Weird Worlds: Return to Infinite Space is space-strategy exploration game, a sequel to Strange Adventures in Infinite Space.
You play as a commander of the spacecraft on a mission to explore a part of the galaxy. You explore the map from the top-down perspective.
The galaxy layout is procedurally generated each time you start a new game. You have the freedom to explore the galaxy at your pace. The game does not force you to follow your initial task. Different planets can contain useful items or be a home for an alien race. There are several types of aliens, some of them are friendly a let you trade with them, and some are hostile and trying to attack you. The battles are real-time and require both right equipment and strategical usage of it to win. Space is filled with black holes that can destroy your ship or slow down time for you.
The game’s main feature is that it is strictly time-limited and each new playthrough takes up to half an hour. After the time is over, you either return to your home or vanish in outer space.
The game offers three different roles for you that affect your initial mission and equipment: military ship, pirate or science ship. The military ship allows you to carry more weapons, while the science ship has a scanner that allows getting information about aliens in nearby systems from the safe distance.