Sea of Stars is a starship roguelike, a sandbox adventure game of interstellar exploration and combat. Travel from star to star, upgrade your ship with new systems and weapons, build up your flotilla with allies and mercenaries, and take on a variety of alien menaces.
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24 лютого

Sea of Stars update - version 1.1.2 released!

Today's update brings a slew of improvements. The most visible among them is an entirely new step-by-step tutorial that guides you through the various user interfaces in the game. Full change list below:

  • New "How to Play" tutorial sequence, replaces old tutorial mode
  • Added mouseover "tool tip" on ship palette in combat
  • Fighter icons are now a different size from ships
  • Home worlds / special places now play music when you go back
  • Added a rare special encounter, "Vortex Beast"
  • Additional script functions for timed events
  • Star map filter buttons retain state in between games
  • Moved hard-coded UI strings to english.txt
  • Improved Pirate insignia
  • Fixed crash on fleeing carriers
  • Fixed fleeing carriers launching fighters when off the map
  • Fixed carriers launching fighters while cloaked
  • Fixed placeholder graphics on Muktian fighter bay
  • Fixed Klakar nest graphic not showing up if egg raid quest is active

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12 січня

Sea of Stars update - version 1.1.1 released!

Today's update brings several bug fixes as well as a few feature updates. Among them, it's now possible to both scroll and rotate the star map (as well as the mod editor interfaces) by using the left and right mouse buttons. This brings it better in line with the combat UI and should make it easier to navigate. Full change list below:

  • Enabled scroll/pan on starmap and in editor
  • Added a more convenient "standard items" inventory at home worlds.
  • Added indication that a quest is ongoing (when timer is paused or changed)
  • Added a random event featuring a battle at the Klakar Nest
  • Added a custom mouse pointer
  • Improved hitpoint/shield bar visibility for the colorblind
  • New theme music for the pirates
  • Fixed Damocles star system having the wrong planet type
  • Fixed enemies stopping while player is cloaked
  • Fixed Continuum Renderer showing blips orbiting unexplored black hole
  • Fixed buggy achievements: Spare Parts, Topologist
  • Fixed mods not loading custom music

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Sea of Stars continues the Infinite Space series of games that defined the genre of short-form space roguelikes in Strange Adventures in Infinite Space (2001) and Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space (2005). It compresses a galaxy-spanning starship adventure into the space of a single sitting, but as the game world is randomly generated each time you play, you will keep coming back for more. There is enough variety in items, aliens and special encounters that you will always discover something new - no two sessions play the same.

Sea of Stars begins in the Glory star system, in an area of space known as the Purple Void for its colorful nebular clouds. The long-isolated Terran colony of Hope has discovered the secret of faster-than-light travel, and an age of interstellar adventure has begun. Choose your starship and blast off into the Infinite Space in search of fame and fortune! Travel from star to star, explore planets and discover strange lifeforms and artifacts left behind by ancient empires. Find technology to upgrade your ship and gain allies to grow your flotilla. Encounter bizarre and delightful alien races, trade with them or blow them up - the decision is yours. And sometimes, you will face an existential threat to all life in the sector, and get to save the world.

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Windows
Mac OS X
    Мінімальні:
    • ОС: Windows XP
    • Процесор: 1.8GHz
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 2048 MB ОП
    • Відеокарта: 256MB OpenGL compatible
    • Місце на диску: 500 MB доступного місця
    • Звукова карта: 16-bit stereo sound
    Мінімальні:
    • ОС: OS X 10.9
    • Процесор: 1.8GHz
    • Оперативна пам’ять: 2048 MB ОП
    • Відеокарта: 256MB OpenGL compatible
    • Місце на диску: 500 MB доступного місця
    • Звукова карта: 16-bit stereo sound
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ahertono
( 272.2 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 9 квітня
Sea of Stars is the absolute apogee of the series. Having been a satisfied customer since the Early Access phase, I have played it so often, and enjoyed it so much, that I will heartily recommend it to anyone looking for a great indie title. Everything - from the 3D map and graphics, to the extra content (which makes up for that which was removed) lifts it well above its illustrious predecessor, which is saying something considering I also loved Weird Worlds. Don't miss out on your chance to explore the galaxy... in 15 minutes or less!
Jester
( 0.5 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 5 квітня
Really disappointing. I've owned and played the previous 2 for years and looked forward to this 3rd installment.

The 3-d is unnecessary, confusing, and poorly executed. The gui is non-intuitive, the controls more so, and general usability suffers, especially in light of how the previous 2 worked.

Game play is similar, with the expected races and worlds, treasures and artifacts. The "value" of an item isn't as obvious now, and they've added a credit system of sorts, both of which are interesting improvements. There's a few new twists on some old favorites, but combat seems even flukier and one sided than the first... I went from steam-rolling fight after fight to getting annihlated in the blink of an eye, with no in between or warning. Sure, this is a rogue-like, but even rogue didn't pit you up against Dragons in dungeon level 2.

I can't recommend this game, and it bothers me that I can't. This reminds me of Masters of Orion 3... I was excited and had great expectations, but was thoroughly let down.
triad4evr
( 95.9 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 16 березня
This is perhaps my favorite "Rogue Like" game since it's really difficult to get stuck with utterly nothing to due because of bad randomness. Sometimes you have to do a lot of running away, but there's always something to do! If I had one complaint it is that the game is too short- I often finally get rolling with a couple of decent higher-end ships and I am out of time. But that's a minor quibble. There's no "save game" either, but the average game is pretty short so that's okay too.
magpiess
( 1.2 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 14 березня
I have been a fan of the Infinite Space series since I found Strange Adventures in Infinite Space a few years ago. The series is quite unique and has that "one more game" kind of addictiveness that keeps you coming back. Werid Worlds has always been one of my favorite games to take a short break with. Unfortunately, I can't reccomend Sea of Stars. Aside from the 3D models and world map, there is almost no new content, and what is new is superficial at best. What's more, the addition of another dimension does little to improve the game, rather making maneuvering through the menus much more confusing than the previous title. If the developers had just focused on adding as much content to the established engine as possible, I would likely be much more enthusastic about Sea of Stars. In it's current state, however, I am dissapointed.
Rei Ayanami <3
( 1.1 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 27 лютого
Its great, regularly on sale in bundles too, I absolutely recommend this.
Detocroix
( 0.2 год. зареєстровано )
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Додано: 30 січня
It's hard to point exactly where they went wrong with Infinite Space III because majority of the basic gameplay is either the same as in the earlier game OR weaker than in the earlier game.

The basic content is there, but it's barely different from the earlier ones.

The combat is somewhat similar, but even more simplified and with a very tiny battlefield.

The gui is... it's like they wanted to simplify it by looking at how mobile games do the gui, but then decided to make it more complex, unlike in mobile games, and now it's some really really weird hybrid that makes no sense either way.

The galaxy map... oh boy... It is usable, to some degree, but it is definitely a lot weaker than in Weird Worlds.

The graphics... Well I am a game artist myself, and I look a lot at art in games, and they literally went from high detailed 2D ships to extremely low detail low polygon 3D ships. Just the ships alone make me feel sad, because they had such a beautiful combo in Weird Worlds and now they are visually far from it.

Sadly I can't recommend this game at all, however, I highly recommend the Weird Worlds (earlier game). It is very good, visually pleasing, and a very interesting experience. This however... not worth it.
gnat
( 6.8 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 30 січня
3D + Content Pack for Weird Worlds.

Cons: Unpolsihed UI and NO LINUX??!! 3D space navigation takes a lot of time to get used to.

Pros: Gushing with content. Has the trademark ominus "thunderbirds/starfox" deep space feel of the originals. New races are awesome, cool to see Flotilla and FTL references.
spillblood
( 1.7 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 24 січня
I've played the two previous titles in the series, Weird Worlds and Strange Adventures in Infinite Space a lot. Like those two this is a great roguelike game for short playthroughs, with a high difficulty. Fans of FTL should check this out, Infinite Space 1 + 2 inspired it.
GreyGoth
( 58.1 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 19 січня
Complete piece of crap. Unbalanced game play and nearly unwinnable 75% of the time even with the best weapons and shields. Ugly too with poor controls. Screens for inventory overlap hardpoints on your ship that you are trying to use. Annoying and constant large pop ups for new ships as they become availble blocking your screen. A complete mess from a formerly great franchise.
mindlace
( 25.5 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 16 січня
Absolutely brilliant follow-up to Weird Worlds and Infinite Space II. If you liked either of those games or you like exploration games - you must buy this one! Whatever complaints there may have been regarding navigating the star-map don't hold true in the latest version.

It contains everything I loved about the old version - fairly complex system under the hood with a user-friendly surface - with a gorgeous 3d interface. I loved the way it popped on my Retina display - most games insist on playing themselves in low-res mode but this was fully playable.

An amazingly polished game for an indie studio. I love it.
Devren
( 4.5 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 9 січня
A decent game.
Not great, almost good, but not quite.

The game has been significantly improved from EA, things seem to work better and there are not longer any place holder graphics(from what I can see atleast).

I would say its worth maybe $3-5 not $10.
I would try to get it for $1-2. (I got it from a bundle)
I'm going to be nice and recommend it, as its kind of fun.

Negatives:
The game feels pointless.
All you do is explore but in my last playthrough I explored 100% of the galaxy and couldn't find anything else to do, so I just wandered around till time was up.
Everything is random, with no good point or story.
There is very little challenge.
The the 3d map is annoying rather then a nice feature.
A lot of stuff is unexplained and unintuitive.
Personally I liked the last one better.
weregamer
( 119.5 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 7 січня
Having played each of its predecessors, I was expecting to find this game fun enough to play for a while and then put down; but in fact I've found it surprisingly sticky. It's not the game I play for hours on end, but it has a firm niche as the game I'll play when I have just a half hour or so to play.

The 3D map is a bit hard to work with; it could really use a way to pan around so you can see more distant parts of the map (and a way to reset to your actual position, of course).

Even more desperately it needs a search function to find systems (whose names are known from the start) or planets/features that you have discovered. In several of the possible plots there are messages that name a specific system, leaving you squinting at the map trying to find it.

Despite those QoL problems, this game marks the point at which there are finally enough random things in various pools (especially possible plots) that playing it several times back to back doesn't become boring.

I've come to despise the label "rogue-like", which more and more is the refuge of game designers who can't come up with anything better than a random map with no story. But this game is really as interesting and deep as Rogue was; if you've never played a game in this series you will likely be discovering and trying new things for a dozen or more playthroughs before you start to work on "winning". Unlike Rogue, though, even a successful playthrough is only a few hours of your life spent, not days - and that makes dying and restarting a cause to decide whether you want to go to bed yet, instead of a cause to decide whether you want to throw your computer across the room.
Captain Suction
( 8.8 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 19 грудня 2015 р.
Everyone who played Weird Worlds (Infinite Space II) probably loved it as the '30 Minute Star Control 2'. Well, a decade later here's a third instalment that adds very little new and makes the UI far worse. Firstly, the horrendous 3D map. It takes a bit of getting used to, but eventually, if you turn Nebula Density down to low, you will learn to get around. The inventory and item collection screens are really clunky too, but after much trial and error you'll discover that deep down this is exactly the same game as Weird Worlds, except far ugly and harder to use.
yed_
( 0.7 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 18 грудня 2015 р.
I enjoyed the previous two games a lot, so I was really looking forward to this one too. So I backed it on Kickstarter ($25). Then it appeared in a really cheap bundle before the official release, so people who paid like $1 got the game much earlier than me. Yay!

The game... sucks. You know the quote how "every improvement is two steps back", right? That quote is about this game.

The universe is now 3d space instead of 2d plane, but THAT DOES NOT MAKE THE GAME MORE FUN. You fly somewhere, but you dont know where the planet exactly is, or how much nebula (a thing which slows you down a lot) you will fly through. The planets overlap each other, and some of them are really hard to spot and/or click on. All of this makes the exploration really frustrating. None of these problems were not present with the 2d universe.

The UI is horrible. In the previous games you could have opened multiple panels (ship equipment, cargo...) at the same time in the corner of the screen, and you could still play the game. Now everything opens in the middle of screen. So every time you want to do anything, you have to juggle with different panels overlaying each other. When you want to close the panels, you automatically hit Escape, which does not close the panel, but it asks you if you want to quit the game... and after some time you will realise that is actually the best thing you can do.
johnwh
( 29.6 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 11 грудня 2015 р.
A lot of games have tried to fill in the space exploration roguelike niche recently, but I find that none of them do it nearly as well as Digital Eel's classic Infinite Space series (Strange Adventures In Infinite Space and especially Weird Worlds: More Adventures In Infinite Space). Now, at last, we have a third game in the series.

Well, it's great! However.... There are some changes to the structure from previous games. The biggest one is that the starmap is now 3D! This makes the process of getting around the Purple Void a bit more challenging than before, and makes navigation a much larger part of the game. It's now no longer as obvious if your route will go through a nebula, in particular. (My advice: if the travel time says "at least X days", then a nebula will slow you down somewhere along the way.) The starmap screen is rather confusing. I can tell that some effort has gone into making it easier to understand, but it's easy for a new player to get overwhelmed by it all. I urge you to spend some time with it, figure out how to rotate and zoom in and out with the mouse, and treat its challenges as part of the game instead of a barrier to entry. It is definitely worth it.

For the most part the game content feels like a logical succession from Weird Worlds. There's a couple more races on each map and there are a few new items (not enough though, I'd say!). A few particular items, however, have been removed or nerfed: Hyperdrives are no longer as awesome as they once were, and the Aethric Mirror and Mantle of Babulon are gone completely.

Partly because of the missing items, and partly because of something I'll reveal next paragraph, combat is much more important to the game. You could often play entire games of Weird Worlds as a complete pacifist, or else just drag out a Chromium Gong for the one battle you have to fight. You end up having to fight to explore territory more often now. By the way, most alien races now have the ability to travel between systems, and sometimes you can explore a system you couldn't get to before because its guard has abandoned it.

Now, the biggest change. EVERY GAME HAS A MISSION NOW. In Weird Worlds, the primary game was exploration, building value, and getting back to Hope on time. But the game would secretly decide randomly, with a one-in-eight chance, that the current game would be a Mission Game. In those games, in addition to the normal quest given by Lextor Mucron/Col. Brass, you would have to do something extra to protect your homeworld. You might have to fend off an invasion by Ravians, locate and destroy the Yellow Kwangi, or in a complex sequence locate a powerful starship and use it to destroy the base of an evil space lord. Since the missions were rare, the all had an air of specialness, and knowing when you got one that you might not see it again for a long time was a great way of upping the stakes.

Well now, every game is a mission game. The missions from previous games seem to be back, and there are a couple more now. The stakes are not always so dire: at least one mission type doesn't result in the end of human life if you don't set it off!

However, there is a feeling that the mood of the game has changed. Because every game will have a mission somewhere, the goal of getting back home on time has been dropped; not only can you now retire anywhere with no penalty, but the game will ask if you want to do so the moment you finish the mission. The wonderful and quirky opening and closing text has been greatly abbreviated, and the special goals of Weird Worlds when played with the Science vessel, which could prioritize different aspects of exploration, are gone. In short, the game doesn't feel as much as it were /a bunch of strange adventures/ any more, which may be why that phrase is now sadly missing from the title.

Well, truthfully much of that stuff is still in the game. I wish it played more of a role, that it had been expanded, that the adventures were even stranger and more fun than Weird Worlds. Well, Weird Worlds still exists (and hey, now its $5!), it's still just as fun, and it's not going anywhere. Sea of Stars does not obsolete Weird Worlds: More Adventures In Infinite Space, and it is still lots of fun to play, even if the learning curve is a little steeper than before, and I'm sure the mod community will help it to thrive just as it did with the previous entires.
Nax_o
( 5.0 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 11 грудня 2015 р.
Little torn apart here wether this game is an improvement to the original or not.

So i suppose i'll meet in the middle and just say buy either this game or the original Infinite Space. You will not regret it if you like roguelike space-games for very quick gaming sessions that last from 5-30minutes. It does not really matter which game you play as you will either hate the game very soon or love it. Both have a learning curve in the beginning.

So why am i not sure about this game? UI in this game is horrible. The 3D space looks cool but it's sometimes just too hard to see properly the best possible route forward. The advantages that 3D brings are lost compared to the original 2D map. UI for handling wares, trading and combat is troublesome. and there is no longer any speed-up button for combat so now you really need to wait when approaching that big drifting hulk you want to board.

Encounters and Combat and items are somewhat the same-same as before with some changes. So no reason there to 'upgrade' if you already have the original. In the end though i will recommend this game any day - it is just so brilliantly made despite everything. Just do some home work first which version suits you best.
Spartan117
( 0.1 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 6 грудня 2015 р.
The game doesn't feel complete. The combat doesn't make sense, when I encounter an enemy it just goes back to the previous area, with no explanation.
monsterpancake
( 1.2 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 4 грудня 2015 р.
First of all, if you are a fan of Weird Worlds, you will enjoy this game. It plays very much like its predecessor, but with a 3D universe map. If anything, my quibble is that it plays a little bit TOO much like its predecessor. For the record, it's been about a decade since Weird Worlds, and we are not getting too many new ideas or upgrades with Sea of Stars. The ship models are cartoony and not very impressive, but the 2D art has improved overall. The unusual weapons, aliens, and planets are just as clever and enjoyable as before. The space combat actually seems to be a little more forgiving, and as a result, is more fun. Weird Worlds was ahead of the curve and was an unusual roguelike game before roguelikes became popular again. Now with games like FTL and Binding of Isaac out there, Infinite Space III feels a bit dated and dusty. Still a great time, just don't expect anything groundbreaking. Hope to see more innovation when Infinite Space IV hits the market in 2025.
Best Damn Gaming
( 0.4 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 28 листопада 2015 р.
SUCKS BALLSACK 0/10
Ludi_Cucek
( 29.3 год. зареєстровано )
Додано: 20 листопада 2015 р.
I was really excited to play this game, since I spend a lot of time playing the first two. I was, accually hoping they would focus more on expanding the universe, lore etc. rather than focusing on the 3D elements, since they don't improve the game that much. I like that they added the upgrade ship option but other than that not much new.
It's still the good old Infinite Space we love.
If you have 30-45 min to spare it's great to kill time and it has great replay value.
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Додано: 5 квітня
Really disappointing. I've owned and played the previous 2 for years and looked forward to this 3rd installment.

The 3-d is unnecessary, confusing, and poorly executed. The gui is non-intuitive, the controls more so, and general usability suffers, especially in light of how the previous 2 worked.

Game play is similar, with the expected races and worlds, treasures and artifacts. The "value" of an item isn't as obvious now, and they've added a credit system of sorts, both of which are interesting improvements. There's a few new twists on some old favorites, but combat seems even flukier and one sided than the first... I went from steam-rolling fight after fight to getting annihlated in the blink of an eye, with no in between or warning. Sure, this is a rogue-like, but even rogue didn't pit you up against Dragons in dungeon level 2.

I can't recommend this game, and it bothers me that I can't. This reminds me of Masters of Orion 3... I was excited and had great expectations, but was thoroughly let down.
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Додано: 4 грудня 2015 р.
First of all, if you are a fan of Weird Worlds, you will enjoy this game. It plays very much like its predecessor, but with a 3D universe map. If anything, my quibble is that it plays a little bit TOO much like its predecessor. For the record, it's been about a decade since Weird Worlds, and we are not getting too many new ideas or upgrades with Sea of Stars. The ship models are cartoony and not very impressive, but the 2D art has improved overall. The unusual weapons, aliens, and planets are just as clever and enjoyable as before. The space combat actually seems to be a little more forgiving, and as a result, is more fun. Weird Worlds was ahead of the curve and was an unusual roguelike game before roguelikes became popular again. Now with games like FTL and Binding of Isaac out there, Infinite Space III feels a bit dated and dusty. Still a great time, just don't expect anything groundbreaking. Hope to see more innovation when Infinite Space IV hits the market in 2025.
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8.8 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 19 грудня 2015 р.
Everyone who played Weird Worlds (Infinite Space II) probably loved it as the '30 Minute Star Control 2'. Well, a decade later here's a third instalment that adds very little new and makes the UI far worse. Firstly, the horrendous 3D map. It takes a bit of getting used to, but eventually, if you turn Nebula Density down to low, you will learn to get around. The inventory and item collection screens are really clunky too, but after much trial and error you'll discover that deep down this is exactly the same game as Weird Worlds, except far ugly and harder to use.
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0.7 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 18 грудня 2015 р.
I enjoyed the previous two games a lot, so I was really looking forward to this one too. So I backed it on Kickstarter ($25). Then it appeared in a really cheap bundle before the official release, so people who paid like $1 got the game much earlier than me. Yay!

The game... sucks. You know the quote how "every improvement is two steps back", right? That quote is about this game.

The universe is now 3d space instead of 2d plane, but THAT DOES NOT MAKE THE GAME MORE FUN. You fly somewhere, but you dont know where the planet exactly is, or how much nebula (a thing which slows you down a lot) you will fly through. The planets overlap each other, and some of them are really hard to spot and/or click on. All of this makes the exploration really frustrating. None of these problems were not present with the 2d universe.

The UI is horrible. In the previous games you could have opened multiple panels (ship equipment, cargo...) at the same time in the corner of the screen, and you could still play the game. Now everything opens in the middle of screen. So every time you want to do anything, you have to juggle with different panels overlaying each other. When you want to close the panels, you automatically hit Escape, which does not close the panel, but it asks you if you want to quit the game... and after some time you will realise that is actually the best thing you can do.
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1.2 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 12 листопада 2015 р.
Infinite space is back! It's still silly, it's still fun, and it's still the game we all loved. Apparently quite a few people were expecting a completely different game. They would also probably be complaining about that too.

While this game does have some small gameplay innovations, it is mostly an update of the game series with new graphics, UI, and such. If you're happy with the previous game, stick with it. I for one, feel it is a worthy update and as fun as ever.
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5.0 год. зареєстровано
Додано: 11 грудня 2015 р.
Little torn apart here wether this game is an improvement to the original or not.

So i suppose i'll meet in the middle and just say buy either this game or the original Infinite Space. You will not regret it if you like roguelike space-games for very quick gaming sessions that last from 5-30minutes. It does not really matter which game you play as you will either hate the game very soon or love it. Both have a learning curve in the beginning.

So why am i not sure about this game? UI in this game is horrible. The 3D space looks cool but it's sometimes just too hard to see properly the best possible route forward. The advantages that 3D brings are lost compared to the original 2D map. UI for handling wares, trading and combat is troublesome. and there is no longer any speed-up button for combat so now you really need to wait when approaching that big drifting hulk you want to board.

Encounters and Combat and items are somewhat the same-same as before with some changes. So no reason there to 'upgrade' if you already have the original. In the end though i will recommend this game any day - it is just so brilliantly made despite everything. Just do some home work first which version suits you best.
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Having played each of its predecessors, I was expecting to find this game fun enough to play for a while and then put down; but in fact I've found it surprisingly sticky. It's not the game I play for hours on end, but it has a firm niche as the game I'll play when I have just a half hour or so to play.

The 3D map is a bit hard to work with; it could really use a way to pan around so you can see more distant parts of the map (and a way to reset to your actual position, of course).

Even more desperately it needs a search function to find systems (whose names are known from the start) or planets/features that you have discovered. In several of the possible plots there are messages that name a specific system, leaving you squinting at the map trying to find it.

Despite those QoL problems, this game marks the point at which there are finally enough random things in various pools (especially possible plots) that playing it several times back to back doesn't become boring.

I've come to despise the label "rogue-like", which more and more is the refuge of game designers who can't come up with anything better than a random map with no story. But this game is really as interesting and deep as Rogue was; if you've never played a game in this series you will likely be discovering and trying new things for a dozen or more playthroughs before you start to work on "winning". Unlike Rogue, though, even a successful playthrough is only a few hours of your life spent, not days - and that makes dying and restarting a cause to decide whether you want to go to bed yet, instead of a cause to decide whether you want to throw your computer across the room.
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Додано: 11 грудня 2015 р.
A lot of games have tried to fill in the space exploration roguelike niche recently, but I find that none of them do it nearly as well as Digital Eel's classic Infinite Space series (Strange Adventures In Infinite Space and especially Weird Worlds: More Adventures In Infinite Space). Now, at last, we have a third game in the series.

Well, it's great! However.... There are some changes to the structure from previous games. The biggest one is that the starmap is now 3D! This makes the process of getting around the Purple Void a bit more challenging than before, and makes navigation a much larger part of the game. It's now no longer as obvious if your route will go through a nebula, in particular. (My advice: if the travel time says "at least X days", then a nebula will slow you down somewhere along the way.) The starmap screen is rather confusing. I can tell that some effort has gone into making it easier to understand, but it's easy for a new player to get overwhelmed by it all. I urge you to spend some time with it, figure out how to rotate and zoom in and out with the mouse, and treat its challenges as part of the game instead of a barrier to entry. It is definitely worth it.

For the most part the game content feels like a logical succession from Weird Worlds. There's a couple more races on each map and there are a few new items (not enough though, I'd say!). A few particular items, however, have been removed or nerfed: Hyperdrives are no longer as awesome as they once were, and the Aethric Mirror and Mantle of Babulon are gone completely.

Partly because of the missing items, and partly because of something I'll reveal next paragraph, combat is much more important to the game. You could often play entire games of Weird Worlds as a complete pacifist, or else just drag out a Chromium Gong for the one battle you have to fight. You end up having to fight to explore territory more often now. By the way, most alien races now have the ability to travel between systems, and sometimes you can explore a system you couldn't get to before because its guard has abandoned it.

Now, the biggest change. EVERY GAME HAS A MISSION NOW. In Weird Worlds, the primary game was exploration, building value, and getting back to Hope on time. But the game would secretly decide randomly, with a one-in-eight chance, that the current game would be a Mission Game. In those games, in addition to the normal quest given by Lextor Mucron/Col. Brass, you would have to do something extra to protect your homeworld. You might have to fend off an invasion by Ravians, locate and destroy the Yellow Kwangi, or in a complex sequence locate a powerful starship and use it to destroy the base of an evil space lord. Since the missions were rare, the all had an air of specialness, and knowing when you got one that you might not see it again for a long time was a great way of upping the stakes.

Well now, every game is a mission game. The missions from previous games seem to be back, and there are a couple more now. The stakes are not always so dire: at least one mission type doesn't result in the end of human life if you don't set it off!

However, there is a feeling that the mood of the game has changed. Because every game will have a mission somewhere, the goal of getting back home on time has been dropped; not only can you now retire anywhere with no penalty, but the game will ask if you want to do so the moment you finish the mission. The wonderful and quirky opening and closing text has been greatly abbreviated, and the special goals of Weird Worlds when played with the Science vessel, which could prioritize different aspects of exploration, are gone. In short, the game doesn't feel as much as it were /a bunch of strange adventures/ any more, which may be why that phrase is now sadly missing from the title.

Well, truthfully much of that stuff is still in the game. I wish it played more of a role, that it had been expanded, that the adventures were even stranger and more fun than Weird Worlds. Well, Weird Worlds still exists (and hey, now its $5!), it's still just as fun, and it's not going anywhere. Sea of Stars does not obsolete Weird Worlds: More Adventures In Infinite Space, and it is still lots of fun to play, even if the learning curve is a little steeper than before, and I'm sure the mod community will help it to thrive just as it did with the previous entires.
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Absolutely brilliant follow-up to Weird Worlds and Infinite Space II. If you liked either of those games or you like exploration games - you must buy this one! Whatever complaints there may have been regarding navigating the star-map don't hold true in the latest version.

It contains everything I loved about the old version - fairly complex system under the hood with a user-friendly surface - with a gorgeous 3d interface. I loved the way it popped on my Retina display - most games insist on playing themselves in low-res mode but this was fully playable.

An amazingly polished game for an indie studio. I love it.
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3D + Content Pack for Weird Worlds.

Cons: Unpolsihed UI and NO LINUX??!! 3D space navigation takes a lot of time to get used to.

Pros: Gushing with content. Has the trademark ominus "thunderbirds/starfox" deep space feel of the originals. New races are awesome, cool to see Flotilla and FTL references.
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It's hard to point exactly where they went wrong with Infinite Space III because majority of the basic gameplay is either the same as in the earlier game OR weaker than in the earlier game.

The basic content is there, but it's barely different from the earlier ones.

The combat is somewhat similar, but even more simplified and with a very tiny battlefield.

The gui is... it's like they wanted to simplify it by looking at how mobile games do the gui, but then decided to make it more complex, unlike in mobile games, and now it's some really really weird hybrid that makes no sense either way.

The galaxy map... oh boy... It is usable, to some degree, but it is definitely a lot weaker than in Weird Worlds.

The graphics... Well I am a game artist myself, and I look a lot at art in games, and they literally went from high detailed 2D ships to extremely low detail low polygon 3D ships. Just the ships alone make me feel sad, because they had such a beautiful combo in Weird Worlds and now they are visually far from it.

Sadly I can't recommend this game at all, however, I highly recommend the Weird Worlds (earlier game). It is very good, visually pleasing, and a very interesting experience. This however... not worth it.
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Wow, this is bad. I used to love previous ones but this... There is no new content, only major change is 3D galaxy map and its just awful, navigation is almost impossible.
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This is my updated review with some additional comments on game mechanics:

Some remarks about the current state of affairs (August 28, 2014)

1) This game is “work in progress” and some things may still change. So I encourage players to participate in this early access and give comments to developers. Devs are very friendly and listen to the community;
2) Even though it is “work in progress” – one can already enjoy the game, it is in a solid playable state now and very stable;
3) Devs update the game on regularly basis so any possible bugs and game crashes (if any) are handled very fast.

Basic game mechanics explained:

In a very simplified form:
- find yourself in your home system
- buy a ship that meets your strategy from a range of various hulls;
- get some equipment if you can afford it
- find an unexplored star,
- fly there;
- each star has just one planet that allows a player to: discover some equipment (shields, guns, propulsion systems and etc.), find some commodity, encounter an ally, hire a mercenary; trade with aliens; fight with aliens; some other event or a combination of all of these;
- if one has to fight then keep in mind that combat is not complicated and does not take a lot of time;
- upgrade your ship with new equipment if it gives you better stats and/or buy a new ship;
- find a new target to explore;

The Universe for you to explore is randomply generated each time you start a new game (items and encounters are also randomly placed);

The game has a time limit for your exploration (measured in in-game days) that depends on the galaxy size (now there is just one galaxy size) and the speed of your ship or ships in your fleet if you have more than one ship (that in its turn depends on the size of the ship and installed space drive; The better drives you find - the faster you fly, the less time it takes you to get to new stars, the more of the galaxy you can explore); Timelimit does not spoil the game process at all.

Comments about the game:

I) It is fun;
II) It is not complicated;
III) If one has only 15-45 minutes to play, then this game is a must; Yes, you can enjoy the game if you only have 15 minutes available.
IV) Some game mechanics is be a bit simplified but you are not purchasing this game because you expect it to be a Microsoft Flight simulator, right?;
V) In comparison to many “early access” games this one is already a finished product, stable and playable).


Bottom line: Buy, install, enjoy.
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I played this game's immediate predecessor, Weird Worlds, extensively, and made the "Odd Adventures" mod that racked up a little notoriety near the end of that game's shelf life with Shrapnel Games. As a result, I'd dare say that I have more experience with the Infinite Space series than anyone who hasn't actually worked on the games or made a large-scale modification of their own (Hi, sgqwonkian!)

I say that to say this: if you liked Weird Worlds, you will probably like "Sea of Stars", but the game's future will depend greatly on how much Digital Eel has put into this game's engine. If the modding options really are "all that and the kitchen sink", SoS should be able to have a good run... if not, it's little more than an incremental upgrade, with a few jarring changes from the comfortable SAIS-derived interface that will disconcert both newbies and veterans.

The most obvious change is that the game is now 3D. Unfortunately SoS seems to get all the worst aspects of this change: the ship models are not especially detailed, arguably being a downgrade from the 2D graphics in Weird Worlds. The combat is a 2.5D compromise, which retains a lot of the simplicity of the original game, but sacrifices perhaps the game's best chance of distinguishing itself from its predecessors. The star map is fully 3D, and this is every bit as disorienting as you would expect. It's pretty, but that's about all I can say for it; as the actual gameplay doesn't seem to differ in any way from what's provided by a 2D starmap, it seems like a change made for the sake of change. Various fans have suggested making the starmap a 2.5D map, with all the systems shown on a flat plane, and I can't say that I disagree with the idea; right now attempting to navigate the purple void is downright painful, compared to the easy play that was present in the previous two games. That said, the planets and stars look spectacular on a full screen, and the ability to freely rotate gives the player a lot of interesting views that they would have missed in the previous games.

The combat system is very similar to the one in WW, and retains many of its flaws, while adding a couple more. I'll start by mentioning the biggest improvement: you can now set exact paths for your ships to follow. Previously, your ship would go in a straight line to the coordinate you directed it at; now you can do something a little more elaborate, without having to keep your mouse over the ship.

As a tradeoff, though, It is now painfully difficult to control fighters in combat; ships don't seem to stay selected the way they used to. You have to drag in the direction you want the ship to go, and when you're in a fighter, that is simply not convenient... they keep slipping out from under the mouse. The way the game is set up discourages giving fighters the precise orders that made them so helpful in previous games in the series.

One interesting change is how the ships are deployed; in the previous game, you would pre-set a "formation" that your ships would appear in at the start of the battle. Now, you can dynamically deploy your ships anywhere on the map at the start of the battle, which gives you a few new tactical options that weren't available before. You also have the option of which ships to put into the fray; if you don't want to risk your weaker vessels in a hard fight, or your fleet on a first contact mission, you don't have to. Retreating is still cheap and easy, but your ships are now delayed for a second or two while they go into light speed, which gives your enemies a little time to hurt you before you run.

All in all, though, the combat is not a big improvement on SAIS or WW. It retains the same problem of being largely pre-determined after the initial ship deployment. I had mentioned in a post on the old WW mod forum that WW (and obviously, any successors) might be better served by having a more arcadey combat engine, and this is still the case. There isn't much in the way of tactics or ship maneuvering; most of fighting is just point your ship and shoot. For something that is such an important part of the game, that's less than desirable. Nowadays FTL is the definitive combat experience in space Rogue-likes, and SoS doesn't match up. The combat mechanics were decent back when SAIS first came out in the early 2000s, and tolerable in Weird Worlds in 2007, but it's looking very dated in 2014.

There are a few enhancements to the general game. Hope's Haven Station now handles transactions in credits, which has potential to make things very interesting for modders if the purchasing is handled as flexibly as it ought to be. The combat simulator now allows you to customize your ships, and includes a "tech level" slider for opposing fleets. This alludes to the possibility of having enemies that become more advanced and invent new ship classes during play, which is obviously exciting for modders. You can buy new ships from Haven Station with your earnings, which makes losing ships less painful and allows you to get better use of your profits from exploration.

There are also a few curious omissions in the current game. Firstly, there doesn't seem to be any option for customizing your mission's length. Secondly, the flavor text that existed at the beginning and ending of WW is entirely missing. You no longer return to Hope in glory to retire as the Fleet's new admiral, or get shaken down by thugs and left to rot as a funny-spore farmer; instead, you just get a short blurb that notes you retired/died in combat/got eaten by a space whale/whatever, and your score. I suppose dedicated players will write their own narratives, but at a first glance this definitely seems to take away from the immersion in the game. Finally, the combat simulator lacks the friend/foe options that existed in previous versions of the game, which makes it a little harder for someone who wants to create a multi-side grand battle. SoS is still in development, though, so perhaps these problems will be resolved in later versions of the game.

The bottom line... do I recommend this? Like I said before, a lot of what SoS does is based on the previous games in the series. If this was 2007, I could say that it was the best thing still going, but with new competition like FTL, other new Rogue-likes, and a growing interest in procedural generation, I'm not sure that SoS (or WW, for that matter) is really at the head of the class in any particular area.

That said, though, SoS has the potential to be everything that WW was, and then some. Considering that WW retailed for something like $15-20, and this game's price seems to be capped at $10, that's something that you need to think about. The Infinite Space games have always been at their best when modded, so if the interface's rough edges are smoothed out, and the developers' promises of extensive modification options (presumably greater than WW's) hold true, SoS should turn out to be well worth the expenditure. I'm giving it a qualified recommendation. Here's hoping that Digital Eel can close the deal and make SoS into an unqualified success.
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I really like the second game in this series a lot, so I would love to be able to recommend this Early Access follow up unreservedly, and if it gets to that point then I will do so. As it stands, I think there are a lot of problems - if you're happy with that (which you might be, if considering an Early Access game) then that's okay, but as of the moment, this feels a lot like the previous game but with less going on and several irritations layered on top.

Foremost of these is the 3D layout of the map. In theory this should give a better feeling of exploring space, but in practice I find it makes it difficult to tell where I've been and where I'm yet to visit. Where in the second game I could easily plan a route around the system that makes sense, here it's difficult to figure out which order to visit places, and not in a way that's fun.

I hope there are plans to address this in future updates, but I think it'll have to change quite significantly to fix this issue.

If that's fixed then I would be able to reccommend this, but only really as a re-skinning of the second game, because so far there doesn't seem to be a whole host of things that are new. Again, hopefully this might be addressed but as it stands there is simply no good reason to play this over the previous game, aside from curiosity.

I wish the team the best of luck with the project and if it arrives at a state where I can recommend it, I'll be sure to update accordingly!
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This is a fantastic game. I've played the others in the series and they get better with each one. If you enjoy a space exploration game you can play in less then 30 minutes, then this is the game for you. The developer has been great about adding new content on a regular basis.
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Each installment of Infinite Space replaces more of the charm of the original with bigger, clunker graphics and worse UI. Meanwhile, the content stays roughly the same. As much as you might have loved the original, this new version is not worth your time.
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Space exploration rogue-lite. With stress on 'lite'. But I wouldn't necessarily hold it against the game, sometimes you need something that is not wishing to murder you viciously in your sleep.

It surprised me first couple of times but then I found it easy to "figure out" and subsequent playthroughs were just permutation of known events while you fullfill your main goal i.e. exploring 100% of the randomly generated galaxy within time limit, trading along the way for better gear and fighting or fleeing to fight another day.

It is early access though so hopefully fully finished product will have more events going on in the universe.

There's one big challenge twist here, however - galaxy map is fully 3D. It is arguably more "realistic" this way but such feature is often sacrificed on the altar of user experience and instead games (even predecessors of this very title) feature 2D star charts. And I see why.

This may make or break the game for you, since exploration is main goal here and navigation is integral part of it, and making it a fully 3D star system makes it harder.

Myself, I embrace and welcome this new navigational perspective with literal extra dimension added. I remember seeing something like that only in Sword of the Stars, as an option, and enjoyed it there, too.

But I can understand how it may be viewed as "fake difficulty" by "screwing with your interface". It is harder to see where you've already visited and to plot your route compared to the usual 2D simplifications.

Perhaps bit different camera work would be more useful like have an option for it to be more "inside" the space so you can look around well from the point of view of your current system?

It's not a huge title and I'd say there are more interesting space games out there but I did have my fun with it and I wonder what the final product will bring.
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Додано: 30 травня 2015 р.
STRANGE NEW ADVENTURES IN INFINITE SPACE - Part III

"Sea of Stars" is the 3rd part of a popular series of video games about randomly generated star systems, space captains and background stories!

"Particle Vortex Cannon", combined with another long-range weapon, is my favorite Attack Combo - like in the past 2 games. Unfortunately, "Sea of Stars" is still in Early Access. But it's playable! In the end you land on a personal highscore, no matter what the end looks like - survived or dead! The 3rd Dimension greatly improves the in-game immersion! And a single game lasts no longer than what You can see on my steam-based game-time-counter!

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As of June 19th the game has yet to finish, however right now Sea of Stars is currently a huge downgrade from Weird Worlds. I have hope that it might grow with content but my gripes with the game are with it's core design. The real question is whether the infinite space series really needed to jump to 3D.

The map still feels awkward.
The difficulty is still not really balanced.
The game is missing the series' signature charm.
The 3D battles are boring. Little to no strategy required.
2-3 hours of game-play until I got bored.

As a fan of the series, I'm disappointed. I'm also disappointed that the fact that there were art assets missing when I bought this. It's not quirky. It's missing content.

Flatten the map on a 2D plain, Expand with more ships and aliens at least until it is on par with the last game. Also continue adding more story and event content. Then I'll be overjoyed with this game.

So I don't recommend this game. Until it's done.
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