Ensign-1 is a space combat game that gives players the freedom to leave their fighter to board ships, man turrets, and hijack alien fighters.
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Mostly Negative (8 reviews) - 37% of the 8 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 13, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“While Ensign-1 currently contains a complete single player campaign, there are many more ideas which I would love to put in the game, such as a fully realized multiplayer component, and more options for the player as he progresses through the story.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game is estimated to take about a year to bring in all of the features currently planned.”

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

“The full version of the game will have a realized multiplayer mode where friends can partake in competitive team and deathmatch battles. In addition, there will be a more fleshed out single player campaign with a credits and ranking system that pilots will be able to use to purchase new ships and wingmen.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version contains most of the planned single player campaign, as you can play through 11 missions, each showing off something new in the game. This includes missions where you board derelict ships and steal alien craft!”

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

“The game will sell at a discounted price during Early Access, and will sell for $5 more when the full version is released, for $15.”

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

“From it's Desura days, the community has already helped shaped Ensign-1 a great deal, from providing feature suggestions like mouse support, to aesthetic feedback on art styles used. While I do intend to stay true to the original vision of the game, I draw most of my motivation from reading and listening to feedback from the community.”
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October 22

Linux Version Updated

Hey all,

I apologize that I have been silent for so long. I was burnt out on having developed this game mainly for Desura, and eventually had gotten one of those real life jobs. I've finally switched tunes and found me a nice flex job and am hoping to...do what is needed on this project. I do appreciate the players who've enjoyed this game so far.
For now, I've done my best to fix up the Linux versions with up to date libraries that should run on modern distros.

Hoping for more in the future. I'm sorry for going silent for so long. I didn't know what to say knowing that I didn't have the time needed to make the changes that were being asked for. Right now the game is what it is, but I'd like to continue developing it to be something worthy of being on Steam.


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About This Game

The Ensign-1 was supposed to be your ticket out of this god forsaken solar system. You signed up in hopes of a new life, a chance to be part of humanities first extra solar colonization mission. Things were cut short however, when, after a couple of years into the mission, a distress signal was received from Earth. They were under attack by an unknown alien force, and then all went silent. Now, having had to cancel its mission, the Ensign-1 turns around, possibly as Earth's last defense against this new threat.

Play the role of Leon Deckard, one of Ensign-1's finest in it's space forces. Through a series of missions, it will be up to you to take back our solar system from the enemy, and you won't need to stay in your fighter to do it. You'll have the freedom to board other ships and stations, plant bombs, and man turrets. Ensign-1 is a tough as nails space combat game built around the idea of being able to leave your space fighter. You'll need to think creatively to make it back alive.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel i5 @ 2.20Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 260
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
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60 of 63 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 16, 2015
The gameplay on this game is lackluster. The controls are meh. Resolution cannot be adjusted. Keybinds and controls cannot be adjusted.

The developer put this on Steam November 13, 2014, knowing full well he is NOT working on it and it is NOT being developed.

Valve should be held responsible for this level of fraud. The developer stopped work on this project and admitted as much as far back as Mar 8 2013, 3:08pm (1 year 8 months before Valve allowed it to be put up).
Link to developer stating the game was no longer being developed (March 8, 2013):
And the developer's full comment history on Desura:

SteamDB history for all the builds, changes, etc (notice a distinct lack of new builds):

6 months and the author has not even responded to support requests, or posts here on Steam, or on Desura.





More than 1 year and not a single update. Of course not because as we showed above the developer just threw this on Steam for a cash grab and Valve has allowed it to continue fully aware of this as I have already reported this title and they have taken 0 action. That makes them 100% culpable for anyone duped by this author starting the day I posted this review (the same day I initially reported these and other facts to Valve).
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46 of 56 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 1, 2014
(Dec 1st 2014) First impression after playing through the first rwo singleplayer missions:

Gameplay: 11 canned missions involving space dogfights and egoshooting (you can switch roles).
Graphics and sounds: see screenshots and trailers, very lowpoly, looks like 1995
Storyline: negligible

I can see how this might be interesting in multiplayer: you can move around the ship and switch from the pilot seat to a turret position etc. But currently, it's not networked.
Enemy ships have shield and hull, and you get a laser that is efficient for shield and one that is efficient for hull. (You need to lead the "lasers".)

There's also a "creative mode" (aka editor?), but it is undocumented. (Press F1.)

You may be tempted to buy this game if you like space dogfights. I recommend that you check out the demo first; it is available on Desura until the developer is done "figuring out how this Steam thing works."

Update: third mission completed, Rookie difficulty. Bugs. I can't man one of the turrets of the frigate, using a health dispenser I got stuck in the scenery, and the enemy is futilely firing at me even though it doesn't have line-of-sight. Still, it's sort of fun. The game seems to support Xbox controllers; would like to connect a flightstick, but have no idea if that would work.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 3, 2015
I feel like the devs just stopped caring about this game. Not a single update since release and has been out for almost a year.
-Choppy gameplay
-Almost impossible levels
-Zero character development.
-Cool concept
-Great Potential
-Can get in and out of spaceships
-Can man turrets
-can fight with a laser pistol while not using turrets

Final review: 5.5/10
Devs, please keep working on this game. It has so much potential, and can be made into something so much better.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 17, 2015
Dead on arrival.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 18, 2015
Game is poor it isnt even being developed anymore not sure why its in early access?
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 3
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2 of 33 people (6%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 20, 2015
Do you even call this a "game" ?! Everything on it is weird. Not working, or bugged.
Would play again 5/10
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2 of 52 people (4%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 22, 2015
uses the skyrim engine and is a flawless mmomoba that competes with WoW and LoL at the same time. If you want to you can install mods from the FNaF launcher to unlock bonus pony rainbow ♥♥♥♥♥. I think it's a really good game and a solid art. I traded a $300 Karambit knife for this and have never looked back.
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