Devolver Digital have released the reveal trailer for Spaceplan. Although it’s not really a reveal, since the game’s prototype has been available for quite some time now, and it has managed to kick up some dust. The video is 40 minutes long, but only the first 4 or 5 are crucial. The rest is unedited gameplay footage. Kind of.
In case you haven’t tried the prototype (and you should, since it’s free on the author’s site), here’s a brief description. The developer calls it a “brief piece of interaction based partly on a total misunderstanding of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time”. It’s actually an idle game where you wake up on a spaceship, throw potatoes out the window that somehow produce power, and uncover the secrets of the red planet you’re orbiting with the help of your ship’s witty AI.
Basically, it comes down to this: you click to harvest energy. When you’ve got enough, you buy a potato-based device to earn energy. You click some more, to speed up the process. You buy more potato-based technology, which increases your energy income even more. As you repeat the vicious cycle, you discover bits and pieces of the story. The trailer shows what the game looks without the UI, so it’s sort of like a gameplay video. Maybe?
We don’t know much about the scope of the game yet. The press release claims the prototype has been expanded on, and the trailer description mentions five planets (instead of one), but other than that, we’re in the dark. Still, the original Spaceplan was one of the only three idle games worth playing, so we’re excited to see what happens. Oh, and the other two were Candy Box and A Dark Room. You’ll thank us later.
Luckily, it’s not going to be a long wait. Spaceplan is going to be released on Steam, Google Play and the App Store on May 4th. It’s going to cost $3.