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Video Game / Redshirt

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Greetings, [new arrival]. Welcome aboard Megalodon-9. You've been invited to a reception for you and the other 2132 very special new arrivals. Would you like to attend? It's starting now.

Redshirt is a PC simulation strategy game developed by one-person developer Mitu Khandaker, aka The Tiniest Shark, and published in 2013 by one-person developer/publisher Positech Games (Of Gratuitous Space Battles and Gratuitous Tank Battles fame). The player takes on the role of the lowest possible ranking officer on board the space station Megalodon-9, and has to utilise a Facebook-esque social network to impress the right people, work your way up through the ranks, and become important enough to get planetary leave to get away from the ever-present risks that any Red Shirt would face. Naturally, a whole lot of sci-fi humour comes along.

Find the game on Steam HERE, or the DRM-free GoG version HERE.

Redshirt contains examples of:

  • Anyone Can Die: Particularly on away missions, hence why your character is determined to get off of the station in the most legit way possible.
  • Character Blog: Everyone, including the player.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Self-Help Object Purveyor
  • Gay Option: Your character can be interested in a relationship with either gender.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: The leading AI always refers to the player with [name here], obviously seeing all employees as expendable property. Such is the nature of a Red Shirt.
  • Recycled In Space: Positech's previous game Kudos...ON A SPACE STATION!
  • Red Shirt: What, you were expecting to come to this station as the highest-ranking officer possible?
  • Serious Business: "You should accept [your friend request], or else your friendship won't be official."
  • Shout-Out: Star Trek is the obvious example, although the idea of playing out the story from the absolute lowest rank possible is certainly reminiscent of Red Dwarf.