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RECONNECT is the relaxing real-time strategy game with a real self-learning AI that wants to be beaten. Defend your grid-free base against attack waves of drones that get smarter with every generation and round of the game. Reach the Heart of Darkness to weaken the AI and command your own AI drones.
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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We don't want to wait any longer to share RECONNECT with the community! The current version of the game already contains all basics functions and game mechanics. At the same time, there is still a lot more potential that wants to be explored. We have been developing in the vacuum long enough and now we need your feedback and support for the final steps!

RECONNECT lives on its untrained AI which is the central antagonist and study subject of the game. However, the A.I.’s performance is directly influenced by the playing behavior of each individual player. Until now, it only knows the way we devs and a few testers play. So, we need the cooperation of the players to help us finish what we started.

We want to hear how you experience the confrontation with self-learning AI and how you use the opportunity to directly influence an AI’s development.

We are curious to see how RECONNECT will develop in the hands of the community and what new varieties and features will emerge from the collaboration.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“No longer than a year, half a year if everything goes smoothly. With a full release in the fourth quarter of 2021 RECONNECT could be under your virtual Christmas tree this year, already!”

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

“The full version will be an ultimate satisfying flow experience. For that we need to

Bring the interactive sound design to perfection
  • Refine the tutorial/story mode
  • Smoothen the transition between game rounds
  • Find an appropriate ending to the “campaign”
  • Eradicate input bugs

In addition to that we will further improve the AI with the help of the community feedback. The AI performs differently depending on the player’s influence. Therefore, we would like to collect and analyze the artificial neuronal networks that have been trained by players.

Our cooperation headquarters will be the “Official RECONNECT Early Access Hub” on Discord.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version of RECONNECT contains all the basic functions and game mechanics. All features listed in the “About this Game” section have been implemented.

The self-learning AI already works well and reliably. However, it has only been trained by us devs. We cannot yet say how it will react under the influence of countless different players. The game runs generally bug-free but we have some issues with different types of gamepads. You can already play RECONNECT for hours testing the limits of the AI’s development and your own ingenuity.

At the same time, we are aware that the freedom that RECONNECT offers when playing has a lot of potential that still needs to be explored. We are looking forward to the feedback of the players on how we can make RECONNECT even more intuitive and creative.”

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

“Yes, we will probably raise the price once the final version is released.”

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

“The implementation of the community’s ideas and feedback is immensely important to us. We are sure that players will come up with ideas how to make RECONNECT even more intuitive and creative.

Let us know how you build your base and what’s your personal strategy against the AI!

We hope to create an active community that is as eager and excited as we are on hands-on AI research. As mentioned above we want to refine the AI by collecting and analyzing artificial neuronal networks (ANN) that have been trained by players. By exchanging ANNs among player we can diversify the “gene pool” of the AI together and to an extend that we devs could never achieve alone.

We will mainly use the Community Hub in Steam or our Discord Server “Official RECONNECT Early Access Hub” for all of this and communicate in English or German.

You can always follow our updates and progress through our different channels: Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, twitch, Discord.”
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“RECONNECT is definitely a unique and eclectic experience that I personally have never had before and it’s worth following the development of these ideas.”
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About This Game

DISCLAIMER: This game is designed to be explored by a curious mind. This game wants to be beaten! This is a relaxed game. This game wants you to observe and analyze the evolution of the AI swarm. This game requires creativity and wants you to think outside the box. This game creates flow. This game can be played for many hours and it becomes more and more difficult. There are many features to discover in this game in later rounds. The first round you only learn basic game mechanics and reconnecting isn't the end of the game.

This is not a tower defense game. This game is not a "fast food" for quick satisfaction. This game is not an adrenaline rush. This game does not contain any pre-trained artificial intelligence. This game does not save your building process (rogue-lite), but the artificial neural networks that can be used in the next round. The building process cannot be saved as each new round has its own setup based on the map topology, completed reconnections, LightKnights, saved AI data and your own base building expertise.





The fate of the cosmos lies in your hands as an evil A.I. has infested the cosmos. Its swarm of drones consumes one planet after another sucking off all life and light. It is your mission to restore balance in the cosmos and reconnect the Heart of Darkness to the Light. As soon as the connection is restored, drone data can be extracted to defeat the AI with its own weapons. Command your own swarm of AI drones and strategically maneuver to take control of all malicious AI drones and win the game.

Key Features


BUILD your base as a grid-free light network. With RECONNECT’s simple and intuitive web building algorithm all you need is two buttons and your creativity to protect your light source from the hostile AI. (Controller highly recommended)




WATCH the AI learn how to see, move, and attack. The artificial neural networks in RECONNECT start from scratch and evolve as you play. You create your own personal enemy as your gaming behavior has a direct impact on the development of the AI.


PREPARE your defenses using five different towers with offensive, defensive and tactical features. (See detailed description below)





SURVIVE the attack waves of the AI swarm. With every wave a new, more intelligent generation of drones is being spawned.


EXPAND your territory to reach the AI’s base before it destroys yours.


RECONNECT the Heart of Darkness to extract drone data from the AI core and weaken the AI’s crusade through the cosmos.





TRAIN your own AI drones as Light Knights in an epic battle of dark vs. light.


INCREASE your troop size with every reconnection and strategically maneuver them around the map.


TAKE OVER the control of all hostile drones in order to defeat the AI for good. Win the game by converting 100% of the Ai drones to the light.


IMMERSE in the flow state of creative yet strategic building while your every move makes music – ranging from calm to driving.



The first few rounds of RECONNECT can be calm, almost Zen-like relaxing and give you the chance to settle in. Your upgrade decisions will allow you to customize the characteristics of each round (focus on a faster overall game speed, base build, or reconnect process). With every new round the game becomes faster and more challenging as the AI has access to its experiences from the previous fights - just like you. It will be more intelligent from the start and launch its attacks earlier each time. You will need all your tactical and creative skills to keep up with its development. The fate of the cosmos lies in your hands…

Five tactical towers



  • RED crystal towers form your laser defense system and are triggered automatically.
  • YELLOW towers serve as an energy storage and as an early warning system at the same time.
  • GREEN towers form stable wall structures that withstand the AI attacks much longer than regular links.
  • BLUE crystal towers can be connected to one another in an extended radius and form a network of express conveyor belts for the light quants.



Additional Features



Optional tutorial
The tutorial in RECONNECT is a reward system for your curiosity. Instead of dictating how you experience our game we want to encourage the extremely satisfying feeling of having figured something out by yourself.

Or do you prefer to explore the cosmos of RECONNECT on your own and all the adventures that await you there? Then you can disable the tutorial system at the beginning of the first game and no one and no text will disturb you while you immerse in this experience.

At the same time, we want to spare you the frustration of feeling completely lost. Therefore, we prepared a full step-by-step tutorial pdf that you can check here, anytime.

Interactive Sound Design
The interactive, dynamic sound design makes RECONNECT a multi-sensory flow experience. The music and sound effects are not put on top of the game action, but instead your interactions forms both sounds and music. RECONNECT plays like an instrument, if you want to.

Benchmark Run + Automatic quality setting
Your first game start with a graphic quality benchmark run to guarantee optimal quality and resolution for your experience.
Depending on your hardware the self-learning AI and colorful light base can place a significant strain on your CPU once they reached a good size / level of development. You can keep an eye on the performance yourself by checking the FPS meter on screen. The game automatically downgrades the quality setting if the FPS stay in the critical area.

Artificial Intelligence


The self-learning A.I. in the form of a swarm of drones is the antagonist in "RECONNECT" and is the focus of the game.

To be precise, we use artificial neural networks (ANN) trained with “deep learning” algorithms. In other words, digital modeling of biological neural networks, such as the human brain. Numerous intermediate layers and context neurons that store past values create an extensive internal structure of the ANN that can simulate a multi-layered memory. The A.I. from RobotHeart Lab has a complex memory. This creates a capacity for abstraction that enables the ANNs to find their way around ever new environments. The A.I. starts completely randomly without any preliminary training and learns during the game. At the beginning of the learning phase when the game starts, the ANNs in RECONNECT are just a useless bunch of random neural connections. Generation after generation they learn to move, find their way around and defend themselves. The learning curve of the A.I. swarm thus runs parallel to the player's learning experience. In addition, players are in direct contact with the A.I. and can directly participate in the evolution of the ANN by observing the learning process. Even direct communication takes place through the targeted changing of the environment by the player.

The Team


Hi, we are Max and Insea, first time self-publishing game dev couple from Germany. Max did all the designing and programming by himself. Even the AI’s architecture is his brain child alone. Meanwhile, Insea takes care of all the communication and the management of RobotHeart Lab, our visionary game laboratory.

Developing and releasing RECONNECT has been a massive adventure for us. Now, we are extremely happy and excited to finally share our work with you!
We know that for the last finishing touches until the full release we need the support of the community and are very much looking forward to hear your feedback!

Come talk to us on discord!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows (7, 8 and 10), 64-bit system required
    • Processor: Intel i5 3.4 GHz or comparable
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 or comparable
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows (7, 8 and 10), 64-bit system required
    • Processor: Intel i7 3.8 GHz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060 or comparable
    • Storage: 600 MB available space

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