It's happening: War Balloon's sci-fi ship tragedy simulator, Star Command, is available on the New Zealand App Store. Basically, this is the first stop on its automated global release tour that will see the game finally released everywhere. For realsies.

Back in April, I took a look at a build that's pretty representative of the one you'll be checking out tonight. In a nutshell, Star Command is good. It's hard. But it's good. Here's what I mean:

At the top level, Star Command is a sci-fi simulation game that focuses on the real guts of an interstellar ship -- you know, the people, the facilities, and the technology that makes travel and battle possible. As far as feel goes, it's something of sci-fi slugfest where you find yourself limping out of every battle in a charred ship that's being staffed by a skeleton crew because everyone either (a) got sucked out of the hull, (b) got incinerated by phasers, or (c) died in a fire. I'm not really sure that this is the feel that creator War Balloon was ultimately looking for, but this is how it came across to us for the first couple of hours. And, spoiler, this is a pretty cool thing.

If you'd like to see more of Star Command, we've got your back. We've got two TA Plays, and of course, that preview. We're working on a review at the moment, so stay tuned for that if you're on the fence.

Of course, if you want a reminder when Star Command hits, go ahead and add it to your Watch List on the TouchArcade app [Free]. You can also watch the game's thread on our forum.

International App Store Link, $2.99

  • Aventador

    Congratulations to Warballon for making awesome game.
    I will be cruising galaxy with my Red Dwarf crew this night, week, month...

    • Michal Hochmajer

      Rear Admiral Lieutenant General Rimmer in charge of the Red Dwarf? Hell yeah. :)))

      • Aventador

        Smoke me a kipper i'll be back for breakfast

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Thanks man. Name your crew after friends and family - makes it pretty tragic when they are sucked into space.

      • http://twitter.com/bluspacecow bluspacecow

        ;_;

      • http://www.facebook.com/stevenugent83 Steven Hopalong Nugent

        I just might do that, and possibly let some members get sucked on purpose

      • badr

        I am going to name my boss and a few of the more nasty co-workers so i can put them in peril on purpose lol...

  • Game.PN

    Well it's May 2 here later in the Philippines

  • McBlink

    About time!

  • Catman

    In Australia it's 12.10am but no Star Command!!!

    • Nickofullysicko

      I know right! Gahhhhhh

  • Dueler

    Might wait for a price drop promotion till i get this one.

    • roguewaver

      It's already dirt cheap and they've been plagued with problems from the start. They literally cannot afford to make it any cheaper at the moment. I agree that there's a slew of free and 99 cent games out there, but people who not only wait for drops but encourage others to completely forfeit the right to complain about the games and iOS market. You're directly part of the problem, but I don't blame you for taking the cheapest route you can. We all do it from time to time, but we shouldn't have any misconceptions about the fact that we are eating the market and industry alive with such behavior.

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        Correct.

      • dibdib

        Doesn't matter. It's IOUware. I'm not going to buy a game outright in the hopes that a year or two from now it might be completed. Already been down that road with Mojang, and the difference is Minecraft PE is profitable enough to commit to future updates. I expect War Balloon will attempt at least one more Kickstarter just to see new content.

      • badr

        If things were as easy as you paint them. You know there is a difference between working for EA or Blizzard, and shelling out of your own pocket (or a kickstarter pocket) to make a game. I think the fact they got to release will open the door to them release more content. I am pretty sure that promised upgrades, wont cost us a penny, but future unplanned expansions will... So what? How much do you pay on PC to play a good RPG? $40, then they add the stupid season pass for another $20, then a myriad of expansions at $9.99 each. This game is just $3.00 stop whining and support the developers.

      • roguewaver

        Minecraft PE was 7 dollars more expensive. You expect the world and want to pay nothing for it. How about you focus on what a game has instead of what you wish it had.

      • Catman

        You realise you're paying $3 though right? Is that really too much for you to afford? If you can't afford a $3 game then you probably shouldn't have an iPhone..

      • toxiccheese

        Don't buy it... Meanwhile I'll be enjoying what the dev has to offer. (I think you'll give in anyway)

    • Lostpop21

      3$ is steep?

    • gosenbach

      $3 is the low promotion price for the first week. Then it goes to $5. And $5 is still cheep.

      • roguewaver

        I forgot about that. Good point.

    • badr

      get a paypal account, people might donate you some cash, since $3 is a whole lot for you.

      • badr

        Ill send you the three bucks myself... But you have to tattoo Warbaloon on your ass cheek, for everyone to see.

    • http://bytefair.com/ Paul Graham

      I'll be praying for you to get that minimum wage job so you can afford $3 someday

  • Brad Brasfield

    Aren't Kickstarter backers entitled to a code for the game? Has anyone mentioned that at all?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Backers do not get the iOS game for free.

    • roguewaver

      Thats only on the mac and windows versions. iOS kickstarter donors do not. It's pretty confusing.

      • http://bytefair.com/ Paul Graham

        That's always the case with IOS. Blame Apple's shoddy marketplace and management tools. It's a problem for far more than just games. Imagine managing a corporate iPhone fleet and trying to push software around on that. You have to use a third party utility like Airwatch to do it correctly, except with Apple's brilliant lack of enterprise features, it's also impossible for Airwatch to work correctly.

      • badr

        Apple's Marketplace is a godsend compared to the android store. You have no idea the kind of crappy place the Google: Play store really is, there are almost no tools to track down your sales the way you can do with Apple.

    • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

      I thought that, too. Unfortunately, Apple doesn't have a mechanism to allow a company to give away copies of a game aside from iTunes codes. The problem with that, is that the number of codes Apple allows is rather small; it's good enough to give reviewers and beta testers, but not to a whole KickStarter community.

      • icepulse

        What about the 10 million codes on those Starbucks cards? I went to the website for "Horn", and it had a setup to generate a free code for however many people saw fit to click on it.

      • badr

        That's easy to solve, just buy a bunch of $5 iTunes cards and mail em

      • http://twitter.com/PrayForDeath Pray For Death

        You actually can request extra codes from Apple, but you'd have to pay them their share (30%)

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      All backers get the desktop version for free and beta access. It's our top priority after Android launch and something we are really excited about.

    • badr

      For the iOS version you can get the Coombs brothers in bikini, but that's it..

    • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

      I don't see how they could give the app to every single backer. Apple only lets you give away 100 copies of your game.

  • Andy C83

    Good one TA, but April Fools was last month.
    ;-)

  • zombierevolver

    If this game has IAP i am defo not gonna buy it

    • Zdgames

      No iap... But hopefully there will be some iap expansions in the future and we can expand the game...

    • http://twitter.com/DotComCTO DotComCTO

      My understanding is that any future IAP would be for new missions. Think of that as DLC rather than IAP.

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      No IAP. Possibly some expansion costs if/when we add additional races for you to control or the ability to beam down to planets.

  • captainChocolade

    Amazing! Let me know when it hits $0.00!

    • Andy C83

      I still don't like you.

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        Getting a lot of karma from this schtick. Here - have another.

    • roguewaver

      You are one of the cheapest jerks on Disqus

      • zombierevolver

        Hey not all of us pay for flash game equivalents on pc. Which is free

      • Cheeseball

        I don't know if you need glasses or such, since Star Command doesn't even remotely look like a Flash game at all.

      • roguewaver

        Even more of us aren't entitled twats who wouldn't know a flash game if it bit us on our @ss - there is a pc version of this game and it's not going to be free. Link me to the flash game equivalent of this title. I swear to god I'll pay you $50 if you can do it.

    • http://bytefair.com/ Paul Graham

      Hey, my name is captainChocolade and I'm still a douche, good to meet you

  • ImJPaul

    Ill believe its out when I see it. Something could still totally happen.

    • MidianGTX

      Care to put a wager on that?

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        We will bet you $151,806 it comes out

      • airwa1k

        That's a pretty exact number.

    • http://twitter.com/bluspacecow bluspacecow

      Ha ha. Been playing it for the last 3 hours

  • Zdgames

    I'm gona play as commander shepherd and fly the Normandy with the entire crew and kick some alien buttocks...

    • Art

      I'm gonna be Picard and I will fly Enterprise. I will have Riker, Geordi, Data, Lt. Worf and others..

  • badr

    That's it.. i'm moving to NZ.

  • Doctor U

    So Hell did freeze over.

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Indeed. It's cold down here.

      • Zdgames

        Lol...

  • Mist17

    At last I get to play

  • araczynski

    since a rep from the team is active here, can I ask what development software was used to create this game? I seem to recall seeing windows machines in a trailer or two, not sure if that was for the seperate pc build only or the central hub for everything. if its not a state secret i mean. TIA

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Cocos2D was the engine done in objective c

      • araczynski

        thanks, so native xcode? or something ported?

      • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

        He already said it was Cocos2D--not native xcode. If you don't know what Cocos2D is go do a google search...

      • Guest

        wah, i know what cocos2d is, just apparently not clearly. always thought it was merely an API addon/extension used in xcode (and many other platforms), didn't realize it was a full framework/engine.

      • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

        Well clearly you didn't know what cococs2d is then did you? :D

      • badr

        Which is why people ask questions, so other people (not google) with more knowledge reply. I really find people who always reply, "Search it in google" to being lazy...

      • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

        Why would searching out an answer for yourself be more lazy than asking someone else to answer your question for you? I'm not saying people can't ask questions but laziness has nothing to do with it.

        The op asked a question and it was answered, and then he/she asked the same exact question again as if it was never answered. Clearly the op had no clue what cocos2d was so I was honestly just telling him to google it. Not sure why the Google search engine offends you so much... Keep it real bro!

      • badr

        umadbro =)

      • badr

        There is no need to be rude about it. it was a valid question.

      • http://iqsoup.com/ iqSoup

        Sorry if it seemed rude, I was just clarifying what StarCommandGame said. Didn't mean any offense.

      • badr

        cool beans

      • badr

        Did you have any limitations on Cocos?

  • Game.PN

    I will wait for sandbox!Maybe face-off between your captain and Maxwell! :)

  • Josh Dombro

    I'll believe it when I see it in the app store

  • otakuzod

    11pm EST simply can't come soon enough. Also, I kinda hope there's an alternate thread where people can post their ship names/crew. You KNOW some of those are going to be AWESOME!

  • icepulse

    Wish you would do a future update that furnishes an option to switch over to TB combat, as originally intended.

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      We would use a planet expansion for TB. The problem with TB on your ship is you know everything - there is no element of mystery. You know the choke points, the rooms, etc. So we killed that in favor of chaos. If we do a planet exploration expansion we will have it be TB so you can fan out, do some exploring and not know what you're running into.

      • icepulse

        A little LOS / Fog would keep it thrilling onboard. I know my house pretty well, but it wouldn't lessen the fear of fending off bloodthirsty home invaders!!

  • johnnymousse2

    waiting for someone to hack this. still not on the appstore.

    • http://bytefair.com/ Paul Graham

      you could kill yourself while waiting if you're bored. just planting seeds.

  • jamieladc

    Is this still a game that will take 3 hours to complete? Think the dev said that in the forum thread?

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Longer than that. 5 hours minimum we guestimate.

      • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

        And then you unlock 3 new hulls for the medium sized ships and 3 new large rooms.

      • jamieladc

        Cool. Like the sound of that. I'll be getting it tonight for sure.

  • badr

    It's already in the NZ store but the game has no reviews?

  • Bowflexman

    I am really looking forward to this game. I also appreciate the way the Star Command crew has handled themselves with all these imbeciles complaining about delays and the cost of the game, which is the cost of a cup of coffee. My hat is off to you guys. This game looks incredible and I can't wait to try it out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevenugent83 Steven Hopalong Nugent

    I'm so excited I could Sh*t!!! Seriously Warballoon guys, congrats on finally getting it released. I know it must have been a bi*ch of a journey to get here.
    Just hope it is actually good now :p hopefully not long till I can play the smegger

  • Parkingtigers

    Played an hour of so of this from the HK store, and honestly it's great. The battles are really tense as you have so many things to pay attention to at the same time. It's charming, and polished, and as far as I'm concerned it was $3 very well spent.

    I really want the extra content devs, landing parties and stuff. Will pay more. You delivered in the end, it's a damn fine little game.

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Thanks! Seriously - if it sounds sarcastic it's not supposed to: it's a big relief. Glad you're enjoying it!

  • bashesh

    I am sure this has been asked before but hopefully you wont mind answering it again - as I understand you are still planning to expand the game in future to its original vision, would these expansions be IAP or free for us early adopters?

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Large expansions would probably have some kind of charge (like planet exploration with away teams) but things like missions, races, new ships etc will be free.

      • bashesh

        Thanks for the info

  • tonyctitan

    I hate knowing that this things coming out and I will be sleeping! Oh well I have all day tomorrow.

  • MagicSpeedo

    I need to load up on diapers for this release.

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Hilarious.

  • MagicSpeedo

    I need to go buy some diapers now.

  • iamjanosch

    What time does it come out in UK? Want to buy it ASAP. Even if the game turns out crap (let's hope not) I always feel good donating some money to indie developers. I know that it's a hard market!

  • thiefwriter

    Will this run on iPod 4g?

    • badr

      I think the devs have said it wont, but I dont remember, it should... but ask them...

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      iPod Touch4 is the minimum

  • Sonny Whitaker

    I love you Star Command

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      We love you to

  • psk

    I'm loving it so far, just beat mission 3 (Er... After a small..wipeout...)

    • http://twitter.com/StarCommandGame StarCommandGame

      Good to hear

  • Zimon

    Sheesh, this game makes FTL feel like a childs game. Be warned people, this game will make iPhones fly.

    • Zimon

      To clarify: It's an excellent game but be ready to get served. A lot.

  • kirby83

    i really hope an update brings Game Center achievements. it would add to the replay value and im sure a creative team like War Balloon can think of funny and exciting things to do to unlock them!

    make it happen guys! congrats on the release!

  • demarchy

    Just played a few hours, and gotta say the game is incredible. It's fun, challenging and addictive. If anyone is having doubts just go buy it, you won't regret it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucasd Lucas Deichl

    DOWNLOADING FROM THE US STORE!! STOKED!!!

  • abodi

    Played it for about 1/2 hour so far. I like.

  • http://www.juegos-de-yepi.org/ juegos de yepi

    Thanks man Basically, this is the first stop on its automated global release tour that will see the game finally released everywhere.