interest.... so it was definetely worth the money to me.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Early Access Review
First encounter with a spitter...peed my pants/10. I definetly recommend this game if you love terraria and or starbound.
One of the reasons Im loving this game is because it has a "realistic" feel to it. Mostly just the movements of your character. Its a challenge at first, frustrating even, not a bad thing! You get a feeling of accomplishment when you craft some hard ♥♥♥♥. I'm excited to see what the developers will come up with next! For the price it's at, it's a steal in my opinion, this game is, and will be a grade A gem when it's fully done! Fantastic game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Early Access Review
Great job devs! Played 10 hours and found it very entertaining, and very close to the fun I experienced with similar titles. I'm gonna wait till multiplayer is released to give it a more serious go. ;)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Early Access Review
I purchased this game after reading through the negative reviews and seeing the developer personally answer each. That says alot about the interest the developer has to his player-base. Thanks for that. In terms of the game itself, it doesn't seem like much when you first see the online video and feels a little "strange" when first playing. However, the game is carefully crafted and well designed. What takes the most time is the controls. But hit ESC and select "Keybinds" to see them all. Also, the environment is wonderful. I love the way each sprite is rendered. It has a simple system for these sprites and focuses on the main goals of the game. I love the amount of content. Literally everything has a purpose. The building mechanics are simple enough and well designed to give you exactly the immersion needed and nothing more. Also, I LOVE that the games make no *elaborate* claims. The game is exactly what the description promise. Additionally, nothing ever feels monotone and the game lays out a well defined goal. And, this game has no MODDING capabilities yet (still a work in progress). This I LOVE!! Because it means the developer actually built (is building) this game, not relying on his users to create new functionality or add new content.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Early Access Review
I give this game two thumbs up!

Basically finished all the progression/story content in about 30hrs and I can hardly wait for the complete version. WAY more fun than Starbound. The writing is funny, and I really liked the designers approach to mining/exploring.

Now, there were a couple things that bugged me, but they are so minor that they aren't even worth listing. Great job dev's, can't wait for 1.0!


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