Play as ‘Doctor’ Simon Forman - unlicensed medical professional and astrologer - and help him win a medical licence. Astrologaster is a narrative-based comedy game.

Explore Forman’s life, his work, and his relationships with his clients. Make story choices by performing astrological readings. Choose strategically or make decisions just for fun - but be aware that your choices will have consequences (and unpredictable side effects!)

13 clients come to see you 5-7 times seeking advice for personal, professional and medical problems. By examining the stars in the sky, you diagnose and determine answers for your clients’ problems. As well as affecting the storyline, these choices will alter your clients’ satisfaction levels. Satisfied clients will write you letters of recommendation, and with enough of these letters you can obtain a medical licence from the University of Cambridge.

So-called “real” (licensed) doctors call Forman a quack and fraud. Help Forman prove these medical establishment elitists wrong!

Features

  • Perform real* astrology: Examine the sky and choose astrological interpretations that Forman will use to advise his patients. (But remember: astrology is not an exact science!)
  • Solve Hilarious Problems: Consult on problems ranging from Elizabethan terror plots and foul diseases, to romantic entanglements and stolen pies!
  • Change Lives: Win your patients’ favour or ruin their lives. Advise 14 characters who return 5-7 times. Patients have their own ongoing stories which often overlap with each other. Use gossip from some characters to guide and manipulate others.
  • Win A Medical Licence: Convince patients to write letters of recommendations. Collect enough letters to exchange them for a medical licence.
  • Fully Voiced Character Dialogue: Sitcom-style comedy brought to life by a cast of over a dozen actors.
  • Sing Along: Enjoy Renaissance-era music and sing along to each character’s theme song.
  • Casebooks Come Alive: Simon Forman’s cases are presented as a beautiful pop-up book. Turn pages to delve deeper into your patients’ stories.

The Story

London, 1592. A great plague sweeps through the capital. When doctors flee the city in fear, a hero rises. His name is Simon Forman, “Doctor” of Astrology, Astronomy and Physick. Not only does he have the power to cure the sick, he can find their lost pets and predict their futures! All by reading the movements of the stars.

But when the plague ends, Forman’s problems begin. The real doctors return to London and they will stop at nothing to bring him down...

Summary

Astrologaster is a story-driven astrological comedy game set in Shakespeare’s London. Based on a true - and truly ridiculous - story.

Simon Forman was considered a sage by some and a charlatan by others. What will your legacy be? Will you put your faith in the stars?

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Mutazione is one of the stand out indie titles for the IGF nominations this year.


The finalists have been revealed for the 22nd annual awards ceremony of the Independent Games Festival, which honors the most innovative and acclaimed indie games from the past year as part of the Game Developers Conference, taking place in March in San Francisco.

The road to the IGF is long, involving an initial screening process overseen by more than 300 judges who pick finalists for several categories, from over 550 entries. Some of the indie games which stood out over the past year and to the judges, picking up several nominations, are Mutazione by developer Die Gute Fabrik and the social phenomenon Untitled Goose Game by Australian studio House House.

IGF winners will receive more than $20,000 in prizes across all categories, with the winner of the Seumas McNally Grand Prize taking home $10,000. Check out all the nominations below, for categories including Excellence in Narrative, Design, Visual Art and more. Follow and learn more about each game by visiting their profiles here on IndieDB.

On the note of awards, we recently revealed the Editor's Choice awards and who you decided to be the best upcoming indie games and overall best indie games for 2019 as part of the IndieDB Awards.


Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Eliza - by Zachtronics

A Short Hike - by adamgryu

Untitled Goose Game - by House House

Mutazione - by Die Gute Fabrik

Slay the Spire - by Mega Crit Games

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust - by Sean Han Tani & Marina Kittaka

Excellence in Visual Art

Mutazione - by Die Gute Fabrik

Knights And Bikes - by Foam Sword

Void Bastards - by Blue Manchu

Creature in the Well- by Flight School Studio

Eastward - by Pixpil

Stone Story RPG - by Martian Rex / Standardcombo

Excellence in Audio

Observation - by No Code

Vectronom - by Ludopium

Astrologaster - by Nyamyam

Knights And Bikes - by Foam Sword

Mutazione - by Die Gute Fabrik

Untitled Goose Game - by House House

Excellence in Design

Katana ZERO - by Askiisoft

Lonely Mountains: Downhill - by Megagon Industries

Slay the Spire - by Mega Crit Games

A Short Hike - by adamgryu

Elsinore - by Golden Glitch

Patrick's Parabox - by Patrick Traynor

Excellence in Narrative

Mutazione - by Die Gute Fabrik

Heaven's Vault - by inkle

Elsinore - by Golden Glitch

Wide Ocean Big Jacket - by Turnfollow

Eliza - by Zachtronics

Lionkiller - by Sisi Jiang

Nuovo Award

Tales From Off-Peak City Vol. 1 - by Cosmo D Studios

Infini - by Barnaque

The Space Between - by Christoph Frey

Life Tastes Like Cardboard - by Demensa

Promesa - by Julián Palacios

Song of Bloom - by Philipp Stollenmayer

The Longing by Studio Seufz

Pagan: Autogeny - by Oleander Garden

Best Student Game

Orbital Bullet - by SmokeStab

A Juggler's Tale - Bergmann, Oberle, Probst, Schön Gbr

Forgotten - by Mutiny Games

Neon Beats - Okyo Games

Bore Dome - by Goblin Rage

Nothing In Sight - by Nothing In Sight Team


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Another stand-out title with several IGF nominations for 2020 is the hilarious Untitled Goose Game.


Check out the full list which includes all the honorable mentions and find out more about the Independent Games Festival on their website.

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