Shortest Trip to Earth is a roguelike spaceship simulator focused on exploration, ship management and tactical battles. Embark on a perilous journey across the universe, while an intergalactic war is raging.
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Very Positive (84) - 82% of the 84 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Oct 9, 2018

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We've been working on Shortest Trip for 4+ years, and the game is coming together well, but we want to take it further. To provide you with a truly meaningful experience, we want to take a few extra months to polish and expand everything - and having meaningful dialogue with Early Access-adopters is an awesome support mechanism, helping to improve the game during the final stages of development. We’re very excited to hear what you have to say!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Shortest Trip will remain in Early Access until at least January, 2019.”

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

“We plan to have 10 levels with side-quests, more spaceships, more crew types, drones, weapons, species and of course more random encounters with unique lifeforms. You can expect the game to be a bit more difficult during Early Access, as we continue to tweak and balance the difficulty.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game contains the majority of core features such as planetary exploration, ship management, ship-to-ship combat and on-board combat. The Early Access version allows you to play the first 5 levels of the game, experiencing the major features. We are still creating additional content for more levels, ships, weapons, crew, etc. Balancing won't be done until the final release.”

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

“The price will increase during and at the end of the Early Access period. We’ll notify the community before any such changes take place.”

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

“We’ll talk with you - the community - about our design process and keep you informed of our decisions and improvements with regular updates. At certain moments, we might also pose some questions regarding specific design topics.”
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October 19

Update 0.41: Difficulty Balance Update

Hey everyone!

This update most importantly improves balance, removes OP-fire nukes from enemies and reduces the overall amount of ships in hostile fleets.

We've also introduced some new features (crew in cryosleep has a small chance to heal injuries over time now, for example), weapons, perks and random events. We've also added extra content to some existing events.

Thank you very much for all the active support you have been giving! We are already working on the next update which will be more focused on bug fixes. So please stay tuned!

Sector Balancing
  • All sectors: new random events added
  • All sectors: shops will generally have more modules & repair available
  • Sector 3: more metal available throughout the sector
  • Sector 4: now has many different types of ambushers, including a bossfight

Ship Balancing
  • Nuke Runner: has a new weapon
  • Nuke Runner: has an extra weapon slot
  • Rogue Rat: some walls on the ship are removed to facilitate movement of crew

Combat Balancing
  • Enemy nukes nerfed
  • Enemy fleets reduced in size
  • The speed of mobile minefields has been reduced
  • Only regular type crew can die from events
  • Fire damage is less severe
  • Made rat point-defence weaker
  • Crew in cryosleep has a small chance to heal injuries over time
  • Healing crew costs less now

Perk Balancing
  • Some new perks are made available
  • Ship-specific perk "Nuke Arsenal" now gives 4 nukes
  • “Data credits” perk is now a universally available perk

UI & other updates
  • Intruders can now be recognized by a special icon
  • External module (weapon) icon has been changed
  • Crew members that die in events are now mentioned in a logline
  • Multiple crew selections panel now shows module that each crew member is operating
  • Updated various text in the ‘help’-windows
  • Perk selection screen tooltips have been updated
  • Updated power hover to show more detailed info about who uses power
  • Changed ship descriptions, names
  • Fixed many visual errors in crew animations
  • And numerous other small UI fixes
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October 16

Join the Shortest Trip to Earth Community!

Dear captains, in between your voyages you might want to park the ship and discuss your adventures with fellow travellers. We have mapped out some waypoints below which will send you to the finest establishments available!
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“A complex, exciting spin on FTL that's taken five years to make.”
PC Gamer

“A rich tapestry of exploration and survival – of the player creating their own story of desperation. It’s the kind of roguelike I can get behind.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

About This Game

From the writer of “Teleglitch: Die More Edition” comes Shortest Trip to Earth, a roguelike spaceship simulator featuring exploration, ship management, game-influencing decision-making and real-time tactical battles.

Onboard combat against hostile intruders is a messy business

Explore a detailed and deadly universe

Embark on a perilous journey through a procedurally generated universe and explore massive space sectors crawling with exotic lifeforms. Engage in action-packed tactical combat against hostile ships, boarding parties and inter-dimensional space monsters.

Each ship comes with its own strengths and weaknesses

Master the art of survival by customising your ship with modular components and perks. Choose from a range of spaceships and manage life within your vessel - from crew, pets and drones to ship modules and weapons. Shape your journey through hundreds of multiple-choice events, featuring unique hand-drawn illustrations.

A selection of crew types

Shortest Trip to Earth features unforgiving permadeath, but you can unlock perks to increase the odds of survival on your next run.

Key Features

  • Master the art of survival in unexplored space!
  • Traverse a procedurally generated universe full of intrigue
  • Ship customisation & crew management
  • Epic real-time tactical space battles
  • Onboard combat, featuring hostile intruders, drones and battle-hardened pets
  • Hundreds of random events with unique outcomes
  • Uncover fascinating and exotic stories from across the universe

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 10 - 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD4400 or dedicated DX11 GPU (1280x720)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 - 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 1050 (1920x1080)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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