In Starbound, you take on the role of a character who’s just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another. From there you’ll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe!
User reviews: Very Positive (42,533 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 4, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We were at a point in Starbound's development where it was already pretty fun, so we decided to release the game in beta through early access to ensure the community has a chance to help us shape the game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“It's difficult for us to give a solid release date-- we're not so good at those, we've learned. Starbound still has a ways to go, but we'll keep you posted via our website!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Starbound will contain a plot and sidequests, more dungeons, more bosses and lore, among other features.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Starbound is already extremely playable and contains a vast amount of content in its current state! There are two beta branches currently in use-- [STABLE] and [NIGHTLY].

The stable branch receives less frequent updates, as we're currently working on one big update that will complete the first few tiers of player progression.

The [NIGHTLY] branch is updated automatically every night, and is for players who want to track progress or simply can't wait to check out shiny new features. :D Play at your own risk, though, as these builds are not tested and bugs/crashes are likely.

Find out more about how to opt into the nightly builds here: http://playstarbound.com/support/#unstable

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will likely change after Early Access!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We post daily progress updates on our blog, and we're always hanging around IRC.”
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April 27

27th April - [STABLE] Bug Fix Update

Hey there, everyone! We've been reading your feedback from last week's stable update, and it seems like most people are really enjoying the new features. We've also seen reports of several minor bugs, so we've pushed out a new update which should address most of these. Thanks to everyone who's given us specific and detailed bug reports; it's a huge help!

Fixes in this update:

  • Fixed a bug causing clients to be stuck in teleport cinematic if they disconnected from a server while it was playing
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent players' ships from loading after a failed warp
  • Fixed missing outpost quest NPC, the arcade game quest is now completable again
  • Fixed a bug causing ship doors to be removed on upgrades
  • Fixed a bug locking players out of the end of the Erchius Mining Facility mission if they died after defeating the boss
  • Fixed a bug preventing the lever puzzle in the Floran Party mission from being completed
  • Fixed damage areas on ceiling and floor spikes
  • Fixed custom signs being set to 'on' after saving and loading
  • Fixed a bug causing the game to crash when entering a bad host name in the server join dialog
  • Fixed a rare bug in world generation which could prevent terrain from generating
  • Increased NPC energy regen
  • Greatly reduced server->client bandwidth for updating player ships
  • Made additional changes to further improve server stability
  • Included dump_versioned_json and make_versioned_json utilities for reading and writing various save data formats
  • Added a /suicide command for characters who are irreversibly stuck
Hopefully these fixes will be helpful to those of you experiencing issues. Let us know in the comments if you find anything new. Enjoy!

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April 23

How to Retrieve Your Home Planet

Hello!

As you may have read in our patch notes, the newest stable update saw the 'home planet' feature replaced by planet bookmarks and direct teleporters. This meant that existing players would have to lose their home planets.

But never fear! Ideally you'd have written down your planet's coordinates, but either way your home planet still exists and is intact and you can find it using the following method. :)

Elite Space Hobo from our community beat us to posting a guide, which you can find here.


  • Find your universe folder. Typically, it should be located in SteamLibrary\SteamApps\common\Starbound\giraffe_storage\universe.

  • Right click -> sort files by date last modified. If your planet's been heavily customized/built upon, it should be one of the larger files. If you visit it frequently, it should also be one of the most recent.
  • "What do all these numbers mean?!" World files with names like: 270623995_279217314_-213404188_12.world mean that you've visited a planet with the coordinates X -270623995 Y -279217314.

  • Put the coordinates into your ship's computer and... hopefully, voila! Planet located! If not, try some of the other planets in your universe folder.
  • Now that you've found your home planet, don't forget to create a bookmark. :)
I hope this proves helpful! <3

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Reviews

“Starbound is one of the most impressive never-ending games I've ever played.”
9 – Polygon

“Starbound's delivering on its core promises even in its early access incarnation.”
Eurogamer

“This might be a bare-bones version of the game to come, but boy, check out those bones. The game's minutiae will be mapped out across various wikis for years to come, and many mechanics will be added and refined, but even now, Starbound is an enticing journey of discovery that reminds you just how exciting it can be to stare at a sky full of stars.”
Gamespot

Huge winter update!



The huge winter update is here!

After many months of work the winter update has finally been released. It contains more changes than we can list but below are some of the most obvious updates.

  • ***Universe and Worlds***
  • Sectors have been removed, so all stars are part of the same map
  • Star and planet types correspond to difficulty levels, giving players access to progressively more extreme environments as they advance through the game
  • Added oceanic world types including tropical and arctic oceans, toxic and magma planets
  • Added rare Barren and Asteroid worlds with no monsters for large scale building
  • New biomes
  • New surface and underground mini biomes
  • Many changes to surface and underground terrain generation
  • Improvements to background parallaxes and sky coloration
  • ***Ships and Navigation***
  • Player ships now include an AI avatar specific to each race that gives access to the player’s techs, missions, 3D printer, and a variety of ship-related commands
  • Each race’s ship has its own unique set of upgrades, giving players much more room to expand as they progress
  • Fuel costs for travel have been reworked. Moving between planets within a system is now free, while jumps to other systems require fuel in proportion to the distance traveled.
  • Coal no longer powers spaceships! Instead, they can use either radioactive ores or the new Liquid Erchius Fuel that now appears in Moon biomes
  • Many improvements to the Cockpit interface, which now indicates more detailed planet information including weather and environmental hazards
  • ***Outpost***
  • The universe now has a civilized hub containing shops, quests, and other services. This is where players will find quests, missions, and ship upgrades which allow them to advance through the game
  • Includes a Sign Store based on the popular custom signs mod, where players can design and print their own signage for use in game
  • ***Missions***
  • At key points in the progression, players will unlock special Missions
  • Missions take place in unique instanced dungeons containing special monsters, bosses, and rewards not available anywhere else
  • Some missions can be quite difficult, so you’ll want to prepare carefully - or bring friends!
  • ***Novakids***
  • New playable race!
  • Unique progression of craftable guns
  • Unique progression of armor sets
  • Unique progression of ship upgrades
  • ***Tech***
  • Techs are now split into head, body, legs and suit slots, so you can equip up to four at once!
  • Head techs provide various activated effects triggered using the tech hotkeys
  • Body techs provide lateral movement abilities triggered by double tapping direction keys
  • Leg techs provide vertical movement abilities triggered with the jump key
  • Suit techs provide passive protection from specific environmental hazards
  • New tech unlocking system makes a variety of techs visible each time the player upgrades their ship. The player can then use Blank Tech Cards to unlock and equip these techs
  • Many new techs
  • ***Mining***
  • Matter Manipulator can now be upgraded over the course of the game to increase its mining power, area of effect, and allow it to collect liquids as well as blocks
  • Pickaxes and drills are more powerful, but have lowered durability and cannot be repaired, making them a consumable alternative to the Matter Manipulator
  • Smashable rocks found rarely underground contain richer deposits of certain ores
  • ***Combat***
  • Energy regeneration has been changed. Rather than continuously regenerating energy at a slow rate, energy rapidly regenerates when not being used
  • Using energy that exceeds your maximum pool will disable energy usage for a few seconds until your energy has fully recharged
  • New weapon type staves!
  • Use a staff by holding the fire button to charge it, aiming, then releasing the button to unleash a powerful effect
  • Unlike guns, staves manifest their projectiles directly at your targeting cursor for precision combat
  • A variety of staves can be crafted at the new Manipulator Table
  • Beginning at Tier 5, armors are divided into three different progression paths with different stat balances
  • Separator armors have high armor and low energy for melee weapon users
  • Accelerator armors have a balance of armor and energy for ranged weapon users
  • Manipulator armors have low armor and high energy for staff users
  • Many new unique biome weapons
  • More bows (and crossbows) for higher level hunting
  • Many new thrown weapons of various tiers
  • Defense Turrets have been massively improved and can be equipped with a variety of weapons for different effects
  • ***Monsters***
  • New monster type: large flying monsters
  • New monster type: large aquatic monsters
  • Many improvements to monster AI
  • Birds less of a menace
  • ***Survival Mechanics***
  • Temperature has been replaced by a system of specific planetary hazards, which the player will need to unlock new technology to resist
  • Hunger has been removed for now, replaced by an expansion of the cooking system with a variety of buffs (see below)
  • New difficulty option to drop ores and other valuable materials on death
  • ***Farming and Cooking***
  • New crops
  • Hundreds of new cooking recipes
  • Cooked foods now provide a wide variety of buffs, with more elaborate recipes giving stronger effects
  • ***Bug Catching***
  • Bugs unique to each planet type now spawn across the universe
  • Use the bug net to collect and display them!
  • ***Wiring***
  • Most lights in game can now be wired
  • More interactable switches
  • More sensors, switches, and logic gates
  • Fixed lots of usability bugs with wiring
  • ***Other Content***
  • Many new status effects
  • Many new costumes
  • Many new biome furniture/object sets
  • Many new block types
  • Many (over 150) new underground microdungeons
  • Many new toys and novelty items
  • ***Performance Enhancements***
  • Tile rendering
  • Liquid processing
  • Many other optimizations
  • ***Miscellaneous Improvements***
  • Specialty hotbar slots and keys for Matter Manipulator, Wire Tool and Paint Tool
  • New font
  • Keybinding GUI
  • Character deletion option
  • ***Modding Features***
  • Items are now scriptable
  • Status effects are now scriptable
  • New Script Console functionality gives a client-side scripted canvas to build your own GUIs, games, or whatever you can imagine
  • Many new Lua API bindings
  • ***Server Features***
  • Access to tile protection system, preventing modification of specific dungeon IDs
  • Ability to set spawn point for a world
  • Several other new admin commands
  • rcon support

About This Game

In Starbound, you take on the role of a character who’s just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another. From there you’ll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe.



You’ll encounter procedurally generated creatures and weapons, discover populated villages and abandoned temples. Explore planets dotted with dungeons, eyeball trees and treasure. Make use of over a hundred materials and over one thousand in-game objects to build a sprawling modern metropolis or a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, and do all of it alone or with friends!

Starbound lets you live out your own story of space exploration, discovery and adventure. Settle down and farm the land, hop from planet to planet claiming resources, or make regular visits to populated settlements, taking on jobs and earning a living. NPCs are scattered about the worlds, offering quests and challenges for those looking for a little extra excitement in their lives.


Key Features:
  • 7 playable races
  • A procedurally generated universe with unlimited procedurally generated planets
  • All content available in online drop in/drop out co-op
  • Generated dungeons full of unique enemies
  • Randomly generated monsters
  • Thousands of items
  • A deep crafting system
  • PVP gameplay
  • Own and decorate your own Starship
  • Develop your own home planet
  • Menacing boss battles
  • Procedurally generated guns and melee weapons
  • Farming, hunting and survival mechanics
  • Built from the ground up to support modding
  • Ongoing free updates
  • Multi-platform multiplayer

What will you find?

System Requirements

Windows
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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
143 of 183 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
56.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Early Access Review
Land on a planet
Collect everything you find
Kill everything that moves
Steal everything
Find new favorite costume
Redecorate entirely your ship so it matches with your new favorite costume
Admire yourself and your ship
Want to craft new stuff
Complain you don't have enough ingredients
Land on another planet to find the ingredients
You find rarer stuff but not the common ingredients you need
Complain about it and stop playing Starbound
Launch it again because you love that game
Try to drown your pet by filling your ship with water, oil, coffee, fuel and poison
Complain it doesn't work
Redecorate ship
Land on another planet
Find a structure
Steal everything
Return to ship
Put all of your stuff in chests that you will never open again
Land on another planet
Find Horse Head
Redecorate ship
Destroy chests to redecorate
Inventory already full
Put chests everywhere
Put all of your stuff in chests
Ugly ship, horse head, naked
Take screenshot
Finally take a real and serious quest
Stop at the beginning of the quest to redecorate ship
Get bored
Wipe entire planets with violence and fun
Put everything you stole in chests to never remember you have those things ever again

Repeat. Every day.


10/10
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88 of 124 people (71%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
3,137.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Early Access Review
Starbound is an excellent 2D exploration game. It contains features from Terraria, Borderlands, as well as many original and unique attributes. You get to explore a vast galaxy of randomly generated planets.You can raid colonies and dungeons for their loot. You can quietly farm on a safe forest moon and explore the galaxy for crops.

You can play as a cute pink flower person that eats people and shoot robotic knights on robot horses with a laser cannon.

10/10
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Early Access Review
I found a world that was labeled alien and I thought to myself, "Aren't all the planets I've been to so far alien? Well I guess this one is special..."

Oh boy was I right about it being special.

All the trees on the planet were made of eyeballs, so was the ground and it's creatures. I was shot at with a rainbow ray and found a Gorilla-Person Testing Facility.

I decided it was up to me to save this planet from itself.

I killed the Ape-men, the eyeball creatures, and deforested the planet.
I built 784 toilets made of eyeballs and ♥♥♥♥ in every. single. one.
I was done with this planet, and decided to continue my journey of the cosmos somewhere else.


9/10
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64 of 108 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
216.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Early Access Review
I love how many types of planets there are to deforest.
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29 of 49 people (59%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
129.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Early Access Review
I killed a monster and got a chef hat.

10/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
50.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Early Access Review
This game is better than Terraria. There are a limitless number of planets you could play this game your whole life and not visit every world. Every planet has its own gravity, monsters, and temperature there are quite a few species each with customization options. The game is updated quite often and if you bought terraria then i suggest you upgrade.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Early Access Review
Ok, it's not very often I write a serious review, but this game is just that good.

Pros
+ The amount planets make it impossible to see the same thing again.
+ Has a Terraria feel mixed with Kerbal Space Program, but still better than both.
+ Looks very nice for a 2D game, as the game runs smoothly and still looks spectacular.
+ A variety of races to play and customization to wherever you live.
+ Developers are very active and the community is great.'
+ It's cheap. A game as great at this should be at least 30 dollars.
+ No bribery to make in-game purchases, as there are none to my knowledge.
Cons
- Grindy dungeons and bosses.
- You will eventually start grinding for pixels.

Overall, I love the game. It's golden. It's a steal for amazing gameplay and you will only sometimes need to grind for pixels.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
43.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Early Access Review
Starbound... when I first seen this game, I had ZERO interest in playing. I'm a guy of modern graphics and art... my brother gifted this to me so I was like, eh... why not?

Yesterday? was my first time playing... I logged 16 hours straight lol... brother fell asleep and I continued to play... digging my way to planet centers only to find no lava and make a long journey back to surface!

I now enjoy the graphics, for the style it is really well down with lots of variety. The planets are well done as well and creatures are very unique.


Logging on again to get lost in the game. As of right now 9/10

Would recommend this game for sure.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
35.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
Early Access Review
Well, I'm not too happy with this game lately as I had my character deleted but the game itself is pretty stable. The physics are amazing and so are the graphics, just like the movement and weapons. All the variety makes for an epic game that you can get for only $15 USD. Congrats, you just read this review and now know the awesomeness of Starbound. So what are you waiting for? Test it out!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
70.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Early Access Review
Absolutely captivating and massive world filled with beautiful and diverse scenery. Very beautiful and fun game.
I most certainly recommend this game. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
281.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Early Access Review
Out of my 117 steam game this one has to be the best, so i will list some pros and cons...

Pros
-lots of customization
-Great gameplay
-Many and fun planets
-Can play music ^_^
-Addictive
-Dungeons

Cons
-After you play the game for a while it gets repetitive
-Not very many different dungeons
-Most weapons found in chests are bad compared to the craftable weapons

In the end i recommend this game. Happy exploring :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Early Access Review
This game never fails at being entertaining, I love how you can do so much in this game!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
88.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Early Access Review
This is one of my favorite games I've ever played.

If I could only play one game for the rest of my life, it would be this game. The universe you can explore is literally infinite and there's always something new to find. There's quests, crafting, building..everything you could want in a sandbox game like this. In my opinion, it's better than Terraria. The best part about this game? It's not even finished yet! The possibilities of future updates to the game are insane. I'm excited to see what they can add on to this amazing game. The art, the soundtrack and the gameplay are all just fantastic. What are you waiting for? It's $15, just buy it! You won't regret it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Early Access Review
its a awesome game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
99.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Early Access Review
SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!!! ~Pt.1~

~ Stable branch Spirited Giraffe

This review is a rewritting, as I thought it'd be more fair to do that rather than edit the previous one.

It has recently come to my attention that Chucklefish is one of those hateful studios from which everyone should keep a distance despite this good game. I personally think it's idiotic to bully an indie studio with no professional PR support (don't know if that's still the case) while you buy games from publishers and developers that insist in pulling disrespectful policies -- and I don't even have to give names, cos you know them. That said, let's not talk about how Chucklefish handle(s/d) criticism or the fact that Starbound has been on early access for... a long time. None of those things make the game any bad!

The previous stable branches offered a very raw product, until the giraffes came around. Progression was very linear and the game lacked a lot of useful features. Even with the use of mods, it was still a somewhat dull experience (and I didn't even play alone on my first 90h). Now, with all the changes towards to v1.0, Starbound is finally worthy of its early hype status! Even though the current quests are still a bit too linear and uninspiring, now there's a lot more content to compensate.

Not gonna get into details cos I like to keep my stamina for final releases since there's no need to edit those reviews. On to the ups and downs!

Thumbs up
  • Less linear progress
  • More lore-friendly quests
  • Outposts with quest giving NPCs and merchants
  • Cross-planet teleporters (or is it coming on the next update?)
  • More fluid combat system
  • Still good crafting and building systems
  • More enemy variations
  • A lot to look forward to
  • Unstable branch has its own executable
  • Pets!

Would be nice
  • Ability to see human character's undies on character creation (since we can select the color, but can't see it before the game starts)
  • Steam Workshop integration
  • Essential tutorial ores (mostly copper) on higher layers
  • Planet map of some sort, like in Terraria

If you've played the game about a year ago, know that the current stable branch is a totally different experience! If you're on the fence because someone told you the game is too raw and there are no updates, check the news section to see how progress is going -- and also check the Chucklefish blog if you want to know what else they'll be implementing. Let's try not to judge the product by the developers if you support companies like Ubisoft, EA and Konami, eh?
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Early Access Review
I haven't had Starbound for very long, but so far so good!

You start in a destroyed spacecraft and need to beam down to the planet below you to get materials to repair your ships thrusters

There is a diverse amount of species to choose from at the beginning of the game which changes the storyline in great ways!

Easily 10/10 Go and buy it now!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Early Access Review
Starbound is a pixel game and is very fun. There's lots of commands. Although it's still in early access, it's still a great game! You can play with friends and you can join servers! My favorite parts of the game are quests and destroying bosses! There's lots of fun things to do in Starbound! You need to try it!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Early Access Review
REALY GOOD M8
love this game sooooo good
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
Early Access Review
Monster Hunter : Space Edition




PS: Update your display drives for the latest version.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
35.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Early Access Review
Supported the game in the early stages but lately they've been taking a rather childish route. Instead of making the game harder and more challenging they're adding funny costumes and such. I don't mind that but you still have to make it challenging for the older crowd.
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