From Press Release:
Seattle, August 15 – Today, indie studio Universal Happymaker has released Astronaut: The Best on Steam for PC and Steam Deck at $14.99 USD. To celebrate, the developers have shared a gameplay overview trailer detailing all the ways players can enjoy Astronaut: The Best’s fascinatingly complex roguelite management adventure. The game is also available at a 15% discount until August 22.
In Astronaut: The Best, players are charged with managing a space academy using lies, witchcraft, and hard work. Astronauts aren’t just stats: they’re incompetent screwups. Players must guide procedurally misfit recruits through a roguelite web of scandals, challenges, and space-shatteringly meaningful choices. Turn them into national heroes by any means necessary, or your bosses will see you dead in a ditch.
Key features include:
Train Your Astronauts – Recruit procedurally generated characters, strengthen their abilities, and discover their hidden personality traits. Astronauts could be revealed to be serial killers, part-time pirates, or members of the royal family. Your choices have an impact on each recruit and their likelihood of success.
Unpredictable Missions – Through a blend of procedural and branching narrative structures, no mission is ever the same. Explore all the possible roguelite results in each replay, filled with character, humor, and twists you’ll never see coming.
Charm The Nation, or Else – Prepare your astronauts to perform for the nation on sensationalist TV programs and in the tabloids. Succeed in zany trials to win glory, or fail spectacularly and face deadly consequences.
Spacecraft Meets Witchcraft – The nation’s High Priests demand results, and a well-placed spell can mean all the difference. Perform mystic rituals, use supernatural charms to give your astronauts the upper hand, and discover a metaverse-spanning mystery underneath it all.
“Our tiny team has been working for over eight years to make a narrative game that looks and plays different from anything you’ve experienced before,” says Mike Sennott, lead developer of Astronaut: The Best. “We sincerely hope the final result is something you couldn’t possibly have asked for or expected, but instead has the power to truly surprise and delight you.”
Astronaut: The Best has been an official featured selection at LudoNarracon, Indie Megabooth, PAX West, Seattle Indies Expo, EGX, and Dreamhack Anaheim 2020’s Best Simulation Game category.