When there’s a nip in the air, snowflakes are dancing happily on the tip of your nose and you hear the jingling sound of Santa’s sleighbells, you know it’s either time to check in to the local nuthouse, or it’s time for the Steam holiday sale. Fortunately, you are not insane.
Digital Eel is pleased to announce the release of Infinite Space Battle Poker, a new hybrid cardgame that plays like poker but fights like a clash between alien starships. Want to know more?
Choose any poker variant that ends with a five card showdown, like five card draw, or stud, or our favorite, Anaconda (a point scoring system is also included). Then vie for control of Infinite Space–well, the card table, anyway–with an array of starships, alien leaders, mercenaries, enemies–even alien artifacts, like the ship-shattering Chromium Gong.
The Humble Store is open and the sale is on! For the next two weeks you can get Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space for $1.69 and its sequel Infinite Space III: Sea of Stars, for $3.49. This is a pretty cool deal. Consider: given the “infinite” nature of roguelike play, these prices are negligible–next to nothing–and yet, Digital Eel still gets paid. Additionally, 10% of proceeds go to charity. How cool is that?!
Sea of Stars continues the space roguelike series that started it all. Weird Worlds, its precursor, is the IGF award-winning space roguelike that pioneered the category. (Its precursor, Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, itself an IGF finalist, was the first hybrid space roguelike game.)
In an Infinite Space roguelike, stars, planets, alien homeworlds, fleets, space stations, creatures, passengers, allies, equipment, artifacts, and special events and quests, are randomized each time the game is played. There’s more “stuff” than can be seen in a single session, so it takes several games to see it all. This all adds up to immense replayability.
Another noteable feature is that these games are designed to be played to completion in one sitting. A full session of Weird Worlds might take only 30 minutes to finish. This prevents the frustration felt in old school roguelikes when a beloved character dies suddenly after 15 hours of play. In Sea of Stars, if your fleet perishes, you want to try again right away!
If SF space adventure is your thing, and you want to imagine, to feel, the experience of a heroic star spanning saga–but you only have the lunch hour, Weird Worlds and Sea of Stars are sure to provide the quick fix you need. That, and dual-mounted particle vortex cannons, of course.
If you haven’t heard of it, you’re in for some fun– PAIRS is a pub game created by James Ernest and Paul Peterson of Cheapass Games. It uses a simple triangular deck of cards: that’s 1×1, 2×2, 3×3, and so on all the way to 10×10. PAIRS is lightweight, entertaining, and a perfect way to decide who pays for the next round of Tiberian Moonshine.
The best of both worlds, Infinite Space Battle Poker plays like Poker and fights like a starship combat game. Choose any Poker variant you wish; five card draw, seven card stud, even Texas Hold ‘Em or our favorite, Anaconda. Then vie for control of the tabletop, er, Infinite Space, with an array of starship types, alien races, mercenaries, leaders and rare artifacts, like the ship-shattering Chromium Gong!
The game features card artwork by Iikka Keranen, JP Farquar and Denis Loubet. The cards will be manufactured by USPCC, the maker of Bicycle brand playing cards, and will feature their famous Air-Cushion finish.
Please join our Kickstarter campaign to help make Infinite Space Battle Poker happen in an excellent way. We’ve had a blast with the playtest decks but now we want to let everyone in on the fun with quality cards and decks made to last.
As part of our celebrating Digital Eel’s 15 year anniversary on Sunday, we’ve decided to make our games Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity and Data Jammers: FastForward absolutely FREE!
Brainpipe is an award-winning arcade game described as being a “zen-inducing trip that will blow your mind” and “like having sex with Yog Sothoth.” Kewl.
Get Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity FREE from Steam, IndieGameStand (DRM-free) and itch.io (DRM-free).
Jammers is what could happen if Hot Wheels met Tron: twisty racing and destruction in a retro wireframe world. A short and sweet arcade BLaST. Watch out for those gliding eyeballs!
Get “Data Jammers: FastForward” FREE from Steam, IndieGameStand (DRM-free) and itch.io (DRM-free).
Well, spring already went sproing… Now, it’s summertime with the birds and the bees and lots of Digital Eel games, every one of them on sale at 50% off of (virtual) sticker price. (And there was great rejoicing!)
Get ’em all, add the prices up and you’ll get a facepalmingly low total that will make you wish there were more Digital Eel games to buy! (Hold your horses. That news is coming soon.)
Feel free to get familiar with the Infinite Space game system by playing Weird Worlds first. If you like it, and we’re sure you will, give Sea of Stars a go. While it is similar, it has its own unique quirks, twists and special features. It also features a dynamite space soundtrack by British compser, Edwin Sykes–music not to be missed!
Enjoy your saga among the weird worlds of the Purple Void and remember: the stars are your destiny, that disgusting alien on your left might be your friend, and happiness is a warm particle vortex cannon.
This just in: John Harris’s Digital Eel interview has been posted. Harris, of GameSetWatch writing for his @Play Collected blog, covers a lot of ground with thoughtful questions and reflections. Topics range from roguelikes and game design influences to Digital Eel mystery history and Phosphorus’ music, and much more. Go see!
Update: Click here to read John Harris’s interview with Digital Eel on Gamasutra.