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App description: "Star Billions turns the player's phone into the sole means of communicating with a hopelessly lost starship called the Little Brother." -Polygon

"I really enjoyed the story and the characters. The humor is kid-friendly, but smart enough to be enjoyed by adults." -AppUnwrapper

"Sometimes, a brief trip into space is exactly the thing you need..." -Indie Haven

Featured on VentureBeat, Polygon, Indie Game Magazine, Indie Haven, AppUnwrapper, and more!

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The chain of command has been broken and it's up to you to decide who's in charge! Choose from four unique AIs to tackle dangerous and delicate situations as you guide the human race to a new home!

FEATURES:
- Real time notifications deliver updates on the adventure throughout your day.
- Compete with the crew and your friends back home with the awesome retro shooter ASTRO WHIZ!
- Unlock data entries by completing goals and achievements to learn more about the crew, the ship, and what happened back on Earth.
- Get to know the personality of each artificial intelligence and become a true leader.
- Interact and negotiate with strange alien creatures as you balance each AI's strengths and weaknesses.
- Complete Game Center support with leaderboards and achievements.

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KNOW YOUR CREW: Get to know the personalities aboard the Little Brother...

SARGE
- Security and Arms Governance Expert.
- First and only recipient of the Silver Pixel for deployment in over 9 million simulations.
- An unmatched military mind.
- Choose SARGE when failure is not an option.

ROSIE
- Repair and Optimization System Intelligence.
- Master of the mechanical, ROSIE keeps the Little Brother up and running.
- An independent thinker who is always ready to lead.
- Choose ROSIE and live to fight another day.

EIN
- Experiment in Intelligence and Neural Networks.
- 768 terabytes of pure computational power.
- EIN can determine the exact probability of anything you throw at him.
- Choose EIN because numbers never lie.

LACIE
- Language and Communication Interface.
- The heart and soul of the Little Brother, with a wealth of knowledge on culture and the arts.
- An unsurpassed multilinguist, LACIE can translate even the most bizarre alien species.
- Choose LACIE and catch more flies with honey.

catchandrelease's comments:



12-08-2015, 02:33 PM
#2
Joined: May 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,422
Waiting for impressions. Looks interesting

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12-08-2015, 03:22 PM
#3
I made a little gameplay video/review:

12-08-2015, 08:14 PM
#4
Joined: Oct 2015
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 15
Impressions

Thanks, AppUnwrapper! Love the video.

Here are some more impressions from Polygon and Indie Haven.

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12-10-2015, 02:35 AM
#5
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 324
Only played a few minutes. Interesting concept. It's somewhere between Lifeline and Godville.

You make some decisions, wait (in real time) for AIs to do stuff and notify you when done, then you get a Godville style update of each AI's status and the story moves forward per your choice.

The overall aesthetic of the AI conversations is very Animal Crossing, surprisingly enough. I turned off the Nintendoesque conversation noises pretty quickly.

Wait time has been as much as two hours and thirty minutes for a choice to resolve. You can shorten it by playing a retro "shoot the moving target" game.

You only get a few minutes off for a successful shot, and that's after a string of them: they start at 30 seconds off then go up with your combo. Upshot is that a 2 hour 30 minute wait time is like 60 or more successful shots, where you only get a chance to shoot every few seconds and one miss sets you back to 30s.

I'm sick to hell of the retro shooter already after not very much time, so my only assumption is that you're not really supposed to use that as a main way to pass time and the game is designed to discourage that approach. If you were supposed to play games to pass time, I'd need about 3-5 more minigames to make that worthwhile. Just one that's so simple is boring.

That's a bad note to end on, but it really is charming and the initial App Store reviews are very good. It's going to come down to whether I enjoy a game that essentially says don't call it, it'll call you.
12-10-2015, 06:42 AM
#6
Looks really interesting.

Is internet access a requirement?
12-10-2015, 09:42 AM
#7
Joined: Oct 2015
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 15
geoelectric: Thanks for the feedback! It's been really helpful to get different impressions of the game.

ludka33: Internet access is not required (aside from downloading the game, of course!)

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12-11-2015, 10:40 AM
#8
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 96
Charming as all-get-out. Honestly afraid I'm nearing the end of the story. Whether I am or not, really hope that I get to adventure with this cast again.

The minigame is very simple, sure, but it does the job as a way for the impatient to progress the story. Some variety there would be nice, but it's a small complaint on a great experience.
12-11-2015, 12:53 PM
#9
Joined: Oct 2015
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Posts: 15
I'm so glad you're liking it, L0ck. And don't worry--more adventures are in store for you and the crew of the Little Brother!

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12-12-2015, 10:09 AM
#10
Joined: Jan 2015
Posts: 96
Season one finished. I need more. MORE!

Seriously, while the season was way too short, you've got me hooked. Looking forward to season 2.