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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July 22

Starbound 1.0 is available now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O6PUh3reG0
Hey everyone!

As you may have noticed, Starbound is out!
It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here!

"Starbound won't launch! What do I do?"
If you find that you can't launch Starbound after the update, please try deleting your Starbound directory and reinstalling.

Thanks everyone!

<3

Change log

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July 8

Starbound 1.0 is Leaving Orbit on 22 July 2016!



In case you missed it, Starbound is coming out of Early Access on 22 July, 2016.

After ~5 years, the game we set out to make finally exists, and to say that it all feels a bit surreal would be a massive understatement!

While Starbound will be finished in two weeks, this isn’t the end. We will continue to update and support Starbound for as long as we can. We’ve got loads of cool ideas we couldn’t fit into 1.0 but hope to put into future updates.

Thanks again for all your support over the years! You’ve stuck with us, and it means so much.

Look out for more info over the next couple of weeks!

<3

Chucklefish

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Reviews

“Starbound is one of the most impressive never-ending games I've ever played.”
9/10 – Polygon

“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

“I find it difficult to picture the person who wouldn’t enjoy Starbound. Parts, sure, but the whole is this sincere, incredibly ambitious sandbox that’s as full of charm, and space-faring pirate penguins, as it is stuff to build and places to explore.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

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

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
    • 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 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 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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Very Positive (51,681 reviews)
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Doctor Flubbers
( 50.1 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 23
this game was amazing a year ago, I can tell you its great now.
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Don
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
It's very similar to Terraria, but better in almost everything:

- Lore and main storyline, with characters giving you quests and sidequests in outposts, villages, etc.
- Procedurally generated planets with different biomes which means different environments, enemies, ores... pretty much everything.
- Better implemented RPG elements. You can cook diverse food recipes and you need to eat to stay alive in 2 out of 3 of the difficulty levels.
- You can dual weild weapons, and use combinations like a 1-handed sword with a gun. Pretty dope.
- Incredible soundtrack.
- Addictive as it gets.

However, it also has some stuff that needs to be polished like the UI. Fortunately though, the game supports mods right from the get go, and since the game's been out in the form of early access for a long while, we have a lot of mods to fix this for now and further enhance the amazing gameplay.
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「Mirror」
( 29.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
1.0, but still has the terrible 10-20 FPS in combat and large areas (underground labs, caves, missions).

Stay away until Chucklefish actually does something about it; but as of right now they're putting their hands on their eyes and pretending the problem doesn't exist.
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4ie
( 30.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Too many quest bugs, long loading times, terrible optimization, terrible netcode and terrible decision to make it so anyone can join your single player game on the fly causing lag and desynchronization even when no one is connected to your game.
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Twotricks
( 107.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
The ultimate sandbox

I have Starbound in my Steam library since 2012. Hundreds hours played in its many early version, the final game is now here and it was worth the wait.

The content is endless, and what ever way you go and whatever you do your hours will fly by.

What can I say more...Its finally here. Play it !
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Temmie
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 23
an amazing game if u don't hav thes gam u are missing out
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ChuChuWah
( 119.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Developers claim that this is a full release - meanwhile so many quality of life, that absolutely should be in the game, are missing. All the devs had to do was take a peek at Terraria and copy all the amazing quality of life additions that game has (chest naming, auto-stacking, item favoriting, no smart cursor - so mining is absolute cancer until you get your mining pick upgraded almost fully).

Game is fun, but due to laziness and bafflingly strange decisions - no.
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Viking Actual
( 29.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
july 18 decide to start playing starbound explore planets for awhile finally decide to do first mission. beat first mission july 21. july 22 second my save is deleted. ♥♥♥♥ this game its complete and the game still has frame stuttering like a mf that made doing the first mission such a ♥♥♥♥ing problem anyway
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Бенжамин Батлер
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
THX FOR GAME THAT DOESNT EVEN WORKS. AND FISH WILL FIX THIS 3 YEARS. WP
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Umorusany
( 314.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Holy moly, zis game immersed me so much I forgot to write a review.

BTW if you try to change to fullscreen and you can see extremely zoomdd part of main menu you can quickly fix it manually in:
{{Your steam directory}}\steamapps\common\Starbound\storage\starbound.config

Just search for "fullscreenResolution", change it to smaller values.
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778 of 1,066 people (73%) found this review helpful
91 people found this review funny
Recommended
258.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 22
Starbound was released to kickstarters about a month after I lost my Grandfather.

I did 3 things for 6 months after he died. I took care of my kids the best I could, I cried when they went to bed, and I played Starbound.

The opening music still haunts me. I still remember how unique and crazy this game was, and even though most of that eventually got removed, I can go back to old screenshots and invoke a sense of memory, of where I was emotionally while grieving when I took them.

Yeah, Starbound induced a few metric tons of negative energy in a lot of folk's lives. Starbound is a "toxic" game by its own developer's description, because without the community, the people who loved it and wanted to see it succeed, there never would have been a place for any of the hate.

I used to do frequent "Starbound Adventures" series in the forums where I'd detail all the updates. I actually enjoyed doing that in spite of how awful Chucklefish and the Starbound community were behaving toward each other. I got super mad, then decided one day to just dive in and play. It was fun.

Then nothing was updated for a long time, and as more nightly builds got pushed, I started seeing them remove content. This is why I associate Starbound with Trees.

My biggest distraction from tragedy came in the form of Starbound's trees. It became an obsession, something to do feverishly while taking breaks from the swollen eyes and snot. I collected almost 600 unique tree seeds and made an entire planet from top to bottom a farm of them. I'm not sure how many could actually be generated, but they were all different, and it felt like I was playing this epic-level Harvest Moon as I farmed trees and food. I can never rate this game down because the collecting and planet-hopping was some of the biggest fun I'd ever had in a videogame, period.

Then they got rid of the trees. The variety was slashed into fragments, and most of them became these dreadful brown/pastel mixes. All of the color and imagination disappeaered. They became background objects, the junk you ignore while you play any random SHMUP. The farming sense faded instantly, and the wind was knocked out of me. The one thing I was still enjoying in this game, gone.

I haven't played more than 10 minutes since the last time they made the experimental build a seperate library option. I got on, made a character, warped around, I guess they decided the trees were "axed". I don't know if it was a performance decision, but I can vouch that at the time I had my huge tree farm, I had zero lag with around 2000 trees on a single planet, around 500-600 variations among them, on an old 2012 system:

Radeon HD 6970 2GB graphics card
Intel Core i5-3570k
8 gigs of ram, no SSD.
144hz Asus 27" 1080p.

No lag ever, the game just ran beautifully, and it looked beautiful too. Now its just drab and unappealing to me. I'm trying to make sense of why all the color was taken out, all of that art, what a waste.
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258 of 414 people (62%) found this review helpful
123 people found this review funny
Recommended
159.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 21
Want No Mans Sky without having to wait till the end of time for it?
Starbound

Want to play a game with a great group of developers?
Play a behemoth game, also chucklefish is awsome

Want to not see your family for a week?
play starbound

Want to create an army of crew members to destroy your enemies?
Starbound

Like Terraria?
Try starbound
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64 of 96 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
110.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
If you're some filthy casual like me looking for some virtual exploration, then this is one of the better titles you're gonna find out there. the visuals are nice and getting your hands on every furniture, building block, crafting material, stylish/strange costume and piece of sweet loot could entertain collectors for a long time, and for builders, even longer.

Pros:
  • cool art style
  • endless universe of randomized planets
  • a whole bunch of structures to find
  • great OST
  • Steam intergrated multiplayer
  • Steam Workshop
  • seven playable in-game races, alongside four or so others for you to find
  • story is decent, but light enough to make it not seem like the game is over when the story ends

Cons (at the time of me typing this):
  • bad framerate on older computers, as well as lag spikes, due to 1.0 being a bit a little really rushed
  • community is being torn apart due to 1.0, so it's completely toxic right now
  • story is decent, sure, but it meets quite the abrupt end. Don't know what I was expecting from a sandbox game, though.

Would I get it right now? Not really...

If you already have it, then go ahead and play all you wish, but for newer buyers, wait for the game and its community to marinate for a bit to sort out their feelings and for the game to be optimized a bit. Until then, follow the game, but keep your distance. Unless you just don't care, in which case go ahead.
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50 of 81 people (62%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
52.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Product received for free
A perfect example as to why you should NEVER leave a pixel artist as the head developer for an entire game. This game used to be an incredibly fun and rewarding sandbox game that had an identical charm with that of Terraria with added, legitimate difficulty. What is it now? A grindy, unsatisfactionary mess that somehow manages to feel linear with an hour + long forced tutorial hand-holding you (with poorly made cutscenes) along with dungeons that you can no longer tamper with whatsoever while before, you could dissect them and re-build awesome-looking (and functioning) things using the stuff you took on your own base, even on your own ship. No more.

The forum crying community has managed to drive this once glorious game it into the ground so hard, over 3 of my friends that used to love early versions of this game no longer want to even consider touching it with a 10-foot pole and while you as a newcomer may be neglectful of what you've missed out on, you should by no means of the imagination lower your expectations of video-games to accept the mediocrity and failure of this one.

R.I.P Starbound.
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128 of 227 people (56%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,667.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
This game is phenominal.

No, really. It's phenominal. I hope in thi review I show you all just how great it truly is.

So, the hotbar is fantastic. What once was an absolutely atrocious system has been beautifully reworked in the most recent update! Whereas before you had ten slots and two center slots to fit items bound to your mouse, now you have eight and they have entirely removed the mouse-bound keys! This is on top of making the hotbar not actually hold items - just use them. Luckily, it ties in with the inventory edits as well! Now, items cannot be placed in any inventory page other than the ones specified for them. This rework is beautiful and streamlines the game in so many wonderful, restrictive ways!

Better yet, the character creation screen is far more advanced! While they've now added many muted, bland colors, many of the original options have been either removed or changed. From Glitch antennae being shortened to entire options being removed, they have streamlined the character creation process by giving you fewer options. Who cares if they took away many colors once available? It's quick and easy now, which is excellent since you will need to recreate every character since the devs forced all previous characters to be deleted (even though, back in beta, they swore character wipes would never happen again). It's good to see Chucklefish has so carefully considered their players and made the character wipe less difficult than before!

With the character wipe, of course, came map wipes too. So, you get a nice, fresh start since everything you built is irrevocably gone.

Speaking of removing things for the better of servers, planet chat (that pesky button that made it so only people on your planet would see what you typed) is now removed! You can hear everything anyone has to say, no matter where they are! For servers with fifty-plus people, this will be incredibly useful and keep the chat logs clean and clear!

Personally, though, there is a fantastic feature that trumps all the others: bugs! While I had the misfortune of having my game open immediately, six individuals I know had the pleasure of spending over two hours trying to fix their game so it would finally open. Many times, they would be greeted by the Chucklefish logo opening to give them a reassuring laugh before crashing the game again. Now, though, they have truly earned this game by working around all the issues and walls the game had to offer, and unlike me (who, woefully, was able to get in right from the start), they will truly appreciate the game and all its removed features.

So, if you want broken promises, removed features, glitches, and a dev team truly deserving of the name "Chucklef--k," please buy Starbound. It's an adventure, ladies and gentlemen! It doesn't matter if you've been with the game for years or just joined up now - Chucklefish is happy to take your cash and break their game just for you!
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23 of 35 people (66%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
381.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
I've clocked 380+ hours in game. I've played vanilla and modded versions. I've played through every mission the developers put in the game, and all of the missions from Frackin' Universe. And yet I keep coming back. I keep putting time into this. I have spent hours and hours amassing materials and creating multi-tier gardens with glowing glass walls, so I could plant and harvest day and night. I've fought cultists and abominations, post-apocalyptic survivalists and primatives, and every other thing inbetween. I've committed village massacres and protected stoic swamp-dwelling frogmen. I've sailed seas of acid and alien juice, and drifted to the bottom of oceans of liquid nitrogen.

And I'll do it all over again, in 1.0. Just to see what's new. And to start my dream of settling planets and creating thriving civilizations on them.

The haunting piano score calls to me. If you want to know where I am, I'm in-game, "Protecting the Universe".
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30 of 48 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
93.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
After spending a while on this game and seeing it finally come out of early access, I can say its not bad.

PROS
+Terraria in space
+Space Wizards
+Races
+Great Modding community

CONS
-Erichius Horror
-CRAFTING TIMES (why did they add them)
-Hotbar sucks
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40 of 69 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Hmm, well i played 30 hours of this game during "Early Access" and it was great
Upon updating to the full version or complete version , had lost all my characters , so was rather disappointed.
But the new version is great , Introduces many more features and runs nice and smooth on my pc . Very happy about this game tbh. 5*
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68 of 125 people (54%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
133.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Unplayable for me and many other people. I ran this at a decent fps in early beta versions, but ever since the Glad Giraffe update and every nightly afterwards, the game has been completely unplayable because of awful performance issues. I brushed it off expecting it to be fixed by the time 1.0 was released, but still the massive performance issues persist in the 1.0 release, even after all this time.

Was really looking forward to playing the game, but seems it needs major optimization.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
When i saw the ads for mass effect 1 back in teh day. THIS is what I had imagined. I can't believe it exists. it is so amazing.

basically. the game feels like an mmo mixed with a dungeon crawler farm sim and social app all mixed in one. and if you play on survival mode (which everyone should) its hard as heck and everything you do feels rewarding.
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