What is Space Station Alpha?

Get it now on Steam for Windows, Mac and Linux

You have been given a small bit of space of your own, a handful of credits and a beat up old WorkerBot(tm). Your task is to take this undeveloped piece of vacuum and turn it into a tourist center/economic hub/military base/diplomatic epicenter or any combination you can manage.

The challenges will be many, the main resource required to keep your cash filled customers alive is oxygen, which can only be pumped out by energy hungry machines. A realistic airflow system sees oxygen rushing from room to room through open doors or quickly escaping into space through the
merest hull breach.

If you can manage to keep your customers alive long enough then you'll have to deal with their various needs, initially you'll deal mostly with human pioneers exploring the outer regions of space, thankfully they'll be happy with little more than a solid meal and some fresh oxygen. As your station
becomes more popular though you'll be dealing with wealthy alien merchants bribing your workers, diplomats expecting special treatment and acid excreting monsters who (accidentally) leave destruction in their wake. You'll become a ripe target for pirates and mercenaries, as your station grows it also becomes bigger target for the periodic meteor showers that are all too common this time of year.

  • Build a space station
  • Manage the fickle needs of various slimy aliens and slimier humans
  • Keep that hull intact! Lack of oxygen means dead customers and no repeat business
  • Fully 3D environment, view from a distance or fly in and try an eavesdrop on your customers conversations
  • Protect or simply rebuild after asteroid showers, pirate attacks and various other spacey horrors.

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After getting a ton of requests for features I included months ago I knew I had a problem, so the priority this week was making the tutorial more encompassing without forgetting my original plan which was to hold the players hand as little as possible.

There were a few bugs that didn't come out until the public got hold of the game, the most egregious definitely being the terrible habit some aliens had of mysteriously dying while climbing stairs which has thankfully been squashed now.

You can find the game on Steam by the way.

Changelog 1.01 - 3rd March 2015

New/Improved Features

- Embiggened Tutorial: Additional tutorials have been scattered through the game at choice times to let you know about features you may not have discovered yet. The help menu has also been elaborated upon, with a full keymap included now.

- The game now automatically saves every few days to a file called "autosave".

- Prisoners can now be every race and the Wolfman species will now appear among the regular visitors.

- Middle mouse can now be held to rotate the screen for those of that preference.

- Permanent Resident limit has been removed from the Policy menu, the only limit to residents now is how many empty Private Rooms you have.

- Default cam speed has been slowed down.

- Volume controls now exist in the options menu off the title screen and volumes are no persistent globally rather than along individual saves.

- Worker drill sound effect has been changed to one with a less piercing pitch.

- Overloading the power system now results in a big red alert rather than a little message.

Bug Fixes

- Effect volume now correctly effects Worker sound effects.

- Show Oxygen correctly defaults to off when restarting a game.

- Battlecruiser from the refugee event is now correctly removed up if you quit and restart.

- Visitors no longer trip over and instantly die while climbing stairs. (Lucky noone worked out how to use stairs yet :-)

- Various tooltip texts fixed.

- Beds no longer appear in commercial areas (what kind of business were they running anyway?)

- Generators can no longer catch fire until they are at least finished being built.

- Screen resolution list is now scrollable for those with monitors that support more than 20 different resolutions.

Space Station Alpha launched on Steam

Space Station Alpha launched on Steam

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Space Station building and alien tourist murder simulator released on Steam. Get it now for about $5.

Space Station Alpha Goes Gold!

Space Station Alpha Goes Gold!

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Space Station Alpha is now officially released, the bugs have been squashed, the feature cabinet is full and it's ready to play.

Demo Version Released

Demo Version Released

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I've had a few of the good folks out there email me, lamenting the fact that they can't play Space Station Alpha for free. Well good news my poverty stricken...

Alien Riots and Rental Income

Alien Riots and Rental Income

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The seventh iteration of Space Station Alpha is now available, bringing a host of minor bug fixes and a few big things that have been planned for a while...

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Jetcutter
Jetcutter

Looking good!

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Blutarr
Blutarr

The Version on your website
is still Version 1.8b (22nd Jan 2014)

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Guest
Guest

Is there a wiki for this game?

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epicZERO74
epicZERO74

game looked awesome, tried demo, was awesome :) Unfortunately i only got around $6 but if 2 more bucks come around ill buy! keep up the great work!

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2Dudes
2Dudes

This game looks awesome. Excited for the Mac version

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Jetcutter
Jetcutter

Link to update??

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nuclearfirecracker Creator
nuclearfirecracker

Hi jetcutter, if you run the game it should prompt you to update from the title menu. If not you can go to www.nuclearfirecracker.com/login.php and enter the login details that were emailed when you purchased the game.

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Jetcutter
Jetcutter

Ahh ok is auto update and working.. Thanks.

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