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

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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 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 Apr 19 2012, 8:34am replied:


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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 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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PedroKoF Apr 18 2012, 11:04am says:

not because it will be, but after the last update, it looks all dark very dark, so much so I have to put the brightness to maximum to see something

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PedroKoF Apr 18 2012, 11:09am replied:

solved, opengl extensions off and fix the problem

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onionman Apr 18 2012, 11:29am replied:


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onionman Apr 18 2012, 1:36pm replied:

I'll be putting out a fix for the opengl extensions on linux in the next update. Sorry about that!

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PedroKoF Apr 18 2012, 4:14pm replied:

win7 64 ,radeon 6850 1MB

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onionman Apr 18 2012, 4:14pm replied:

That's not good. But thanks for getting back to me. I'll see what I can do.

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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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