Imagine a world where the villages of humans were scattered along mountaintops, and the world below was completely blocked off by an impassible wall of clouds. In a world like that, advancements in air travel would precede both land and sea. This is the kind of world that Aero Empire is set in.

In this world, the player can rise through the ranks, from a lowly gunner manning a turret aboard an airship to the commander of several airships, ordering the crew of your own airship and the captains of the airships in your squad.

Aero Empire is a cross-genre game, incorporating elements of role-playing games, shooters, flight simulators, and squad combat. Production on the game started November 25th, 2008, and is scheduled to release by the end of 2010, and a potential sequel focusing on nation management may come later. The single player version will be free to download and play, with no restrictions.

If you have any questions about the project, feel free to contact me, or stop by our IRC channel at
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3 comments by terra0nova on Jul 27th, 2012

Hey Everyone! I've been quiet for a while, making smaller flash game projects and experimenting with ideas after Aero Empire fell apart, but I have recently started three things that I would like to share with everyone.

Fancy Fish Games - Following the recent success of some of my small flash game projects, I have decided to start a small, indie game studio called Fancy Fish Games. In the studio, I plan to catch some fancy ideas and make some interesting game projects. We already have a few projects planned, and two in the works, and I look forward to presenting them to the community soon.
VIDE - VIDE stands for the Vectorized Image Deformation Engine, and is a new tool I'm working on for future game projects at Fancy Fish Games. Like the name suggests, it's an animation program that can take an image and deform/animate it. The early results look nice, and it is written entirely in HAXE/NME.
The Legend of GameDev - My new indie game dev blog, which you can read here: I have already written two posts detailing how VIDE works, and plan to talk more about my future game projects and Fancy Fish Games.

I also have plans and a new design document for a revival of Aero Empire, but I don't want to get anyone's hopes up while I still haven't solidified it or started working on it. Feel free to follow my blog for updates on that, as well as the current technology and games of Fancy Fish Games!

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Menu / AE Test

Menu / AE Test

Mar 10, 2010 Other 6 comments

The Menu / AE Test allows you to download and run Aero Empire's current engine, with options to enable and disable effects, and tweak the environment...

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The Model Viewer tool allows entire scenes to be viewed using Aero Empire's rendering engine.

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Wolfhound3596 Dec 17 2009, 8:59pm says:

um, is there a beta or alpha released for this? I'm really exited about it.

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Wolfhound3596 Jan 4 2010, 8:12pm replied:

Is this going to be free?

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terra0nova Creator
terra0nova Jan 5 2010, 12:48am replied:

The initial game (planned to release end of 2010) will be free to download and play. However, the cost of expansions and the sequel are undecided.

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Wolfhound3596 Jan 11 2010, 10:37pm replied:

great! I love this game so lookin forward to it! So glad to see that there is a good indie game you don't have to pay for!

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Timmon26 Creator
Timmon26 Dec 17 2009, 9:50pm replied:

We're crunching to finish a fighter combat demo right now. Our target release date for this is either Christmas or sometime in January, provided we don't hit any major setbacks.

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aloha2436 Nov 18 2009, 3:18am says:

Ships below the twilishpere in expansions, eh?
How about submarine types?

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Timmon26 Creator
Timmon26 Nov 22 2009, 2:10pm replied:

Designing a craft to fly in the Twilisphere would take some thought. The Twilisphere is super-dense, yet non-liquid, an environment never explored in a video game or even in the real world to my knowledge. The only place like it is the lower atmosphere of Venus.

Such an expansion isn't even on our radar at the moment. Like any zero-budget indie project, our main goal is simply getting the game working and finished with as few problems as possible.
We're trying to keep from getting ahead of ourselves; a game this ambitious will only be finished if we take it a step at a time.

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Djehuty Oct 19 2009, 8:29am says:

Im starting to love this more and more :D

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aloha2436 Oct 14 2009, 2:21am says:

Okay, thanks. Really interesting though.

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aloha2436 Oct 13 2009, 6:22pm says:

Wow, I am really stunned by what you are trying to accomplish, and by the look of it, this is going to work! Hell, if you really wanted too, you could go commercial on this game.
This is like, revolutionary. I had a similar idea myself once, just with trees instead of mountains. I may even learn to code just to help! P.S. newb question, what code?

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aloha2436 Oct 13 2009, 9:33pm replied:

please excuse that comment i was getting a bit exited

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terra0nova Creator
terra0nova Oct 13 2009, 10:43pm replied:

That's ok! Comments like that are nice and help motivate us. It's great to hear that people are as excited about this game as we are.

As for your question about what code - did you mean what programming language? Aero Empire's game engine was written from scratch in C++ - but if you're learning programming, just learn programming principles, and you'll be able to pick up new languages easily (just have to learn new syntax), so you wont be restricted based on what languages you know.

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budric Oct 6 2009, 7:48pm says:

My god it just gets better and better. I was getting scared between updates. :C
This is the sort of game I've been longing for over several, several years. I have "some" experience writing, but nothing I can really show off, but let me know if you need anything, and I'd be more than willing to throw some stuff your way, guidelines dependant, of course. In any case, I'm excited as all get-out about this game! MP especially will be wonderful no matter how you handle it, I'm sure!

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Cjslayer16 Jul 25 2009, 6:12pm says:

This looks like a great idea :) I hope you guys have the best of luck with this as its an amazing idea :)

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