The open-world third-person survival game about underpaid space workers will be released this week in Space Trash Scavenger. It’s an interesting look, with the conceit that it’s a world where every planet and asteroid has its own little gravitational field, including a mobile scavenging platform that is self-guided and built. The same kind of cuteness you might remember from Super Mario Galaxy, but you’ve got a jetpack to navigate it all.
The campaign looks pretty cool, as you build up your mobile base to hunt for loot and enable your platform to travel interstellar, then jump between partly procedural and partly hand-crafted space systems to get rich by selling your products on the galactic stock market.
There are also elements of automation, where you can create your own space platform to process and rebuild the trash yourself – although this seems completely optional.
“As you explore different salvage sectors, you’ll build your base, set up a production line to break down waste, and then create new products to sell – and all of this can be automated using conveyor belts, bringing factory elements into the game. We call it light automation, where you automate as little as possible As much or as little operation as you like,” says developer SquarePlay Games.
“We wanted to bring a sense of exploration and danger to this world. In addition to rocky asteroids, you can access long-abandoned space debris and can find abandoned mining sites and abandoned farming sectors. Along the way, you will often encounter “The mysterious enemy is called The Entity is involved in combat, so you have to make sure you have the right weapons and ammunition to deal with him. One important aspect is that you will need to consider fuel management for your flight case and jump engine,” she continued.
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It’s an interesting idea, and says the things I like to hear – making limited resources count, but ultimately allowing you to automate them away to focus on exploration and expansion. There’s even talk of a giant dungeon-like space wreckage to explore.
Space Trash Scavenger was created by two-person studio SquarePlay Games, and is their second game. Their first release was the very nice Overcrowd: A Commute Em Up, a management game about managing a busy metro station. This game is also developed via Early Access. Space Trash Scavenger will be published by Paradox Arc, the small game publishing arm of the larger Paradox Interactive.
You can find Space Trash Scavenger on Steam, where it will be released in early access on November 9.
ScavLog 8c: You’ve discovered a mutant asteroid. There is still life there after thousands of years of depopulation. Fascinating! I started searching, but was cut off. Tadpole entity! Things exploded! I retreated into space. #screenshotsaturday #indiegame #gamedev #unity3d #lowpoly #indiegamedev pic.twitter.com/Sz1gW6tGkuNovember 4, 2023