Space exploration games like Asteroids, No Man’s Sky and Mass Effect, in addition to the upcoming Starfield, allow you to explore planets and galaxies with different types of gameplay. Each game takes a different approach, allowing players to have fun exploring different worlds, building bases, and even facing intergalactic threats. But it’s not just the most famous titles that allow this: there are still indie games and other less talked about ones that also deserve to be highlighted. considering this, TechTudo Prepared a list of eight titles about special research that are unknown to many players, but essential for fans of the topic. Check it out below:
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Developed by System Era Softworks, Astroneer is a multiplayer game where up to four players control 25th century astronauts in an isolated solar system. To survive, players must collect resources and build tools, bases, and vehicles that will lead them to seven procedurally generated planets. That is, nothing is generated in advance; Each environment discovered will always be unique.
Astroneer is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch and PC (via Steam), with prices ranging from R$54.94 to R$124.90. The title is also offered on the Xbox Game Pass subscription service.
In Astroneer, players must find ways to survive in an isolated solar system.
Among space exploration games, Breathedge is a survival adventure with humorous content. After an unexpected accident occurs on his ship, which leaves part of the system inoperable, the protagonist of the story must explore the wreckage and create useful tools to survive. As if that weren’t enough, the astronaut is once again embroiled in a global conspiracy and can only count on the help of an unlikely ally: an immortal chicken.
The RedRuins Softworks game is on sale for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles for R$133.90. PC users can download it for R$47.49 via Steam, Epic Games Store or GOG, while Xbox Games Pass subscribers have free access.
In Breathedge, the main character’s only help is an undead chicken — Photo: Disclosure/Steam
Outer Wilds is a mystery and investigative production produced by Mobius Digital. As a new recruit to Outer Wilds Ventures’ space program, the player travels the universe in search of traces of an alien race called the Nomai. However, the astronaut is stuck in an infinite loop of time, which is updated every 22 minutes due to local solar flares. When the cycle begins again, all that remains is the knowledge gained so far, allowing the search for a solution to continue.
Outer Wilds is available for Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC. The PC version costs around R$48 on Steam and the Epic Games Store. In addition, the game is part of the Xbox Game Pass and PS Plus catalog.
Outer Wilds is a space exploration game where the player is locked in 22-minute loops — Photo: Disclosure / Mobius Digital
FTL: Faster Than Light is a spaceship simulator with aspects Fraudulent, such as procedural generation of scenarios. This means that you can encounter trouble at any time as you sail through the galaxy, including meteor showers and enemies that can damage or even destroy your spaceship. In addition, the charm of the job lies in the resource management system, which forces the player to allocate energy, food and crew tasks.
Developed and published in 2012 by independent studio Subset Games, the game is available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, iOS, Windows, Mac or Linux. The desktop version costs BRL 16.99 via Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG or Origin.
Like Outer Wilds, Observation focuses on puzzle solving to provide a unique experience for sci-fi fans. The thriller story unfolds in 2026, when a mysterious event causes the disappearance of almost the entire crew of the space station. However, instead of following the events from a human perspective, the player controls an artificial intelligence called SAM, which is necessary to open doors, activate tools and other activities that will help the sole survivor of the tragedy to find answers.
Observation, by No Code and Devolver Digital, can be purchased on PS4 and PS5 for R$124.50 and on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S for R$92.45. The PC version costs BRL 47.49 on Steam Epic Games Store or GOG. The game is also in the PS Plus catalog.
In Observation, the player takes on the role of SAM, the space station’s artificial intelligence.
In Kerbal Space Program, the objective is to manage the space program of an alien race, the Kerbals. The simulator-style title offers parts that can be combined in a variety of ways to design and build rockets as well as other vehicles. It is also worth noting that all mechanics are based on real physics, so the player is tasked with careful piloting to safely take the little aliens to other planets and moons of the “Kerball system”.
The title was developed by Brazilian designer Felipe Falange in collaboration with the Squad agency and released for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Wii U, in addition to PC (PC, Mac and Linux). A sequel produced by Intercept Games is planned for 2023.
Instead of fighting aliens or protecting galaxies, the celestial bodies’ challenge is to live in zero gravity. Alone or with the help of a friend in co-op multiplayer, the player must complete a to-do list that includes setting up telescopes, connecting broadcast antennas, and attaching solar panels to the space station. In this way, it is necessary to use the directional buttons of the keyboard or control levers, moving the astronaut’s hands to catch where possible.
Heavenly Bodies was released in December 2021 by 2pt Interactive for PS4, PS5 and PC with Windows and macOS, via Steam, where it costs R$37.99.
Despite being nominated for Game of the Year at The Game Awards (2019), this RPG that combines action and science fiction deserves more attention. The Outer Worlds is set in a world dominated by a mega-corporation, where a nameless protagonist has just woken up from hibernation on a ship lost in space. The player must choose to become a hero or a villain, as each moral choice develops new dialogue and alternate events that determine the fate of Halcyon – a colony far from Earth.
An important detail is that Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas) has included a Brazilian Portuguese localization for The Outer Worlds. The game is compatible with Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles. Additionally, it is available for PC via Steam, Epic Games Store, GOG, and Xbox Game Pass.
The Outer Wilds was nominated for Game of the Year 2019 TGA – Photo: Disclosure / Steam
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