As part of GOG.com’s sale, they were giving away free copies of Rebel Galaxy when you buy something. A game I’d heard a handful of good things about but I heard a handful of things that warned me away from playing it. It’s real time space combat.
Now. Hearing that, you might say “real time space combat? SIGN ME UP!”, in which case, well, you probably already bought this game. As an old person, though, I find that “turn-based” is more my speed. Heck, in the absence of that, let me slow things down, think about them. Ruminate. Then speed them back up after I’ve queued up a handful of moves. Rebel Galaxy doesn’t quite do that.
That said, this here is the first song that I heard when I started up the game:
And I immediately said “okay… I’ll give it a shot”. Golly, was I glad I did. Rebel Galaxy is a handful of games all rolled together in one. Sure, it’s got the real time space combat thing. If you didn’t mind the broadside kinda combat popularized by Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, you will quickly see that this is something that you can learn to deal with. In addition to that, though, they’ve incorporated one of the oldies but goodies from the days of the palm pilot. Remember Dope Wars? Well, they’ve got the arbitrage game in this too. Buy some soy paste or religious tracts for 38 credits at this space station, sell it for 50 at that one. Do it enough, start trading in the *GOOD* stuff like live organs that moves in the thousands of credits.
Take the profits and improve your ship and get better at real time space combat.
As time goes on, you might even want to explore the main plot of the game. Something about your aunt or something? Heck with that, get back to Dope Wars in Space to Space Cowboy Music. Just like Firefly. Best free game I’ve ever gotten. If you dig real time space combat, then go over to GOG.com and buy something and claim your copy of Rebel Galaxy. If you wish that Dope Wars would make a comeback, the definitely pick this thing up. One heck of a good game and since it’s free (with purchase), you can’t beat it.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))