The Captain is Dead – Overview

Written by Marcello TBL

The Captain is Dead PC Game

It’s the last 10 minutes of your favorite sci-fi TV show… except that this time things have gone seriously wrong and The Captain Is Dead! This turn-based, survival/strategy puts you in the Captain’s chair as you try to save your crew from being blown to bits by aliens…


In-Game Background Story

The Captain is Dead is based on the frantic and fun board game that puts you in the role of crew members on a besieged starship. You must co-ordinate the crew to repair critical systems and fend off hostile aliens, or you will share the captain’s fate. From the chief engineer, weapons officer, and visiting admiral, all the way down to the ensign and the ship’s janitor, you must combine your unique talents to avoid utter annihilation in the cold depths of space!


Step into the Captain’s chair and command the crew! Each team member has a very particular set of skills that you’ll need to leverage to the full if you want to survive, including…

Chief Engineer – Great for fixing the Jump Core… which you’ll need to do if you want to live!
Cyborg – Immune to the mysterious forces of deep space.
Crewman – Gets killed very easily… good thing there is an infinite supply!
Counselor – Can manipulate skills for the best chance of success.
Ensign – A fast learner, and even faster runner.
Soldier – An expert in kicking alien ass.

…with more on the way!

Defend the Ship

Defend the ship against an unknown alien nemesis that will do everything they can to blast you to atoms! Fortunately you have state-of-the-art systems to help you out…

Bridge – Scan for threats, repair shields and communicate with your crew.
War Room – The Captain planned ahead, and left emergency dossiers to help you out.
Armory – Destroy alien ships with torpedoes, and activate auto-turrets to repel boarders.
CPU Core – Power-up your crew with skills.
Cargo Hold – Bust open the cargo pods to grab lasers, scanners, and other helpful gear.
Infirmary – He’s dead, Jim! Oh wait… no… it’s just a flesh wound. That can be fixed here.
Science Lab – Upgrade the ship, and research spooky, sub-space anomalies.
Engineering – Fix the Jump Core to get the heck outta there!

Key features

  • Command your own starship!
  • Select your crew from 18 specialists, for over 3000 possible combinations
  • Deploy 14 unique systems to save your ship from certain doom
  • 60 Alerts to challenge your strategic mastery, no 2 games are the same
  • Dynamic synth-wave soundtrack from Occams Laser

About the developer

Thunderbox Entertainment is a small team of seasoned developers who love board games.

They’ve made it their mission to search out the best board games in the world, and transport them from table-top to tablet.

What they do is a bit like the scene in Tron where Jeff Bridges gets zapped into a computer… but with less laser pain and more board game fun!

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The Captain is Dead release date & platforms

PC, Mac & Mobile – TBD 2020 – You can download the free demo on Steam.


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Marcello TBL

Italian Dad in love with Turn-Based RPGs and Indie Games. In 2018 he started Turn Based Lovers and now he can't live without it.

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