A downloadable game for Windows

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You're the artificial intelligence for a colony ship to the red planet. It's your job to keep the crew alive.

It's not an easy task. Everything breaks eventually, and you're in a race against dwindling resources.

At your disposal, you have direct control over all of the ship's systems. Turn them on, turn them off, or throw them into overdrive. You can also set alarms on everything and everyone, just to make sure the crew pays extra attention.

But that's the catch: the crew members are independent beings. You can't control them. They're also fickle, needy, and (at times) incompetent. Still, you have to rely on them.

This is a game about losing power over time rather than gaining it. It's about the internal struggle instead of the external. No aliens or guns; just nonchalant blobs of water named Charlie.

The Early Access version is now available here!

If you enjoyed the old demo that used to be here on itch.io, you'll love the new version. It has:

  • more polish
  • fewer bugs
  • more events
  • improved balance
  • and custom ship building!

New DRM-free purchases of Destination Ares on itch.io also come with a Steam key.

Now on itch.io's butler! Game updates automatically as builds are pushed :)

Dev && Design Blog: http://blog.patrick-scott.com

Twitter: @_stralor

Music composed by R Kim Shultz. Soundtrack available here

More information

Published 1 year ago
StatusIn development
Release date 279 days ago
Tags2D, Difficult, Futuristic, Management, Multiple Endings, Perma Death, Pixel Art, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, Subtitles
LinksTwitter, Dev Blog


Buy Now$14.44 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $14.44 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

destination-ares-windows-x64.zip Version 0.7.0 162 MB

Development log