Created by indie developer Strange Scaffold (Xalavier Nelson Jr. of El Paso, Texas), Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator is a curious beast that’s reminiscent of intergalactic business sim Gazillionaire.
Except in this game, we’re on about trading organs in a body horror twist of sci-fi excellence. And there are many organs to trade here. Hurray!
Greed is Gooey in Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator
If you’ve ever used eBay, you know what this is all about:
- Buy low
- Sell high
Trading! Except usually you’re not bartering human livers, lungs, and eyeballs in the name of gaining a profit. But in Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator (SWOTS), that’s where it’s all at! Oh yeah!
The game is set out in minimalist fashion, representing a stock market exchange type of shindig, just with garish space colours.
And the currency is human body parts.
It’s pretty simple. The whole thing focusses on trading days, when you hit the market to barter, deal, and swindle. Trading days last for a couple of minutes, during which time you need to:
- Compete for organs with rival traders
- Handle client requests (e.g. “I need eyeballs!”)
- Try to avoid scammers
- Manage random events
The more organs you deal, the more money you make. That way you can then start upgrading your spaceship and develop your organ trading reputation. And this is how it all works!
It plays like an old MS-DOS game—we certainly love the retro aesthetic. Plus, there’s a pelting soundtrack to go with proceedings.
More importantly, Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator is a lot of fun. With a name like that, it’s only ever going to appeal to morons like us.
As a game name, it’s right up there with Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion.
And as with that merry little tax-based romp, this organ-based malarkey is also steeped in dark humour and satire.
Trade stomachs, human souls, nervous systems! Try to manipulate or screw over other traders around you.
You don’t need to be a genius to see it’s a satire mocking the capitalist system of greed, power, and thinking you’re superior to everyone else as you hike up prices exorbitantly.
The title is more of a clicker type game like SPACEPLAN than a strategy sim. Your primary skill needed is to think and move quickly, sealing deals and managing requests as fast as possible.
And the action does get frenetic (and addictive).
Whilst you play, you do feel like your soul is being sapped as you increasingly verge towards a profiteering, robotic, cold psychopath. All in the name of money, eh?
For which we must commend the developer! It’s a compulsive and great fun game. And it’s available right now on Steam, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.