Having previously covered newly launched PC title Solar Echoes: The Star Legation way back in 2020, it’s great to see that the game’s solo developer – the multi-talented Andy Mitchell – has finally completed his work on the game, which has now been released on Steam.
What struck me even at that early stage two years ago, back when I first tried the game, was how well-written it was, as well as the sheer variety and diversity of characters that were available to interact with. There’s an expansive universe to explore in Solar Echoes: The Star Legation, with some genuinely impressive world-building and great attention to detail with the universe’s deep lore.
A visual novel driven by player choice – which also features RPG elements – the game casts you in the role of Trey Donavan, an earthling chosen to represent humanity as the attempt to forge an intergalactic alliance of many alien races gets underway.
With plenty of difficult choices to make and even the option to romance certain characters, Solar Echoes: The Star Legation is a much more fully featured experience than many visual novels I’ve tried. Mitchell has even composed the game’s superb soundtrack himself – I told you he was multi-talented – though the art in the game comes from four other team members: character artist John Fell, starship and space artist Lee Madison, starship interior background artist Alexis Rill and, finally, Aeghite, who was responsible for CG and exterior art (as well as some interior backgrounds, plus the Omul character and Kaori’s casual outfit).
Should well-written, thought-provoking sci-fi be up your street, I’d highly recommend checking out Solar Echoes: The Star Legation. The visual novel is based in the world of the TTRPG Solar Echoes (which you can purchase from DrivethruRPG here), which goes some way to explaining how well fleshed out and immersive the video game’s setting is.
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