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 (68) - 95% of the 68 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Aug 18, 2017
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We have been working on Helium Rain for more than three years, but there is always room to evolve. We already have some plans, and we'd like to know what our players want to see next.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Helium Rain will stay in Early Access for around six months, depending on the volume of feedback we receive.”

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

“We want to add new content, keep polishing the game, and add new gameplay mechanisms if players request them. Specifically, we are planning on several important features.

  • Story
  • Fuel usage simulation
  • Engine ISP simulation
  • New navigation system
  • New areas to explore
  • New ships to fly
  • New tutorials

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access release features a fully-playable sandbox.

  • Spaceflight gameplay
  • 30 areas to explore
  • 12 flyable ships
  • Dynamic contract system
  • Technology system
  • Game tutorial
  • Joystick support in flight
  • Windows and Linux support

We have been play-testing it for months, and we believe it is already a quality product.”

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

“We will raise the price slightly when exiting Early Access.”

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

“We have been involving the community for quite some time, and will be happy to keep doing so.
  • We have a public bug & feature tracker at http://dev.helium-rain.com, where we've been tracking suggestions from players.
  • We will listen and respond directly to feedback on the Steam community forums and our dedicated subreddit.
  • The source code for the game is fully available on GitHub for the most dedicated players.
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Recent updates View all (17)

June 10

Helium Rain hotfix

We've released a small hotfix today to address some rare cases of game saves crashing the game at load. The issue was related to the Company Log feature, and is now fixed.

As a reminder, if you ever encounter a game crash or a bug, please do tell us about it - this is how we found, and fixed this issue. Read more on this on our bug tracking home.

See you soon for other updates !
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May 26

Accounting update

Helium Rain has been updated ! Today we're bringing the long-awaited company log feature. Here is all you need to know about it.



How it works
All new transactions in your company will now be logged and saved to be displayed in two new menus : log, and accounting. The first menu, featured above, is a direct log view with a few filters. We expect it to be helpful to diagnose money-losing situations, for example.

The second menu, which we call the accounting menu, is a year-per-year overview of your company. It features a number of transaction types that are in the game and tells you where your company is profiting or not. Some of them will probably surprise you, as Helium Rain features a very complex simulation, but we've tried to keep it clear.



About existing saves
We have a policy of never breaking saves, and we've kept to it since the initial Early Access release. However, as suggested above, no transaction previous to the update will be logged. Logging will start as soon as he game is updated.

About development progress
We regularly see players wondering about the speed of upgrades. After all, we only planned for a 6-months Early Access period, and we'll be hitting the one-year mark this summer. Part of why is that we added many feature requests from the community, like modular stations or the company log feature, but sometimes we also simply work on stuff that doesn't get released.

For the past few months, we've had an ongoing effort to recreate the economy model with different rules. We want to make prices much more dynamic and realistic, and fix some issues with resources contracts. This is however a huge undertaking, and the more we work on it, the less likely to work in the game it looks - which is one case of us working for something players can't see yet.


This is how many of these these work-in-progress branches we've had for the game ! "new" and "refactor" are all about re-creating a part of the game in a better way, and these happen a lot...

Odds & ends
Completed or ignored tutorials are now separated from regular contracts in the contract menu.

We've also fixed a few issues with the game, including a blocking UI problem on some Linux devices, a trade route editing crash, and collision issues in the Farm.

That's it for today. See you soon for another update !
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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...



  • 12 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, making them costlier, 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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