Trade your wares and eliminate the competition in a cutthroat world. Buy new ships and stations to mine and haul resources. Explore the vast emptiness of space.
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Very Positive (104) - 88% of the 104 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Oct 11, 2018
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October 21

Helium Rain 1.2 now available

We've updated Helium Rain to bring some improvements and fix a number of issues with the game. A week after launch, we have a lot to discuss !

Major changes
Here are the big ones - these changes were highly requested changes or really annoying bugs.
  • New flight control that allows for concurrent inputs - braking while moving left, for example, is now possible.
  • Improved docking HUD (see below)
  • Meteorite contracts have reduced meteor counts, higher intercept time, lower probability of spawning to make them less annoying
  • Fix various issues with auto-trading, including ships ignoring the "trade" settings on stations
  • Fix various issues with joystick support
  • Many more changes !
The full changelog is available here with all 23 changes !

New docking UI
Manual docking in Helium Rain is a controversial topic. We've seen lots of discussions about it. Your opinion matters - we've taken some steps to make the HUD easier to read. Keep in mind you can always skip this part of the game entirely by unlocking the auto-docking technology !





The new docking guide simply requires you to match the monitor pattern. The monitor data is still available as a backup. Our changes to the flight controls also make it possible to input lateral movement while braking or accelerating, which will make maneuvers easier.

Helium Rain on the Web
If you like Reddit more than the Steam discussion forum, we've got you covered. Helium Rain has an official subreddit to discuss the game !



Not into forums ? 4sonicride is standing by with a Discord server - thank you for that ! We're lurking there too now.

If you're on the fence about the game, curious about other players, or in need of a tutorial, Youtuber Space Game Junkie started a series of videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvhKR262srY
We'll be live on the SpaceGameJunkie podcat next Tuesday, 3PM CEST. We'll talk about the game, development history, our launch and future plans.

Tech support
We've fixed quite a few bugs today, but we'll gladly fix more. Tell us if you have problems !

Helium Rain will soon be getting a special update on the beta channel, to try a newer release of the Unreal Engine we use for the game. The beta branch will have a less reliable build that might have new, unknown problems, but might also fix hardware support issues or provide better performance.

Thank you for reading !
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October 11

Helium Rain is released !

After a year in Early Access, Helium Rain is now publicly available as a full-fledged Steam game !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oAKZwCSxSY
This release is meant to be a smooth transition. No change in pricing is occurring, all game saves since we released into Early Access are still compatible. Take a look at the forums if you have questions or issues.
If you're a returning player, you should find that the game has changed quite a bit since the first days of Early Access !



Bug patrol
The game itself has been unchanged since 1.1.4, but we'll still be on the lookout for bugs. Please report all issues you find in the game on on our public bug tracker, or on the Steam forums, so that we can investigate quickly and remove the problems.



Four years ago...
We hope Helium Rain can be a great experience for you. We have been working for more than four years, trying to build a game that would be the perfect blend of strategy and action, with a pinch of realistic elements.

Here's what the game was looking like, exactly four years ago. I think we've come a long way here ! Building a game is a huge, though rewarding, project. I hope we succeeded in making the game we wanted to make - one that has fun action and deep strategy gameplay.



Thank you for reading, thank you for being a part of this adventure, and have fun !
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About This Game

Build your fleet, trade, explore and conquer


Helium Rain is a single-player space simulation that places you at the helm of a spacefaring company. Trade resources, buy ships and stations to fulfill contracts ! Dock at stations to buy and sell you wares or upgrade your ship, upgrade your technology to be more efficient and militarize your fleet to prevent piracy.

You will need to master both real-time action and long-term strategy: destroying a freighter has a direct impact on the economy, while declaring war will make your spaceflight environment slightly more hostile...



  • 13 playable ships with weapon and engine upgrades
    Build and fly fleets of fighters, bombers, cargos, corvettes or capital ships. Buy new engines and weapons.
  • Fast-paced combat with Newtonian flight, localized damage and joystick support
    There is no speed limit in Helium Rain. You can fly at half a mile a second while aiming backwards. Aim for critical systems in order to disable ships, kill their crew or capture targets, and don't fly into asteroids.
  • Complex economy model
    Take advantage of a complex simulation of space trade to be the most competitive company.
  • A planetary system to explore
    Explore around 25 sectors orbiting the gas giant Nema and its moons.
  • Procedural contracts, world exploration, technology upgrades
    Pick contracts and build your empire to become the largest company.
  • Quick-action skirmish mode
    Setup your fleet, pick an opponent and go into fighting action right away !

A world that feels real


Your ships have generators, radiators, weapons, engines, cargo bays or life support systems - they all work together. Every thruster on your ship plays a role. Aim for engines to pin down your enemies, or send them spinning around by destroying power stations. Most ships have more than thirty individual parts ! You can customize the most important parts of your ships - your main engines, attitude control thrusters, weapons and hull colors.

Your competitors are independent factions, companies with the same goal as yours - ruling the system. They will try to undercut you, or even attack you if you become a threat to them. But don't be too quick to destroy them, as war can break the supply of resources you depend on ! Attacking freighters will destroy resources, with the potential to cause an economic crisis.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel Core® i3
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 470 / AMD Radeon® HD 6870 / DX10 compatible GPU with at least 1GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Windows are supported.
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 (64 bits)
    • Processor: Intel Core® i7
    • Memory: 8000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Windows are supported.
    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04
    • Processor: Intel Core® i3
    • Memory: 4000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 470 / DX10 compatible GPU with at least 1GB VRAM
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Linux are supported. Check the Linux support thread in the forums !
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Ubuntu 17.10
    • Processor: Intel Core® i7
    • Memory: 8000 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970
    • Storage: 5000 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Only 64 bits versions of Linux are supported. Check the Linux support thread in the forums !

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