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Starmancer is a space station sim I'm pretty excited about, it's currently on Kickstarter with six days left and they're fully funded. They've managed to grab over $80K against their $40K goal, which is pretty good. Thanks to this, their first stretch goal to have expanded music has been reached—awesome! This is the same game I wrote about last month, where the developer gave us a fun little story about using Linux.

It has Linux support already and the demo has been updated, which now includes support for pressing C to spawn colonists. They're still limiting it and the colonists aren't especially smart, since it's a demo, but it's pleasing to see that it's working rather nicely on Linux. You can find a demo link directly on the Kickstarter page.

Here's the trailer for an example of how it will play in the full game:

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The fact that it has a working Linux demo and the developer is a Linux fan makes me happy, I think it's a game worth supporting. I've personally supported this one. I'm actually hoping they put in a creative mode even if they don't hit the $100K goal for it, as it feels like a game that would be great with such a mode.

They've also announced they've agreed to be published by Chucklefish (Starbound developer, Stardew Valley publisher) who will be helping with feedback and support. It's good to see more bigger indies help out the littler indies!

I've been messing about with the demo for a while now and it's quite good. There's a lot to love about it already, with plenty of customization on offer with various floor tiles, plenty of decoration objects and so on. The interface is obviously a heavy work in progress and just there to get you going, but I simply adore the art for the game.

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madpinger 10 March 2018 at 10:28 pm UTC
Yeah, with this once it releases, maybe I can finally get over being pissed about SpaceBase-DF9.
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This is one of the rare pixel-style graphics games that I actually want. I really like the idea of it.
juliana_popovicz 11 March 2018 at 2:39 am UTC
I will definitely get this when it is released!
NotSoQT 11 March 2018 at 3:30 am UTC
When seeing the trailer for the first time I could swear it was a 3D game, but just know I noticed it's sprite based... o_o

Not my kind of game, but looking forward just because the graphics.

Also Starbound, Stardew Valley and Starmancer. What the hell, Chucklefish.
razing32 11 March 2018 at 4:39 am UTC
Yup , will be on board as well on release.
Orkultus 11 March 2018 at 10:53 am UTC
Another one that looks like Space Station 13
razing32 11 March 2018 at 1:29 pm UTC
OrkultusAnother one that looks like Space Station 13

Dind't you post this exact comment on the last article of this game ?
Orkultus 11 March 2018 at 9:27 pm UTC
Yeah, i am just excited that Linux will get some sort of a clone of Space Station 13..haha. That game is amazing
thoughtfulhippo 11 March 2018 at 9:45 pm UTC
Despite my 'don't pre-order' rule, I backed this after reading about it here. Looks awesome, and the fact they already had Linux builds (and that it was not a stretch goal) gave me confidence they would actually deliver. They post updates frequently and the one about Chucklefish is a positive move. I really hope they are successful with this.

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Patola 11 March 2018 at 9:57 pm UTC
madpingerYeah, with this once it releases, maybe I can finally get over being pissed about SpaceBase-DF9.
I did not know what you were talking about, then I googled it and saw all the story. Really disappointing, even with a reputable developer, who would know that would happen? Thanks for the mention!
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