App description: Save the human race from extinction by colonizing new worlds following the destruction of Earth. Choose your crew, assign their shifts, explore the galaxy, and save humanity!

PLEASE NOTE! Shifts is completely free to play, however additional officers can also be purchased for real money. If you don't want to use this feature, please disable in-app purchases in your device's settings.

Reviews:
-Everything I want an iOS solitaire board game to be: well-themed, strategic, and infinitely replayable
4/5 Pocket Tactics

- The graphics and music are top notch and I look forward to seeing what other games Threadbare Games will be bringing us in the future.
4.5/5 Appreviewcentral.net

- The difficulty sweet spot between impossible and theoretically possible; blissful panic
Macworld.co.uk

- A very good 1-person pick-and-play board game for iPad.
4/5 Whatsoniphone.com

Features:
- MAN-UP, WISE-UP TACTICS
Make smart tactical decisions and save the human race. Play recklessly and humanity dies with you.

- RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CRAZINESS
Manage your resources carefully or theres no tomorrow.

- SYMBIOTIC CREW = SUPER POWERS
Every member of your crew has been engineered to give the arkship a special power.

- YOURE ON SHIFT!
Assign non-interfaced crew to shifts. Every crew member is armed with a different speciality. Decide whos on shift and when to keep the arkship from falling apart.

- RANDOM MAP GOODNESS
Theres no reason to play (or die) in the same place twice.

- UNIQUE POINT SYSTEM
Get scored on everything you do.

- GAMECENTER LEADERBOARDS
For the competitor in everyone.

LordGek's comments:
I just learned of this game from Pocket Tactics, sounds a bit like a quick playing solitaire board game in the style of FTL or Weird Worlds.



I'm close to pulling the trigger, but as always, I need to know if it tracks any sort of local stats/highscores before I commit (I don't think it supports GC).
02-04-2013, 10:38 AM
#2
Having been bitten by Weird Worlds, but being interested in FTL, I am waiting for more positive reviews to come in before downloading...

02-04-2013, 05:06 PM
#3
I picked it up and just finished my first game. Here are some brief notes:
  • there is no stat tracking
  • UI is ok. some things need explanation but there is a help system to explain what certain things mean (the "tutorial" doesn't necessarily explain what everything is). once a few things are cleared up using the app is a breeze
  • a single game doesn't last very long. your goal is to colonize 4 planets before a number of different counters run out (the decisions you make throughout the game essentially are to counteract these stats from reaching 0).
  • the desicions you want to make, to me at least, seemed a little too obvious. this is probably by biggest complaint about the game. it's very board gamey, and board games are about making the right decision - that decision shouldn't always be so obvious

i beat my first game, but barely (i think?). I was lucky and found my last 2 planets right at the last second. It can get difficult to manage your hull, energy, etc while still moving around and exploring. Right now though it feels a little too easy, and too flat. There is room here for improvement, though. I'd give it 3.5 stars. I'll probably round up to 4 for the App Store to encourage people to get it.

In the end, I'll probably play a few more games to see if it's really too easy or if I was just lucky. Then I'll hope to see an update with more stuff to do! I don't regret the purchase, but I won't exactly be playing this every moment of every day (like what happened with FTL...).

Last edited by cplr; 02-04-2013 at 05:59 PM.
02-04-2013, 07:01 PM
#4
I lost my first game just about every planet was an X! Out of about 15 only 1 was colonizable. Awesome game NEEDS STATS! Play is fast which is a ig plus IMO.
02-04-2013, 08:05 PM
#5
Does this one play in Strange Adventures in Infinite Space?

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02-04-2013, 08:54 PM
#6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by currymutton View Post
Does this one play in Strange Adventures in Infinite Space?
Do you mean is it like SAIS? From what Pocket Tactics says, sort of. It's a quick space exploration game in a random galaxy. However, unlike SAIS, it isn't score based, more a matter of winning/losing the challenge. If I understand it right the challenge is can you keep your ship from falling apart long enough to colonize 4 planets?

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02-04-2013, 09:02 PM
#7
Quote:
Originally Posted by LordGek View Post
Do you mean is it like SAIS? From what Pocket Tactics says, sort of.
Yes and yes, it is likely that I buy this one.

P.S. Still waiting for FTL to land on iOS

Statement: Star Wars has 2 characters with strange use of grammar: Yoda and HK-47. I pick HK-47 for it is meaner.

Honestly, I was never terribly good at games. - Finch (PoI S2E16)
02-04-2013, 09:02 PM
#8
Wait, there are two Infinite Space games?

"Weird World: Return to Infinite Space" and "Strange Adventures in Infinite Space"? Are they related?
02-04-2013, 09:49 PM
#9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by iPadisGreat View Post
Wait, there are two Infinite Space games?

"Weird World: Return to Infinite Space" and "Strange Adventures in Infinite Space"? Are they related?
Yep, both official ports of PC series but by two different iOS devs.

Weird Worlds is the sequel of the original SAIS, but the first to be ported to iOS I think.

Confused yet?

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02-05-2013, 12:43 AM
#10
Which is better?

And yes, waiting on FTL too, have it on PC but it feels better suited for iPad play.

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