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The Captain is Dead

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Thunderbox Entertainment
Release Date: Feb. 1, 2021

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'The Captain is Dead' Enlists Deus Ex & Star Trek Actor Elias Toufexis - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 13, 2021 @ 1:14 p.m. PST

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.

Those of you living on the outer rim of the cosmos might be unfamiliar with the original board game, which is like the last 10 minutes of your favorite sci-fi TV show… except that things have gone disastrously wrong, and (spoiler alert) the captain is dead.

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. 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!

Created in collaboration with table-top maestros, AEG and The Game Crafter, the videogame delivers all the fun of the original, cardboard experience. Players take charge of the ship’s stalwart crew, as they battle an unrelenting alien nemesis, intent on eating what little brains they have, and destroying their beloved ship. You’ll need to keep a cool head and utilise each crew member’s particular set of skills to repel boarders, keep the ship operational, and survive long enough to fix the Jump Core so you can escape to safety!

Players can expect all the tightly balanced, nail-biting strategy of the boxed game, with the immersion and flow of a fully realized virtual world. The original game’s totally unique aesthetic has been painstakingly recreated in full 3D, and you’ll feel as if you’ve been teleported right on to the board.


Fresh from starring in Immortals - Fenyx Rising for Ubisoft, and Blood of Zeus on Netflix, prodigious actor, Elias Toufexis, joins the crew of The Captain is Dead for some over-the-top, sci-fi survival strategy.

If you’ve played a videogame in the last 10 years, you will undoubtedly have heard Elias’ gravelly voice in titles like Splinter Cell BlacklistFar Cry PrimalAssassin’s Creed Odyssey and, of course, Deus Ex, in which Toufexis played the bionically enhanced detective, Adam Jensen… before cyberpunk was cool.

Few actors can claim a show-reel as impressive, but two things make Elias the perfect casting for the eminently expendable Crewman, who is, strategically speaking, a walking death sponge.

First of all, Elias has been needlessly brutalized on a number of TV shows, including moody sci-fi drama, The Expanse, and, more appropriately, Star Trek Discovery, in which he was given a particularly nasty Suus Mahna smack down, making him uniquely qualified to fill the role of space-faring cannon fodder.

Secondly, despite having a voice that’s more macho than a Chuck Norris cameo in a Fast and Furious movie, Elias is an adorable Star Trek geek with a crazy-good sense of humor, bringing authentic hilarity to death and destruction in the merciless depths of space. Be sure to watch this Crewman Teaser to the end for some chuckle-worthy out-takes!

Elias joins Kevan Brighting (The Stanley ParableVoid BastardsPortal) to complete a cast of amazing actors, all eager to avoid a horrible, tentacle-induced death, as they follow your strategy for survival, repair the ship and, hopefully, hyperspace the heck out of trouble!

Key Features:

  • Teleporter Chief - Can beam around the ship at no cost.
  • 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.
  • Soldier - An expert in kicking alien ass.

The Captain is Dead will be beaming down to your PC (Steam) on February 1, 2021.


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