39 reviews
Content rating
Everyone 10+
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About this game

Based on the frantic and fun board game, The Captain is Dead puts you in charge 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...

Admiral - A master of plans and evasion.
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.
Chief Engineer - Can fix the ship real quick.
Soldier - An expert at taking out aliens.

...with more on the way!

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!

If you can stay cool, repel the aliens, protect the crew, and keep the systems operational long enough to repair the Jump Core, then you can activate the engines and escape to Hyperspace!

Or is it Warp Speed? I can never remember...
Updated on
Feb 1, 2022

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39 reviews
May 3, 2021
Game is tough, as a total newb learning by myself I've lost 3-4 games so far with no wins. At first it was just frustrating, but once I started catching on to how to actually play it was still frustrating but also became addictively fun, similar to how XCOM and FTL are in that regard. I think the tutorial could use some work, doesn't explain several very important game mechanics and I consistently find myself unsure of how or why I should do at allh
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Andrew B
February 16, 2022
This is a terrific app, and has been very well supported by the developers. The optimisation has come a long way with options to tone down the graphics to improve performance and save battery. Definitely worth checking out
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Thunderbox Entertainment Ltd.
June 23, 2021
Thanks for the kind words, Andrew. The latest update fixes a lot of the animation issues. Give it a try and let us know how it goes! :D
Brian Matolka
May 21, 2022
I have the board game, so I'm familiar with this game. I enjoy the board game, which I've never won, but thoroughly enjoy, so I figured I'd give this a try. LOVE IT! Just like playing the board game, but with sound and animation. Keep up the good work. Really love playing this. Perhaps I'll actually survive one day!
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What's new

New in this update... 🖖🥰
- 1st Officer: the logical choice to save the ship, with his ability to divine the perfect plan at will.
- Janitor: fixes stuff with duct tape... a regular space MacGuyver.
- Maximum crew incresed to 7.
- Tactical HUD, for those of you with big, high-def screens.
- Leaderboards ... are you the top commander?
- Eco Mode: less graphics... more battery.
- Rule tweaks, bug fixes and more!