Hey, guys, remember Star Command? It's a space strategy game that focuses on the guts of a ship, the facilities and crew that make combat and exploration actually possible. It's been a long time since we've seen Command in action, but a new video released by creator War Balloon Games earlier today has us thinking that it's much closer to release than we expected. Fingers crossed on that one.

But anyway, the video: below, we've got 13 glorious minutes of Star Command in action, from the setup phase to actual battle. Narrated by War Balloon, it walks you through some of the finer points of the games, including assigning staff to facilities and what to do when someone hails you. It's also pretty funny.

Star Command is slated to hit soon across iPad and iPhone. We'll be getting our hands on it in the near future, so stay tuned for more impressions.

  • Firetruck94

    It's the middle of October and we're still waiting...

    • ducksFANjason

      Yeah well they're only making their programmer do 45,000 lines of code a day... And then they REWARD him with oats and water! No wonder it's taking so damn long

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

    I'm ready to kill for this game.

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Please ask me to kill for you...

    • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 REkzkaRZ

      Just pay for it.  With all these real-world wars, we don't need more blood spilled.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K4AFEBPIHBYGQHKOWC56UHGHYA Pete M

    Seems like an eternity since I first had interest in this one, hope it comes out soon!

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Tell us about it.

  • Bool Zero

    Want... Want... Want... Want... Can I haz naow!?!

    • lr1919

      No, you can't.

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        Agreed.

      • Bool Zero

        But I'll say please and mean it! Please?

  • http://twitter.com/try2bcool69 Jay G

    Okay, now this looks like a must-buy, I had my doubts before, but now that I see it in action...

  • spawn12345

    take my credit card! 

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Ok!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MGKMDABPUEAIAYIL5RC6WGE3AY Schuyler

         You tease!

  • iJack123

    Wow, just wow! I can't wait for this

  • Schpank

    Groovy!

  • Awesomenessprime

    God I hope it comes out on Wednesday

  • Arch Deluxe

    They should wait a few weeks to lock in the 2012 Vaporware award.

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      What do we get?

      • Arch Deluxe

        A handful of Duke Nukem's cigar butts.

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        We will love those....wait for it.....forever.

  • ducksFANjason

    This is going to be legen WAIT FOR IT........

    • ducksFANjason

      DARY!!!

  • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

    He gets to run around on a leash outside every time he releases a build. It's not like we're ogres.

  • riChchestMat

    Original XCom/UFO enemy Unknown vibe in those screens for me. This is a good thing.

  • KenGriffeyIII

    By the time this game comes out we'll all be living on actual spaceships and the premise of this game just won't be that exciting anymore.

    • ducksFANjason

      Lol says the sports superstar from 1994

  • RushNY

    Submitted to the appstore yet?

    • thiefwriter

      No. No it is not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.boulnois Brian Boulnois

    I was hoping you was going to name the ship enterprise :D, what about a proper transporter room instead of people just beaming in.  Also how did bad guys beam in with the shields where up?... :P

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      They dont - it was there just for the demo so you didn't have to wait.

    • albinosalad

      The Antorians had to use their transporter room to get onto the Sparklemagic and the shields were disabled by the first attack. Duh. ;P

  • Adams Immersive

    Nice jab at the “pay not to play” model. Ha!

    Looks pretty good—I feel like I’m already past the learning curve!

  • http://twitter.com/jakewastaken jakewastaken

    This game has been such a cocktease. If it doesn't come out by the end of this month they're just trolling us for sure. I've been interested since the get go, but they should have never released information years in advance if they didn't intend to work on it in a timely manner. I'm sure they've lost tons of people who were excited at first. I'd say I won't play it out of spite, but we all know that's a lie. I'm going to buy it right away, then I'm not going to play it because I merely hoard games and hardly every play a god damn thing.

    • ducksFANjason

      Lol I'm a game hoarder too! See you at tomorrow night's GHA meeting

      • ImJPaul

        I am also very guilty of this. However there are a few games that I've played all the way through without question. Though that's few and far between. I have sooooooo many games. Like a thousand or something.

      • araczynski

        Hello everyone, my name is Andy and I'm a game hoarder too.

      • ducksFANjason

        ***Slow monotone drawl*** Hiiiiii Andyyyyy....

      • Matt S

         I'm also guilty of this... I'm glad i'm not the only one.

        I feel like we should start a support group.

  • ImJPaul

    Omgomgomgomgomgomg!!! These guys are going to be rich, if they ever release there game. Ill take a version 0.0.0.0.1 and play the rest through updates. JUST RELEASE IT!!!

    • ImJPaul

      Their* whoops

  • http://www.facebook.com/balazsnyitray Balázs Nyitray

    What if the ui interfaces - for example map for travelling - are elements in the ship - a starmap thing, and you could open it via tapping the device on the ship? just a minor design tip, btw pls SU and TAKE MY MONEY, want this so much :)

  • http://twitter.com/LCDDreams LCD Dreams

    This looks utterly awesome.  Ha, and the dry patter with which the devs unleashed their humor was a nice touch.

  • Matt S

    Please take my money

  • Acidbottle

    Awesome stuff, lookin forward to it!
    From the video tho, just 1 thing that bothers me (said in the voice of Columbo) .. would be nice to see the damage on the enemy ship than just firing at it until a victory message appeared. Still, looks great otherwise!

  • JJE

    Oh my sainted aunties! My wife thinks I'm insane for hopping around the house doing the happy dance. Ok, she thought that before the dance but I digress.

    That last bug guy in the first boarding party, did he lose his health bar?
    Also, important safety tip, don't leave guys standing in doorways when your doc is running around.

    Really awesome, in all seriousness. Launch day buy, no question.
    The OFAP wants to go where no man has gone before as soon as possible.

  • Zephram

    Come on Warballoon,my photon torpedos are armed and ready to enter your docking bay.................oh wait...that didn't sound right.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 REkzkaRZ

      Clearly this guy has never properly used his spaceship.  tsk tsk
      "Always jumping to the docking bay, Johnston!  How about giving her a kiss first?"

  • Zephram

    I'm excited about exploring your wormhole..............no,no...that doesn't sound right either.

    • ducksFANjason

      It's not as bad as it sounds guys!! He can do it at light speed...

  • Capricornman

    Does any character periodically suffer from Pon Farr?

    • Zephram

      Let's make it every seven minutes, and the female crew have to run for cover each time.

  • Capricornman

    We're going to need to get a bigger ship!

  • Rustrobot

    I would punch a baby in the face right now if it would allow me some time alone with this game.

  • otakuzod

    This will be AWESOME on the iPad!! I need this game more than Cleveland needs a Championship!

  • medicalbenko

    I am totally going to buy this the nanosecond it comes out!!!! ((o_O))

  • rotopenguin

    FTL covers a lot of SC's domain with the bonus of existing right now for Win, Mac, and Linux. Look up the "WTF is FTL" video, and if you like it, I recommend buying via the dev's website. 

    Fiddling airlocks is half the fun!

  • Elijah Andrews

    I can't wait for this!

  • Gamer_Kev

    Glad to see some news on this game, started to wonder if it had turned into vaporware. This game looks really cool. I hope they don't ruin it with mandatory IAPs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517984341 Greg Scott

    This is the Duke Nukem Forever in the iOS world...

  • 28monkeys

    Is this a repetitive game ?

  • 28monkeys

    Linear plot ?

  • My Brain Hurts

    It looks great... can't wait for it to come out.

    In case the developers are still tuning in... the choice of colours in the plasma cannon mini-game (red targets on green picture of enemy ship) is tough for anyone who's even remotely colour blind. I struggled to pick up where the circles were.

    Should be a quick fix, i'd imagine.

  • YekNoM

    Absolutely focking awesome!! As an old school Nerd, I really appreciate your decision about iAP!! Focking screw them! I can't wait just hanging out and see my crew work, for hours and hours and hours...

  • bobcorrigan

    Coming on the heels of FTL, I think there's room in my life for both of these.  I sense this will be both less and more frustrating than FTL - more in that it takes longer to play, less in that it offers more flexibility.  At least that's my perception at this point, having only played the former.

  • fritz0id

    Wow, they lost me at "you can buy tokens with real money"... This one just got demoted off my watch list.

    • gosenbach

      They actually said that you CAN'T buy them with real money. No IAP at all. Their point is to actually have you play the game rather than just buy your way to the ending...

      • fritz0id

        Ah... How embarrassing... I watched it again and yes you are right, I misheard him.
        They are rightly back on my watch list where they belong.

  • Benegesserit

    Is this like FTL?

    • Taeles

      What is ftl? Full name please :)

      • viti

        Faster than light

  • Kaimen

    It's all great but what's a purpose of the game? Does it have plot? And what's the genre? Is it RTS? Or adventure with management, or what? Seems like little piece of great Space Rangers to me (look on GOG).

  • Pat Cotter

    I'm still planning on picking this up on Android when it releases, but I'm honestly not blown away by the walkthrough. The concept is excellent and Warballoon seem to be a great group of people, but for how long the game has been in development I feel like this is a little underwhelming. The ship looked bland and uninteresting and the combat didn't appear to be especially deep. Here's to hoping there's more to it, they just have a lot to live up to having been in development for so darn long. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikita.leonov Nikita Leonov

    This one is most non entertaining game video that I ever saw. Nevertheless game is good, but presented in a very bad way.

  • jcalifano2

    ^^ Doesn't enjoy dry humor quips. Or doesn't understand them. I think it was a funny way to show off the game and it definitely holds my interest. I hope later down the road (maybe with an update) that we can beam "away teams" to surfaces or planets or board other ships to take them over.