Starbound is an extraterrestrial sandbox adventure game! You’ve fled your home, only to find yourself lost in space with a damaged ship. Your only option is to beam down to the planet below and gather the resources you need to repair your ship and set off to explore the vast, infinite...
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Release Date: Jul 22, 2016

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September 19

v1.1.1 - Changelog

Morning everyone!

We've released a small update this morning that should take care of some collection-related issues introduced in 1.1, plus a few other little things! Click through to read the patch notes. :)

Starbound v1.1.1 Changelog
  • Make previously captured monsters and previously completed fossils unlock their relevant collectible entries
    • Pets and fossils will need to be dropped and picked back up as item drops in order to register as collectables
  • Better handling of status effects applied by weather, e.g. acid rain
  • Fix bug with Snuffish and Gosmet not being properly added to monster collection
  • Fix swapped collection entries for Avian and Apex skeleton fossils
  • Prevent critters captured in previous versions from also being relocatable
  • Add a few missing recipe unlocks for cooking recipes to relevant items
  • Add missing documentation for a few new Lua functions

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September 8

Starbound v1.1 - Changelog

Hey, everyone! It's patch day!


Version 1.1 is our first content patch since the full release of Starbound -- we've added a fishing game, item collections, Novakid villages and more! Check the changelog below for a list of major/minor changes and bug fixes, and then go relocate some Fluffalo!

Major Changes

  • Fishing
    • Two tiers of fishing rods are now craftable from the Foraging Table and can be used to fish on ocean planets (including arctic, toxic and magma oceans)
    • Added 48 unique fish types to catch
    • Rare fish can give valuable rewards, including reel and lure upgrades to enhance your fishing rod
  • Collections
    • New Collections interface tracks various kinds of collectables including captured pets, figurines, fish, cooking recipes, fossils, and bugs

  • Added the Relocator tool, which allows non-hostile creatures such as critters, fish, bugs, and farm animals to be moved

  • Added friendly Novakid villages including a variety of new Novakid-themed furniture and objects

Minor Changes & Bug Fixes
  • Saloon furniture previously sold at Frogg Furnishings is now available in Novakid villages, and has been replaced with the Pastel set (which has its own unique tenant)
  • Novakids can now be generic tenants or guards
  • Added Novakid NPC dialogue
  • Implemented party chat and local (planet) chat
  • Acid rain now applies poison instead of direct damage
  • Console objects are now available as themed tenant rewards
  • Added option for “borderless window” style fullscreen mode
  • Improved sound effects for Staff abilities
  • Improved sound effects for several unique boss weapons
  • Adjusted which bugs appear in Midnight, Mutated and Giant Flower biomes
  • Shockhopper Mk I and Dreadwing now have a chance to drop their respective action figures
  • Mother Poptops on starter worlds now drop enough Core Fragments to complete the initial gate quest
  • Added chance for Snuffish to appear in ocean biomes
  • Kelp now unlocks the Rice Cake cooking recipe when picked up
  • Reduced moon threat level from 10 to 1
  • Fixed a bug causing merchants to offer material items for free (which made them impossible to purchase)
  • Fixed several armor descriptions that didn’t fit within their tooltips
  • Fixed a bug causing fireworks to deal large amounts of damage
  • Fixed birds and other monsters spawning in the atmosphere and asteroid layers of moons
  • Made several NPC-like monsters uncapturable
  • Fixed monsters getting stuck outside arena in final arena side quest
  • Fixed friendly NPCs and monsters being damaged by environmental effects such as traps
  • Fixed a few edge cases in pathfinding
  • Fixed several items displaying erroneous recipe unlocks when obtained
  • Fixed a bug causing underwater audio filters to continue after quitting to title
  • Fixed several cases of incorrect cursors displaying over GUI elements
  • Fixed a bug in LoS calculation determining whether the player can reach objects
  • Fixed a bug causing Dreadwing’s UFO to visually flip
  • Fixed a bug causing boats to oscillate at the surface of water
  • Fixed a bug causing physics AoE effects to move projectiles
  • Wire Mode overlay is now hidden on protected tiles
  • Lots of typographical/grammatical text fixes

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Reviews

“Each time I beamed down from my personal starship into the 2D sidescrolling craft-em-up that is Starbound, I found an experience that shoots for the stars and lands squarely among them.”
9.1/10 – IGN

“The game had a fairly rocky "early access" journey but after spending some time with the final build, but it looks like it has finally become the game we were promised all those years ago.”
4/5 – The Escapist

“A charming space sandbox that will keep you busy and entertained for hours.”
84/100 – PC Gamer

About This Game



You’ve fled your home, only to find yourself lost in space with a damaged ship. Your only option is to beam down to the planet below and gather the resources you need to repair your ship and set off to explore the vast, infinite universe…

In Starbound, you create your own story - there’s no wrong way to play! You may choose to save the universe from the forces that destroyed your home, uncovering greater galactic mysteries in the process, or you may wish to forego a heroic journey entirely in favor of colonizing uncharted planets.



Settle down and farm the land, become an intergalactic landlord, hop from planet to planet collecting rare creatures, or delve into dangerous dungeons and lay claim to extraordinary treasures.

Discover ancient temples and modern metropolises, trees with eyes and mischievous penguins. Make use of hundreds of materials and over two thousand objects to build a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, a medieval castle, or an underwater arcade.



Starbound has been built from the ground up to be multiplayer and easily moddable. You have the tools to make the universe your own and modify the game to suit your play style - add new races, biomes, dungeons, and quests - the possibilities are limitless.



  • Choose from one of 7 playable races and customize your character
  • Save the universe in a story campaign featuring unique characters, bosses, dungeons and quests!
  • You're the captain of your very own starship! Decorate it, expand it and use it to explore a procedurally generated universe
  • Colonize uncharted planets and collect gifts from your tenants - if they like you, they may even ask to join your ship crew!
  • Three game modes - Casual (no need to eat), Survival (eat to survive/drop items on death) and Hardcore (permadeath)
  • Craft thousands of objects - building materials, armor, weapons, furniture and more
  • Capture unique monsters to fight alongside you
  • All content is available in online drop-in/drop-out co-op
  • Built from the ground up to be easily moddable. You have the tools to make the universe your own - add new races, biomes, dungeons, and quests

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and directx 9.0c compatible gpu
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Discrete GPU capable of directx 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Os X 10.9 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Os X 10.9 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Debian Stable or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and opengl 2.1 compatible gpu
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Debian Stable or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and opengl 2.1 compatible discrete gpu
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
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ClasicMozilla
88.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Good game. Play it with friends if you can. Find instruments. Make music. GG
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mrbreeze737
47.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
I love this game, challanging and addicting- would recommend
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jsommer7345
13.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
15 dollars was the price that was well worth this game. I have only done the first 12 hours and I already know this game was worth it. I actually find the blocky graphics very cool and nice to watch. The sound track is great, but if you have other ambient music maybe try that instead. I can tell it took five years to build this game. This is a cult classic.
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choose_bruce
12.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
Its like terraria, but with better npc's, better storyline, better graphics, better music.... so in other words its nothing like terraria
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papabigl
143.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
I love this game. You will literally be addicted, because there's always something to do.

Whether it's building an Imperial City, banging around with mods, or just memeing in general, this is honestly a really well made game. It's a bit grindy, but other than that I definitely reccommend it. Solid 9/10 imho.
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Lv1 Magikarp
3.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
Terraria but better? Not quite.

I went out on a limb buying this as I got slightly hooked to Terraria after not playing it for years and looked for something similar, now whilst the games are quite similar I just can't get into Starbound.

It felt like the story started out quite positive then kind of lost it's way when you get to your first planet "Find *Item name I can't remember* usually deep underground"

3 hours later and about 300 deaths I still haven't found anything but bland caves and annoying combat.

Starbound I feel has it's place for a lot of people but I just feel that Terraria does it a bit better, I felt the Starbound caves to be bland and the combat to be a bit lackluster and frustrating.

Unfortunately not for me, don't buy it thinking you'll love it just because you like Terraria, do a bit of research.

Sadly I do not recommend, I really tried to get into it but just can't at this time.
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Diet Coke
1.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
Product received for free
*likes terraria*
*sees starbound*
*expected terraria*
*gets the game and plays it*
*terraria's a piece of junk*
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The Most Psychopanda
71.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
I cannot put into words how much I love this game. Needless to say, this should be in your library, as it's a very great, endless game.
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Mr.PoopyButtHole
19.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
i lost my character and am very upset the game is super wonderful othr than my character being lost
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Trace_da_yoshi
32.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
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268.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Playtime and Time/money
I'd say about 60 hours of gameplay maximum for the state it's in now. Thats what I spent on it while playing with 2 other friends doing absolutely everything.

So even in that regard it's 25 cents an hour, which is absolutely fantastic.

Exactly what is this game?
The good:
This is starbound. The game that it currently is, is a space themed, construction and survival exploration game. Comparable to terraria, it has improved upon a lot of things from that such as the ability to use one block as a back wall and a forewall, there are more space related things like atmospheres (1) space creatures (2) space ships, a space story line etc. There are planets to discover (3), theres progress to be made through building a colony and adventuring through planets (4), Plenty of fun to be had with interesting tech mechanics (5) a very large assortment of vanity goods, and a nice multiplayer experience. The inventory feels not too full all the time as it is now catagorized into everything you need (such as an ore bag and a building materials bag etc), and it comes with a complete story which you'd have a hard time finding with such creative games (6).

The Bad:
  • The game is rather short with only 6 tiers of progression.
  • You run around on planets and can easily move on to the next section by scraping the surface alone.
  • The armor balance for players is slightly higher than the game seems to want, it's so mind numbingly easy that a toddler could sit around with a stimpack and a med kit and outheal any damage coming at them.
  • It's so incredibly easy for other players to ruin the efforts of a server because the protection isnt in the game by default, in any way.
  • The game will get extremely laggy for many players when there are too many entities in one area of a world. (which should be something obvious, however I'm saying that it's taxing on higher end systems even)
  • It will consume many of your hours doing simple things like building, or gathering a crew/upgrading your ship/mining. (ok, this one isnt really bad, unless you hate that sort of thing.)

The Unforgivable:
this entire "the unforgivable" section will be gripes about features removed from the game, they will not impact you if you do not know about what was in the past. I advise you to keep clear if you are fresh and have never had your hopes high for the game.
As much as I don't want to say this, I feel as though it has to be said, the game has been stripped of features. The justification for this is improved framerate, when honestly it is worse now. So I cannot and will not let it go. Lets start off with the numbers
  • 1. They removed the heating system, and the complexity of atmospheres from the game. you now craft a survival pack that allows you to eventually traverse all territories, instead of how it was before, which was harsh and based on your selections. While this choice for sure makes the game easier, it takes out the fun survival part of the difficulty.
  • 1a. They also oversimplified the hazardous environments, so it doesnt matter if you take cover, or build a fire to stay warm, you will always be suffering the consequences of a planet, no matter where you are, if you don't have the correct survival pack.
  • 2. They drastically reduced the randomness of creatures that spawn on planets, there are now a total of 3 major variants of creatures, large, small, and flying and are trash monsters who have no meaningful attacks. There are now many pre generated creatures that inhabit every single planet in the game, and they are very common. I hope you enjoy going to the same 20 planets over and over again.
  • 3. unrelated to the creatures but stemming from the random generation, planets now are even genned the same, and the color of planets is only based on the planet you're going to, which you will find out are very limited in number, it's not a mystery of what you're getting anymore, you go to an ocean planet, you've seen them all, you go to a starter planet, you've seen them all etc. the only thing that remains are the random dungeons generated in the planets themselves.
  • 4. Adventuring is blindly easy, everything has been simplified down to looting all the surface boxes of a planet for "EXTREMELY RARE" matter manipulator upgrades and the ore the planet has that you want, along with tech tokens which allow you to buy whatever tech you want, never forcing you to try something out because it's your only option. shrug
  • 5. Techs. oh my god techs. They removed all the fun ones, removed all the flying ones, removed the mechs the cards and the interesting ones, and of course replaced the hazard protection ones with the survival pack. somehow, they took the worst tech of them all (the nearly useless morphball) and made it worse AND a focus at the same time (they removed the bomb feature and gave it trashy mobility options) (also I say this as a fan and a person who tried implementing 2 high tunnels in my bases for fun.)
    The current state of techs involves head techs, body techs, and feet techs. They are painful.
  • 5a. The morph ball is the head tech. and it has several variations, one that climbs walls (at the cost of moving like a ♥♥♥♥ing snail), one that does ABSOLUTELY ♥♥♥♥ING NOTHING (it makes you float to the top of water) and one that makes you spin dash like sonic (without the damage, honestly that would be too fun). imagine being forced to use the morphball tech and it having no real use, ever. thats exactly what it's like.
  • 5b. The body tech. you remember the dash tech? the one that moved you several feet? that one will be your primary mobility tech, for 8 tech cards you can restore it to it's original state, being able to use it mid air, which is pretty ok. You can use it for a slightly-faster-than-running sprinting, which is pretty ok. and you can use it for a blink dash, which is completely useless and not a mobility option in the least. unless you like roleplaying tracer or something.
  • 5c. The feet tech. Double jump! Thats good! triple jump! that..... ok because they're smaller hops. wall jump :O now you can be super meat boy..... but.... thats never useful in a game like this except if someone build a map for it. and the roc(ket) jump, which will give you a decent jump that will clear gaps and stop you mid air without fall damage. Which is a good tech.
  • 6. The final gripe that I can think about while writing this lengthy review; you no longer have the mystery of an unknown story. there is a story in place, it's shrugworthy, and it gives your character a reason for being there. I don't like it, because it takes away our needed freedom of imagination.
  • final notes: I don't have enough space to gripe forever here as there is a character limit, read the other reviews.

So now the standard game rating:
  • Story: 4/10 (it drops you in a generic story, and forces you to play through a story on a creation/exploration game in order to advance.)
  • Gameplay: 10/10 (tennouttaten it's an excellent idea and plays very well)
  • Presentation: 10/10 (The game is absolutely amazing looking, you'll love the game you're given with the absolutely massive selection of materials and decorative goods.)
  • Soundtrack: 7/10 (It will blast in your ears at the worst times, and you will like it (mostly (if you like classical style music)))
  • Replayability: 10/10 (Very, very very, very high. play it with friends, find a server to play on, play alone, build to your hearts content, explore till you can't find anything new, and enjoy the time that you waste playing on your computer.)

    Buy it, play it, it's a great game, but it could have been better. so much better.
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Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
I've got two copies of this game, one for me and one for my son. I only play this game with him so my review is based on what it's like as a dad playing this game with my kid.
- I made a workbench, my son stole it.
- I found a treasure chest, my son ninja'd the content.
- My son asked me to help him fight some aliens then abondoned me and left me to die.
- I built a 4 story tree-house, my son destroyed it.
- I mined deep down into the planet, leaving a trail of torches so I could find my way back to the surface. My son took the torches away leaving me alone in the dark.
- I made a coffee, my son bumped it over my keyboard.

After all's said and done though, it's a really fun game to play together

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34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
748.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Y'all saying this games not as good as it used to be, lmao.
At the time of writing this review i have somewhere around 700-800 hours in starbound. its an ok game
yes things have changed
yes there was neat things in the beta.
thats the thing it was a beta. not everything is going to be the same.
honestly i think the new version is pretty ok, because i got bored of the old versions. to be fair it could have been better. but yall are saying this is the better no mans sky.
no mans sky is 60 dollars
this is 15 dollars
stop expecting gold to come out of 15 dollars
heck look what 60 dollars got no mans sky
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63 of 100 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
98.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
I purchased this game for my brother and I, an almost 30$ investent. I had played the game in the unstable betas a while back, and it had loads of potential. When I bought it, I fantasized about what amazing boss battles would be added, what new quests would be added to the outpost, how would they revamp the weapons, crafting, planets, ships. How amazing a central story arc would be. The game trailer had my hype levels through the interstellar roof. My main thought was: Could it even be better than before? The answer, my friends, appears to be no. In fact, the overall quality of the game has fallen drastically from what was there previously.

-The weapons have become less amazing, random, and awesome than before. It has a lack of rare weapons (the cool ones being nearly impossible to obtain,) daggers and hammers are practically useless, and class armor is generic at best. I, along with some other gaing friends, were expecting some awesome end-game set boosts like gliding for avians or endless energy during the day for florans. However these never came true, and armor found in chests is next to useless before even leaving your starter world. Not only that, but all low-teir (copper, iron, gold) weapons were completely removed from the game. Character tech has also recieved a downgrade, with a very small amount of upgrades, and only one in each of the now 3 categories that is worthwhile (spike ball, sprint, and triple jump.) The bubble tech no longer exists.

-The planet system no longer has difficulty sectors, but different teired stars, leading only to a mad dash to the glosest fiery planet for endgame loot. The temperature system has been replaced by the EPP, a barely-augmentable pack that is far too easy and relatively boring to make. Many of the RNG creatures have also become thngs of the past. The mechs, and amzing and fun planetary exploration machine, has been replaced by speeders so expensive that they become obsolete by the time you save enough pixels for them. The crew system, although beneficial, is a real hassle when it comes to upgrading your ship. Also the Erchius Ghost is a pain. Enough said.

The story had amazing potential. I loved every second of the tutorial (grabbing both the flower and the cape,) and I couldnt wait to see what the outpost had. After finally reaching it, I was met with three quests. Three. One for the techs, one for the ore mart, and one for dreadwing. Remember all of those fun personal quests? Gone. Remember spending a hour on mazebound to cash in both a quest and an enormous sense of achievemnt? Pointless. Then we get to the ark. The scan quests? Tedious and annoying. That eigth race everyone was speculating about? Never happened. I remembered being so hyped for the new story quests after beating the Hunting Caverns. But it turned out that every single on of these was a glorified trapped puzzle labyrinth, each with its own theme, and each boss chamber was just a rectangular room. No variation, no truly unique battles. Just hit until you die or it dies, staying in the same room. In fact, the planetary exploration system makes it so you can have end-game gear before you even do the Floran mission, leading to really a broken system. Even after beating it, the ending left a bitter taste in my mouth.

What Starbound desperately needs:
-More inventive Boss Missions
-A better exploration and teir system
-More weapons and unique armors.
-Better Techs and Mechs
-A larger variation of creatures
-The Outpost quests to return

A novel idea would be to have space pirates (a very realistic thing in a univese like Starbound's) that scales up in occurance and difficulty as you travel to better planets. When "attacked," you could either pay a fine or choose to board their Randomly generated ship of hostile enemies (of any race, even the non-playable ones.) Once you beat the underlings and possibly a mini-boss "captain," you could have a loot chest that also scales with the solar teir. Much like challenge dimensions, there would also be a hidden loot chest somehere in the ship. Once defeated, you would just go on your merry way.

As much as I love Starbound, until it gets some serious updates, I wont be playing it again.
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Not Recommended
129.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
I've given this game three years and finally came back and finished the final release with a buddy of mine, and at the end of this glorious storyline he summed it up perfectly. "This game feels like it was completed by a couple of high schoolers, NONE of which have ANY creativity." Literally, nothing but fetch quests. Like a single player MMO. It gets repetitive really fast.

If you've already played Terraria and beat it, this game scratches that itch. That sandbox 2D itch. If you haven't, don't waste your time and money on this one. Go play Terraria.
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Not Recommended
143.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
So after a 5 year wait, it's finally released. After all that time, with content updates and changing basically everything in the game, Chucklefish has managed to deliver something truly dull and uninspiring.

Starbound is a fabulous premise, a universe full of potential. After spending some time with the final release, I am left with one question:

That's it?

The quests and story that I've been waiting for the biggest let down. The main quest consists of 2 types of mission:

1. Find a settlement of the specified race and scan their furniture.
2. Travel to a pre-made level and fight a boss at the end.

The side quests consist of 3 types of missions:

1. Deliver an object or escort a person to another person on the planet. Often times this second person is right next to the first person.
2. Kill an enemy for someone.
3. Collect ore or some other item for someone.

The rest of the game, as best as I can tell, is collecting stuff and building other stuff. You can set up a colony, but why would you? So you can get more tedious and boring quests? So you can have a farm? A universe of endless possibilities and farming is the most creative thing you could come up with?

One other thing I noticed is that the monsters seem to have gotten less unique. There are some that still seem to be randomly generated per planet, but there are a few that are on every planet. I don't know if that's a bug or not, but it wasn't like this before.

So after a 5+ year wait, I'm left with a game that has redefined blandness and squandered potential. No, I still can't recommend this game. I don't even want to bother finishing it just to finish it.

At least the soundtrack is still good. But that's it.
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Not Recommended
67.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
This game is like Bush in Texas - 5 f*ckin years and nothing productive

If you dont wanna to read whole wall of text - ask youself:
Do you want to pay 15 green presidents for laggy low tier metroid(vania) with terrible AI and ability to dig?
If yes - you dont need to read this review.

Actually, this game is great example of "why its better to dont feed the hypetrain".
Do you remember, when this game backed? When its met early access?
Did you count, how many times they broke everything and started to go in literally different direction? I did.

At 1st - FOR NOW, its not terraria in space. At all. As I said before, its metroid with ability to dig and craft - terrible idea itself. But whatever. Let me explain, whats wrong with this 2D No Man's Sky:

1. Its short.
"Man, its sandbox, thats cant be true". But it is.
I've beat it in 17 hours.
17 HOURS, CARL! I didnt rush, didnt use any admin commands or godmode. Just played. Moreover - I DIDNT DIG. You dont need to do it, cuz you can simply rob everyone (just like devs) for ore and equipment, then sell useless stuff for pixels (in-game currency). Let me explain, what "beat" means: I've did all quests and got top gear.
Theoretically, since then, you are allowed to do all this buildxploration sh*t... Theoretically:

2. Its empty.
In 17-20 hours, you will get best gear and visit ANY biome. All this "endless number of planets to explore" is marketing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t - there are very few types of planets and they contains very few biomes and each biome of same type is just same. You will have no point to get deez "randomly generated weapons" aswell, cuz they, with 99% chance, will have worse stats, also you wont need better ones anyways, as you will kill anyone in 1-2 hits.
Probably its worth to take a look on "creative" part? If you have terraria, it will make you laugh, cuz its literally same, and, moreover, has less things.
"But whats about building a colony?". Well...

3. AI is dumb.
For real. NPCs will suicide by lava, stuck cuz of terrible pathfinder, and walk into captured monsters. Ah, and about monsters - except very few unique, they are literally same too. Ever their attacks. Difference is only in stats, and ever this is not always. If you expect crawlers, that will suddenly rush to you tru ground, or warpin mages, or flying ships, just like in terraria - just go away, there is nothing like this.

4. Its laggy.
Not laggy, but LAGGY. You will stuck into in-load textures, fps will constantly drop ever on 2-x Titan X.
Let me explain: its not my pc's fault - its much better, than listen in "recommended". Problem is that this game is coded terribly. Since one of updates, you runs whole server, ever in singleplayer. YES. SINGLEPLAYER IS JUST MULTIPLAYER, BUT ON LOCALHOST. And thats not only problem. This game is cpu-bound (yes, cpu-bound in 2016), and it can use only one core at same time.

5. Its buggy.
I've followed this game since its backed, but got myself on sale back in... 2013? Or 2014? whatever. I've beat storymode in unstable branch week before release. Know what? They've added EVER MORE bugs. In my 1st hour of playing 1.0 in stable, I've glitched like 5 times or so. Thats no use. Wasnt fixed ever in 1.1

6. Platforming part is completely useless.
Back to the core of "new starbound" - okay, you cant dig on missions and in challenge rooms. Otherways, all traps and others are easy to remove with your manipulator. Why should you try in platforming then, if you can just dig up whole temple?

7. Its unfinished.
Lot of promised features didnt implemented (such as server-side characters or architector mode), lots of content cut off. You cant call THIS full release. At all.
They had 5 years. 5 ♥♥♥♥ing years of lags, bugs and balance breakings - basically devs had lot of ideas, but no plan at all. As result - they've tried from zero few times, then gave up and rushed... this.
ITS 1.1 RIGHT NOW AND THEY ONLY RELEASED NOVAKID'S VILLAGES. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Well... it shows all unprofessionalism of this team - ever for indie. Not sure, if they cares about it - they've got enough money to swim in weed for like 10 years or so.

Overall.

There are lot of well and not-so-well done metroids and metroidvanias in steam and on other platforms. There is terraria. They all are cheaper than this game and will give you more positive feelings. Your money are yours, so - nobody will stop you from buyin.
But, if I ll have time machine, I would say to younger me: "NO, JUST NO. BETTER TO BUY FEW PIZZAS RIGHT NOW - YOU WONT NEED TO WAIT THEM FOR 5 YEARS AND THEY WILL BE LITERALLY WITH WHAT YOU'VE SELECTED, NOT WITH SAUSAGES"
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Not Recommended
405.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
Time to rewrite this old thing now since it's out of EA. Let's start with an admittedly bad metaphor.

Imagine you see a food stand that makes sandwiches. They have only one kind of sandwich, the 'Mystery Sub,' but it's promised to have the ingredients you like on it. Specifically, pickles, butter, and white american cheese, with just a little bit of mayo. It's also pretty cheap, so you order a sandwich. You're told it'll be ready in five minutes.

Those five minutes go by, but still no sandwich. So you go up and ask about it and the guy at the stand says he just started in the food service industry yesterday, and he misjudged how long it would take. Since he's just starting out and he says it'll be the best sandwich ever, you decide to give him the benefit of the doubt and wait for a little while.

After half an hour of waiting, he finally gives you your sandwich. You decide to open it to see what's in the 'best sandwich ever,' and you take a look at it.

Mayo. Lots of mayo. With one pickle, a big glob of butter, and half a piece of that awesome cheese you like all placed in different corners on the bread, covered in that white goop. In other words, it's technically what you ordered, but it's not half as good as you expected it to be, and was given to you in much more time than you were told it was going to take originally.

Starbound is that sandwich. It has everything they said it would have; exploration, building, even a few dark themes. So technically everything they said it would be. But there isn't nearly enough of that stuff, and mostly samey fetch quests and grinding. The all-important story is shallow and derivative, with every quest pretty much being 'scan random crap, go though dungeon, kill boss.' Rinse and repeat.

Over all, it's not a bad game. It has plenty of stuff to keep you busy for a while, with tons of cosmetics and building items. I would even say the building system is better and more fun than Terraria. But there just isn't enough of everything else that would make it fun and unique; as the old saying goes, it's as wide as an ocean and as deep as a puddle.

There's plenty of bad stuff that happened in development; with the devs, with the missed release dates, and plenty of other problems. I'm not going to go into it here; if you haven't heard of all the problems with the development and the devs themselves and are interested, you can look it up yourself. God knows you'd get a better explanation from anyone other than me.

So I'll judge it on what it has in it now, not what happened in development in the past. And for me, in it's current state it's a resounding 'meh.' Good for one or two playthoughs, but you'll probably get bored of it before you even get to experience most of the main features. I still haven't even tried the colony stuff, and I did very little farming after 1.0. It's only fifteen bucks though, so if you think thirty or so hours is enough for that price, then go for it I guess. Will you get as much play out of it as, say, Terraria though? No, probably not.

I'm sure I've 'gotten my money's worth' out of it while it was in EA, but I still don't like the game much, so I'm giving it a negative review. Maybe a 4 or 5 out of 10 for me.
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Not Recommended
91.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
This isn't a negative review where i don't like the game, more leaning in the direction of I don't like where the game went. before there was this emphasis on exploration, but a strange vagueness to it all that could be cleared up if you decided to pursue it without the game telling you you have too. Since 1.0, a half baked story starts you off holding your hand instead of just plopping you on a broken spaceship stranded above a planet (a scary scenario, and the game made you ask a lot of questions). And since 1.0, I can't even play the game, the performnce dropped so bad I was shocked, I wonder what happened...
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Not Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
For a long time, I've been one of the most vocal critics of both Starbound and ChuckleFish. As it turned out, many of my speculations and predictions came to be true, of both, sadly.

If you wish to learn of all the mishaps of the development, the forums of the group I am admin of, Dissinters Annonymous, hold a whole section devoted to archiving it all. It tends to get handwoven anyway, so we'll focus on the game itself this time. Furthermore, the game as of this writing, (Sep 16, 2016) and not any prior version.

To put it bluntly, Starbound does not know what kind of game it wants to be, and does a terrible job at trying to be too many kinds of thing. The controls are too loose and floaty to be a decent platformer, and the bad basic enemy AI really kill it being any kind of "metroidvania" experience. The random generation just does not have enough actual variation to it, so all output gets very "samey" very quickly. This applies to terrain, equipment, quests, and creatures.

The building is fairly nice, that's one thing i can say about it. But there's not much real purpose to it besides playing with virtual legos. The storyline is bland, plodding, uninteresting, and utterly predictable. The music is pretty nice. Most things you can do in the game end up feeling very pointless. Unless of course 2D legos is your thing.

Preformance is atrocious. There is a noted lack of options, especially of the video category. It's a roll of the dice to get decent FPS, even with good hardware.

Overall, starbound comes out as tepid, bland, and boring. It's your $15, but there are games that do the same things better, and they are cheaper.
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