0RBITALIS is a gravity simulator with a retro-puzzle flavor: explore stars, dodge asteroids and destroy planets. Launch your satellite into orbit and face the force which keeps the Universe together: Gravity. Study it. Trick it. Defeat it. All with a single click.
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Release Date: Apr 16, 2014
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Why Early Access?

“0RBITALIS is an experimental game, surely diverse from the majority of indie titles you might have played before. For this reason, the input of its community -- your input! -- is necessary to shape it into the gravity puzzler you've always wanted to play.”

How long will this game be in Early Access?

“A final release date has not been announced yet. The game is in constant evolution and we're happy to keep on going until we will feel 0RBITALIS is ready, both in terms of content and aesthetic.”

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

“Every update expands the Universe of 0RBITALIS, adding new levels and extra challenges. We are working to bring new features into the game, some of them truly unique to 0RBITALIS. Planned features include histograms for a more meaningful score visualisation, cursors ghosts from the best players to advice you on launch strategies, procedurally generated levels for daily challenges, a proper menu and UI system, and 150+ missions across different constellations. And maybe, a level editor...”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“We're launching 0RBITALIS onto Early Access with a variety of gravity-based mechanics, across 50+ unique levels and secret challenges. Surviving, exploring, landing, destroying ...all you need is a click. The game visualise leaderboards in a novel and unique way, encouraging the player and his friends to keep improving their scores. Even in Early Access, 0RBITALIS is already a beautiful journey into the infinite complexity of gravitational forces.”

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

“Given the fact that 0RBITALIS is still in Early Access, all the players who are willing to support it before its final release are offered a price reduction.”

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

“Every new feature in 0RBITALIS is announced and discussed with the community, where suggestions and critiques are always taken into consideration. Every update balances new and existing levels, according to players' feedback, in order to maximise the game experience. Moreover, the developer team is doing its best to reply to all the questions posted in the forum. You ask it ...we answer it!”
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August 11

Alpha 5 Released

This new update for 0RBITALIS finally brings one of the most requested features: the online help system. By pressing H, it is possible to see where and when best players across the world clicked in order to solve a level. This feature not only allows players to solve levels much more easily, but also gives an interesting insight on how gravitational waves behave.

On top of that, a lot of effort has been put into making the game much faster, especially for players with old machines.

0RBITALIS is also celebrating the Rosetta rendezvous with 67P/CG, including a new level in which players will have to adjust the trajectory of their probe in order to orbit around the comet.

As always, working on 0RBITALIS is an exciting experience, especially when you can see new features getting alive. This update of 0RBITALIS also matches with GDC Europe, where I'll be giving a talk about jam games. Which, of course, will feature 0RBITALIS! I can't wait to read feedback and criticism from the Steam community and, as always, I'm looking forward to the next update!

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May 16

Alpha 4 released



A month after its initial release, a new update for 0RBITALIS is finally available!

  • Score histograms: After completing a level, a histogram will appear and show how good you performed compared to all the other players in the world. I never liked leaderboards because knowing the top scores is usually not useful to understand how good you are. In a game like 0RBITALIS, where stable orbits can last forever, top scores don't necessarily reflect skill, rather how long people could leave the game on. I hope histograms will fix that.

  • Friends leaderboards: You can now see the scores of your friends.

  • New levels: There are some quite interesting new levels in the game. The vast majority of them can be unlocked after completing a particular constellation. Some of them are really pushing the potential of the game engine, so please... you're more then welcome to post your screenshots on the Community!

    A spoiler-y selection of some of the secret levels:
    • SoundSelf: Lot of players noticed some similarities between 0RBITALIS and Robin Arnott's SoundSelf. I paid homage to his game adding a secret level which allows players to explore how gravity can be used to create harmonographs-like orbits.

  • Zoom effect: The game now has a zoom effect. At the moment it plays only a marginal role, but I think it really enhance the experience.

  • Quality toggler: By pressing Q is not possible to change the quality of the game. There are three different settings which can be cycled. At its bare minimum, the game runs as fast as possible removing all the unnecessary eye-candies and effects. Very long runs often tends to cause lags, so even players who want to leave the game running for hours can now benefit from this option.

  • New music: Doseone worked on a completely new soundtrack for the game. Different levels and constellations have different music layers. Ambient and static are mixed at runtime to reflect what you are doing in the game.

For a complete list of changes, you can refer to changelog.txt within the game folder!

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Reviews

“0RBITALIS levels are like procedurally generated art.”
IndieStatik

“his simple, stark creation is captivating both visually and mechanically.
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Will Freeman, The Guardian

“0RBITALIS is a beautiful simplistic puzzle game about high score chasing, swooping orbits and challenging maths.”
9/10 – Indie Haven

About This Game

0RBITALIS is a gravity simulator with a retro-puzzle flavor: explore stars, dodge asteroids and destroy planets.

Launch your satellite into orbit and face the force which keeps the Universe together: Gravity. Study it. Trick it. Defeat it. All with a single click.

Current Features

  • An accurate gravity simulation
  • Launch probes in space to reach distant galaxies
  • Trajectory prediction: a glimpse into your probes future
  • A minimalistic and unique aesthetic
  • Over 50 challenging levels
  • Stars, planets, pulsars, comets, nebulae and more!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated Graphics (512MB)
    • Hard Drive: 60 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
10.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
0rbitalis is a physics based puzzle game with a minimal input, yet is strangely addictive. Your only goal is to launch 2d shape, among a small solar system of orbiting objects, and see how long it can survive.

There isn't a great deal to say about it other than it's good, not great but you can easily sink an afternoon into just unlocking the levels.
Posted: September 25
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1.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
0RBITALIS considering it is only in Alpha is very well made game. The "Game" is there and is ready to play.

Good purchase if you want a fun physics game to pick up and play for short periods of time.
Posted: October 21
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1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This a is a little addicting game. Its a great feeling when you see an object hitting a long orbit.
And when it crashes you want to find a longer orbit.
Highly recoment to try it out.
Posted: September 29
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0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is barely a game. Every level I have seen thus far is literally positioning the mouse somewhere on the screen, clicking a single time, and waiting to see what happens. The word 'puzzle' typically implies some logical thought must be applied to a situation. The mechanics of this game allow you to position your satellite such that it wont die within 1 second of launching, beyond that is fundamentally boils down to luck and/or your willingness to stare at a glorified screen saver long enough to find the right place to click your mouse at the start of the level.

Buyer beware.
Posted: October 4
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Very nice game! Pretty addictive, great physics, innovative challenges.

Here are my suggestions:

1. Keep the background music playing while orbiting. No music while watching the particle orbiting feels kind of empty. Maybe the music could also change depending on the action. Example: goes faster as the particle goes faster, or as the time passes; maybe with a special effect when a personal best is reached

2. Put the timer counting somewhere on the screen right after firing. It will be much more thrilling to see the timer going while orbiting than waiting for the round to finish to know the end time

3. If a level has been completed, that the player replays the level to try to have a better time and fails miserably (i.e. before the required time to pass is fulfilled), he shouldn't be treated with a round restart as if he had never passed the level (therefore not seeing the leaderboard and not having the option to go to the next level). He should be brought to the leaderboard so he can go to the next level if he wants as he may have failed now but he beat the level already and therefore has the right to go to the next level if he wants

4. An outer ring that shows where is the limit before the particle is considered lost in space. It would be more thrilling to see the particle getting closer and closer of the ring limit, hoping another particle will have enough attraction to bring it back into the game

5. Of course, achievements. When achievements are implemented, if a player by his previous games has fulfilled one, it should be granted immediately (example: make it #1 on a leaderboard)

6. More levels with specific goals to accomplish, like the last levels where you have to touch lines to make the progress bar move in order to pass the level

7. Nice to have, better graphics, especially better effects (flash, blur, etc.)
Posted: May 30
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
There's some things in life that are evil. Gravity is one of those things. Yes, it keeps you from floating away, and it makes going to the bathroom a whole lot less disturbing, but I'm telling you - it's the force of the devil. Don't agree? Think about it - how many times have you dropped something on your foot, or fallen down stairs? Exactly! Without gravity, this would not happen!

So, imagine my evil laugh when I discovered a game which would allow me to defeat gravity, and better - use it to fly my little spacetriangle further, and longer in the galaxy of 0RBITALIS.

This game, is unique. And that gives it a great charm - added to by the really nice art style and audio.

I like puzzle games, and I like space - this game has both things in abundance. The puzzle elements are challenging but not impossible, which is great.

I'd recommend this game to anyone looking for something a bit different, yet strangely familiar in feel, or who like a challenge.

Also, if like me you are suspicious of gravity, then it's a must play!
Posted: June 22
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
To begin with, this game is wonderful. The music is very nice and game itself is unusually minimalistic and good. I'm acquinted with this author's other games which were made mostly on flash. I've been playing them for some years now. That's why I decided to support and bought it. I'll definitely finish the game as soon as it's ready (don't really like playing Early Access). And you should really enjoy the experience you'll get playing this game.
Posted: May 30
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Great game, truly. But I never gonna play it again because I accidentally pressed 'x' on the menu screen.
Posted: July 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is beautiful. Elegant. I find it utterly engaging.
It is simple, but not easy.

The task is to launch a satellite into orbital systems with increasingly complex gravitation attributes.
The goal is to keep your satellite orbiting in the system for as long as possible.
Using the mouse, you control direction and amplitude of your launch, with the early trajectory displayed.
Once you launch, sit back and watch the results.

Why would I be recommending such a zen-like physics game?
There are global leader-boards and you WILL obsess about climbing them.
Posted: June 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Very minimalist game but very satisfying when you get the puzzles right. Getting the angle just right to get your satellite in the perfect orbit is just fun.
Posted: May 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
"How long will you last?" - That's what she said. 10/10

Serious review:

So far I am enjoying this game and I love the concept. It seems pretty simple but it gets tough as the levels go by. It is a point and click game and there seems to be a bit of luck involved. There are also leaderboards which is nice. It is worth the price in my opinion. If you like different and Innovative then check this out!
Posted: July 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Incredibly fun to play and quite tricky as you begin to progress through the levels. I love the relatively simplistic idea behind the game but tracking the movements of the space bound bodies and trying to fire off on the perfect trajectory is really hard on some of the levels.

Sometimes you think you've just managed it and as the time counts down you get dragged in to a nearby planet. Just another few tries.. then ten minutes later you've managed it. Definitely a game I'll be playing for a while and I love how it brings up the leaderboard scores instantly upon level completion too, so even if you've completed the level you're enticed to retry and last longer.
Posted: May 19
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Surprisingly PC intensive. Really cool concept: as of right now, really laggy to play. I hope it improves, but right now my feelings are really middling.
Update-
zero-rbitalis is really pretty, and not in the "wow this blade of grass is really stunningly rendered, it looks like an actual blade of grass", but in that it has really pretty systems, the orbital mechanics which leave silm trails of red along inky blackness, (ocassionally block marked by white enitties and the odd splash of red and blue) are simplistic, yet striking.
The game consists of creating the longest orbits around stars and planets (usually), and the game provide plenty of variation in problem to interegate. As mentioned earlier, its surprisingly intensive on resources, something to do with adobe air's frame limiting at 25FPS, and its tendency to squat on your CPU than GPU. The interface sometimes unresponsive, I advise holding down LMB when playing to ameliorate such issues.

From my tentaive no, to a tentative yes, it is cheap, and appropriately so for the size of its offering, but beware of perfomance issues.
Posted: June 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
A very nice and basic speed and directionality-based time-waster with a novel gravity slingshot component. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this title and how much I wanted to replay certain levels in order to get a better orbit.
Its only drawback is the moments when the music (filled with very serviceable electronic tracks) ceases and you are met with the game's "silence" track. The more you listen to this silence, the more it becomes apparent that someone is breathing into the mic. This is someone who is trying very hard to hold his/her breath but cannot resist taking some deeper breaths now and then. This is creepy.
Posted: July 23
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
A fun little game, very simple, it has no story or anything but is is fun and kind of hypnotizing to watch things orbit around each other. it's also good becasue you get a billion coupons for 50% off this game all the time, so if you have one of those coupons, don't hesitate to buy it.
Posted: August 17
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
중력 레트로 인디 게임.
지정된 공간에서 일정 시간을 부딪히지 않고 살아있어야 하는 것이 클리어 과제.
쉬울것 같으면서도 어려운 게임...
난 또다시 멘붕...
Posted: August 17
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
A fantastic game that captures the beauty of chaos.
Posted: May 30
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I bought this game on a whim since I'd received a 75% off coupon through steam. Be sure you exceed the minimum system requirements: my system is quite old, and although I (barely) meet them, the game is-- even on the lowest quality settings-- unenjoyable due to the low framerate. Quite a disappointment, since the look and the concept (and all the favorable reviews) had me really looking forward to it. If you have an even remotely modern system, however, I expect it's worth a look.
Posted: June 11
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This game is a nice time-killer, but it doesn't represent actual orbital mechanics I expected from it. You speed up passing a "planet" even if you go against it's motion, which is totally wrong. My KSP experiense contradicts this game's physics.

If you played KSP/Orbiter, want to learn/know/practice orbital mechanics - don't play it.
If you haven't or want a nice time-killer: go for it.

P.S. What was the tool the game was written with? It's giving me 5 fps on a PC that runs Battlefield 3 on max settings with 60fps. Had to use low settings here.
Posted: June 10
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5 of 12 people (42%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
A frustrating game without a clear way out for each level.
For me its like trial and error...
Posted: June 6
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