0rbitalis shows you everything wrong with Gravity

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Alan Zucconi and Mastertronic's new sim 0rbitalis clearly demonstrates that no, Sandra Bullock, you can't just simply point toward something in low Earth orbit and go there. Orbital mechanics are actually freaking complicated--involving variable speeds, trajectories and ascent/descent--thankfully, 0rbitalis embodies all of that beautifully with simple one-click gameplay.

The game is on Steam Early Access now for $6.99. Check out the trailer, and decide if this deceptively simple space puzzler is worth the (early) price of admission.




0RBITALIS is not a game about warp drives or alien invasions. It is a game about gravity, and using the unyielding force of nature to guide your satellite through the cosmos.





London, May 16, 2014 ?? Acclaimed indie developer Alan Zucconi and UK independent publisher Mastertronic are delighted to announce new updates to gravity simulator 0RBITALIS, currently available on Steam Early Access.

0RBITALIS is a simulation that blends physics perfection with gaming, accentuated by Alan??s trademark aesthetic and highlighted by the fusion of ambient audio and static noise, enhancing the player??s perception of being in space.

The mission: control the trajectory of a satellite in different celestial situations to successfully orbit the various objects in a given time limit. The objective: figure out which direction to push the satellite so that it won't collide into any other objects while staying in orbit. Stay alert - you only get one chance to launch the satellite before you are left to the mercy of the gravitational pulls from other planets.

Success is not just determined by how long you last in orbit - points are awarded by more complex orbits. With over 50 missions to explore and innovative in-game interaction, 0RBITALIS offers a unique experience blending simple but effective visual artistry with physics perfection. The music and audio by composer Doseone, known for the soundtrack of "Samurai Gunn", adds a unique atmosphere to the game.

Now, further updates have been added to the game to further enrich the celestial experience. Friend leaderboards have been added and histograms let you compare score distribution at a glance. Quality settings and zoom effects have also been refined to create a more streamlined user experience. Think you??ve mastered your orbit? Ten new levels have now been added to up the challenge!  

Alan Zucconi said, ??Exactly one month ago, 0RBITALIS was released on Steam Early Access. It's hard to describe the amount of positive feedback I got from the community. Seeing people playing for days, trying to achieve a stable orbit, has been the biggest reward for me. This is why the update brings new features such as friends leaderboards and histograms, to better compare scores not only with the top players but with the entire community. The overall experience has been enhanced, thanks to new ambient soundtracks from Doseone. I also showed the game to the developers of Kerbal Space Program, resulting in a secret level which reproduces the Kerbol System. The update also features homages to other big indie titles such as Robin Arnott's SoundSelf. I am looking forward to hearing the players' feedback and I really can't wait to the next update.??

Stuart Morton, Producer at Mastertronic, added, ??0RBITALIS has been going down a storm with the thousands of people who have so far picked it up through Early Access and this update by Alan is the result of him listening to feedback from the community. The Steam Early Access community continues to be a great way to help developers build their game and I have no doubt it will continue to improve 0RBITALIS with each update.??

0RBITALIS is available on Steam Early Access for PC.

Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/278440/

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About Alan Zucconi
Alan Zucconi is a passionate independent developer, awarded as one of Develop's ??30 Under 30??. He started his career to fully explore his creativity, designing experimental gameplays and interactive experiences. His upcoming titles include the time travel platformer ??Still Time?? and the gravity simulator ??0RBITALIS??. Ask him for a biscuit.

About Doseone
Adam Drucker, better known by his stage name Doseone, is an American rapper, producer, poet and artist. He is a co-founder of the indie hip hop record label Anticon. He has also been a member of numerous groups including Deep Puddle Dynamics, Greenthink, Clouddead, Themselves, Subtle and 13 & God.

About Mastertronic
Mastertronic is a multi-platform independent games publisher working with independent games developers making games that we want to play ourselves. We love games, games developers and gamers.


Game Info

Developer: Alan Zucconi
Publisher: Mastertronic
Genre: Gravity Simulator
Platform: PC
Release Date: Out Now (Early Access)
Price: $6.99

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