In Ensign-1 you play the role of a space fighter pilot returning from a deep space colonization mission. On arrival back to our own solar system, you find Earth has been colonized by a hostile alien force. It's now up to you, with the help of your mothership, the Ensign-1, to take it back.

Ensign-1 allows allows for complete freedom in approaching objectives. You can fight from the safety of your spacecraft, or land and exit to explore space stations and carriers on foot. You can commandeer any spacecraft in the game, no matter how big or how small. Defend an asteroid base, or take the fight to the enemy with a huge mothership, friends manning turrets, it's your choice.

The game also features a multiplayer mode where players can explore a randomly generated galaxy, either fighting co-operatively to clean out enemy fighters, or battling each other for supremacy.

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8 comments by onionman on Dec 28th, 2012

Ensign-1 has had a few updates lately: a few sound engine and cosmetic upgrades, and a few minor gameplay changes.


On the cosmetic side, the HUD has been improved to provide players with information on their speed, pitch and heading. It's made of of scroll wheels that adjust in real time. In the future, I might add information on markers to nearby friendly and enemy capital ships.


New Sounds

Let me know what you guys think of this one. I've changed the sounds used for homing lock on slightly. Let me know if you prefer the change or would like it to be reverted. Here, give this a listen and be the judge...

I've also added a drone sound as ships are nearby, and you may also hear the occasional laser whiz by as well.

Gameplay Changes

Now to the good stuff. You'll now have a limited afterburner, or turbo, that you can use in game. This will give you a temporary speed advantage over your enemies making it much easier to catch them and shoot them down with your lasers. It also helps greatly when dodging missiles, which brings me to my next point....

If you sit around too long, you may find yourself the target of enemy missiles. That's right! It's not just you that are the predator now. Both allied wingmen and enemies alike have added homing missiles to their repertoire. Enjoy!

New Mission

There's also a new mission in the game involving the player stealing an alien ship to acquire some intel.

And another where you attack the pirate base.

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Ensign-1 Soundtrack: Soar Among the Stars

Ensign-1 Soundtrack: Soar Among the Stars

Apr 23, 2012 Music 0 comments

Free download of Soar Among the Stars from the Ensign-1 Soundtrack!

Ensign Wallpaper 1

Ensign Wallpaper 1

Mar 13, 2012 Wallpapers 4 comments

Created a wallpaper using one of our screenshots. Put it up for dl so you can decorate your OS with your fave space game.

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Namelessness Apr 29 2013 says:

@onionman Are you going to release the source code of Ensign-1 ?

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onionman Apr 29 2013 replied:

Don't really have any plans to right now. Though it is something I would like to do if I ever find the time to clean it up enough.

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Namelessness Apr 29 2013 replied:

I was referring to a previous comment. Thank you for your answer.

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lokuas Apr 25 2013 says:

By coop, does you mean we can ride in the same ship or just each pilot our own?

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onionman Creator
onionman Apr 25 2013 replied:

That was the idea, yes. One person in pilots seat, one in turrets seat, or just transporting a boarding crew. Mp needs some work still though.

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Namelessness Apr 29 2013 replied:

So this feature included in the game, nice.

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onionman Creator
onionman Apr 24 2013 says:

Ensign-1 is now in the groupees bundle!

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Namelessness Apr 29 2013 replied:

Thank you. Bought it from Groupees Build a Greenlight Bundle 2.

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lugum Apr 25 2013 replied:

almost 4000 bundles sold. what download options does it include? desura?

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graspee Apr 25 2013 replied:

groupees gives desura key.and drm-free download

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Cruisin1500 Apr 24 2013 says:

hey onion good news from you. Also why not think of crafting some game world stuff, make a sandbox?

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Released 2012
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Highest Rated (11 agree) 10/10

Most indie games focus on simple concepts that can be fully exploited with a small budget. This has led to some great classics, but I feel the possiblity of truly grand-scale indies has been left untapped. Ensign 1 is the sort of game that I wish had 10 million dollars behind it. I knew from the summary that the game allows an FPS portion when your ship is docked, but I didn't realize that you can actually move around your own ship while it is traversing through space. This feature is already implemented…

Apr 21 2012 by Lemmywinks

Lowest Rated (3 agree) 4/10

Laggy, sluggish and terrible ship design.

Jun 15 2012 by ikethepike

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