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Spacebase DF-9: Most fun had in a vacuum

IndieMonth | 574d ago
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From Herobyclicking

“Ground control to Major Tom, please revoke early access to this player, “ would be heard over the speakers of the mission control room in my mind whilst I asphyxiated yet another crew of space pioneers. Against their better judgement, base after base has been put in my care. Time and time again I manage to smite the hopeful spacers. I won’t stop. Ever.

Spacebase DF-9 is a space station building and simulation game in early access on Steam. It was developed alongside Hack ‘n’ Slash and Costume Quest for Double Fine’s Amnesia Fortnight 2012 crowd-sourced  game development event. In the spirit of its simulation predecessors, Spacebase DF-9 places you with the responsibility of creating a functional and harmonious existence in space. While it does resemble and honor space sim games of another age, it most resembles a Star Trek Deep Space 9, The Sims, Laugh-In cross-bred cross-over.

Once you accept command, you are given control over three space exploration volunteers of random ability who aid you in constructing a space station. Through a series of logical progressions, you build rooms, assign room roles and attach room items to activate these roles. All the while fellow space travelers visit, space debris rains down and raiders invade your base. As you mine, build, sleep and eat you you have to negotiate the sprawl of your spacebase.

I love building games - though I would never hire myself for any contract work.  I often built my workers into rooms without doors leaving them to starve. I would sometimes neglect the air production only to have dozens of panicked suffocating residents running about the base. Don’t they know that expends even more oxygen? Starting over from scratch never felt like a chore, but was another chance to spectacularly fail. Need to build faster? Welcome more travelers to maintain your station. Need better food and gear? Get that botanist and scientist out of the pub.Getting attacked? Install defenses or shift your crew to security.  But above all, give those poor workers some space and R&R or else they just mope around the base. Not only do they drag their feet like a sullen teenager, but they complain about the food, work and each other.  

There seems to be another game bubbling just below the surface with the tracking of the emotions, health and thoughts of your space residents. I felt bad when my little people were sad, very sad and DEEPLY sad. I showered them with fresh food, private sleeping quarters, monitors and booze to adjust their mood, to varying effects. Mostly, I just want them to be happy, I’m not a monster. I mean, not mostly a monster.

Spacebase is imbued with a specific element that is particular to and that I only experience with Double Fine titles. Its humor,  style and simplicity draws me in and tempts me to scrawl my next base on graph paper, but its charisma makes me stay. Spacebase DF-9 is no different, even its alpha state.  It makes you feel at home, even while it’s being invaded by raiders. It sparks my hope that as they further develop this game they add expansions to explore space like say Star Control or recent indie darling FTL, all with that Double Fine bravado.

It could very well be that I am playing this game wrong, but it feels so good. I found myself creating my own personal achievements in play sessions. Remember those?  I pat myself on the back when I complete the residential wing of the space station, those guys and gals deserve their own rooms, down to their little square personal spaces, in space. I designed hallways housing my life support or acres of huge rooms devoted to the requisite air scrubbers. I push my miners, builders, scientists and technicians to their limits, creating an impressive grid of spacebase artistry. And though I have invested this time, I have no problem watching it burn. Be sure to neglect the fire extinguishers if you actually want to watch it burn.

Space base DF-9 can be enjoyed in early access on Steam.

Day 19 | Double Fine Productions

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MrxDeath  +   574d ago
this is why Double Fine is one of my best indie company's
Mokastro  +   574d ago
Wow, how come i never heard about this game? Its like a Dwarf fortress game in SPACE. However the map looks kind of small i wonder how big the Base can grow.
herobyclicking  +   574d ago
The bases can be grown an incredible amount. A little planning is needed to keep track of it.
randomass171  +   574d ago
Been a fan since Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. These guys are one of my favorite developers, even before the indie craze became cool. I guess that makes me a hipster but I don't care, these guys were and are still awesome! :D
herobyclicking  +   574d ago
I agree, few game companies have such a strong personality as Double Fine.
MightyNoX  +   574d ago
Brutal Legend was awesome. It's one of those games I found worthy to keep in my PS3 library (other, more AAA game, I've traded)
shadowvisa  +   574d ago
I also wanna have fun in a vacuum - Spacebase DF-9
styferion  +   574d ago
this looks awesome!
love me some space sim and apparently Star Citizen still some months away, might check this out later!
LukeFair  +   574d ago
Simulation is not my favorite game genre but this actually seems pretty solid!

I'm interested in winning Hack ’n’ Slash
oasdada  +   574d ago
So much diversity in games.. at one place they are doing broken age.. the other spacebase.. imo psychonauts and broken age are theyre best games out there
Infamous298  +   574d ago
I have been a fan of base building games for a while now and i will be happy to add this game to my base building collection

Spacebase DF-9 please.
Hypnotic  +   574d ago
What are some other good ones? I'm interested trying some out.
MisterAV  +   574d ago
I'm not a fan of simulation games, but this seems more interesting than the other, it's original.

I'm interested in Hack 'n' Slash!
LukeFair  +   574d ago
I agree with you!
ichizon  +   574d ago
Sounds like the writer would have a good time in the Sims as well, sadistic as he is. It sounds like this game has building elements similar to the Sims, but with the gameplay focusing more on how to survive in space rather than guiding a person through a regular weekday. I agree on the expansion note. Having this game expand to include space exploration in an FTL manner sounds like it could be incredibly fun. However, balancing the gameplay parts could be a bit tricky. Perhaps if exploration was optional, but with risks and rewards?

Either way, I'm interested in playing Spacebase DF-9. I'm also interested in Hack 'n' Slash.
herobyclicking  +   574d ago
I need a little bit of a focus, The Sims always felt too open. In this I at least have a task, the sadism comes naturally I guess.
XtraTrstrL  +   574d ago
Again, just looking at the screens - you can tell that it's quality. They are just good game makers.
BiggCMan  +   574d ago
Broken Age, Massive Chalice, Spacebase, and Hack N Slash! Double Fine is on a roll lately!!
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herobyclicking  +   574d ago
I am sooo looking forward to Massive Chalice. All three of these titles are solid, even in their early access states.
Derekvinyard13  +   574d ago
Heroes, your a monster dude
herobyclicking  +   574d ago
I know! But really, I couldn't help myself!
Cat  +   574d ago
You really can't!
beepbopadoobop  +   574d ago
Building in space! This company had a bunch of awesome games in their hands! Loving kerbal space at the mo but id happily leave that for a bash on space base df9
FITgamer  +   574d ago
Loved Costume Quest, definitely willing to try this one out.
herobyclicking  +   574d ago
I played through Costume Quest twice in a row, I rarely finish a game as it is these days.
FITgamer  +   574d ago
Same here, i also played through the Grubbins on Ice DLC twice.
ldurham  +   574d ago
Do you have plans to add Steam achievements in a future update? I like to earn them ;)
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herobyclicking  +   574d ago
I imagine the full release will have achievements and trading cards,other DF games do.
ldurham  +   574d ago
I forgot to add I want to win all three games!
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gobluesamg  +   574d ago
This game looks cool. I like games where I have to manage resources. Gotta have Broken Age though.
jpepsi24  +   574d ago
psychonauts anyone
doble fine is the best
dictionary  +   574d ago
Looks cool but not simple
MYDEATH21  +   574d ago
My son will know this company makes good games..... In about 5-6 years after he is born...
rambi80  +   574d ago
I would love to see a double Fine take on this genre. Space base looks amazing

-Most interested in broken age-
Hypnotic  +   574d ago
This looks pretty cool.
Virtua_Awesome  +   574d ago
This game just looks fantastic to me. It completely reminds me of some old sim games that I played when I was a kid. I just love the concept of starting out with just a few people, and using their particular abilities to gradually build a space station.

It's awesome how you even have to be in control of even tiny details like proper air production, and even deal with the R&R of your residents. I'm really looking forward to this game :)

And I'm interested in winning: Broken Age, Hack 'n' Slash, Spacebase DF-9.
pyrocloud7  +   574d ago
Haven't even heard of this game, so I'm glad can the article. I can always use a new base builder, especially in space!
Snookies12  +   574d ago
Man this game looks cool! Didn't even know it existed until this article, and now I'm tempted to pre-order it...
MasterofMagnetism  +   573d ago
I don't play a lot of simulation games but this Spacebase DF-9 game sounds really cool.

Interested in winning all 3 games.
yoshiroaka  +   573d ago
This sounds like one of those kairosoft mobile building games and i love those!

I love spending time in these sort of sim building environments esp when there are people to make happy or sad depending on how you do.

Entry for: Broken Age
grashopper  +   573d ago
I like the whole building/Sims kinda thing this has going on. Plus it's got a cool theme.
That said I wouldn't mind winning me a copy of Spacebase.
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longcat  +   573d ago
If its anything like the quality of their last sim-ish game Middle Manager of Justice then im interested. Altho this one sounds really similar to some of the other space building games out there i hope they can bring something cool to the table to differentiate themselves.

~I want to win Broken Age.
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