PRESS KIT - SOLAR EXPLORER: NEW DAWN
Based in Vikersund, Norway
Windows: September 17, 2018
iOS (Pre-Order): April 26th, 2019
iOS (Launch): May 20, 2019
Android (Pre-Order): June 20th, 2019
Android (Launch): July 8th, 2019
Solar Explorer: New Dawn is a modern take on a classic physics based Lunar Lander arcade video game, re-imagined for the 21st century. Set in the mid 21st century, Earth is overpopulated and starved of resources. In a last-ditch-effort mission called “New Dawn”, humanity must attempt to colonize the inner Solar System in order to survive. Player take on a role of the best and bravest pilot that Earth has to offer, and must help humans become a space-faring species by completing missions and expanding humanity’s Solar Colony. Even though it is an arcade game at its heart, plot of Solar Explorer: New Dawn explores important issues the world faces today and the idea of necessity of a United Earth for solving global issues.
Players will play through 40 missions and experience real-world conditions that take place on 6 worlds of the Inner Solar System: Moon, Mars, Phobos, Deimos, Mercury and Venus. Each world presents a unique challenge, thanks to the game using accurate physics simulation of the gravitational and atmospheric conditions. As they advance through the game, players unlock additional parts and skins that allow them to customize their lander craft for each individual mission. Game is driven by accurate physics simulation, so the lander configuration (side thruster configuration in particular) makes it possible for players to find and develop their own unique preference, depending on their preferred playing style.
Solar Explorer: New Dawn is Dwarf Cavern's debut game. In February 2018, Vojislav Dimitrijevic, founder and CEO of Dwarf Cavern, started the single-handed production of the game. Entire game, from artwork, design, programming, music composition was done by a single person and the game was completed and launched on Steam by September 17, 2018. In November 2018 Vojislav started working on the new version of the game for the iOS platform, and a much improved version of the game was ready by early April 2019 with a scheduled release on the App Store for April 29, 2019. iOS version of the game was made possible with support by Norsk Filminstitutt.
Main goal for the game was to create a quick, tight arcade game loop that offers players a satisfying, yet challenging experience. Simple, intuitive controls mean that anyone can simply pick up the game and play it. Specially designed algorithms for procedural level generation mean that players will never play the same level twice, but will experience the same level of challenge. Lastly, careful balancing of the difficulty progression means that the challenge and player’s skill improvement is the main drive of the game. Player will fail, learn on own mistakes and with each try get further and better, offering a very real sense of progression in own skills, not just the game itself.
Easy to learn, fun to play, hard to master. This is the mantra of Solar Explorer: New Dawn.
Unique lander type of gameplay experience.
40 missions, spanning 6 worlds with real environmental physical conditions, including gravity, wind, and temperature.
Customizable lander craft with unlockable parts and skins.
Real physics control of your lander craft, configuration matters!
Gorgeous, realistic and immersive awards nominated visuals and soundtrack.
Difficulty modes for novices and pros alike.
51 challenging achievements!
"New Dawn is a success: a compelling, exhilarating journey through the void, ideally suited to mobile play."
- Craig Grannell, Stuff.uk - App Of The Week 4/5 -
"A compelling, white-knuckle thrill ride."
- Campbell Bird, 148Apps.com 4/5 -
"You will LOVE Solar Explorer: New Dawn, an homage to Lunar Lander that is just fantastic."
- Space Game Junkie -
"A 3D Lunar Lander with superb presentation, music, and gameplay. Big Surprise!"
- Big in Japan -
"Once in a while, a very good indie game appear and Solar Explorer New Dawn is a good example of that."
- Gameplay Review -
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Nominated in the category "Best Visuals" - Spillprisen, 2018
Nomination in the category "Best Audio" - Spillprisen, 2018
App Of The Week - Stuff.tv
Top 5 Games Of The Week - PocketGamer.com
Top 10 Mobile Games Of May 2019 - Mxdwn.com
Top 5 iOS Games From May 2019 - MacWorld.com
Best iOS Games Of The Year 2019 - MacWorld.co.uk
iPhone Game Of The Week - TechRadar.com
ABOUT DWARF CAVERN
Dwarf Cavern is a small, independent game development studio based in Vikersund, Norway. We focus on bringing immersive, memorable gameplay experiences with highest visual and audio quality. “Solar Explorer: New Dawn” is the debut release for the company and we are very proud to introduce it to the world. Our next release “The Stargazer Experience”, that has been 4 years in the making, is also getting ready for a multi-platform international release around the end of 2019, early 2020.
SOLAR EXPLORER: NEW DAWN CREDITS
Vojislav Dimitrijevic (he/him)
Game Creator, Composer, Manager
Nadja Mamula (her/she)