A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

A dad-joke pun taken too far, "Go Man's Sky" is a retro BBS-Door style ANSi art space exploration game set in a procedural universe written in Go. Created for Ludum Dare 38. Search for the ancient artifact across dozens of procedurally generated planets. Collect fuel to keep your ship running as you jump from sector to sector in search of the ancient artifact.

Apologies to Hello Games, any similarity to proper games of the same genre is done purely in good humour.

This game is a bare-bones prototype primarily as a learning exercise, however if there's interest I may continue to develop and expand on this as time goes on. There are bugs, it's desperately unfinished, but still a bit of fun.


Known Issues:

- Palette is messed up on Windows - looking into it!

- Audio had to be disabled at the last minute due to DLL dependencies! Sorry, will try to get it re-enabled ASAP.

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PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
Tagsansi, ascii, Exploration, Ludum Dare 38, Procedural Generation, Space
Average sessionA few minutes
LinksLudum Dare


GoManSkyLD38Mac.zip 4 MB
GoManSkyLD38Win.zip 4 MB

Install instructions

Note: This is a terminal based game - the size of your terminal, font, colour settings will impact how this game looks and plays! If the graphics look really spaced out, try adjusting the line-height of your terminal. Also, if you can get the Code Page 437 BlockZone font from here: https://github.com/ansilove/BlockZone it will make it look more "authentic".


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I'm on Mac and the game opens the console but doesn't launch, unfortunately.

On Mac:

WarpGate.ans: no such file or directory

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I'm seeing the same message, any way to get around this?


On windows:

  • No sound.
  • The "tutorial" on the first screen is useless, as the letter of the keys to which the functions are bound are invisible.
  • Cool visuals!
  • This could have been a really fun game, if it had some more things to do.