Prepare to blast off into an interstellar journey unlike any other! If you’re a space enthusiast with a penchant for puns, buckle up and get ready to explore the cosmos in Spacelines from the Far Out. This coop management indie game is truly out of this world, offering a stellar experience that will have you orbiting with excitement. From managing your own spaceliner to dodging asteroids and comets, this game takes the phrase ‘space travel’ to a new level. So, gear up, grab your astronautical buddy, and prepare for a voyage filled with intergalactic adventures!
What is Spacelines from the Far Out?
Spacelines from the Far Out is a coop management indie game with rogue-like elements developed by Coffeenauts. Escort the nomadic travelers of space on your very own spaceliner across the galaxy. Think of it like owning a public bus but driving it in space! Earn money from each ticketed passenger to upgrade your spacebus with comfortable seats, extra food, a toilet for convenience, and more. As a bonus, unlock ship blueprints, unlock new characters, and unlock customization options like logos and paintjobs. You know how they’ve been trying to reach you about your car’s extended warranty? Well, even space can’t keep you apart. Cars are no longer a thing, but there is a banker available who offers insurance for your ship!
Play with Friends
Flying solo is manageable, but Spacelines from the Far Out is definitely way more fun with an extra pal or two. I played with my best bud, Scruffy, who was already on the harder space missions when I joined him for my very first voyage. Needless to say, we started off pretty rough! Although I am a quick learner, we barely stayed afloat by the hair of our chins. Ultimately, a few travels later, we ended up being blasted into smithereens by a speeding comet.
Beating the Game
Up to 4 players can play together but two very skilled flight attendants are able to complete Spacelines from the Far Out with relative ease. Beating the game is only possible by traveling from spaceport to spaceport until arriving at the space parallel of Las Vegas. Unfortunate circumstances make traveling from each spaceport more difficult. Such tasks are navigating through asteroid belts, avoiding comets, and passing health inspections. Against all odds, however, Scruffy and I beat the entire video game twice in a row!
Expert Tips to Stay Alive in Spacelines from the Far Out
- Upgrade Generator ASAP
The stock generator is rough! Just to cook some food for passengers, a sacrifice is made between the communications uplink and the radar. There are two upgrade systems which increase battery power to your ship and purchasing these as soon as possible is vital to keeping your passengers happy and the spaceliner in one piece.
- Stop for Fuel Every Time
Running out of gas in the empty void of a cosmic ocean is an immediate game over. No if, ands, or buts. To avoid a random loss like this, stop at every fuel pump on the way to your destination when scanned by the radar. Just in case I need to clarify, I do mean to top off the fuel each time too. You’ll thank me later.
- Purchase Shield Upgrade
The shield upgrade is not necessary if flying a blueprint that provides the ship with 5 hull points. However, most players start the game with the base model ship with only 2 hull points. Two crashes in an asteroid belt or run-ins with pesky comets turns to an instant game over. Purchase the shield upgrade as soon as possible in this case! This is a rechargeable shield that takes all the damage from an impact. Two battery levels are consumed by the shield which is why upgrading the generator first is important.
Price Vs. Worth
Spacelines from the Far Out is about $15. If you want to support Coffeenauts, that’s cool, and I advise to try it out if it looks like something in your wheelhouse. For a comparison, my buddy and I beat the game twice along with doing some other shenanigans. Shenanigans which involved blowing up our ship 5 times for an achievement. Doing all of that still only has me clocked at 7 hours total playtime. That means Spacelines from the Far Out is relatively short.
Victory in Spacelines from the Far Out
One key victory Spacelines from the Far Out does have for the $15 range is the crossplay multiplayer. I was on Xbox Series X and able to play with Scruffy who plays on PC. Having a bit of silliness with friends does add a little extra value to the experience. As fun as it was, right now there just isn’t enough content to keep me interested in playing after beating the game twice. And that’s totally okay! These indie devs have done a great job with what they set out to accomplish. I hope to see the team continue to follow their passions and create awesome games for me to play in the future!
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