Isolated Games “Between The Stars” is a mission based 3D space action adventure game, with RPG, management and roguelike elements.
So in a way, you could say that “Between The Stars” is like a cross between “Freespace” and “Elite” (“Between The Stars” was Successfully funded via Kickstarter on the 16th of October).
Taking influence from “Freespace”. The game involves completing objectives, whilst remembering to upgrade your ships, and your crew, if they carry out sterling service following “Elite”. You can also dock with space stations, although, unlike in that game, it is pretty easy to do.
At the start of the game, you are offered a gender choice – although this makes no difference to the dialogue at the moment, as you are always referred to as a male.
“Between the Stars” starts with a simple tutorial of the many keys needed to pilot the ship (perhaps in the full game, joypad support should be added), and once that is complete, you are immediately attacked and have to defend yourself.
As for the game’s battles, well…”Between The Stars” battles aren’t particularly fast and maybe that is one area that is currently lacking during fights – a sense of speed. Another annoyance at the moment is how quickly your weapons overheat, especially at the start of the game.
Well, I think you get the idea. So once you have defeated your enemies, you limp off to the nearest space station, where you first have to dock your ship. This initially appears complicated (as you’re dealing with a 3D environment), but is a lot easier than in “Elite” (it’s just a matter of getting your ship within a cone of light and then waiting).
Anyways, once docked, the next mission has you quite literally bumping into a mechanic who will repair your ship. However, in return, you have to go on a quest for her.
The inventory screen is where you open all your loot from destroyed ships, assign tasks to crews, upgrade weapons and initiate missions. The problem at the moment is that the text is a bit too hard to read, and doesn’t stand out from the background.
Initially, creating an Ion Drive was a bit confusing (there is sometimes a lack of help about exactly how you go about doing things), but once you get the hang of that, creating and destroying things will become second nature.
You also converse with people whilst on space stations and the like, which is done in a fairly basic visual novel sort of way, usually with a fair few options. This is an interesting way to expand the story, but at the moment it’s a bit dry. Again, the font size problem rears it head.
So once you’ve completed these initial missions, you then use the Star Map to warp to your next destination. However, once again, text size is a problem here – and seems to be a common theme throughout the game.
Furthermore, once you warp jump to the chosen star system, you have a “Kobayashi Maru” type battle, with the demo ending with a rather poignant ending…
Even so, I still find “Between the Stars” to be a very impressive and interesting space action/RPG/roguelike management game.
So if you’re into games of that kind, then you might want to give the early access version of “Between the Stars” a try.
+ Music is nice
+ Sounds work, but nothing special about them
+ Story is interesting
+ You can unlock new ships through achievements
+ The space battles are really cool
– Voice acting (which is for most of the game) is hysterically bad
– Textures and graphics do need to be upgraded – more and better !
– Text size is too small
– Dialogue doesn’t reflect gender
Sound and music: 3/5
Replay value: 3/5
“Between The Stars” is with no doubt a game project to follow at least, and for a demo it’s shows that there is something substantial to be had.
The fact that it’s not free-roaming may deter people, as may the speed of everything. However, if the project is successfully funded (which it was), then there is no reason these things can’t be fixed, especially as there seems to be the basis of a strong story.
Title: Between The Stars
Developer: Isolated Games
Genre: Space action/adventure
Release date: 2018-09-12
Difficulty: Mission defined
Spent time: +3 hours
Average grade internationally: N/A
PEGI age rating: +12
Price: Demo available for free
Download URL: Between The Stars via Kickstarter and Steam
Robin Ek – Editor
The review code was provided by Isolated Games.
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