Xenomarine

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Xenomarine
Alpha Project
Developer Logophil
Theme Science Fiction, Futuristic
Influences Angband, Warhammer 40k (loosely)
Released Jan 5, 2016 (Demo only)
Updated May 23, 2016 (v1.6.0)
Licensing Commercial
P. Language C#
Platforms Windows,Mac,Linux
Interface Graphical tiles, Keyboard, Mouse
Game Length Long
Official site of Xenomarine


A science-fiction and horror themed, graphical roguelike in which you play a space marine exploring a vast alien-infested space station.

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Downloads

The Alpha version can be downloaded here

Description

As a 'Xenomarine' (part of a commando unit tasked with eliminating an alien infestation in a military research station) the player character explores a space station divided into multiple levels. Each level, including the aliens and items to be found, is procedurally generated. Maps include a variety of room types and sizes, each with procedurally generated layouts and contents.

Character development is central to gameplay and strategy, and is item-centric rather than skill-centric. A wide variety of weapons, armor and useable items (including variants with e.g. damage or to hit bonuses) can be found while exploring each level. The player character's icon is updated to reflect the weapons and armor equipped.

There are however a number of skills in the game that can be learned, when the player character has acquired enough experience from killing aliens. Experience can be converted into skills at 'terminals' which must first be located in the level. There are currently 14 basic skills, each with up to 5 skill levels: some allow additional abilities when specific skill level is reached.

The player will also acquire scrap metal and other raw materials, either by finding them directly, or converting unwanted weapons and armor into scrap. This scrap can be used at 'workbenches' to craft weapons, items and armor, and repair and improve armor.

Xenomarine features a wide variety of visually distinct enemy types. Combat mechanics include status effects, area effects and multiple damage types, to which both the player character and aliens have different levels of resistance or vulnerability.

As of Demo v2.1.0 the game also features traps. The 'traps' skill is used to detect, disarm and (at higher skill levels) acquire and redeploy traps.

As with all roguelike games, Xenomarine features permadeath.

A relatively unusual feature of Xenomarine is the way it makes player direction central to gameplay. Changing direction costs a turn, and field of view is limited by the player's direction. Because of this enemy mobs are often first detected by a sound (represented by an acutal sound effect, or log message) rather than by being seen, which fits the sci-fi/horror theme.

Xenomarine has some features that are typical of coffee-break roguelikes. For example, there are no classes or character creation choices on starting a new game.


The following images indicate the current stage of completeness of the game:

drone.gif

comp2.png

Features

Less common roguelike features:

  • infinite levels (planned, not in Alpha)
  • atmospheric 3D lighting effects
  • distinctive sci-fi items like scanners and directional forcefields
  • 90 degree field of view (changing direction costs a turn)
  • realistic sci-fi sound effects including procedurally generated atmosphere sounds
  • intuitive interface to suit both mouse and keyboard play styles


Common roguelike features:

  • randomly generated levels
  • turn-based and grid-based
  • permadeath
  • skill system
  • craft and upgrade weapons, items and armor
  • hack’n’slash (and shoot!) over 150 alien species

History

The game has been in development since early 2015. A free Demo (pre-alpha) version was released on 5 Jan 2016 and has been updated regularly since. Alpha 2 was released on 30 August 2017.


A full release history is available at the Devlog

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