Here at Jay Is Games we like our games a little strange and wacky, and Jake Hollands delivers that in spades with his offbeat sci-fi incremental game Spaceplan. You find yourself adrift in space with most of your systems out of commission, not sure what's going on or even where you are. It's up to you to get those systems repaired, find out what the heck is going on and try to sort it out. By clicking, of course! Spaceplan is a title that's tough to feature in a review without giving too much away, because so much of it's about learning about your situation and developing innovative — alright, utterly outlandish — ways to resolve it all. Spaceplan is fairly brief, something you can finish in a day or so — rather than something that stays around in a browser tab somewhere until you're ready to start charging rent — and it has plenty of ingenuity and creativity (along with a couple of naughty words, which we should probably alert you to). Unlike the vast majority of incrementals in which you click to buy things which give you bonuses and which only exist conceptually, here Jake has actually implemented them in the game as the other genres do and the results are palpable and a major improvement to the gaming experience. Even your craft's console is whimsically implemented, with vital functions designated things like, 'Word Outputter', 'Planet Looker', and 'Fact Holder'.
Fortunately your autosystems are intact enough to show you how to get the computer started, with a nifty little primer to guide you in getting sufficient power for everything else. Your systems in Spaceplan rely on having enough power, which can be generated in small amounts manually at the push of a button and later, gradually via solar panels which can be upgraded and... a few other options. Getting the schematics back and operational again will require even more power, and the more info you can access both inside and outside the ship neatly causes the game's plot to reveal itself gradually. Players of incremental games who never appreciated how much an actual plot can do for the genre will discover that with Spaceplan. As I mentioned earlier, Spaceplan is all-too-brief, finishing in just a few hours or the better part of a day. It also avoids the usual clicky-clicky-grind we often encounter in the genre; while clicking manually can help, the vast majority of your energy will be generated by the upgrades themselves rather than you. Fans of absurdism, sci-fi and quirky comedy will find themselves right at home here and find Spaceplan a must-play.