Confederate Express is a team-based strategy-oriented tactical RPG for the Windows PC. The goal of the game is trying to survive while delivering a package from point A to point B. Each successful delivery makes a lot of profit, which can be spent on equipment and hiring better crew members! Packages vary by size, weight and fragility; the harder the delivery, the greater the rewards. Game maps are randomly generated, and each sector is uniquely hand-drawn, so every time you play it is a different and engaging experience!
Year 2064. The greatest invention has been discovered: a Homeostasis Chip - or simply, "h1 chip" - allowed human body to be operated via small computer that essentially sustains perfect health indefinitely, ultimately granting immortality to anyone who installs it. However, it had a small side effect: your body keeps living even after it's death. That led to 2068's h1 chip worldwide ban and an accidental global zombie epidemic. This is where you come in! Your role might be minor - just a small package delivery company called "Confederate Express" - but it is very important nevertheless! Having your package lost in transit can be a huge hassle, especially when there are hordes of zombies walking outside. Accidents happen, and sometimes the inevitable loss occurs, but don't worry! Your crew is being completely outsourced by a disposable staff of ex-cons, gladly provided to you by the local penitentiary.
Features[edit | edit source]
Every time a new delivery mission begins, a world map is randomly generated around you. The map consists of sectors, and each sector represents a playable level with enemies, loot, and random world events. Among these events are storyline missions, character unlock assignments, secret areas, shops, and boss fights. Sectors without an event will still have loot and enemies present. As you travel towards your destination, you might find that some of the sectors are connected between each other, and sometimes it takes more that one to resurface on the world map again.
With this design we allow a player to take any route he wants: maybe a detour to gear up and gain experience for your team, or maybe a scavenge hunt for a secret mission. It is a challenging and engaging experience every time you play. Remember, the shortest path is not always the best!
Delivery and Permadeath[edit | edit source]
The main objective of the game is to deliver a package from point a to point b, and you are presented with multiple options of deliverable goods, so choose carefully: if you bite more than your crew can chew - it may result in an inevitable permadeath, forcing you to start over.
Crew[edit | edit source]
Before every mission you are debriefed on your delivery task, and right afterwards you are presented with a portfolio of potential crew members for hire. Every character is unique and has a different set of skills, but not all of them are available right away since your portfolio expands throughout the game with your progress and finding new members along the way.
Another feature of our game is the ability to modify and upgrade your weapons and equipment. As you find many parts scattered around the world, you can use them to increase (and sometimes at a cost) the characteristics and effects of a given item:
Every character in Confederate Express has a specific set of skills, and as you complete missions and kill enemies, you are granted with an ability to improve on of them:
- Leadership: it is very important to have a crew member with a leadership skill. Not only it gives a hefty experience boost and suppresses the panic state for your team, it's also very useful for roaming the world map, since you can see what kind of special events are happening around. We will touch more on the world map in our future update.
- Medic: every great team has a great support, so having this team member is crucial, especially since only medics can obtain a very important skill: resurrection. With a defibrillator in hand, it takes only few minutes to recharge and bring your fallen comrade to life.
- Marksman: this skill is pretty straightforward: The higher the skill, the greater the character's aim. As a result you will have a better combat efficiency and leaner ammo preservation. But be careful: if the skill is too low, your crew member might not be able to handle some of the bigger weapons.
- Engineering: this is one of the few classes that can play a crucial role in your crew's equipment. Not only he is able to modify and upgrade weapons, he can also repair and even craft new ones. Be sure to have an engineering kit, since every master needs to have his tools.
- Explosives: a dream skill for a demolition man. Set, defuse and even craft your own explosives with this skill; then lean back and watch the red gooey goodness quickly fill the screen.
Item hunting[edit | edit source]
A variety of loot is scattered throughout the game, featuring moddable weapons, tactical equipment, high-tech gadgets and rare unlockable items hidden in secret locations.