Developed by Ominux Games Starmancer is slowly inching closer towards lift-off.

After more than tripling its US$40,000 Kickstarter goal, this unique simulator has just entered its alpha stage and access is now open to backers who donated $50 or more.

Starmancer is yet another charming 2D project being published by Chucklefish. The official website describes the game:

Starmancer is a Dwarf Fortress-inspired space station building game. After a catastrophe on Earth, humanity launches the Starmancer Initiative in a desperate attempt to seek refuge among the stars. Your task as a Starmancer is to construct and manage a colony capable of sustaining human life.

Starmancer offers gameplay with consequences, a living sandbox environment, crafting, and managing the daily lives of colonists. Send crews out to mine on asteroids, trade with other factions, and explore old alien ruins.

The vastness of space awaits. Are you ready?”

According to its development blog, Starmancer has been in development for over four years at Ominux Games, a three-person team based in the United States and Sweden. However, the game did not appear on Kickstarter until February 12, 2018. Over the course of 32 days, the game gained the support of 4,650 backers who contributed USD$139,685.

Just last month, a few days after Starmancer‘s one-year funding anniversary, Ominux Games uploaded an extensive YouTube video that details its strides in development since then.

Within the past 24 hours, Chucklefish tweeted out the news of Starmancer entering alpha and teased a few new screenshots.

Starmancer will join a pedigree that includes the likes of Risk of Rain, Stardew Valley, and Pathway, and Ominux Games is one of 13 different development teams that has collaborated with Chucklefish since 2011.

As touched on in the aforementioned video, Starmancer is already lagging behind on its release estimate. The press kit on its website still claims a release date of Q1 2019, but the FAQ page simply states “in 2019.”

Starmancer will be available on Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux, and you can preorder it now through its BackerKit page.

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Craig Snyder
Craig fell in love with video games after being spoiled with all of the NES games he could ever want as a kid, and his passion for gaming continues decades later. After discovering a knack for writing in grade school, the two have come together nicely for him. River City Ransom and Final Fantasy VII are his jams.

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