Astralia


About the Game

This is my game, I call it “Astralia – A Real-time Strategy Shooter Experiment” and it’s a top down space shooter with RTS elements.
Also, it is not a twin stick shooter.

In addition to your ship you control a squad of drone fighters and get to manage a couple of capital ships that can be moved around to attack the enemy and can build other things like weapon platforms and bombs that you can then drop on the play field.

Gameplay is at least tactical if not strategic, resource management and effective use of the fighter drones and allied ship are essential to playing and winning the game, if you don’t pay attention to that the A.I. will kick your butt real fast.

And last but not least there is a story to go with all this fighting, with all the SciFi cliches and themes you would expect in a game: dysfunctional heroes, a fictional precious substance, hyperspace jumps, alien space monsters, friendly AIs, death and self sacrifice and of course the Earth being attacked.

Astralia is available on the XBLIG marketplace.

The PC version is available from Desura.
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Media


Reviews and Mentions

  • GoozerNation – “This is one of the coolest looking indie games I’ve played in some time.”
  • XBLA Ratings – “I didnt know what to expect from such a hybrid of genres, but the mixture is done perfectly[…]I had much fun with this awesome game and give it a well deserved 10, based on content for price (ONLY 80MSP!!!!!) and fun factor. Buy it!”
  • Brash Games (PC) – “surprising indie-hit that turns a favourite genre on its head.”
  • The Indie Game Magazine – “…it is those little drones that I soon learned to love that make me ecstatic about Astralia”
  • Kotaku’s Indie Picks – “Astralia confused the hell out of me at first, but […] the game is pretty enjoyable. You […] blast the living hell out of anything you don’t like the look of.”
  • Brash Games (XBLIG) – […] the battles get bigger, new build options become available and the story unfolds at an enjoyable pace that throws in interesting new characters and situations that give Astralia an edge over even some bigger budget titles available.
  • Fangwheel – “Astralia is one of those rewarding experiences; every facet of the game is beautiful […] All in all, Astralia is totally worthy of your 80 Microsoft points”
  • digitallydownloaded.net -“a well made, addictive, and surprisingly deep game that will have you playing ‘one more level’ for quite some time”
  • OtakuDante’s Gaming Inferno – “The graphics, and sound of Astralia are amazing. I found everything about the game to be of top quality. For an XBLIG it definitely offered an in-depth story”
  • DIYGamer – Xbox Live Indie Pick
  • Armless Octopus – The best XBLIG new releases for the week of September 25. – “Well, I’ve complained about games not being willing to take risks, and Astralia definitely throws it all out on the table.”
  • Gear Fish – Catch of the Week – “Astralia is one of the few genuinely different titles out there […] a shooter, in space, that isn’t a twin-stick. Shocking, I know. […] it’s absolutely worth owning and I hope it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle”
  • The Game Fanatics – “Whilst Astralia has a quaint charm, it ultimately collapses under the weight of it’s aspiration.”
  • Freakin’ Indies – “Astralia is an interesting beast […] It’s tactical but heavy on the action […] Shooter and light strategy fans should give this one a look.”
  • GameMarx Trials – “Green balls for life”
  • hakotossdm – “There is no toilet cleaning agents, dangerous mix”

Press Releases

Astralia Announcement Press Release September 16, 2011 – In its first press release ever Astroboid would like to announce its debut XBox Live Indie game “Astralia – A Real-time Strategy Shooter Experiment”. Astralia is a top down space shooter with RTS elements, you fly around shooting up monsters, at the same time commanding a team of drone fighters and capital ships, and gathering resources. The gameplay requires both reflexes and tactical thinking, effective use of the allied ships and resource management are essential to playing and winning the game, if you don’t pay attention to that the A.I. will make short work of you. There is also a story told in a 10 episodes campaign, with all the Sci-Fi themes you would expect in a space game: a fictional precious substance, hyperspace jumps, alien space monsters, friendly AIs, death and self sacrifice and of course the Earth being attacked. Additional features: Not a dual stick shooter! The game is coming to Xbox Live Indie Games on September 28, 2011 at the price of 80 Microsoft Points. For more information, extra screenshoots and trailers head over to http://www.astroboid.com/p/astralia.html Astroboid is an independent game studio of one. Contact Information: gabriel@astroboid.com http://www.astroboid.com/
Astralia now available on Xbox Live Indie Games for 80 MSP September 28, 2011 – In its shortest press release to date Astroboid would like to announce that Astralia is now available on the Xbox Live Indie Games marketplace for 80 MSP. Enjoy. Download the free trial here: http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Astralia/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258550980. In case you missed the trailer here it is again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tal9OpoSZU Astralia is a top down space shooter with RTS elements, you fly around shooting up monsters, at the same time commanding a team of drone fighters and capital ships, and gathering resources. For more information, screenshots and trailers head over to http://www.astroboid.com/p/astralia.html Astroboid is an independent game studio of one. For game review inquiries or any information contact gabriel@astroboid.com
Astralia for PC now available October 8, 2011 – In a very dry press release Astroboid would like to announce that the PC version of Astralia is available on Indievania; you can download it right now for $1.99 USD by visiting the game page at http://beta.indievania.com/games/astralia The game is also available on Xbox Live Indie Games http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Astralia/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258550980 The Xbox version of Astralia earned positive feedback from reviewers and is a Kotaku’s Favorite and a DIYGamer Xbox Live Indie Pick. For an up-to-date list of reviews and mentions see http://www.astroboid.com/p/astralia.html#reviews Astralia is a top down space shooter with RTS elements, you fly around shooting up monsters, at the same time commanding a team of drone fighters and capital ships, and gathering resources. You can watch the Astralia trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMICAlKZ9sg For more information, screenshots and movies head over to http://www.astroboid.com/p/astralia.html Astroboid is a very independent game studio of one. For game review inquiries or any information contact gabriel@astroboid.com
Astralia is now available from Desura October 14, 2011 – In an unexpected and surprising press release Astroboid would like to announce that Astralia is suddenly available from Desura, the game can be purchased from this page http://www.desura.com/games/astralia and a demo is available from the same place. Astralia is a top down space shooter with RTS elements, you fly around shooting up monsters, at the same time commanding a team of drone fighters and capital ships, and gathering resources. You can watch the Astralia trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMICAlKZ9sg The Xbox version has been on the Xbox Marketplace since September 28 and already earned positive feedback from reviewers and is a Kotaku Favorite. Give it a try here http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/Product/Astralia/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d80258550980 Some quotes from various reviews and mentions: “…blast the living hell out of anything you don’t like the look of.” – Kotaku “a well made, addictive, and surprisingly deep game that will have you playing ‘one more level’ for quite some time” – digitallydownloaded “Astralia is one of the few genuinely different titles out there […] a shooter, in space, that isn’t a twin-stick. Shocking, I know. ” – Gear-Fish “one of those rewarding experiences; every facet of the game is beautiful” – Fangwheel “Well, I’ve complained about games not being willing to take risks, and Astralia definitely throws it all out on the table.” – Armless Octopus For more information, screenshots and movies head over to http://www.astroboid.com/p/astralia.html Astroboid is a very independent game studio of one. For game review inquiries or any information contact gabriel@astroboid.com

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