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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7 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.

New HUD


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 HUD WIP

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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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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frankachino
frankachino Mar 9 2012, 6:36pm says:

Keep up the great work guys...

(and ignore the trolls)

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Rustybolts
Rustybolts Mar 10 2012, 3:40am replied:

Cheers much appreciated!

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Rustybolts
Rustybolts Mar 9 2012, 5:19pm says:

Watch our latest video at a higher quality Youtube.com

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onionman Creator
onionman Mar 6 2012, 3:22pm says:

Thank you kalma. Anyway, we also have an interview about the game up at Gamingonlinux.com in case anyone was curious about that!

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JX6
JX6 Mar 6 2012, 11:01am says:

looks interesting

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onionman Creator
onionman Mar 5 2012, 1:56pm says:

We've got an article up at Indiegamemag.com if anyone is interested.

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TomTruckdriver
TomTruckdriver Feb 8 2012, 5:51am says:

Loving the stream of new screenshots. Always something new to admire.

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Edrahil
Edrahil Feb 6 2012, 2:20am says:

It looks AMAZING, can't wait to blow something up!

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kingchicora1
kingchicora1 Feb 4 2012, 11:43pm says:

THANK YOU JEBUS!

Finally, the Sci-Fi game of my wet dreams...

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onionman Creator
onionman Feb 4 2012, 11:50pm replied:

You are very welcome sir.

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Ensign-1
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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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