Crater Maker

Crater Maker brings us back to the glory days of gaming, putting you in the astronaut’s hot seat to tackle a daunting task: supply the universe! As a delivery pilot for Lightspeed Services, you will find yourself navigating your craft through the darkest reaches of space to ensure your customers receive their goods. Manage your fuel, find the quickest path to your destination, don’t piss off the aliens, and avoid asteroids and other obstacles to earn bonuses and achieve the ultimate in glory in SCENARIO MODE.

Still need more? Crater Maker’s CHALLENGE MODE provides you the opportunity to put your mind to the test as you explore an ever-expanding universe! Challenge Mode takes you beyond our solar system and into one of the five kabillion galaxies the universe has to offer. Find yourself landing on new planets, moons, asteroids, and space stations as you take a grand tour throughout a procedurally built final frontier!

Our latest addition, RETRO MODE, gives you the chance to play in Crater Maker’s challenging sandbox in a classically styled 2.5D mode. The unique difficulty of the other modes combined with the classic perspective makes for a rewarding experience that’s easy to learn and difficult to master.

We aren’t stopping there, as we’ll be releasing new single and multiplayer modes, including our scenario editor (our first step in mod support). You can setup up all the finer details of your own scenarios, right down to the gravity properties of each planet.

Implemented Features

  • Procedurally generated, seed based solar systems. No two rounds are the same, unless you want them to be!
  • Physics based, skill-dependent gameplay focusing on successfully guiding your lander to safety
  • Having multiple planets in a level means different gravity scales. Fly with caution!
  • Planets and space stations have their own unique challenges
  • Scenario Mode – Take on the role of delivery pilot for Lightspeed Services in our story scenario, or try out a player created campaign.
  • Challenge Mode – Pilot your lander through solar systems with increasing difficulty factors
  • Retro Mode – all the fun of Challenge mode with a classic 2.5D perspective
  • Multiplayer Race – invite your friends to race through procedural systems and see who can capture the most planets first
  • Xbox Controller supported
  • Cross-Platform Support! Play on your PC, Mac, and Linux devices

Upcoming Features

  • An expanded scenario mode with multiple missions to play through
  • More ships, planet types, and space stations
  • More multiplayer modes – Competitive and cooperative play!
  • Leaderboards and achievements for being the best of the best
  • Share your solar system seed with your friends to compare scores
  • Mod support for the ultimate customization factor! Create your own scenarios with the official Editor!

Interested in Crater Maker? That’s great! Or maybe you are still unsure?

The good thing is that you can try it out TODAY! Yes, that’s right! If you preorder the game now, you will receive instant access to the latest development builds of the game, all the way up to the final release! If we make it onto Steam, you’ll get a Steam key to redeem there as well. If you don’t like DRM, we’ve still got you covered. You will always be able to get Crater Maker DRM free directly from us.

If you would like to preorder the game, we have some more good news for you…


We at Playing With Matches feel that gamers shouldn’t have to pay full price for an incomplete game. Now that we have launched our game on Desura and are approaching our Steam Greenlight goal, we have decided to set a uniform price point across all platforms. During our alpha phase, we will be selling the game for 50% off!. This gives you instant access to the latest builds of the game through the final release of the game. Upon hitting our beta milestone, the price point will change to 25% off. Upon the release of the game, the full price of the game will be in effect.

Preorder Methods

  • Price: $4.99
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Desura Digital Distribution
Purchase via FireFlower Games
Purchase via IndieGameStand

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