Starting today, iPad gamers world-wide can travel the stars on a desperate mission to save our species by purchasing the turn-based, strategy-survival Shifts from the Apple iTunes App Store.
“Space can kill you,” said Zach Larson, Threadbare Games CEO and co-founder. “We made Shifts so the player would feel that. Yes, you’ve got to accomplish the mission but you’ve got to be really careful about how you’re going to stay alive if you’re even going to have a chance.”
“It’s a fragile situation that you’re in,” explained Jamie Lewandowski, Threadbare’s game designer and resident super villain. “Every decision is meaningful. You want to just explore space like it’s your backyard? Go right ahead. But guess what, you’re going to die.”
Shifts puts you in command of the last five human survivors in the universe. Each turn, two of these survivors must pilot the ship through interfacing (communing with their half-alien spacecraft). Each interfaced crewmember grants the ship a unique special power.
Meanwhile, the remaining three crewmembers go “on shift” to deal with a ship crisis suited to their expertise. As the crisis list grows, the player must prioritize the need for a special ability against the need to keep crises from reaching life-threatening levels.
Every new play starts with a randomized map, guaranteeing a fresh and deadly challenge. As Zach Larson explained, “Ultimately, Shifts is about dealing with the unknown by being resourceful with a very limited toolbox. It’s not easy but you feel awesome when you get it right.”
View the Shifts teaser trailer here:
About Threadbare Games
A handful of nerds quit their day jobs and created a mobile gaming company.
Because they’ve wanted to make games since they were kids. They recruited some friends and locked themselves in a garage. Three months later, the Threadbare nerds sired “Shifts.”
Hell bent on creating fun strategy games and turning a profit, Threadbare Games vows to release a new game every two to three months.