Prospector – Sci-Fi Roguelike game

Prospector is an open source roguelike game set in a science fiction universe. The general goal of the game is to amass a large amount of money and retire — just like real life really.

In an unexplored sector of space, humanity seeks to establish a permanent presence. Megacorporations have set up starbases in the region, where they employ freelance prospectors to find exploitable resources and map unknown planets. The player commands a team of these prospectors. Their goal is to explore the unknown systems and bring back valuable minerals, alien artifacts, and biodata… without being killed by hostile lifeforms, space pirates, harsh planet conditions, interstellar gas clouds, running out of oxygen, and the many other dangers of the sector. Can the captain make enough money to retire in luxury, or does a brutal TPK await the team?

The game is light on system resources — you won’t need a powerful computer to enjoy the game.

There are several ways to acquire money:

  • Sell your maps, biodata and resources at 3 main stations
  • Trade gooods between stations, and planets
  • Hunting pirate ships
  • Become a pirate

Features include:

  • Randomly generated universe, planets and aliens
  • Unique/special planets, some of which pay homage to classic science-fiction
  • 17 Ship types and custom hull designer
  • A wealth of weapons, armor, equipment, and cyberware for team members
  • Squad based combat system
  • Logbook – shows information on star systems already explored, and the autopilot
  • Crew member skills and augment human crew members with implants
  • Tileset or traditional ASCII

Developer: Matthias Mennel and contributors
License: Open Source


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