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Affordable Space Adventures lets you explore on the cheap

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A trailer released this week for Affordable Space Adventures teases an atmospheric stealth puzzle game headed to the Wii U with the budget conscious space traveler in mind.

Affordable Space Adventures puts players in the cockpit of Uexplore's Small Craft, whose "intuitive and simple Heads Down Display technology offers all the functionality and flexibility of the Heads Up Displays installed in more expensive space ships, but at a fraction of the price," according to the developer. To players in the real world, that's a reference to the Wii U's GamePad, on which your ship's user interface will appear.

"It'll be important to pay a lot of attention to the UI," Swedish developer Nicklas "Nifflas" Nygren told Gamasutra. "You also get lots of information from it about dangers. There will be some shortcuts, but the aim isn't to not have to look at the UI. We aim to design puzzles that can be executed elegantly by only changing the ship's configuration at safe locations with no time pressure. In occasions where actions need to be made while flying, the player should never have to jump between two different sub-menus."

The game is a collaboration between Nygren (Knytt Underground, Nightsky) and the Danish KnapNok Games (Spin the Bottle: Bumpie's Party). Affordable Space Adventures also has the backing of the Danish Film Institute.

Press play above to see cavernous alien worlds illuminated by the light of Uexplore's Small Craft. You can see still versions of both in the gallery below.