USC is a turn-based, top-down view tactics game in which you control the crew of a stranded recon vessel in a "first contact war" for survival, featuring a detailed combat system with RPG elements, fully interactive randomized maps, unique weapons and gadgets, crafting, and custom multiplayer modes.
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May 12, 2015

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May 25

A call from another dimension...


Let me divert your unrelenting focus on dispatching alien hordes for just a moment! While working on a new, bigger project, this year I (and my good friend Derwen, also in part responsible for USC) "accidentally" ended up participating in GameJolt's Adventure Jam, where we had no more than 2 weeks to make an adventure-ish game! As off-topic (and off-genre) as it is, please let me bring our #AdvJam2017 title Mimic Hunter to your attention!
It's--of course--in early access, but by all means a complete--if yet not too long--game. And it's completely free for now! It's also almost sure that we're not done with it yet, and it will be worked on in the near future, as we're very happy with it and still have a lot of great ideas we had to cut due to the lack of time in the jam.

You can download Mimic Hunter here, and if you deem it worthy, you can vote for it here, among all the other cool Jam games.

Thank you for your kind attention! And now go back and dispatch some more of those slimy little space wurms! ;-)
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May 11

Season 2 now live!


It is the 2nd Anniversary of USC on Steam, and a new opportunity has arisen to prove your worth! Season 2 is now live with 4 challenge missions to put your skills to the test!

To celebrate this epic occasion :-), USC will be on a 66% SALE between May 12-19! Don't miss it if you were planning to get into the game! Ducky approved!

What's in the Season?

With every Season comes the chance to unlock in-game rewards and to win exclusive items by being the best Commander in USC Forces!

Players with a Profile can participate in the Challenge game mode (accessible through Profile controls at the top of the screen), and any Single Mission they play (provided they're logged in) earns them experience toward their next rank and a chance to be displayed on the Single Mission leaderboards.

Season 2 unlockables:

There are four Challenge Missions. These all have a fixed random seed and almost all other parameters are pre-set and locked, so all players and all attempts will face the exact same odds.

Completing all four--regardless of what score you get--will earn you the 'Titanium camouflage' armor customization!

  1. 'Carnage in the Mines': This is a 2-squad Seek & Destroy mission that will put your assault skills to the test. The difficulty level is adjustable, but to get the highest score, you'll surely need to ramp up things!
  2. 'Low-budget tactics': What can you do with 50,000 Credits? With an adjustable difficulty and a fairly uncommon map layout, your expertise of using low-end gear to the best will be tested.
  3. 'A databank too far': A tough data acquisition mission in a surface base where time runs short--a true test of tactics.
  4. 'Hardcore survival': Help a low-rank squad survive 20 turns of hell while struggling to secure all databanks. Saving disabled. This will hurt ;-).

At the end of the Season, the five top ranking players per each Challenge will be awarded with the 'RD-1 Shoulders' insignia, as well as with a public token that will identify them as top ranking Commanders.

Challenge activity will be monitored based on game and squad data. Attempts to cheat will be dealt with effectively. Please ensure to remain on-line when playing a ranked mission, otherwise your efforts will be lost. With any related question & issue please write to

Good luck, and happy hunting!
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Steam Greenlight

Final Release version 1.0

USC has gone a long way from its first Public Alpha appearance on Greenlight through the release as Beta on GamersGate, Desura and IndieGameStand to finally being here on Steam, today. We sincerely wish to thank all your support once again. The game is now complete with the Campaign mode and with a ton of gameplay enhancements & fixes, many of the latter based on your valuable feedback!

Remember: if you've already purchased (or own--e.g. from a bundle--) USC on any of the aforementioned platforms, you can redeem it on Steam!

About This Game

Ultimate Space Commando (USC) is a turn-based sci-fi tactics game with strategy and role-playing elements, inspired by many "old-school" top-down view classics, featuring a semi-randomized Campaign mode with real multiple ending possibilities, fully interactive random maps, a detailed combat system with 18 distinct weapons and in-depth mechanics, a lot of unique gadgets, customizable squads with craftable goodies and lootable weapon prototypes, TCP/IP-based and hot-seat multiplayer modes, and an alien horde not stopped even by walls to fulfill its terrifying agenda...

USC is a complex game. From training your units with skill points and outfitting your squads with the appropriate weapons, ammo and additional gear to exploring, salvaging resources and fighting the alien horde, everything is in your hands. The game mechanics are easy to learn, but mastering them is a grand journey. USC features seven difficulty levels for custom games and three for the Campaign mode, including Easy for learners or casual players, but beating the highest levels requires both sophisticated tactics and a great deal of planning ahead with resources and synergy between environment, weapons and items.

  • Campaign mode: Follow and control the fate of the crew of U.S.C. Wraith, a recon vessel stranded on an isolated mining planet, facing a rather unpleasant "first contact" scenario with the greatest threat to mankind yet. Unravel the hidden aspects of the story and try to save all your men and/or defeat the aliens while fighting through 30+ semi-randomized missions, gathering resources and item blueprints in an attempt to contact Earth.
  • Fully interactive, randomized combat environment: All map elements are interactive in some way. Gather ammo, Credits, blueprints or items from crates, loot vending machines for refreshment, struggle to seal blast doors to prevent further alien intrusions, hack locked doors in a mini-game, use flammable objects to burn your enemies, find switches to unlock special areas, move almost any kind of objects to make a barricade, bring down walls for an escape route or to gain an advantage, avoid various hazards, and more... all this on randomly generated maps in three distinct environments!
  • Detailed combat mechanics and squad management: USC features a unique combat system based on four combat stats (Health, Morale, Action Points and Armor), nine RPG-like attributes (weapon class proficiencies, reaction, electrotechnics, etc.) and various attack properties (e.g. accuracy, impact force, armor penetration, and many more). 18 weapons, more than 30 useful gadgets (medikits, weapon & armor mods, cloaking device, deployable auto-turret, etc.) and even prototype weapons and craftable-only special items are available to choose from as you see fit for your tactics. Your units gain experience in the Campaign mode, but your customized squads can also make progress with their gear even in other game modes!
  • Various custom game modes: Beside the Campaign, you can also play the "Defend the Base!" mode--where you get to build your very own base, manage your resources and fight multiple waves of aliens--and fully customizable Single Missions, where you can specify the objectives for each team, set map size and other parameters, difficulty, player handicaps, etc.
  • Multiplayer: You don't have to play alone! You can play with friends either over TCP/IP protocol or in hot-seat mode up to four players! You can create co-op PvE, PvP and even mixed PvPvE games!
  • Original soundtrack and exceptional sound effects: From composer Dima Arktor and sound designer Eugene Black comes an original sci-fi horror audio experience! 16+16 original music tracks, terrifying ambients and hundreds of completely custom-rendered high quality sound effects make the game complete.

  • Relentless alien Horde: USC features an AI opponent unlike anything before. You'll have to fight an actual Horde of ravenous beasts of a living ecosystem. With each enemy type having their special abilities, the AI will try to flank you even through the walls, destroy your supplies, draw your defense fire with lesser units, or even devour them to get to you. 7 different alien species with 'Champion', 'Warbred' and 'Alpha' special abilities will never stop in their attempt to slaughter you as soon as you make a mistake.
  • Hall of Fame: Campaign playthroughs, PvE Single Missions and Defend the Base! sessions are evaluated for both a score and a merit. To score higher, it's not enough to only survive: you must become faster, smarter, and plan your actions even more carefully to complete more sub-objectives. Beating the game with a good score unlocks more special craftables--and makes you proud!
  • Customizable squads: You can make and use custom unit portraits, squad logos, and can by default rename your units and assign them callsigns. Completing Defend the Base! waves and collecting materials in other missions can earn you permanent bonuses for your squad, enabling you to combat higher difficulties and possibly granting a minor edge versus other players in PvP.
  • Rubber Duckies: No, seriously. As part of an anti-piracy military propaganda, United Space Command Forces have launched a campaign to supply their troops with model RD-1 Rubber Duckies as a morale booster--and also as emergency insulator material :) (just to stay practical). You'll surely encounter these cute and useful duckies on your journey...

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core 1.8 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD3850 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Can run in 1024x600.
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8.1
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.8 GHz / Quad Core / i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD4850 512 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Full HD (1920x1080) supported.
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