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The world’s first total starship management game in an 8bit massive online universe. Take your crew on an epic journey to explore space
The world’s first total starship management game in an 8bit massive online universe. Take your crew on an epic journey to explore space!
The world’s first total starship management game in an 8bit massive online universe. Take your crew on an epic journey to explore space!
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Pixel Starships: 8Bit Starship Management Strategy MMO RPG

AU$ 22,020

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Pixel Starships is the world’s first total starship management game in an 8bit massive online universe. In Pixel Starships, you command every aspect of your ship from construction to battles in a single persistent world.

We have been working hard on this game and the current pre-alpha build is already super addictive and fun to play. We need your help to get this game to market and release on many platforms as possible. Please back us on Kickstarter so we can ship this awesome game! Backers can get awesome exclusive rewards, collaboration and early access.

  • PocketGamer - Pixel Starships will put 8-bit space strategy and crew management into an online universe by Chris Priestman
  • MMGN - The graphics in this 8Bit indie game is the best we've seen in a retro style game for a long time by Roy Hui
  • PocketTactics - I’m intrigued by the cutaway side-view of the starship with turbolifts and transporters at the ready by Dave Neumann 
  • TechTimes - The World’s First 8-Bit Total Starship Management Game Hits The Online Universe by Lauren Keating

24 June: Funding goal reached! 1.5 days left to go!

16 June: We're at E3 in LA. Come say Hi!

10 June: Steam Greenlight #1 and Approved within 11 Days!

6 June: 60% Funded, Ranked Top 14 on Steam Greenlight!

4 June: Pre-Alpha Gameplay Video #1 Now Live:

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We are huge strategy game addicts. Some games we LOVE: FTL, XCom, Eve Online, Home World. All these games are awesome, but it wasn't enough.

We wanted to play an FTL style, all encompassing ship management game in a single massive online world. We didn't want a game that ended after finishing single player campaign in days. Instead we want to invest in a persistent world similar to World of Warcraft with fresh content and new players making the game alive and exciting for decades

  • Build Epic Starships of your own design.
  • Many races, aliens, factions.
  • Battle it out with other players in a single massive online universe.
  • Manage diplomacy, trade, recruitment, research, exploration, manage ship's power and limited resources. Discover epic weapons.
  • Cross section full ship control and battles.
  • Issue situational commands to ship and crew allowing automatic combats and offline play.

The game has to be perfectly balanced and not a pay to win game. In-app currency (StarBux) will help speed up ship development but will not make a player more powerful. StarBux can also be earned in the game. Kickstarter rewards are once off exclusive perks not available in the standard game, but the main focus is on design uniqueness and recognition over power advantage.

All the crew and systems are fully configurable in the game offering a unique style of gameplay focused on tactics and strategy rather than speed of mouse clicks / taps.

This game is the dream space simulation strategy game that we want to play. This is Pixel Starships.

If successfully funded, Pixel Starships is planned for launch on iPhone and iPad in December 2015 and launch on PC in 2016. Additional platforms will also be added with adequate funding. Alpha & Beta release for early backers requires iOS 8 Compatible Device.

 Stretch goals? First we need to get to 20K :) Quick! Back us!

Pixel Starships is under development by SavySoda. A indie iOS studio in Melbourne with over 70 million downloads.

We've been working really hard on design and the development is progressing really well. With your support we can complete the alpha build soon and improve the game world and the multiplayer infrastructure.

Current Progress:

  • Game Design: 85%
  • Server Development: 55%
  • Mobile Client Development: 50%
  • Artworks: 40%
  • Testing: 20%

Additional Funding will be used for:

  • Further Development: 25%
  • Localisation: 5%
  • Extra Game Features: 65%
  • Marketing: 5%

Here are some posters to simplify reward contents. To make it easier for the majority of our fans, We've listed everything in USD. 

Risks and challenges

Pixel Starships overall development is currently at the half way point; We have a internal demo which we've been playing for several weeks. Existing community feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Alpha release will be ready and go out to all early backers around end of crowdfunding campaign.

We are targeting to ship on iOS platforms even if we have to busk on the streets because we love this game; but with additional support from Kickstarter backers we can make this game truly awesome. We can get more developers on board and build more immersive worlds and tactics and collaborate with serious backers.

RISKS
- Our staff could be abducted by Aliens before finishing the game
- Server scalability on multiplayer (we will test this out in BETA, and optimise for a smooth launch)
- Game balance (we will ensure the game is fully balanced before public release)
- Feedback during BETA phase (we will work to ensure everything is addressed before we release, if necessary we will prioritise product quality over deadline)

Our primary focus is the quality of the game and the dream of building great indie titles. Our previous strategy titles Millionaire Tycoon and Eenies are both 5 Star games with millions of users and we aim to deliver the same experience on Pixel Starships.

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    Pledge AU$ 6 or more About $5

    5 USD - SUPPORTER

    • You appear in "Thank You" Credits
    • Access to Kickstarter Forum
    • Digital copy of the game on release

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    Pledge AU$ 19 or more About $15

    15 USD - ENGINEER

    • All previous rewards
    • Limited edition crew Bob the Engineer. Wears cool yellow hat, bonus engineering stats
    • Limited edition Warp Drive
    • 2,000 Bonus StarBux (20 USD Value)

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    Pledge AU$ 32 or more About $25

    25 USD - HEAVY GUNNER

    • All previous rewards
    • Total 3,000 Bonus StarBux (30 USD Value)
    • Three Limited Edition Weapon Facilities (Arsenal Missile Launcher, Phaser, Storage)
    • Storage filled with 3 Limited Edition ICBM and 30 Hellfire Missiles.
    • Digital Art Book

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    Pledge AU$ 45 or more About $35

    35 USD - MAN'S BEST FRIEND

    • All previous rewards
    • Total 4,000 Bonus StarBux (40 USD Value)
    • Instead of hanging out in the bridge alone, you start the game with "Doge" to keep you company. Doge is a brown dog in a space suit. Strictly limited edition for Kickstarter. Wears a fish tank helmet, bonus stats. Nothing else like it in the game, other players will beg to find where you got doge from.
    • You might not want Doge to sleep in your staff quarters, so you also get a Dog Kennel to place in your ship.
    • Digital Soundtracks

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    Pledge AU$ 45 or more About $35

    35 USD - MAN'S BEST FRIEND + EARLY ACCESS

    + Everything in MAN'S BEST FRIEND REWARD
    + Strictly limited early ALPHA & BETA access to game

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    Pledge AU$ 83 or more About $65

    65 USD - AREA 51 UFO

    • Everything from MAN'S BEST FRIEND rewards.
    • Total 8,000 Bonus StarBux (80 USD Value)
    • Limited Edition Pixel Starships Backer T-Shirt
    • Gain access to the Kickstarter only "Grey Flying Saucer" starship series. They look like those 1950's ships in area 51.
    • Three limited edition "Grey" aliens are added to your crew! They have big heads and eyes and shoot lazer guns. Bonus attack stats.
    • International shipping included

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    Pledge AU$ 83 or more About $65

    65 USD - AREA 51 UFO + EARLY ACCESS

    • Everything in AREA 51 UFO
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    Pledge AU$ 121 or more About $95

    95 USD - STAR CAPT'N

    • Everything from AREA 51 UFO rewards.
    • Total 12,000 Bonus StarBux (120 USD Value)
    • Instead of starting the game as a Academy Graduate, you start the game as a Star Commander. Your character now has an awesome Capt'n hat with gold emblem. Extra pilot and hp stats.
    • Everyone will be wondering why you look so awesome.
    • You receive GM access to in game chat
    • A sexy star next to your name on all UI and chat indicating your awesomeness to others.

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    Pledge AU$ 121 or more About $95

    95 USD - STAR CAPT'N + EARLY ACCESS

    • Everything in STAR CAPT'N
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    Pledge AU$ 173 or more About $135

    135 USD - BLING BLING

    • Everything from STAR CAPT'N rewards.
    • Total 15,000 Bonus StarBux (150 USD Value)
    • Because only the best is good enough for you, Your T-Shirt is now made by American Apparel and in special design and colour.
    • You gain access to the special editions of "golden armada" range of Starships not accessible to normal players.
    • You start the game with your main ship systems decked out in Gold. Yes Gold!
    • You get a limited edition golden robotic assistant "D4P0". It is quite tough with bonus stats. Did we mention it was in Gold?
    • If you're a girl, your character will walk around with a luxury leather purse. If you're a guy, your character will have a massive gold watch on the wrist. yes Gold.
    • You appear in Credits under the VIP section.

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    Pledge AU$ 173 or more About $135

    135 USD - BLING BLING + EARLY ACCESS

    + Everything in BLING BLING
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    Pledge AU$ 288 or more About $225

    225 USD - ASSOCIATE DESIGNER : DESIGN YOUR OWN CHARACTER + EARLY ACCESS

    • Everything from previous rewards.
    • Collaborate with us to create your own character in the game!
    • A custom single run craft 15 ounce collectable mug with your own character on it shipping included.
    • Send us a photo, sketch, or description and we will hand design your very own pixel character to appear in the pixel starships universe.
    • You name the character, and describe its attributes.
    • Your character will appear in game as a crew, alien, robot, or mission npc.
    • Your name appears in credits under Character Designer
    • Strictly limited early ALPHA & BETA access to game
    • Requests must not be offensive, and meet design guidelines

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    Pledge AU$ 1,186 or more About $928

    925 USD - CO DESIGNER: CREATE YOUR OWN STARSHIP OR SUBSYSTEM + EARLY ACCESS

    • Everything from previous rewards
    • Collaborate with us to work on your unique in-game starship design or facility
    • Sketch or describe to us your desired ship or facility and our expert artists will hand design your request into the game
    • Can be any race, human, alien, npc
    • Name and describe your starship or system
    • Your name appears in credits under Gameplay Designer
    • Join us at the Epic Launch Party (not including travel)
    • Designs subject to guidelines

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    Pledge AU$ 2,885 or more About $2,257

    2250 USD - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER : CREATE YOUR OWN STORY + EARLY ACCESS

    • Everything from previous rewards
    • Collaborate with us to work on your unique multipart single player mission
    • Write us a story along with sketches, we will incorporate your story into a single player campaign mission available for the world to experience.
    • Story can be up to three parts, with plot, enemies, resource rewards.
    • Almost anything you can imagine we can put into the game, from a romantic story to something funny.
    • You appear as storyline designer in Credits
    • Join us at the Epic Launch Party (not including travel)
    • Designs subject to guidelines

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    Pledge AU$ 7,695 or more About $6,020

    6000 USD - CO PRODUCER : CREATE AN ENTIRE CIVILISATION + EARLY ACCESS

    • Everything from previous rewards
    • Collaborate with us to create an entire alien race
    • You decide on the backstory of the race, how it fits in to the universe
    • Sketch or describe an entire race of alien characters and starships, we will custom design and build this for you inside the game.
    • You have naming right to the race
    • You appear as an co-producer under the credits
    • Join us at the Epic Launch Party (not including travel)
    • Designs subject to guidelines

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