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I bought this one a while back on Beerio's recommendation and have been playing it quite a bit since. It's low key and easily paused at any time, so it's good for parents on new baby duty for example. I've now won the game twice on Normal (I didn't play at all on Easy after the first run).

Replay value is really a strong point for this game - each game plays very differently depending on what opportunities you get in what order or which weapons you find. There are also a number of unlockable ships, nine in total, with an alternate layout/starting build for each. Many of these are 'challenges' where you are given an unusual starting crew, weapon and/or system along with one or more weaknesses. The challenge is to find a strategy that makes optimal use of your start feature while minimizing (and eventually correcting) your weaknesses. I have 11 of 18 possible layouts now and they all seem viable with the correct approach, but some of the more extreme ones do seem a bit more reliant on luck.

Some events that you encounter over and over will reveal new branches if you qualify for them, based on having particular crew members, augments, weapons and/or system upgrades. If there's an event that seems to offer no good outcome, chances are there is a hidden 'blue' option that you haven't qualified for yet. If you are really stuck on something you can look it up on the Wiki - I did this for one of the ship unlocks, where it was clear I was missing something still but I had no idea what it was. For the most part though I prefer to stumble on at random, or you can make educated guesses based on the content.

I highly recommend learning how to use the teleporter if you haven't already. It offers a lot of ways to go wrong but is very strong once you learn how to use it properly, especially with a Rock or Mantis heavy crew. Some ships that are almost impenetrable to weapons can be defeated easily via teleporter, and the rewards from capturing a ship intact are typically a bit better. Just be careful not to make a mistake. My top three are probably fighting in a room I've targeted with a weapon and forgetting to turn off autofire, fighting on a ship that is about to jump to FTL, and fighting on a ship that is almost destroyed (especially one that's on fire). You will need a backup plan for AI controlled ships though as they have no crew or oxygen.
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