Space station simulator 'Base One' launches for PC and Mac and it's 20% off

Aspiring space station builders will have a chance to construct and manage fictional interstellar settlements in the new game "Base One (opens in new tab)."

The space station simulator launched Tuesday (May 11) for $24.99 on PC and Mac, and is currently on sale for 20% off on Steam (opens in new tab), (opens in new tab) or the Mac App store (opens in new tab), bringing it down to $19.99. Other platform releases are expected later this year, publisher Blowfish Studios and PixFroze said in a press release (opens in new tab). Previous space games from Blowfish include "Element Space" (2020), "Subdivision Infinity" (2019) and "War Tech Fighters" (2019), among other examples.

"Base One" gamers will explore the implications of interstellar settlements whose primary driver is economic interest, rather than scientific exploration like "Star Trek." Your task will be to upgrade your crew's survival abilities and your space stations to keep humans alive and thriving in new regions of the universe.

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"Base One" from Blowfish Studios challenges you to build a sustainable space station for interstellar travel. (Image credit: Blowfish Studios)

Sample game upgrades include solar panels, docking bays, astronaut living quarters and launching systems for interstellar probes, the release said. You'll also be busy with running your station, managing crucial aspects like power and life support that keep your humans functioning in space.

"Settle in among the stars and build new colonies by constructing modular space stations and managing power consumption, oxygen, and heat to keep crew members alive and well as they explore the final frontier," the release stated. "Scour star systems for valuable resources, forgotten satellites, and life signs to unlock new technologies and upgrades to keep the vessels in good working order.

You can nab "Base One" on Steam, (opens in new tab) or the Mac App store (opens in new tab) right now. Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 versions are available for wish listing and should be available later in 2021, along with versions for Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. Elizabeth's reporting includes an exclusive with Office of the Vice-President of the United States, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and (soon) a Bachelor of History from Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: