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.

Current version: 0.5.6 (energy update) patch announcement

Dev && Design Blog: stralor.tumblr.com

Twitter: @_stralor

Music composed by R Kim Shultz. Soundtrack available here

"This Steam Early Access game is currently not a finished game and may or may not change significantly over the course of development. To learn more about Steam Early Access, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/earlyaccessfaq/ "

More information

Published272 days ago
StatusIn development
Release date64 days ago
Tags2D, Difficult, Futuristic, Management, Multiple Endings, Perma Death, Pixel Art, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Space
LicenseAll rights reserved
Asset licenseAll rights reserved
Average durationAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, Subtitles
Player countSingleplayer


Buy Now$11.11 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $11.11 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

Destination Ares (v0_5_6).zip 156 MB