Astronaut: The Best

Entrant 2017

Universal Happymaker


Astronaut: The Best is a narrative strategy game where you turn underdogs into presentable astronauts using lies, magic, and/or hard work. Mold your recruits. Modify their personalities. Acquiesce to demands by the powerful.

Most people think of the space race as an elaborate way to kill dogs using explosives. In Flaustria, it is conducted with class. A model astronaut must show sparkling wit, a winning smile, and perhaps a working knowledge of what the spaceship buttons do. In Astronaut: The Best, your duty is to train a procedurally-generated team of deviant screwups into brilliant space heroes, or give the impression of having done so. Anything less, and you will be killed and left in a ditch.