From Firebrand Games, a studio that's mainly handled ports and licensed games, comes a beautiful puzzle game about exploring a universe in a state of decay, breathing new life into the stars. How odd.

I mean, considering Firebrand's most recent release was the relatively horrible Fast & Furious: Showdown, Solar Flux is not the sort of game I'd expect to see.

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β€œWe combined classic puzzle mechanics with the beauty and mysteries that lie outside our world,” says Lead Designer Clive Lawrence via official announcement. β€œThe Firebrand team has always been obsessed with the wonders of outer space and we set out to create a compelling game that can harness that enthusiasm.”

The closest I am seeing to a space game from these guys previously is Planet 51: The Game, which really doesn't even count.

Firebrand is based in Cape Canaveral, so they're at least in the right place for it, and while this isn't technically a licensed game, it does have ties to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and the Space Coast Office of Tourism, so they're still in a comfort zone.

It's interesting to see what a developer surviving on licensed work and ports can do when they exercise their pent-up passion. We'll see more of that later this summer, when Solar Flux HD launches on mobile devices.