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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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.

New Misison and New Ensign

New Misison and New Ensign

2 years ago News 2 comments

Ensign-1 gets a new exciting mission added to the game, as well as a redesign of the Ensign-1.

Missions 4 and 5 Now With Dialogue!

Missions 4 and 5 Now With Dialogue!

2 years ago News 2 comments

Ensign-1's missions 4 and 5 now feature recorded dialog for the mission, adding a bit of tension and scripted events to the mix!

Ensign-1 Supports Xbox360 Controlls

Ensign-1 Supports Xbox360 Controlls

3 years ago News 11 comments

Ensign-1 now supports an Xbox360 controller. Play the game on the TV the way it was meant to be played!

New Factions and Cameras!

New Factions and Cameras!

3 years ago News 3 comments

Ensign-1 now has new playable factions in the multiplayer. You can now choose to play as the aliens or as space pirates, and battle your friends head...

Ensign-1 Soundtrack: Soar Among the Stars

Ensign-1 Soundtrack: Soar Among the Stars

3 years ago Music 0 comments

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

Ensign Wallpaper 1

Ensign Wallpaper 1

3 years ago 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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IPMASTER Jan 6 2013 says:

So Happy, bought the game today, really was hoping to buy it since almost the beggining, really nice to excited to play it ASAP :D

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12doze12 Jan 2 2013 says:

This is probably one of the best games ever seen in indieDB :D

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onionman Creator
onionman Jan 1 2013 says:

Almost ready for MAGFest!

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swbf2lord Dec 29 2012 says:

I'm having some trouble figuring out multiplayer servers under Linux. I try to run the files in the archive, but i get nothing.

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onionman Creator
onionman Dec 29 2012 replied:

A window should open. What happens when you run it under the terminal?

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swbf2lord Dec 30 2012 replied:

Games/desura/common/ensign-1/SawkrenServer: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
Running Ubuntu 12.04. Using GDM if that makes any difference.

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onionman Creator
onionman Dec 30 2012 replied:

sudo apt-get install libjpeg

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swbf2lord Dec 30 2012 replied:

Haha, I actually thought about putting that into the terminal, but then I was like "It can't be that simple". Don't I feel stupid...

EDIT: Had to get the libjpeg62 package, the regular package doesn't work in the 64-bit Ubuntu install for whatever reason.

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onionman Creator
onionman Dec 30 2012 replied:

I might look into why the server thinks it needs libjpeg in the first place.


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Protector1981 Dec 28 2012 says:

All Keys are used.

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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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