A downloadable game for Windows

VERSION R1.1 (March 4, 2018)

I've just released the latest update! Apologies for the couple months since the previous update, things came up and I wasn't able to work on the game. This update is primarily fixes from the previous version. I've written a more detailed devlog post with all of the specific changes in there.

I'm going to continue working on new features and improvements and hopefully release at least one new version every month. 

If you encounter ANY problems in the game, please let me know so that I can resolve it quickly and release a fixed version.

Thank you for checking out my game!

WHAT'S SNOWSHIP?

Snowship is a colony survival and management simulation game. You are the voice in the back of the colonist's heads and you are responsible for telling them how to survive in this harsh world.

Build up your colony as large as you can by supplying your colonists with safe homes, food, beds, and materials; but watch out for anything which may befall them.

PROCEDURAL GENERATION

Everything in the world, from the terrain to the colonists, is procedurally generated. This allows for interesting and unique experiences every time you start a new game.

NOTES

As Snowship is in very early and heavy development, features are constantly being added and modified to make the overall experience an enjoyable mix of fun, satisfaction, and difficulty.

Please note that the current state of the game may cause there to be unexpected crashing, incompatibilities, and performance issues on various systems. The game is also currently missing some critical features as it is very early in development.

HOW TO PLAY

  • Camera
    • Pan Camera
      • WASD or Arrow Keys
    • Zoom Camera
      • Scroll Wheel or +/- Keys
  • Time
    • Slow Down Time
      • 1
    • Speed Up Time
      • 2
    • Toggle Pause
      • SPACE
  • Colonist
    • Select Colonist
      • LMB (Click on Colonist)
    • Deselect Colonist
      • RMB (Click Anywhere)
    • Move Selected Colonist
      • LMB (Click on Tile)
    • Focus on/Follow Selected Colonist
      • F (Press / Hold)
  • Object
    • Select Object
      • LMB (Click on Object)
    • Deselect Object
      • RMB (Click Anywhere)
  • Object Placement
    • Deselect Object
      • RMB (Click Anywhere)
    • Rotate Selected Object
      • R
    • Place Single Object
      • LMB (Click on Tile)
    • Place Multiple Objects
      • LMB (Click+Drag from Tile to Tile)
    • Cancel Object Placement Area Selection
      • RMB or ESC (Click Anywhere)
Published Dec 13, 2015
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows
Rating
(2)
AuthorFlizzehh
GenreSimulation, Survival
Made withUnity, Paint.net
Tags2D, City Builder, colony, colony-survival, free, Management, town, village
Average sessionA few hours
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen

Install instructions

  1. Download the ZIP file containing a folder and an executable.
  2. Extract the ZIP file.
  3. Open the extracted folder and run the executable to play!

IMPORTANT (if not using itch.io desktop app)

Windows may warn you that it does not trust the file as the publisher is unknown.

You can choose to bypass this warning as Snowship should pose no risk to your computer. Because it's still in development there could be unforeseen issues. Snowship's only access outside of itself is to your AppData\LocalLow\Esteae\Snowship folder to read/write persistence data.

This warning appearing is being worked on and a permanent solution will hopefully be available soon so the warning does not appear.

I would recommend using the itch.io desktop app (https://itch.io/app) as it makes downloading, updating, and playing the game much more simple. The above error also does not happen.

Download

Download
Snowship 2018.1.1 (Alpha R1.1) (2018-03-04) 24 MB

Development log

Comments

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Can you add a tutorial? I cant figure out how to assign jobs...

I'd definitely be interested in adding a tutorial in the future but currently because I'm changing so many things relatively often it wouldn't be worth the time to make a tutorial for things that may end up changing in the next update. I can always update the tutorial as things change, it would just take more time. There are some things that will always stay relatively similar so I could look into doing a quick "basics" tutorial that would introduce new players to the game. Ideally I'd have this in the game itself so I'll note it down as a wish list item for one of the next couple of updates.

For the jobs: jobs themselves aren't assigned, you just create the job by placing down something to build or directing them to cut down trees, mine stone, etc. and they will automatically take and complete the jobs. This is done by selecting the job from the bottom-left menus and then clicking or clicking and dragging over the area that you'd like the job to be performed.

I may investigate adding the ability to specifically assign a colonist to do a job if it would be very beneficial for them to do that one, however I've been slowly trying to improve the job distribution algorithm to the point where a colonist would nearly always take the job that is best for them however this is not the case currently.

You can assign colonists professions which will make them prioritize jobs within that profession (e.g. a Miner will heavily prioritize mining jobs) and that is done by clicking on Professions on the top, clicking the + on the profession you want to add the colonist(s) to, and then clicking on the button that appears for that colonist.

I have plans to make more general professions that cover more jobs under their umbrella (so you'd have Labourer, Farmer, etc. instead of separate professions for Mining, Digging, etc.).

There's definitely still a lot of work to be done on the game and especially the job distribution algorithm (as my own playtesting very often has colonists not doing what I'd like them to be doing) and I'm slowly working on the game when I have the time.

Thanks for checking out the game! Sorry for the wall of text haha

Thanks! I was just asking because I placed a splitting stone, selected wood, then no one did anything. Thanks

Oh I see what you mean, yeah that part could definitely be explained a little better. I'm sure you already figured it out but you'd hit the active/inactive button at the bottom of that dialog when you're ready for the guys to start creating that resource provided you have the resources to create it. If it didn't work there might be a bug that I don't know about lol

Thanks! Have a good one!

The itchi client tells me it's not available for Windows, even though it clearly is when you download it manually from the website :/

Fixed it! I accidentally didn't select Windows compatibility for the file. Thanks for letting me know!

Sweet been checking every now and then for the update , Thank you for the game  and time to check it out

That's awesome, thanks for following it!

Definitely let me know if you have any issues with it and I'll try to fix them as quickly as I can.

when will the next update be out for snowship

I'm pretty close to releasing the next update. I've been really busy with other stuff lately but I'm hoping to get it out in the next few weeks. Once the next update it out I'm going to try to maintain a relatively regular update schedule. I appreciate you following it!

is there a way at all to get food

Not yet, sorry.

I'll be updating the game within the next few weeks hopefully and I'm planning on either adding the ability to get all of the food or at least temporarily remove the food (and other resources) that you can't get yet to alleviate any confusion while I implement the methods to get those resources.

thanks looking forward to the new update

also when i save the game then exit i cant load the game again

also how do i make bread im pretty sure its with the furnace and wheat but i cant do that for some reason

There's some issues loading the saved games in the currently released version and I apologise for that but it's going to be fixed in the next release.

Also bread isn't implemented just yet but again in the next release all of the resources listed in the game will be able to be made.

This version is just a very early-released version and so I apologise for any issues you find but I can assure you I'm working on making it all work well for the next release and I really appreciate you trying out the game!

how do i use the cotton gin

Sorry its unintuitive, I'm working on making it easier to understand how to create resources among other things.

You have to click on your colony name in the top-right, and then click on the Resources button. On the top-left scroll down to Cloth and click on it, and then increase the value and it will automatically create jobs to keep the amount of cloth at that level by bringing cotton to the cotton gin and creating cloth.

thanks

uhh... Hi, great game so far.... Actually I love these type of games. Reminds me of Gnomoria a lot. Oh and 'I want more!!!!!' lol Just kidding. Well, no I'm not kidding about wanting more. But I am kidding on the childish demand. Cannot wait to play.

Hey thanks I really appreciate it!

I haven't updated it in a little while because I've been pretty busy with other things but I'm currently working on the next update and I hope to have a good amount of new features once its ready.

Thanks again!