Attention all moon mutants and interstellar aliens! Be sure to stop by and like the brand new Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space Facebook page. Why, you may ask? Shouts, space news & lots more! (New players: get Weird Worlds for Win, iPad & Android here.)

Funded by the indie game community and coming soon!

Infinite Space 3 - Coming soon!
Development Update #15 (December 31)

The lunch break roguelike of interstellar adventure!

December 24, 2013

December 19, 2013

Seasons greetings from Digital Eel! Well, it's that time of the year again. The wind is chilly, the snow is flying and the Steam Holiday Sale is on! Beginning today, Thursday, December 19, until Thursday, January 2nd, Weird Worlds (space!), Data Jammers (arcade!) and Brainpipe (??!!) are discounted by 50%-75%, which means you can explore the galaxy, prowl twisting bitstreams and invade your own brain (!) for less than the cost of a meal at Back in the Box. Please note that ALL Digital Eel games are alien tested and approved for kids, teens, adults and squid creatures from Bellatrix VII. Feeling festive? Who isn't! Each Digital Eel game makes the perfect virtual stocking stuffer for your perfect virtual stocking. Whatever that means. Happy Krimble!

November 30, 2013

Be sure to check out the
Sea of Stars November Update!

November 25, 2013

The Ultimate Sci Fi Bundle is Live!

BundleStars‘ latest game compilation, the Ultimate Sci Fi Bundle, features Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space, Data Jammers: Fast Forward and 7 additional sci fi themed games including Sword of the Stars (enhanced)! The Ultimate Sci Fi Bundle costs less than a moon burger with green cheese and is available for the next three weeks.

November 1, 2013


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October 16, 2013

Hot off the hyperwire: Big news from the Purple Void

We like to surprise everyone, and it's about time, so here's a goodie! We're unleashing a new, though "late," game set in the Infinite Space universe. It's called Eat Electric Death! You've heard the rumors? Yes? No? Well, here's the scoop.

Eat Electric Death! is a two player turn based boardgame of starship combat based on the real time combat system from Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space. It was completed and playtested in 2007 though it has never been published. Now with the crafty help of Andrew Tullsen and Print and Play Productions, we're finally able to release a very special custom-created version of EED!, hand made using the original art created specifically for the game.

If you like old school, hex mapped, tactical battle games, Eat Electric Death! is right up your star lane while providing new wrinkles to keep things fresh. EED! is a "beer & pretzel game." It isn't difficult to play. Rather than being loaded down with details, the game plays lean, fast and deadly, more like the way dramatic and explosive movie and TV starship combats look.

Weapons and items from Weird Worlds appear and function similarly, including the dreaded/coveted Particle Vortex Cannon. Also replayability is provided for. Many scenarios are included, both goal/mission oriented and straight up head to head, and since the game isn't overly complex, new scenarios can be devised by players very easily.

Here's how we're going to do this. Right now and until November 1, this special release of Eat Electric Death! assembled by Andrew costs $40. After that, the price will increase to $45. We're not sure how long the game will be available this way but we'll see how things go.

In the meantime, check out the description, component details and game images on the EED! order page (here's the whole kit and kaboodle in one image and there's more on the EED! Boardgamegeek page too), and please pass the word. (The word is Zap!) We hope everyone who likes to roll dice and blow stuff up will really enjoy making their friends Eat Electric Death!

[Update: Slordax just reminded me that you can view/download a 1280x1024 EED! box top image here.]

[Update: View and download the Eat Electric Death! rules here.]

Ripcord out.

October 7, 2013

Cool Indie Game News!

The Long Dark is a moody "first-person post-disaster survival simulation set in the Northern wilderness" that poses the intriguing question "How far will you go to survive?" Hinterland is a seasoned group of gamemakers gone indie (yay!) and they need our support to help make The Long Dark a reality. So go see what they're up to and get involved!

Also, Chris Laskowski has released his first iPad app called Sunfish. Chris, a Digital Eel "fearless tester" who we've known all the way back to working at Looking Glass Studios together, described the experience as a "delicate balancing act of conservation." Of course, when we heard about Sunfish feeding on iridium-shrooms that grow on planetoids, we were already "hooked."

Ripcord out.

September 30, 2013


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August 25, 2013

The Store is Open, The Sale is On!

Great news: Now you can get Digital Eel games at the IndieGameStand Store. In fact, DRM-free Weird Worlds is on sale there for 20% off! You must, you simply must, check out this brand new indie games portal. IndieGameStand: New bundles every four days, and now great indie games on the shelf. What could be better?! (And best of luck to Mike and Matt and all the IGS Store!) UPDATE: Read what developers have to say about IndieGameStand here.

Ripcord out.

August 13, 2013


A quick update this month but a juicy one. Check out new ship tests (Muktian and Tan Ru), the first art poster example (Urluquai Overlord) and new music (combat) and sound (honk)! Meanwhile, development continues and the game is a foot, I mean, afoot!


MUKTIAN: A highly intelligent slug-like being. Muktians usually spend their long lives in cavern cities and tunnels deep underground. The explorer caste have returned to the surface and recently developed space travel.
TAN RU: A man-sized artificially intelligent machine resembling a crab or insect. Oblivious to biological life, the Tan Ru are currently spreading across the sector, dissecting and analyzing everything they find.

July 22, 2013


BundleStars‘ latest game bundle, #9, the Superfly Indie Bundle, includes Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space along with 9 additional games in genres ranging from sf to flight combat to fantasy. With mystery games yet to be revealed, this bundle is available for the next three weeks and costs only five bucks!

July 11, 2013


Summertime, when everything is hot and steamy, and the Steam Summer Getaway Sale is no exception! (Corny, huh? But true!) From now, July 11 (the very day Robert the Bruce, John Quincy Adams and Suzanne Vega were born) to July 22 (the auspicious date when Martin Frobisher first spotted Greenland), you can get Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space (hybrid roguelike), Data Jammers: FastForward (arcade) and Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity (arcade), at insanely great discounts. Indeed, you will question our sanity, so don't miss this 12 day Marathon of Mirth. Or is it Game-a-thon of Girth? Not sure. Either way, go see before we come to our senses!

July 4, 2013


Well, it's that time of the year. Time for celebration, fun and games! Indie 'puter games, especially. So, to start things off with a BANG, BundleStars has just released their 9th game compilation: The Pure Indie Bundle! Czech it out: For 20 days you can get Data Jammers: FastForward and Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity PLUS six more groovy independently developed games for ONLY $4.00! Go here to see--and have a terrific, and safe, holiday!

June 17, 2013


Click here to take a Zen-inducing arcade trip that will blow your mind!Digital Eel is happy to announce that Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity--the game that "changed" little Billy--is now available from the Mac Game Store. For those as yet unaffected by the secret mind-lasers, Brainpipe is an easy-to-pick-up first person game of real-time spatial navigation and quick reflexes. Supported by hypnotic graphics, ear tickling sound effects and immersive dreamscape music, the game's free floating, forward moving intensity gradually increases from serene to frenetic as you play. In other words, it's trippy! Mac gamers, check it out!

June 4, 2013

What the...? BRAINPIPE is 25% OFF at GamersGate too!
Click here to take a Zen-inducing arcade trip that will blow your mind!

June 3, 2013

Data Jammers is 25% OFF at GamersGate!

Data Jammers: FastForward is a continuously moving three dimensional driving and destruction game set within a retro wireframe world of impossible race tracks. Prowl twisting bitstreams amidst bizarre geometrical environments enhanced by otherworldly soundscapes as your nimble avatar encounters more dangerous denizens, hazards and boss guardians along the way!

May 27, 2013

Get Weird Worlds at GamersGate!

Attention all nebula dwellers: Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space for Windows is now available from GamersGate -and it's on sale at 25% off for one week beginning today, May 27! View the game page here, and look for more Digital Eel games at GamersGate in the future.

May 12, 2013


Click here to return to Infinite Space!
Updated to look and sound even better!
Weird Worlds is also available for Android and iPad
Independent Games Festival 2006 Award Winner!

Click here to bend your brain!
A Zen-inducing arcade trip that will blow your mind!
Independent Games Festival 2009 Award Winner!

Click here to bend your brain!
Infiltrate Ouroboros, crash the system and save the world!
Choose your portal: DESURA | STEAM | GAMERSGATE
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Click here to Explore the Galaxy together!
The casual boardgame of exploration and discovery
set in Digital Eel's "Infinite Space" universe.
Download the free ISE rules document HERE
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May 4, 2013

Click here to join the cause!

Infinite Space 3 is Funded!
It's time to make Sea of Stars!

The Sea of Stars Kickstarter campaign has ended, and we're happy to have actually surpassed our funding goal. While we didn't quite reach the stretch goals we'd set up, the enthusiastic response has been great even after we hit the initial target of $30K!

We would like to thank everyone who pledged their support. Btw-You'll soon receive a survey to fill in details such as how you want your goodies delivered. Meanwhile we're going to go full steam ahead and make Sea of Stars the best possible game we can.

We'd also like to thank the following people and websites for publicizing our Kickstarter campaign and helping others find out about it, greatly contributing to its success:

Blue's News
Bytten and James Fudge
Inside Mac Games Games Fan
Ohmwrecker AKA The Masked Gamer
PC Gamer
Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Brian and Jim from Space Game Junkie
(Podcast interview with Iikka and Rich)
Finally, we'd like to extend our enduring gratitude to Kevin Matheny and John Slade, Fearless Testers Union #256. They will be instrumental in guaranteeing the quality of the game, as they have been since our first releases in 2001.

Future updates and announcements about Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars will be posted on our website right here. Watch the skies!

April 26, 2013

April 24, 2013

Digital Eel meets Space Game Junkie

SGJ Podcast #10: Infinite Spaces and Small Worlds - Jim and Brian of Space Game Junkie got Skypy with Iikka and Rich of Digital Eel to talk about space games, space games and more space games, from Starflight to FTL. A brief history of Digital Eel was discussed including a few words about Bill Sears as well as chat about Strange Adventures in Infinite Space, Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space and the new Kickstarter campaign to fund Infinite Space 3: Sea of Stars. Space game geeks (like us) take notice. Obscura is pondered. (Whatever that means.) Secrets are revealed! So turn on, tune in, listen online or download.

Ripcord out.

April 17, 2013

Get Ready! It's the Data Jammers Space Jam Sale!
Friday, April 26 - Monday, April 29

How much would you pay for Data Jammers: FastForward, DE's briskly-moving racing and destruction game that mixes Tron with Hot Wheels and turns the racetrack inside out and upside down like a mobius trip? Yes trip, because the landscapes and soundscapes are so trippy!

Okay, how about whatever you want?! Not bad, eh? Not convinced? Alright, not only that but if you can beat the average price, you'll get the whole Jam Session: Data Jammers PLUS Dr. Blob's Organism (arcade - IGF double award winner), Strange Adventures in Infinite Space (roguelike - IGF finalist), Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity (arcade - IGF award winner) and the latest, greatest version of Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space (roguelike - IGF award winner/IGF grand prize finalist)--not to mention a host of other free goodies!

Who's to blame for this multicosmic madness? Why, IndieGameStand of course, the coolest portal in the Five Galaxies. Well, okay, maybe the Three Galaxies (we don't want to sound pretentious), but they're awesome--Thanks guys! Please note: the IndieGameStand Data Jammers Space Jam Sale starts on Friday, April 26 and ends on Monday, April 29. Perfect timing to jump in and jam!

As with all of our IndieGameStand sales, 10% of proceeds go to our favorite cause: Reading Is Fundamental.

Reading Is Fundamental is the oldest and largest nonprofit literacy organization in the United States. Founded in 1966, it is based in Washington, D. C.. RIF's community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory provide 4.5 million children with 16 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. RIF's priority is impoverished children from birth to age 8 years.

April 4, 2013

Click here to join the cause!

Digital Eel is proud to announce our new Infinite Space computer game, Sea of Stars! We are currently looking to fund its development through a Kickstarter campaign. Please consider pledging your support.

Sea of Stars is a single-player science fiction roguelike similar to Strange Adventures and Weird Worlds. Turn-based star map navigation is combined with a real-time combat system. The game provides a randomly generated open world for you to explore, and will only reveal a fraction of its secrets each time you play. There is no going back to a saved game – everything that happens is permanent. Death is frequent, but only makes you want to try again.

Although Sea of Stars builds on the universe you visited in the earlier games, it is expanded with fresh new material and gameplay. Discovering the interactions between items, alien races, characters and random events will keep you busy for years – yet each session of the game is a complete adventure that you can finish in one sitting. To extend the game’s longevity even further, we encourage people to make mods and even provide tools for it!

One thing that has advanced since Weird Worlds is technology. Iikka wrote a 3D engine for our previous game, Data Jammers: FastForward, and a lot of the code will now be reused to expand the Infinite Space universe into the third dimension. Other games and projects have resulted in a variety of subsystems, from procedural texturing to mundane data file handling.

However, what will really set this game apart from its predecessors is what we are going to do within this expanded universe. The Sea of Stars will be more alive than before, both reacting to the player’s actions and acting on its own. Locations like star bases will be real places with more to do than just trade items, and you may have to attack or defend one in combat. Individual NPCs as well as alien war fleets will go about their business that may or may not be aligned with your interests, and you will have to pick sides. Technology available to you as well as others will advance as time passes, including larger ships showing up.

Of course, we won’t forget the mod creators who helped make Weird Worlds great. Not only will all the content use standard file formats so you can use any editor of your choice, we will actually release tools to make things easier. This will ultimately evolve into a full-fledged mod editor within the game that will help you put it all together.

More information, as well as screenshots and video, will be released on this site, at and on our Sea of Stars Kickstarter campaign page. Stay tuned, and watch the skies!

Iikka and Ripcord out.

March 21, 2013

Mid-March? Hey! It's time for the Steam Indie Spring Sale celebrating the 15th Annual Independent Games Festival and featuring past IGF award winning indie games. Among them you'll find Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space which won the 2006 IGF award for music and sound. It's on sale too, continuing the 25% off discount offered during its recent Steam debut. Additionally, Data Jammers: FasfForward and Brainpipe: A Plunge to Unhumanity, itself an IGF award winner, are on sale on Steam as well, and both at a 75% off discount, WOW! Mark your calendar because the Steam Indie Spring Sale ends on March 29.

Ripcord out.

March 20, 2013

Weird Worlds for Android Released by UK Partners, Astraware

We're very happy to announce that Astraware has just released Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space for Android. Wait a sec. Astraware? Infinite Space? Android? This is the perfect combination! You can get all of the details from the Weird Worlds page on the Astraware website.

Ripcord out.

March 19, 2013


Weird Worlds is back!

March 13, 2013



You asked for it. You got it! Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space will soon be available on Steam! Its debut date is (drum roll) March 19th (cymbal crash!) so mark it on the calendar and watch the skies here, the Weird Worlds Facebook page or Infinite Space Games for more news and a direct link to Weird Worlds on Steam!

March 8, 2013

Just in from the Purple Nebula: It's PAX East time and Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space will be there. Where's there, when and who? Boston, MA from March 22nd to the 24th, and the who is IndieGameStand, the grooviest new no-DRM name-your-own-price game portal. They're featuring Weird Worlds at the show along with 11 other socko indie games: Gimbal, Cognition, Gnomoria, Recruits, Aztaka, Space Pirates and Zombies, Doom & Destiny, Krunch, Reprisal, Super Tower Rush and MegaByte Punch! You can read more from SeattlePI here. Visit the Penny Arcade Expo East website here.

Ripcord out.

March 4, 2013

January 18, 2013

Weird Worlds v1.30 Patch Released

Customers who have obtained Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space through Desura or Steam will receive updates to the game through the vendor. Those who bought the PC version of the game on a CD or as a direct download from Shrapnel Games can download the following file to upgrade their copy of the game. Note that you will need to tell the self-extractor the folder where the game (weird.exe) is located.

Download the patch: weirdworlds_v130patch.exe (2.7MB)

Ripcord out.

January 1, 2013

Happy 2013, Year of the Eel!

Well, tempus fugit, another yuletide season has passed and already, a new year is upon us. Not to fret, though. There's PLENTY of time to celebrate because the Digital Eel/Steam/Desura Holiday Sale continues until January 4th. Go see!

Click here to jam!
ARCADE: Cruise the holo-bitstreams where Hot Wheels meets Tron!

Click here to bend your brain!
ARCADE: Take the Plunge to Unhumanity! Reveal your Alien Brain!

Click here to return to Infinite Space!
ROGUELIKE: Explore the 30 minutes or less!

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