StarLust is a space-based RTS that features ships you build yourself! Build and customize your own fleet and fight in randomly generated solar systems.

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So our last minor update had some major bugs in it and we wanted to push a new one out quickly. We made sure to test this update much more as well! The bugs in the last version are fixed and the game is running very stable! Follow the instructions on our download links for updating (or just delete the old folder and download the new one).

Bug Fixes and New Content
Here's a quick rundown of the major bug fixes:

  • Fixed planet structures not showing up on the GUI making it difficult to tell what structures were built and impossible for the player to delete
  • Fixed issue where if a player was quick enough they could build infinite planet structures and break/crash the game
  • Fixed issue where the player's queued items on the planet would not clear after loosing the planet. This would allow starbases or structures to still appear on the planet after loosing it
  • Fixed repair bay only reaching half of the gravity well

We also added in some cool new features/content. The content additions were pretty small, mostly just changing the look of the anti-missile platforms to differentiate them from the other starbase expansions. The big feature we added is analytics for our game. Right now this is mostly for us to gather information on how the game is played but down the road we'll be able to show cool events like how many total ships have been destroyed in our game, how many planets have been colonized, what types of ships/weapons do players use, etc. This will be very beneficial in balancing the game and a cool way for players to see how we're all playing the game!

The Plans for the Future!
We'd like this to be the last small update for a while. I know its a pain to keep manually downloading and updating the game. We want it to be really worth your time and while we work on a better system for getting updates out we are going to slow down the updates and work on a major update.

This means that the next major update should be version 0.2.0a! We have some big plans for it and hopefully it won't take us too long to implement most of them but we'll see! Here are some of our goals:

  • Have all manufacturers available in the ship designer!
  • Better game balance
  • Better unit movement! We seriously need an overhaul on our lame unit avoidance. We're going to try and implement a much better unit avoidance solution
  • Performance increases, especially with our sight and missile logic which seems to lag the game the most right now
  • A singleplayer mode! That's right, hopefully in version 0.2 you'll be able to play by yourself! We're not talking skirmish AI sadly, if we end up doing that it will be very difficult and take a long time. For now this is going to be a whole new game mode, most likely a survival based game mode where you can bring in your custom ships and see how long you can survive against an onslaught of enemies!

I know that was a giant wall of text and if you made it all the way to the end you deserve a reward! Here are some gifs I recorded during testing of the newest alpha version!




StarLust Alpha 0.1.4a

StarLust Alpha 0.1.4a

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StarLust 0.1.4a has just been released! Tons of bug fixes and some cool new features!

New Features for the next alpha, 0.1.3a!

New Features for the next alpha, 0.1.3a!

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The next alpha update is coming soon! We've fixed a ton of bugs and added lots of new content! Take a look!

A Full Gameplay Video with Dev Commentary!

A Full Gameplay Video with Dev Commentary!

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The two of us devs on StarLust fight each other in a full match. It's a long video but very informative if you're interested in seeing how the game is...

StarLust alpha released!

StarLust alpha released!

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We're currently at alpha version 0.1.1a and there is a download available on our website! There are still quite a few bugs and a ton of content to add...

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StarLust Alpha 0.1.5a - Linux

StarLust Alpha 0.1.5a - Linux

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StarLust Alpha 0.1.5a for 32 and 64 bit Linux! Play cross-platform with Windows and Mac players too! 0.1.5a features plenty of bug fixes and a few new...

StarLust Alpha 0.1.5a - Mac

StarLust Alpha 0.1.5a - Mac

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StarLust Alpha 0.1.5a for Mac. Unzip and enjoy! You can play cross-platform with Windows and Linux users too! 0.1.5a features several major bug fixes...

StarLust Alpha 0.1.5a - Windows

StarLust Alpha 0.1.5a - Windows

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StarLust Alpha 0.1.5a for all Windows versions. Standalone client, just unzip and run! 0.1.5a features several major bug fixes and some new content!

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Tattorack
Tattorack

I really hope this is still alive, the latest update and comments are from September 2013...

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do_i_ob
do_i_ob

Just tried out the game against myself (opened it up twice on the same comp) Seems like it has a huge amount of potential and already has a good foundation. A few things i would like to see:
Maybe at some point some fighter squadrons.
A larger size difference between ships.
The ability to turn of the spinning universe. (A feature i bloody love, brilliant thinking)
Flagship or ships. Either you can just build one or each planet can have there own flagship.
(Edit) And some unit collision will be nice. But i see you guys are working on that

I would love to have a match with someone at some point too :D This is a great looking game that i will definitely be watching.

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UnicornProductions Creator
UnicornProductions

I'm glad you found an ingenious way to play the game solo! You have a lot of good ideas and a lot of these things we have discussed but aren't sure about or haven't implemented yet.

We originally were going to have fighter craft and may down the road, it all depends on how well we can get unit movement and AI to work!

As for turning off the planet orbits, thanks for reminding me! We had talked about that option but never implemented it and I think we forgot about that idea. We'll probably put that in as an option down the road!

And if you're looking to play, we host a Game with the Devs event every Saturday at 3pm Eastern time! Or we can always set up another time for a match, we're always up for playing our game :)

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do_i_ob
do_i_ob

Always happy to help Indi devs!

Haha 3pm est would be about 5am here so I might have to give that a miss.

Glad to see you guys listen to users and seem really enthusiastic about the game. :) With that attitude I'm confident you guys will make a great game!

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UnicornProductions Creator
UnicornProductions

Thanks a lot! It's been awesome interacting with people while making this game!

If you want to game with us some other time let me know, we can always schedule another time to play!

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ArKanGelMaRk5
ArKanGelMaRk5

Is there anyway to test your ships, like targets to test on, as it will help designing effective ships easier.

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UnicornProductions Creator
UnicornProductions

Not yet, but its something we're looking at!

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Noodlees
Noodlees

Looking foward to trying this if AI is implemented in the future.

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Jetcutter
Jetcutter

Yeah, was good talking with you. Thanks for the tutorial.

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Going to be hosting lobbies at noon Pacific time! The two of us devs will be playing and a few others!

Sep 21 2013

Corbin is working on getting some basic AI for our ships! Hopefully they'll start avoiding each other soon!

Sep 17 2013

This will most likely be our last small update for a while. We'll be working on a massive update instead!

Sep 16 2013

Just updated the game! Some details here: Starlustgame.com

Sep 16 2013

We'll be making sure to test a bit more thoroughly from now one :)

Sep 11 2013

Well our current version has an embarrassing amount of bugs :( Working on fixing them quickly!

Sep 11 2013

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