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!

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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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Aarkreinsil Apr 20 2012, 11:35am says:

After trying this out a bit I can just say that the concept is ridiculously epic. Like the Battlefront space battles on steroids, mixed with UT.

If this had a Battlestar-Galactica-Like multiplayer scenario where a capship manned with players had to survive against an onslaught of attackers, or an open world where you could trade, fight, do missions (like in Freelancer) and then take them with you on a huge capital ship that your group owns as a mobile base..

I think this would be the next big hit in indie gaming.

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cybercyst Apr 20 2012, 6:06pm replied:

I actually LOVE the idea of a survival multiplayer mode. You and your buddies against an endless onslaught of enemy ships / boarders, increasing in difficulty until you die... or you finish some scenario. Excellent idea here!

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RaidenHitsu Apr 20 2012, 10:21am says:

I'm not sure how to fly the ship, where can I see the commands?

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onionman Creator
onionman Apr 20 2012, 11:35am replied:

There's a readme file where the game is installed, but you're right. Will try to include it somewhere in the game! Anyway, ship controls are W,A,S,D, and Q,E to roll.

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RaidenHitsu Apr 22 2012, 1:54am replied:

Thank you! Didn't know about the read me

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ExoticTofu Apr 20 2012, 8:16am says:

Titan AE Was an amazing ****** movie. I wish more people knew about it. I played this Black Prophecy space mmo just because it had an ice field system in its tutorial :D

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RaidenHitsu Apr 20 2012, 6:06am says:

The hell did I just uncover... °O° ... I'm buying this, hope it will not die because it has great potential from what I've seen from the gameplay vieo.

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Bahlof Apr 20 2012, 12:47am says:

If anyone is interested in the music I will be posting regular updates when I finish a song on YouTube!

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onionman Creator
onionman Apr 19 2012, 2:32pm says:

We have our first Let's Play! Check it out here!

Also, just as a reminder, I am hoping to do a livestream of this game tonight at 8pm on my TwitchTV channel , although it honestly won't be as good as the lets play above ;)

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Aarkreinsil Apr 19 2012, 8:25am says:

I don't know if this has been asked yet. Can you fly a ship and have another player control your turrets as a passenger or something like that?

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onionman Creator
onionman Apr 19 2012, 8:34am replied:


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onionman Creator
onionman Apr 19 2012, 12:40pm replied:

Here is our last video to show some of the multiplayer side.

It's a bit dated now, but it does show players piloting turrets and capital ships. (Note that multiplayer is not yet enabled in the released game though, still under internal testing)

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Aarkreinsil Apr 19 2012, 12:48pm replied:

Soo will this play out like Star Wars Battlefront, or like Freelancer, or a mix of the two? With NPCs, Factions and an open world in MP or just skirmish batles?

Anyway, you got me there. Bought for support.

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onionman Creator
onionman Apr 19 2012, 2:30pm replied:

Thank you kind sir! So I actually haven't played either of those games ;) Just Colony Wars!
There will definitely be NPCs. Factions and open world MP were part of the original plan, though if we get those in, they would only come in towards the end of the project.

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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, 8:41pm by Lemmywinks

Lowest Rated (3 agree) 4/10

Laggy, sluggish and terrible ship design.

Jun 15 2012, 2:21am by ikethepike

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