I’m not sure what to think of it, played it for over an hour but can’t say very much since it really seems like an early prototype with only the bare-bones to what could make a good game. I’ve extended the base towards the “black” zones and mined some asteroids and found two bases with people on them that apparently joined my crew, but as far as I can tell there’s no real “goal” there yet.
The games it reminded me most of were “Space Colony” and “Startopia”, which can both be gotten on GoG and since they’re fully built games I’d rather play those for a lengthy amount of time
Space Colony reminds me the most of the kind of gameplay Spacebase DF-9 is going for, it has different kind of civilians that all have their own jobs and natural predispositions to them (like Maintenance, Doctor, Scientist) aswell as their own separate personalities, the building of additional “modules” like Engineering or Sickbay handle very similar and there’s a “Peaceful” as well as a “War-like” campaign for both types of play, it recently even had a HD-Re-Release.
Startopia resembles more of the idea of what they were going for by building a Space Station.
The blurbs from GoG kinda display that it’s also very similar
- Nine primary character races, each with a unique look and function. Each inhabitant is an individual character, with unique moods, desires, personal history, and humorous character animations.
- Fully functioning alien society, with racial animosity and friendships, crime and punishment, leisure and entertainment, and dynamic functioning economy.
- Bio-deck with editable landscape and manageable ecosystem gives you complete control of terra-forming.
I totally loved that game back in the day and was hoping for something similar for a while. You got more people on your space station by expanding the opportunities for the alien races and their specific predispositions and you could unlock new “areas” of the station by opening up other sections as the game goes on.
Although some of the later missions I believe centered more on warfare and the likes.