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April 27th, 2016

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08:52 am - Recordkeeping: Star Billions Seasons 1 and 2 - COMPLETE
Star Billions season 1 is an adorable little iOS/Android phone game about four AIs in space. There's Rosie, the "To boldly go" type. Ein, the "Fascinating" type. Lacie, the "We come in peace" type. And Sarge, the "Shoot to kill!" type. They have a mission, and at each step of the mission you can pick a crew member to deal with whatever situation has come up.

After each choice, you get a real-time clock that shows you when your input will next be needed (usually between 1-5 hours, sometimes longer) and can either play minigames to whittle the time away (literally, it cuts time off in 1-5 minute chunks) or you can just... go away and come back when it needs you for the next scenario.

It's fairly cute, low-stakes goofery for the most part. There's a Big Goal, but most things feel like they're... how to put it... low-danger, low-doom scenarios. Everything will turn out okay in the end, and we might learn something about friendship, teamwork, and courage along the way.

That's Star Billions season 1.

Star Billions season 2 can be summed up, without spoilers, as "AAAAAAAAAAAAA WHAT THE NO WHAT WHY teehee that's cute WHAT NO WHAT WHY YES YES YES AAAAAAAAAA NO OH MY GOD REALLY WAIT CLIFFHANGER WHAT?!"

(If you have played it, please use a rot13-er if you wish to discuss the game in the comments. I know people still working through this one.)

One of the developers mentioned in an interview re the name of the studio: Game dev is full of philosophy. I won’t pretend that my answers are the right ones for everyone, but with the name "Catch & Release" we wanted to reflect this feeling of a really nice but ephemeral experience, like a great meal or a concert.

That's pretty much how I feel, actually. I could replay this over and over (there's a NG+ mode that makes wait times extra-short, so you can shotgun the entire thing and look for changes) but I did what I thought was right the first time. If I start poking holes in the scenario, where will that get me? Let down with a bunch of holes in the scenario, I imagine. No, I had a great time, let's not dilute things any further.

In any event, uhm.

I am awaiting Season 3 -urgently-.

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Date:April 30th, 2016 06:12 pm (UTC)
I rather suspect I'm going to be replaying it a few times, to see the different ways they'd each handle the situation - AFAIK, it isn't a branching "CYOA" affair, like Lifeline, but.. the writing felt so nicely in character, every time. (Okay, there's that second season character too =:)

The second season definitely ended on a fabulously intriguing note. I'm half expecting Valen to turn up. =:)

I really hope sales have been kind to the devs. ^_^ FSM knows, unless you hit the big time, à la Monument Valley, it's wretchedly difficult to really get people to shell out even a currency unit or two without some twerp griping that $3 is way too much for an adventure that didn't last six months and babysit the kids. (Meanwhile, they'll spend more than that on a terrible chain burger consumed in three minutes)

I do hope Ka-Ching isn't meant to be representative of leporines, though. We're not overly concerned with money, though it can help make fun things happen.

Did you wind up leaving the timers to run out? I was too interested to see what was happening, so almost always just chewed through the time with the Asteroids mini-game. ^_^
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Date:April 30th, 2016 06:36 pm (UTC)
I often left the timers to run out, I'd play before bed and go to sleep, or punch in a command and have lunch or the like.

Ka'King has a ... surprising amount of heart for a character that first comes off as CAPITALISM, HO! and nothing else. At least he does in S2. His scene on the bazaar is one of my favorites.

The people who complain about the price of your game aren't really -customers- as such, I'd imagine. If the most common complaint is "This should have been free, so I'm not buying it", they... never WERE going to buy it. Phone game prices are ridiculously low, IMO.

I may replay it after I forget what I did, I admit. My current biggest hopes for season 3 are an expanded role for the tiny fellow, an expanded role for Rock Friend... ...actually, thinking about it, I just want More Everyone. Not a hard demand to fulfill.
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Date:May 1st, 2016 12:00 am (UTC)
I know nothing about these games. However, the using 'tiny fellow' and the like, as if to avoid using names, made me think this:

'... an expanded role for Rock Friend." "His name is-" "IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT HIS NAME IS!"

... I'll go take my wrasslin' action figures and sit in the corner quietly, now.
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Date:May 1st, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
I was, in fact, avoiding names Just In Case.

... although imagining Ebu-Ishi as The Rock is kinda brain-blorping.
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Date:April 1st, 2017 04:44 am (UTC)
Greetings from the future! Turns out the tiny fellow kind of got overlooked between seasons, but boy are you in luck Rock Friend wise. Which works out great for me because you'll never guess whom I've been fawning over particularly hard in this series lately. I've kind of been subtle about my adorations, I know.

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