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Redshirt is the comedy sci-fi sim about social networking aboard a space station, starring the station's most ambitious low-ranking peon: you! Navigate the professional and interpersonal politics of the ubiquitous "Spacebook" to curry favor among friends and colleagues. As intense intergalactic conflict rages around you, it's up to you to accrue those all-important "likes" on your status updates! Whether you're looking for love, opportunities for promotion, or even a chance to play Zero-G golf with the captain, you can schmooze your way through social circles and claw your way up the career ladder. Perhaps you too can finally achieve the dream of an off-station transfer, or even the Redshirt's opportunity of a lifetime: being sent on an away-mission!

"Redshirt’s take on science fiction clichés is amusing, telling short stories in the form of status updates and messages, but the activity of playing the game is rather intense, even though it’s a turn-based life management sim. As if accidentally snubbing friends and causing heartbreak wasn’t enough, a short while into your misadventure, a disturbing message arrives. A calamity is coming. The station is doomed. People will die." - Rock Paper Shotgun

"Spying on an ex in a video game even though there’s no tangible benefit to doing so WHATS GOING ON" - Red Door Blue Key

Redshirt received an Honorable Mention in the 2014 IGF Awards for Excellence in Narrative!
Social Networking, But Not As We Know It...
Redshirt is a comedy sci-fi social networking simulation game. Create & customise your character, a brand new arrival aboard space station Megalodon-9, where you start your career on the lowest possible rung: a Transporter Accident Cleanup Technician. You also realise that everyone on the station is required to use the proprietary social network, "Spacebook"!

You hear rumours something terrible will happen soon aboard the station, and it's up to you to stop being a disposable nobody before it's too late! You can do this by interacting (through Spacebook!) with randomly-generated, AI-driven characters with their own unique personalities, trying to win friends and influence station citizens. Or, you can focus on what skills you need to climb the fairly-extensive career tree. Or, save up your KarmaCreds. Or, flirt your way up the station. The choice is yours, and there are different strategies. You just have a limited time in which to do it, otherwise... terrible things will happen. You are a Redshirt, after all!Features
  • Satirical, tongue-in-cheek social simulation, filled with humour and political intrigue.
  • Detailed character creation: choose from 5 different species, from human to tentacled squid creature!
  • Each game is unique: Megalodon-9 is full of procedurally generated AI-driven characters, each with their own random personalities and profile pictures.

  • Customise station settings: define the kinds of personalities you'll encounter, from friendly chatterboxes to self-obsessed bigots.
  • Update your Spacebook, strategically 'like' statuses, and send private messages to your fellow station citizens.
  • Arrange Spacebook 'events' with your friends, frenemies, and even higher-ranking officers, to influence your relationships and skills.
  • Multiple routes to success through turn-based gameplay, from skills-based diligence, to romance, to charismatic schmoozing.
  • Navigate an extensive, non-linear career tree, by gaining the right skills... or just by making the right friends.
  • Make friends and manage romantic relationships -- if you can handle the drama!
  • Strategically manage your interests and skills.
  • Buy items in the Self-Help Object Purveyor (S.H.O.P.) to increase your stats and skills, from RoboCats to illegal hoverbikes!

  • Away missions!
  • Humorous parody of social networking culture.
  • Puns! So many puns.
More Reviews & Articles
  • IndieHaven (8/10): http://indiehaven.com/redshirt-review-2/
  • Dads Gaming Addiction (8/10): http://www.dadsgamingaddiction.com/redshirt/
  • Softpedia (8/10): http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/games/pc/Redshirt-Review-400716.shtml
  • ZOMGPlay (7/10): http://zomgplay.com/2013/11/15/review-redshirt-pc-ios/
  • Tiger Gaming: http://tiger-gaming.org/redshirt/
  • Jayisgames.com: http://jayisgames.com/archives/2013/11/redshirt.php
  • Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2 Lead Writer): http://www.heyash.com/why-i-like-redshirt
  • Red Door Blue Key (4/5): http://www.reddoorbluekey.com/reviews/review-redshirt/
  • Paste Magazine (8/10): http://pastemagazine.com/articles/2013/11/redshirt-review-pc.html
  • The Mary Sue: http://www.themarysue.com/redshirt-game-review/
For more reviews (and also information about development of Redshirt), please visit the forums.
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Developer
The Tiniest Shark
Publisher
Positech, Positech Games
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.positech.co.uk/redshirt/

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 2 gig
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: any
Recommended:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: 2 gig
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: any

System requirements for Linux

Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17
Processor 2 GHz (Dual Core)
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: 256 MB
Hard Drive: 500 MB available space

Requires the following packages to be installed:
libc6:i386 libasound2:i386 libasound2-data:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libx11-6:i386 libxau6:i386 libxcb1:i386 libxcursor1:i386 libxdmcp6:i386 libxext6:i386 libxfixes3:i386 libxinerama1:i386 libxrandr2:i386 libxrender1:i386 libglu1:i386

Notice: this game comes with a 32-bit binary only
Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17
Processor 2 GHz (Dual Core)
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: 256 MB
Hard Drive: 500 MB available space

Requires the following packages to be installed:
libc6:i386 libasound2:i386 libasound2-data:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libx11-6:i386 libxau6:i386 libxcb1:i386 libxcursor1:i386 libxdmcp6:i386 libxext6:i386 libxfixes3:i386 libxinerama1:i386 libxrandr2:i386 libxrender1:i386 libglu1:i386

Notice: this game comes with a 32-bit binary only

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • Processor: 2 gig
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: any
Recommended:
  • Processor: 2 gig
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 256 MB
  • Storage: 500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: any
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Redshirt reviews and comments

Fantasy space-based Facebook sim.
«Time-tested»
«Sit back and relax»
Translated by
Microsoft from Spain
I have decided to make a positive review as there are too many negatives and the game has its good and bad things, but besides being a devil's advocate as you can see by the hours and the achievements to me has been quite amusing. I Understand that it is not a game to use and that as in many current movies depends a lot on the expectations: I got it as part of a bundle for a few cents and with all the criticisms behind his back did not expect much, I'm afraid many of those who criticize him N expected a Spacebase DF-9 of Double Fine. Not long ago arguing with a friend who did not like anything the Knights of the Pen & Paper + 1 and I think this case is similar, so first of all I record the type of game I normally like to kill the time : That can be put in window, you can play at times while doing other things, that will give game to the imagination (not to you of everything done), that does not require full attention and that is a challenge without having an excessive difficulty. And I do not care if it has very repetitive mechanics and I play at times and I forgive bugs if they do not make me lose the progress in the game (Close, I go back and open). As Many criticize Redshirt could perfectly be a Facebook, web or mobile game... It Is very simple and everything is developed in a similar environment to Facebook. EYE, I liked but I DO NOT THINK IT is WORTH 20 euros, should not be worth more than 5. The game has a humorous component and it is a resource management system (daily actions) in a social network. You Are supposed to create a character that becomes part of a space base, a closed environment with a limited number of inhabitants who live and work in that site and are therefore interpersonally related to each other. There Are A number of categories or levels related to the importance or charisma of each one and the position that it occupies. The goal is to get to the top of the pyramid or leave the base before the countdown of something that seems fateful. As for humor has its blows, its references geeks and their more or less funny gags in addition to the strange situations that are given that sometimes are surreal, you go out with someone at a romantic dinner and just then sends you a message that long ago You don't listen to him. Normally for thrive you have to be an interested bastard who uses others as tissues just to go climbing, which is part of the fun... It Is like being the JR of Dallas or the Channing of Falcon Crest (takes recent references). The game is very better, but also quite addictive, especially because it lets glimpse a series of plots and goals difficult to get you itch to retry to try to reach them. In short: It IS NOT WORTH THE 20 euros that usually costs, but it is worth to try if you get reduced or in a bundle and you are fond of games ci-fi and things out of the ordinary. It Is A critique of the interactions of social networks that convert relationships into something quite superfluous and parody most of the clitches of the classic opera space. And I may encourage me to make my first guide if I discover how to get the achievements that I have left, that some have crumbs.
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