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New Minecraft-like to Take On the Intricacies of Multiplayer Space Combat: ScrumbleShip

Minecraft-likes are all the rage these days. When they’re not directly being influenced by them a la games like FortressCraft on Xbox Live Indie Games, then they’re at least using the same sort of technology to empower users to create their own worlds, objects, etc.

Today’s game is aptly titled ScrumbleShip because, well, you’re essentially cobbling together a space ship out of cubes. This might sound similar to the other space-based Minecraft-like Blockade Runner which we reported on last month, but there are some key differences like the focus on actual ship combat.

Here’s what the site says:

ScrumbleShip is the most accurate space combat simulation devised to date. Gather resources, construct a capital ship out of individual blocks, then pilot it with AI or real-human help against other players.

  • Want to build a hulking behemoth with a three-meter thick titanium hull? You can do that.
  • How about a carrier with dozens of fighters? Sure, that too.
  • A ship made of butter that melts as soon as you turn the engines on? Of course!

In a sense it’s taking what Minecraft has done and applying a sort of construct and kill multiplayer game out of it… or something like that.

ScrumbleShip is still very early on in development but you can see what the developers have done so far via the gameplay video below.

Alpha funding for the game will open soon where gamers will be able to play the alpha version and receive all updates at a discounted rate. A freebie, limited version will also be released at the same time.

I’ve got a pre-Alpha version of the game right now so I’ll get back later this week with some early impressions. I also hope to do an interview for next week. Until then check out the video below!

Sidenote: ScrumbleShip might possibly be my favorite name for an indie game ever.


Gameplay Video