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Launch into space and fight your way through procedurally generated systems of ever increasing danger. Explore the galaxy as you travel, all the while maintaining your jump fuel and oxygen reserves.

Deeper Into Space is a single player, 2D space survival/shooter, with rogue-like elements, for Windows.

How deep into space can you go?


Deeper Into Space is in  development, and as a result is likely to evolve with player feedback. The game is an entirely solo project, so player feedback is vital to the future development of the game. If you purchase the game now, all future updates will be free!


Follow me on twitter for updates on the game: @JRoberts_Games


Currently, the player can fight their way from system to system, levelling up their ship as they progress. Right now there are 16 different enemy types and one Boss enemy. Bosses are optional enemies and can usually be avoided if you don't have the guts, but they offer great rewards if you can take them down. At the moment you can progress for as long as you can survive. There is no 'end'. 


  • Multiple weapons, equipment and enemies. Unlock new weapons and equipment: The more you play, the more you unlock!
  • Procedural  levels.
  • Permadeath.
  • Stat tracking.
  • Local high scores.
  • Gamepad support.



  • More content! Weapons, equipment, enemies etc.
  • Different 'zones' with different planet types and enemies.
  • Random missions to complete to earn credits. These will be simple tasks; destroy all enemies in the system, visit every sector in the system, jump to the next system within a time frame etc.
  • More rare, unique enemies and bosses that will drop credits when they are defeated.

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3.34 USD. You will get access to the following files:

deeper-into-space-win.zip 441 MB
Version 0.3.21

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I've lost so much progress because shooting a shielded chest has a 50% chance of crashing the game.

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Hi Magenta Lizard, thanks for the report and sorry you are encountering this problem. I am investigating. Could you please tell me if a crash report appeared after it crashed, and if so, copy and paste it here the next time it happens? Also, do you remember what weapons you were using when it happened?

Has anyone else experienced this?

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I just shot one with the small quark gun and it crashed.
It's been doing this with any gun as far i tell and shielded enemies seem to be unaffected.

Also, i just found some weird particle emitting rock on a planet and idk what to do with it.

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soooo, after I finished level 9, I jumped to the next level, whereupon it crashed. After I restarted the game, I only see a white screen, and I have to close it through the task manager...does anybody have a solution to it?

and i hear the backround music

Hi kurtistkurt, thanks for letting me know about this. I'm hoping the latest patch has resolved it. If you still get white screen on startup deleting save_data.dat should make it playable again, but will unfortunately reset the game to a fresh install. save_data.dat is located in c: Users > [username] > AppData > Local > Deeper_Into_Space.

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Yes, the new update worked, thank you ^°^...but another thing i saw is after i fired about 1 min with the railgun at a heavy drone, i didnt hit once (and i even aimed =) so i dont to if it was just bad luck...an extra for the railgun could be a little bit homing)

Ok excellent, thanks for letting me know. I will investigate the Railgun issue.

okay, every time i get so a certain level (i think 10) the game crashes (and with that the save) after that i cant start the game any more

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In some games the mining scaner doesn't work...to be more specific, it doesnt work if you buy it, but if get one out of the lootbox it works....

the game is really hard and after my first games i thought it is way to hard but as i get new things it gets a bit easy. The only way i see to win the game is to have early on the minig laser =)

thx for your game =)

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This is really fun!

<edit>I suppose that I should include some more actionable feedback, and more info

I like roguelikes, and enjoy the difficulty of fighting different opponents. I have only made it through a few warps (<6), so I can't comment on the later game, but the difficulty does seem to scale well so far. I hope that it keeps getting harder as you go deeper.

I don't know how deep the tech tree goes, but I want it to be deep enough that you can power up a lot, and fight really powerful opponents.

I would also love if there were different styles of fights - swarms of small drones, huge single ships, space amoebas that try to engulf you, or kamikaze fighters that blow up on contact.

Labeling things when you hover your mouse over them might be nice too - something like "loot crate", or "warp station" would be enough - like in diablo

Finally, I would like to level up my ships air scrubbers to reduce my oxygen hunger rate</edit>

Launched the game and the main menu was running very slowly, something like 3fps, and keyboard input was delayed.  I have a pretty strong computer (16gb of RAM) and I think it might be an issue with rendering in 4k?  I have no idea.  Anyway I tried lowering the game resolution but could not find an option for this.  The game looks cool and I want to play it but I cannot at present because of this issue.

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Hi  Alterae, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I believe you are correct and I am working on a fix for this which should be available in the next few days.

Good to know, thanks!

I look forward to that.

Patch is live - 0.3.8a. Please let me know if you are still experiencing problem. Thanks!

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I am no longer experiencing the problem.  The main menu works fine now.  Though the game as a whole seems to have some scaling issues in 4k, it is perfectly playable.

Hi! Just got the update today, and now I have an instant crash at startup. Here's the log :

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FATAL ERROR in
action number 1
of  Step Event0
for object oJellyMovement:

STRING argument is unset
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called from - gml_Object_oJellyMovement_Step_0 (line 3)


Any hint? Could play with the previous version on a Win10 64 Thinkpad laptop, can't with the last update on my desktop (6600k, Geforce 1070, Win10 64)

Thanks for the report, I will look into it. To be clear, this was on starting the game, or launching your ship? Does it happen every time? And have you previously played on your desktop? Thanks a lot.

Anybody else experiencing this?

Starting the game, can't even reach the title screen. Happens everytime, even after uninstalling/reinstalling the game.

Unfortunately I didn't played the previous version on this desktop. I'll try to play the crashing version on my laptop where I already played the previous one, and keep you informed. Thanks!

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Thanks for the reply Skizomeuh. New build is available. Should be fixed. Please let me know if have any more problems. Thanks again!

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And I confirm the game is working now! Thanks a lot!!!

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Received this crash.. I believe I got into a fight and started shooting the mining beam.  Pressed shift and tried to select pew pew without ever stopping shooting the mining beam.

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FATAL ERROR in
action number 1
of  Step Event0
for object oInventory:

Unable to find any instance for object index '305' name 'oInventory'
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called from - gml_Script_scr_utility_glow (line 27)
called from - gml_Object_oInventory_Step_0 (line 186)

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Hey Roldy, thanks for the report. I finally managed to recreate this crash. It actually occurs when you select an inventory item just as the inventory is nearly fully closed. You have to be pretty frame perfect to do it, so for now, just being careful will avoid the crash. 

It will be fixed in the next update, along with some other fixes and some new gear!

Did the Prospector item break in last update.  I've played a few games since update with prospector and havn't seen any asteroid indicate it has minerals in it.

It shouldn't have. The crash was just a typo in the archive code, so nothing changed with functionality of the items. Maybe you've just been unlucky. I will check it though.

It's still working. If it's a previous run from before the patch it's possible something has gone wrong though. Dropping it and collecting it again should fix it though.

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Hmm.  I've played about 10 games after the patch and Prospector hasn't highlighted any asteroids.  Randomly shooting asteroids I have gotten minerals out of them that the prospector had not marked.  

I'll redownload and see if that changes.

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RNG at it's finest.

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I have a question about the green currency at the start of the game. How do you get it? What is it even called

They are Credits, a rare currency. You collect them from certain tough enemies. I plan on adding more ways to collect Credits in the future.

Oh I see, it would be useful if there were more of those types of shops that use that currency, because the only one i've seen are at the first planet your ship spawns in on.

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Game crashes when shooting loot boxes

Edit: Fixed in v0.3.6

Got same crash and error.


Shooting a loot box that had a shield around it.

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Thanks for the reports! I've fixed this. Small update coming later today

I'm wondering what you do with refined metals.

Sell them. I realise at the moment it's more profitable to sell unrefined ores. I've adjusted this and hope to get a small release out later today. 

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Enjoying the game so far.  I Enjoy the difficulty level and learning curve.  Gameplay is discovered and seems there to be much to discover in the world as well. 

I like it.

So far my best run was about 5 systems in, 3 upgrade points and a score around 1900.  Fun.

Hi Roldy, thanks for the feedback, glad you like it!

Discovering game play is a big part of rogue-likes and I intend to add some secrets and more points of interest over time.

Your progress and score is pretty good for early game! Nice!

I can never afford any purchases in the shops, I saw that you can mine when desperate for cash. Where are the mines

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Mine asteroids.  O2 is what you want to conserve.  If you can find a planet with a ring of asteroids then a good tactic is to stay in the atmosphere and shoot the asteroids without depleting O2.  I mining laser makes this 10x faster.

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Good game, except very unbalanced, or at least leaves a very bad aftertaste of work being done almost for nothing. Enemies can spawn out of nowhere and give nothing after you defeat them (even though they might take out 1/5 of your health which is almost a fortune to repair), prices in shops are just not worth it and the overall difficulty is crippling. I have found myself looking at the map and seeing red dots and straight up running from them because I knew I would lose more than what I would gain. And this could have been fine if the maps actually contained loot - you can spend half of your oxygen flying around searching for something just to find nothing except a mine, which conveniently doesn't show up on the map so you can bump into one without knowing. This level of difficulty is also further supplemented with repetitiveness of the battles and them happening non-stop, leaving you no room to breathe (heh, get it?), which all sums up to what I would actually call almost darksouls-like.

TL;DR: Good game idea, but poorly executed balance (from my perspective at least).

Also a large thing to note is that it may be a good idea to add more mechanics related to orbits and stuff, but that's optional I suppose. I came here for a 2d space exploration with orbital mechanics, but did get the charm of 2d space shooter. Even so, orbits and gravity playing a larger role would be very nice.

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Hi Anton! Thanks for playing, and while I'm sorry you didn't have a great time, I'm grateful you took the time to give this feedback. I always meant for the game to be hard, but findng the right balance is tough, so feedback like this is important, especially for an early access game like this.

The game is a balancing act of leveling up, searching for loot crates (there is always at least one in each system, currently) and deciding when to move on to the next system. 

Your feedback has given me some ideas and I hope you come back to the game in the future!

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Yes, of course, I expect the game to improve greatly over time. Also I did in fact find crates in each system eventually, but it often provides only scrap (and only a small amount of it). The hull is also a massive problem as it can expire at about the same speed as oxygen does, but the repair kits only fill 20% compared to full fill-up of oxygen.
I did not try how hard it would be after a decent amount of hours into the game when the ship is really upgraded, but as far as I know it won't help with the oxygen issue.
I guess just a bit more generous loot from the boxes and enemies as well as less expensive prices in the shops should solve the issue up to a decent level.

Crashes when trying to "drop" a saved dude while docked at a planet

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Thanks for the report. I'm looking into it!

[FIXED in v0.3.6]

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I'm loving this game so far. The ship handles great, graphics are nice, and the QoL things like "F" mode and the map are really helpful.

The problem I'm running into is that I don't know how to reliably earn currency to buy O2, and it doesn't seem possible to just refill the O2 while on the planet. Mining is very slow and earns maybe 60 credits, not enough to refill the O2 that I used during the mining trip. Not sure if I'm missing something (maybe something to add to the tutorial), or mining is just really slow at the start.

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Hi Deathray, thanks for the comment and I'm glad you are enjoying the game!

O2 is the main motivator to drive the player forward, and the O2 canisters are the main way you should be looking to re-fill. Buying O2 from a station should be a last resort, or a stop-gap to finding a canister. So, once you have explored a system you should be looking to jump to the next. Look for loot crates (white squares on the map), these are where you will find the canisters. If you are low on O2 when you jump in, there WILL be one somewhere in the system.

I'll look at the wording of the tutorial and also look at adding a general "this is your goal" tutorial to make things clearer. 

Hope this helps, thanks for playing!

Hi,

Neat game. My ship is wedged between a boulder and a planet: https://imgur.com/a/c4te4vW. It seems like this can happen pretty easily. Bug?

Hi jaargon.

You should still be able to destroy the asteroid and free yourself. Also, if you get stuck on your side on a planet, holding 'E' on keyboard or 'A' on X-Box controller will re-right your ship automatically, which should also free you if wedged.

The game saves after you leave a system, and before you enter the new one. So, as a last resort, returning to the main menu and continuing your game will only lose your progress from when you entered the system to when you got stuck.

Hope this helps. Thanks for playing!

what game engine and language did u use to make this game?

The current version is made with Gamemaker 1.4, so the language is GML. However, I'm currently porting it to Gamemaker 2 for the up coming update.

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Will it eventually be on Steam? Will purchasers (here) get a Steam key? Thanks for making this!

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I would eventually like to get the game to Steam, but not until it is in a more complete state. itch.io keeps a log of every purchase, so if and when it does make it to Steam, sending Steam keys to people who have already purchased here should not be a problem.

Thanks a lot for playing!

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Sounds great. Thank you!