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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November 8

Starbound Dev Blog Round-Up! 08/11/2016 + GOG Connect

Hey everyone!

For the next few days, if you've got Starbound on Steam, you can grab Starbound on GOG for no additional cost using GOG Connect! Take advantage of it while you can!

In case you missed 'em, here's a round-up of our most recent dev blogs.

#Discussions_QuoteBlock_Author
Hey everyone, long time no dev blog! :)

A couple of weeks ago, we had a panel at EGX! Thanks to everyone who came and asked questions and talked to us afterwards – it was really lovely to meet you all! If you missed it, it’s up on the Youtubes now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utjWy2RrCOM

We’ve been working on the next update! Here’s a tiny sneak peek:



‘Til next time!

<3

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#Discussions_QuoteBlock_Author
Hey everyone!

The next Starbound update is gearing up to be an exciting one, we think. In particular, we’re excited to finally have implemented a feature that’s been requested for a long time: terraforming!

In other words, the ability to transform a planet’s main biome into a biome of your choosing.



You’ll be able to accomplish this by obtaining a terraformer and setting it down on a planet’s surface. By fueling the terraformer, you’ll be able to expand the terraformed area outward, eventually changing the planet’s main biome!

Lots of other cool stuff in the works for Starbound 1.2, and I look forward to revealing more as we get closer to finishing it. ‘Til next time!

<3

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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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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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    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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105 of 138 people (76%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
408.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Product received for free
I got 400+ hours out of a game I paid less than 15 dollars for, I've played it since Early Access, I have had my character wiped 4 times, If that is any indication on how long I've owned it. The game has a feel that not many other games have, the music is similar to the music of Morrowind, the weapons/combat remind me of Castlevania and the abilities are like the ones you get in Metroid or Mega Man. There is an endless galaxy to explore, a character to customize from various races, colonies to build, quests to complete, crops to grow, a ship to enhance and customize and monsters to capture. I think it is very worth the price. Oh, right. Hoverbikes.

Edit: I didn't receive the game for free, I have no idea why it says that or how to remove it.

Also, the modding community is extremely active and is on Steam Workshop/ Nexus Mods. I highly recommend Frackin' Universe and the XS Mech Mod. There are also mods that add in races and their communities/colonies which are really well done too.
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24 of 37 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
784.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
As someone who's been with Starbound since it entered open beta I can say that This game is, simply put, the best 2-d Sandbox game I've ever played.
Picture this: An open, vast universe with 4.something quadrillion planets. each unique in their own ways.
There are seven unique playable races, each with a rather vast ammount of lore behind them.
I was a bit worried when the developers said they would be adding a storyline, but I'm sure glad they did.
The storyline serves to direct the player and encourage exploration.
There are plenty of weapons to destroy your enemies, with each type having several special stats.

If you like terraria, I highly reccomend this game.

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121 of 217 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
243.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I've put in about as much effort for the final version of my review as chucklefish did for their final release. I just got lazy and couldn't be bothered to finish it. I'll say this: Fun game till you realise how poor the end game content is... You'll be downloading buggy mods and entertaining yourself rather than letting the Vanilla game do it for you.

Repetitive content which doesn't seem that apparent till you realise it's like playing in just a couple of forests in the world of pokemon (Which you can catch but they get stuck everywhere and are pretty much useless) ... There aren't many different creatures in the world and that is a boring facet of gameplay due to the rest of the game being too easy and a repetitive let down.

Overall it's a good experience to begin with but fairly lacking in longevity.

Yes, I've got lots of hours into this game but a lot of it was sitting in menus, revisiting existing content or building a town which in the end got really boring due to the lack of furniture.

There's also no survival aspect apart from hunger which is rendered irritating at best once you have a decent farm going on.

There's not much to do with pixels at all apart from to buy 2 different vehicles with almost zero utility and furniture from the pixel printer. Uninspired story and average game.

I had really high hopes for this game, but after travel through various planets I realised quickly that the random generator didn't have very many assets to generate with leading to a frequent feeling of dejavu... Often you'll swear you've been places before.. Even across the galaxy.

It's okay for a while but gets boring and requires mods for any long term enjoyment. If there was a "maybe" button I'd just click that, but because promises from devs were not delivered I have to say I do not recommend.

5/10 - 4 Years of development should have provided a better and more inspired experience.
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33 of 54 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
280.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
its basically a 2d version of no mans sky with no spaceship piloting, but far deeper gameplay elements thats inspired by terarria and minecraft. if youre not interested in sandbox survival games as such, you can also play the game as a story driven planet exploration game with light platform and rpg elements! i been playing the game since its early beta phase, im glad to see it got out of the beta hell. this is a fantastic game for the $15 price.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
147.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
I loved this game in it's beta, for what is was it was great game and I couldn't wait for what was to come!

Sadly it was not what I ,and others where hoping for. In beta it was a great space sandbox game, with 100s of 1,000 of planets to explore. Sure there where only like 20 planet templets, but it will get more, or have a fully random planet maker... right? Nope, like 10 or some were added, but after 5 solar systems it got old.

Next is combat, it was fun then, is still now. think terraria but with no magic, more gun play and right click alt attacks on weapons. all in all, if I was rating this on combat 8/10

Now why I can't recommened this game to you, Starbound was going to be a open galaxy sandbox game, it looks like it still is, sadly not. About a year and a half or two ago they reworked the game and added missions, well the first mission. It was fun, as a side mission you could do. they didn't make them side missions though, you have to play them to get through the game, which sounds fine, but it's not.

They put to much time into said missions, so the game is unrewarding and a drag to replay. I love stuff like Terraria and Minecraft where you can restart 100 times and it never gets old, Starbound fails here do to that becuase of the missions. Also the "end game" is sad, you can get there is 10 hours or so (5 if you rush it), but thats it, there is no reason to keep playing. It also feels like prehard mode in terraria, before you kill the WOF, you feel like your not done yet.

I know this reveiw is a mess, but after all that Starbound gets a 4.5/10. I feel there was more they could have done with this game.
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41 of 71 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
132.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Waited very long for this game.
Sadly this game doesn't live up to its expectations.
The core game is alright but the progression system is just utter trash, too unrewarding, nothing to work towards.
There is not much to do other than fly to the next planet plunder some random generated stuff and fly to the next planet.
And the performance is very terrible even on high end rigs.
Waiting for another Terraria successor...
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Product received for free
You may very well have thought Starbound was already out, or confused it with another game entirely. It looks like Terraria, has elements of Minecraft and Don’t Starve, and doesn’t particularly stand out in the already bloated survival/crafting genre. What makes Starbound different than all those lookalikes?

Those entirely new to Starbound are probably still familiar to the formula. It’s a 2D survival-based crafting game. You create a character and start off in a damaged spaceship and begin a series of tutorial quests that’ll run you through the basics of the game. Mining, crafting, and construction are all at the heart of the experience. You’re hoping to collect components and upgrades for your ship so you can finally leave the planet’s orbit. Once you do leave, you find other planets to explore, mine, and conquer. Each planet is procedurally generated with their own palate and art, and you’ll find new alien races, traders, shops, and who knows what else around the universe.

It can be daunting traversing the vastness of space and venturing into mines all alone, especially when strange monsters are roaming in the darkness of every cave and at nightfall. It’s a pretty big task, and for a single player the scale can be too much at times. The UI has been refined over the years of development, but even after all that time and the good tutorial, there can be a little too much to take in.

In the multiplayer mode you can freely roam space, expand your individual spaceships, and complete your own tasks before meeting up and tackling larger tasks together. You can also warp straight to whoever is in your own party, making cooperation incredibly easy and at the drop of a hat.

Don’t get me wrong, you are rewarded for the lengthy exploration. There are bosses hidden deep within the bowels of some planets, and mixed in among the random terrain are a variety of hidden spaces, which include stuff like mad scientist labs filled with interesting new items or ancient temples filled with treasures. There are even platforming puzzle areas that challenge your ability to precisely jump around tiny platforms, or jetpack past everything altogether.
With the 1.0 edition, Starbound is adding some bells and whistles that help the game stand out more. Steam Workshop support brings all the scattered mods to one place and will hopefully ensure the game will have some longevity. Shortly after launch the workshop is mostly filled with some UI add-ons, character skins, and more music. There are a few new items like a mech that’s suspiciously like the Aliens work loader. I’m really hoping the community can add new and exciting items to the game.

Despite all those wonderful little quirks, it just doesn’t feel like it’s enough. Starbound is coming into a genre that most people either love or hate. I really wonder if there is room in someone’s schedule for yet another crafting game. Starbound is certainly a good one of those, but it doesn’t really stand out among the many challengers. When Starbound does something unique, it feels like a fresh breath of air, but everything else, such as the basic minute by minute action of exploration and resource management, is way too stale.
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
297.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
The graphics are nice, the planets are diversified and the towns look lively and I already spend hundreds of hours on it.
But.
I think there's still a lot of room for improvements.
First are the Techs. I miss those from the Beta. Now, even though we have the choice between 4 different for each category, I only use and had needed of 1 of each. Maybe 2 in some very specific circumstances.
The playstyles now. You can only go melee or distance. That's all and it's a bit boring, especially because a lot of times, the melee fighter will be disatvantaged and will have to rely on firearms against a lot of bosses.
Now, even though the game tells us we can spend the whole game growing crops, well... it's like telling me I can spend all my hours in Zelda in the fishing mini game (I did spend dozens of hours doing that admittedly...). You can grow and sell crops, you can build cities, but it won't help you finish the game.
Last, the worst point was the underwater. My hyotl doesn't swim any faster. And she drowned.
Going underwater is a real chore and it's awfully slow. There should be a tech to swim at the speed you run on the surface instead of a tech to float.
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28 of 51 people (55%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
117.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
The game needs some heavy optimization. I easily pass the the required recommended specs but still get heavy lag in MANY areas. And there are hundreds of thousands more people complaining about this issue and some people complaining have complete BEAST PCs but can barely get it to 30 FPS at times aswell. I'll go from 60 FPS to 30 to 15 just by going by a house in the game let alone a full fledged village or outpost. That's honestly my main issue with the game but with hundreds of thousands of people complaining about this issue and sometimes it can be completely unplayable I just cannot recommend it. That's great if you're the 1 out of 100 person to actually get it to work properly it's a wonderful game without these issues. They marked optimization last on their list and still have yet to do anything about it and i'v been here since the start of the whole thing and optimization is a key factor.
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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
no gameplay.
This game is all about collecting misc items and building houses.


In devs blog they only write about adding more collectables and some QoL for those who want to build colonies.
This game had great potential, but devs just don't know how to make games that are enjoyable.
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tricky
3.9 hrs
Posted: December 6
I recommend this game in 75% proportion to how much you enjoy Minecraft, 15% how much you enjoy indie/retro games, and 10% how much you enjoy space-based games. I'm not big on Minecraft, but I enjoyed it in spite of myself.
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Anaether
6.1 hrs
Posted: December 6
it's ok
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баклажан cyber-хач
27.7 hrs
Posted: December 6
Awesome game !
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BavTheSlav
25.9 hrs
Posted: December 6
Imagine Terraria. Then shove it into space. You get this game.
No for real, this game is really good. Plenty of mods and in-depth detail. It has some RPG elements, too.
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Ace The Ocarina Maker
49.4 hrs
Posted: December 6
I have played this game since BETA and I loved it back then. Now that 1.0 is out I am very pleasantly surprised at how much more content there is! If you have played since beta it is a little owerwhelming at first how much has changed so for me it was like learning the game again however the first parts of the game were structured in such a way that they never throw too much at you at once. You always know there is something more you can do that wants to keep you going but you are also free to spend as much time as you want on your starting planet and there is so much content on each planet. I spent at least 30 hours on my own starting planet and I am sure there is still more I have not discovered yet. Even if you tire of your own planet there are CONTLESS more to explore. It really is a game where you will never run out of things to do.

Aside from the misson that lets you get your ship working again you do not even need to participate in the main story. You can go out and explore. Discover new worlds, civilizations, and make your own adventure or you could just chose a planet you love and continue to build on that planet.Creating your own city and even add residents. The worlds are beautiful and you never know what you could find on them. I also love that when you explore you are very likely to find something new and or useful unlike other block based survival games where 95% of the time you find nothing new.

Now lets talk about some of the cons to the game. First I think the overall HUD could use a bit of work. Mainly it takes a little too long to switch items out and I wish when you open a chest the pop up box would go the the side of the screen so it is easier to select the other chests or crates next to it with out clicking away the box every time or trying to see them through a hardly transparent box. Mainly just little things like that.

Also for some reason my starting planet will vanish randomly when I star tthe game causing me to travel half way across the universe to get back to it but I have it bookmakrs so I can always find it again.
Those are really my only complaints.

The soundtrack in this game is also amazing. It never gets annoying and is very nice to lsiten to when you are just mining or building. I also love how fast you are able to build in this game. It is super helpful. You can also import abc files into the game and play songs on instruments you find thoughout the game. Even to peopel on othe servers. Now that is cool.

Overall I think this is a great game that offers countless hours of fun. There is so much you could do! I would say it is deffinatly in my top 5 favorite games of all time.
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Gaming A cookiE
83.6 hrs
Posted: December 6
I love this game.

You want a No Man Sky game that is actually worth playing, has a fun story, and can be played with friends? This is the game for you... in 2D. Many worlds to explore, homes and bases you can build and fill with NPCs, tons of weapons to find, loads of quests, upgrading your ship, collecting a crew, collecting pets, farming, mining, decorating, this game has all that and more!

Right, first off, the good stuff: Beyond what I just mentioned, it doesn't shove all of it in your face and expect you to do it. It takes it slow, and gives you the option. You can build a base but you don't have too. You can farm, but you don't have too. You can mine... well, that one is a must to progress the story. Either way, the game gives you options without making you feel like you HAVE to do any of it. The combat is simple, Terraria style. And the game doesn't punish you for not taking quests you don't want to do. Plus, it has an epic story that will take you all over the universe.

So, are their any bad things? Yes. I kept getting hit with lag spikes in areas where I have done a lot of work and the tentacle door (you will know what I am talking about). These lags would make the game unplayable at times, which is a shame given one of those areas was my home. Side Quests get very repetitive, HOWEVER, you really only need to do these quests if you want more Crew members. But still, I don't really recall ever having fun doing fetch quests or traveling around the world just to beat up a Glitch that stole some iron ore. While exploring bases, castles, and temples was fun, it got old when all the those places look the same and the only challenge the game gives you is fighting a slightly stronger captain.

With all that said, get this game. If you are a fan of Terraria, Minecraft, and like RPGs, AND want to have that No Man Sky experience without getting NMS, this is the game for you.
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dat fly guy
336.5 hrs
Posted: December 6
best game ever but make it so when you go to a planet you actully land on it insted of orbiting and take off the planet as well
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OoDaShadowTheft
50.7 hrs
Posted: December 5
I play this when I don't feel like playing Terraria
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Alex Nix
158.3 hrs
Posted: December 5
I was promised space and I got space 10/10
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Bad water
39.3 hrs
Posted: December 5
Found an ancient Gnome species below the surface. Went on a Gnome destruction spree. collected many Gnomes. I now have a Gnome that shoots rainbows and wear a Gnome building as a hat. 10/10 would capture Gnomes again.
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