Developed and Self published by Double Damage Games, ‘Rebel Galaxy is a swashbuckling space adventure, with action-packed combat, exploration, discovery, trade, and “negotiation” with the outlandish denizens at the edge of the known universe.’
You start out with a small cut scene explaining the start of the story, and are then put right into the game which gives a small tutorial about navigating the Rasputin (the name of the ship you start in). You will then meet the games first NPC. Here you will discover that Rebel Galaxy is a little more than just a space sim. It has dialogue choices for your character as you speak to NPC’s throughout the game. Not forgetting to mention that voice acting that is done particularly well. It adds a bit more depth to the game, to make up for where it lacks else where.
Firstly the gameplay is 2D. Whilst this takes away from the freedom of being in space, it works well with the games combat system which is very much like that of Assassin’s Creed Black Flag. Using broadside laser cannon firing, it lets you concentrate on the task at hand without constantly checking your ships direction, and having to adjust accordingly. there are some NPC enemy ships that can fly around in 3D, and these seem to be more efficiently taken out with the ships mounted turrets. Of which you can fire manually or upgrade a little later to become automatic.
It takes a minute or two to get used to the games controls, but they are as simple as need be to not get to confused and the majority are there on screen in the HUD to remind you, just incase you need it. and other show up as and when needed like docking at a space port etc. it is very easy to get the hang of and this should make it appealing to those looking to dip their toes into this genre for the first time.
You can of course upgrade your ship, from weapons and defense systems, to engines and cargo holds etc. There is also a handful of other ships you can purchase from small frigates to massive destroyers. All of this can be accessed from the spacedock menu. Here you can also visit the bar, where you get to talk to some NPC’s, there’s alway the bartender to talk to who you can ask a variety of questions from general news around the city, if he knows anything about the local market and even if he’s heard of any bounties in the area. You can also hire a mercenary as a ‘wingman’ to help you on your travels.
Rebel Galaxy features a commodity market along with being able to scavenge and mine for goods, there is alot to do aside from the story. you can pretty much do as you please whilst playing, much like other space sims around you can be a no good pirate, or just flit from space port to space port trading goods. the visuals in Rebel Galaxy are very pleasant with alot of colour and variety in the environment, it is alot less sterile looking than the likes of Elite Dangerous for example.
There is also a strangely, yet somehow very fitting soundtrack to listen to whilst playing. It gives the game a Wild West sort of feeling. Strange I know but it does work, very well I might add. You will want to sit and listen while out exploring, and jumping to the next space station. Again as with the visuals giving the game life, and feeling less sterile than other space games.
Rebel Galaxy is by no means an easy game, you will die if you take on more than you can handle. (I did this a few times to start with). You will have to pace yourself and work out when to avoid certain situations. but that’s part and parcel of a game like this, get your ass handed to you then come back at the situation from a different angle, or avoid it altogether until later on.