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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onionman Creator
onionman Dec 25 2012, 10:12am says:

Merry Christmas!

Here's 5 first come first serve game keys to Ensign-1!

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onionman Creator
onionman Dec 27 2012, 9:09pm replied:

Looks like they are finally all gone! Perhaps I'll have to do this again sometime down the road.

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Nunuck Dec 26 2012, 10:12am replied:

LLAK3-ME6G0-CR3TP-91P1H-OEW89 used.
Thank you very much, sir!

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cs_cowboy Dec 25 2012, 8:09pm replied:

Thanks! Merry Christmas! Looking forward to trying the game out.

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onionman Creator
onionman Dec 22 2012, 4:17pm says:

Hey guys, just a heads up that I will be bumping the price up a little when the next patch with the new mission comes out. I feel like the game is starting to stand on it's own legs now and is worth a little more.

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missledef200 Dec 23 2012, 6:34pm replied:

Yeah, I'd definitely say it's good enough for a price increase.

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Lunick Dec 21 2012, 2:10am says:

I remember this game, it was in the Kickstarter Indie Bundle that didn't get funded. I was so hoping it would but it's great to see that you are still working on this!

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onionman Creator
onionman Dec 17 2012, 12:13am says:

I think you guys are going to like the next update.

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onionman Creator
onionman Dec 17 2012, 2:41pm replied:

Let me know what you think of the new Ensign!

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missledef200 Dec 17 2012, 3:35pm replied:

My mind = blown.

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ChemBro Dec 18 2012, 3:20pm replied:

I wish, I could enjoy it like you do. :-(

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onionman Creator
onionman Dec 19 2012, 10:23am replied:

Start a post in the forums with your issues.

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onionman Creator
onionman Dec 17 2012, 6:21pm replied:

Hah, thank you ;)

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missledef200 Dec 17 2012, 8:21pm replied:

You're welcome. :D

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Released Apr 8, 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, 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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