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Wandering through space without a purpose ; getting old and getting lost. Even the Stars aims to capture the lack of purpose and the endless disappointment of a lone space cowboy without a home. Focusing on exploration and contemplation rather than ace fights and laser guns, the game lets players explore the galaxy, discover various structures, partly through text controls. From this ephemeral journey, only the ship's log will rest. Even the Stars is a single-player game, but players are invited to share their endgame log and map (saved during the playthrough).
HistorySpace Cowboy game jam
The first version of the game was developed solely by Pol Clarissou during the Space Cowboy game jam, held by Venus Patrol and itch.io in June 2014. It can still be played on the jam's itch.io page. The game was rated #1 in the category "lonesomeness" and #2 in "the void" (#19 overall) over 56 entries.Further development
Pol decided to keep working on the game after the jam, and was contacted shortly after opening a Tigsource dev-topic by Nicholas Gavan who offered his collaboration as composer. Over the month of July, the game has been drastically enhanced with the addition of structures and spaceships, an overall visual improvement and an eerie semi-procedural soundtrack. The travel log feature has been added, bringing it all together.IGF 2015 - Student showcase
Even the Stars was part of the IGF student showcase (see the list of selected games here: http://igf.com/2015/01/2015_independent_games_festiva_2.html), and was in display during the GDC 2015 in San Francisco. Even though the game has been submitted in the student showcase it is worth noting that it was made on Pol and Nicholas' free time, as a personal project.
Let's play video by BarryDennen12 YouTube
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Logo & Icon
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- "It offers a sense that you may be wasting your time, that you have a mortality to fill up with exciting sights, forever being disappointed that your vagabond lifestyle has neither home nor reason."
- Warp Door (about the jam version), wip.warpdoor.com
- "Today’s offering is Even The Stars, an esoteric exploration game lacking any real goals other than to live, die and try to enjoy it. There’s probably a message in there."
- Ben Barret, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Links to the game (browser/standalones), screenshots, the OST and more can be found here: http://polclarissou.com/eventhestars.
Standalones (pay-what-you-want): http://polclarissou.itch.io/even-the-stars.
Standalones + GameJolt page: http://gamejolt.com/games/other/even-the-stars/55092/.
OST on bandcamp
Arranged soundtrack (pay-what-you-want): http://nicholasgavan.bandcamp.com/album/even-the-stars-ost.