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Flarestar

title:Flarestar
url:link
download page:No link!
license:retail
genre:Adventure Games
developer:ticonblu
platform:windows, mac, iOS
release:August 2014
features:sound
last edit by:Aaron

Description

Flarestar is a game that is similar to Ticonblu's previous effort, Inquisitor's Heartbeat, but this time it is set in a science fiction universe. You are the captain of the Starship Ikarus, and on a return course, your ship comes under threat. You must find out what is causing the trouble, and then stop it.


gameplay primarily revolves around you exploring the ship using the four arrow keys to move around a grid, and the enter key to pick up objects, using stereo sound. The game emphasizes a maze-like structure, so there is a distinct lack of navigational aids. You do, however, have a suit which can tell you your location via it's computer, which is self-voiced. An inventory system is also present, and thus you will need to figure out which items to use in order to proceed through some sections. The tab key can be used to cycle through items, the enter key to activate them, and the game remembers the last item you picked up. There are also occasions where you will have to defend yourself with a ranged weapon, by holding down control and using one of the arrows. You will also get the chance to pilot vehicles through space. The audio atmosphere is fairly unique, when an enemy is far away it's voice will start to echo as well as generate some other effects, which can be quite creepy. If you are truly stuck, there is a built-in walkthrough that you can access at any time if you wish, but most of the time it is worth trying to explore for yourself.

If you would like a challenging game to play and you are a science fiction fan, you will probably enjoy Flarestar, if you take the time to explore and map out your own surroundings. The price is 19 euros for windows and mac, and ten euros for the iOS release, in the UK around ten pounds, in the US around twenty dollars.

Additional Resources

  • The ticonblu website linked above contains some audio teasers, from a description of the game's story to a full reading of the instructions for windows, mac and iOS. However, there is no playable demo available.
  • For the iOS version of the game, there is an entry on the Applevis website.

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Updates: entry 25 Jan 17 and description 25 Jan 17

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