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Star Rover

by FacticiusVir - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Welcome to Star Rover!

In this game, you control a crew of robots piloting a ship through space, boldly going where most people have the sense not to. However, communication with the ship is limited, so you can only send instructions in short bursts - about ten seconds worth at a time.

There's a tutorial to introduce you to the controls, in which you'll help a single robot manage a simple engineering problem. Select the robot to see its program listing, and the instructions you can add. Click instructions on the right to add them sequentially to the listing at the bottom, and right-click items in the listing to remove them.

Press the Begin Turn button at the top to send the program and see what happens!

Once you've got the hang of the tutorial, try a generated game - a new ship, crew and mission is created for you to try and survive each time. Remember that, when you have multiple robots to control, you can give them all their own list of instructions, and they'll perform them simultaneously.


Sadly, .NET apps don't have a graceful failure if the framework isn't installed, so if you're getting a crash, it's almost certainly this. I'll see about writing a native wrapper, but all that'll give you is a graceful failure ;-)

This game is written in C#/XNA, so it requires .NET 4.5 ( & XNA 4.0 Refresh ( I'll port it to Monogame in the next day or two so folks on Mac & Linux can play.

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Infernal says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 2:43am

crashes when I try to run it.

Croze says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 2:43am

Very good idea and well put out there

jwolf says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 2:48am

Sorry, I could not run your entry, so I won't rate it just yet. Once it mentioned a bunch of files that were dumped into some temp directories, but after editing them I couldn't make much sense of them. Not sure if this helps at all, but the paths look something like:


FacticiusVir says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 2:48am

Infernal: Apologies for asking the obvious, but have you got .NET 4.5 & XNA 4.0 installed?

Feysoura says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 4:37am

crashed and couldn't play it! Sorry!

shohs says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 4:40am

I enjoyed this. It's a nice little turn-based game. I liked the robot voices (they sort of reminded me of Starcraft). I did find that the generated games sometimes screwed you over, like getting a 5-second disaster halfway through a turn. Otherwise, good job!

nintendoeats says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 8:01pm

Very cool idea. It's like the classic "turtle" program but with a goal! I also really like the graphics and sound. Those voice-overs are excellent.

I couldn't win though. I'm not really sure what I was doing wrong :(

Aug 27, 2013 @ 9:59am

Crashed as soon as I opened it also. I do have XNA 4.0 and .net 4.5 installed. Running on Win 7 64-bit.

doonay21 says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:13am

This one has some soul and mood. Good job!

timtipgames says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:13am

I really like this game. I'd like to play this game with more robots, more consoles and a more complicated ship system - say, consoles that have to be used in a certain order or during a certain time step. I had a lot of fun playing this!

bitserum says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:15am

it looks like a good start to something bigger, but it got old quickly. nice mood overall.

FacticiusVir says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 10:31am

@RustyBrromHandle: Curses - will have to see if I can replicate it.

Aug 27, 2013 @ 11:16am

Simply graphics, but have some nice mood, well done!

ezolotko says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 1:12pm

Great idea, please make this entry into something more.

ashdnazg says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 1:35pm

It's well executed, but I didn't find it too challenging.
It's felt mostly luck dependent.

JD557 says ...
Aug 31, 2013 @ 6:53pm

I liked the concept, although it seems to have some problems on my resolution (1366x768).

Also, is there any way to delete a command before starting the turn?

FacticiusVir says ...
Sep 1, 2013 @ 10:30pm

You can right-click items in a program to delete them.

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