A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Sometimes you have to make hard choices: sacrificing your crew members may be bad, but ticking off your stockholders could be worse. In A Cog in the Cosmic Machine, you are an AI transporting cargo through the dangers of space and capitalism. The only constant in space is value. Construct and modify your ship in preparation for your journey; manage your resources effectively to survive the long trip safely to port. Explore a branching narrative as you make tough decisions, navigate crew tensions, and balance the value of human lives with the value of cold, hard capital.

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  • Hold Up Arrow - Volume Up
  • Hold Down Arrow - Volume Down
  • M - Toggle Audio Mute
  • Escape - Quit Game (on standalone version only)

Ship Building:

  • Left-Click Left Side UI - Spawn room on the ship
  • Hold Left-Click on Room - Drag to move rooms around the ship
  • Q/E + Hold Left-Click on Room - Rotate room left/right
  • Release Left-Click on Room - Place rooms on the ship
  • Right-Click Room - Remove's room from ship 

Crew Management:

  • Left-Click on Room - Changes what room to add crew to


  • Left-Click on Room - Opens overtime mini-game


  • Left-Click or Space - Continue Dialogue
  • Return/Enter - Show Dialogue Immediately

Bugs? Report here:


Install instructions

  1. Download the version of the game that is for your computer's operating system.
  2. Unzip the downloaded folder.
  3. Open the Extracted folder, and then folder inside.
  4. Double-Click on the game executable/app to launch.
  5. Enjoy! :)


A Cog in the Cosmic Machine-StandaloneWindows64 805 MB
A Cog in the Cosmic Machine-StandaloneOSX 805 MB
A Cog in the Cosmic Machine-StandaloneLinux64 808 MB

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