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

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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
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Very Positive (51,452 reviews)
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Hunchpunch
( 262.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Now that the game is out, I suppose I should give it a shot.
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Noxxer2016
( 229.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Waited two years for it... Well worth the wait. Great job everyone who had a part in bringing this great game to life!
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The Elite Knight Forever to Be
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Product received for free
If you are expecting Terraria and a nice Co-op experience, don't buy this.

Otherwise, it's a good game where you go from planet to planet upgrading your ship and your own equipment with resources you collect and quests you complete.

Probably better than No Man's Sky.

I didn't like it but others might so not gonna put it down.
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Cunt-nichiwa
( 68.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Starbound was a decent game in early access (like a solid 7) and now that it is officially released (version 1.0) I can honestly say this game is great.
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Stranger Danger
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 23
good game
great art
"terraria like"
only problem is i almost die of starvation every time i try to load up the game.
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Don
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
When I bought this game a long time ago, back when it was still alpha, it didn't create a very nice impression on me. But what I have found today after launching 1.0 has blown me away. This is not the same game from long ago, this has now matured into an amazing gem, a little masterpiece. If we were to compare it to Terraria, I would say this one doesn't have anything to envy from Terraria. Amazing soundtrack, much better executed roleplaying aspects than Terraria, an actual lore and storyline which is decent, very good world building and huge variety.

Really, if you loved Terraria give this one a go, it won't disappoint you.
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Arclight127
( 151.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Its July 22, 2016 and today I had a choice today play Diablo 3 season 7, or play this little gem that I bought a few years ago to help Chucklefish celebrate the offical arrival of starbound.(In all honesty I bought this game way back when but only just beat the game a few months ago. and since then I have been checking Chucklefish's blog every few days to find info about when the game would come out). So what's new? Actually alot, way more than I thought there would be and way more than the developers led on. Chucklefish well played, you brought back tons of features since the beta and really streamlined the game to be more like a fun campaign. Some of the features I personally liked:

- No more taking chairs and light fixtures to the ship computer to gain the ability to build it, you just point and click as part of your character.

- Actual pets now, the buffalo are really nice looking btw

- Backpacks actually work and have different features now such as breathing in areas you could not normally, before this was just a tech ability but now its a real thing!

- Techs abilities in game feel more like you worked for them and actually get rewarded.

- Added NEW survival mode, I havent personally tried hardcore mode yet but survival is really good now, much better than the boring normal mode back in beta as you actually have to eat foods otherwise you starve. it makes the game just the right amount of challenging.

- I really feel like the game is no longer a terraria clone because of the huge focus on planet hopping with the addition of the campaign.

Feature(s) I still want to see(really its only one big thing):

- Block modification, I really want to have the ability/item to slant blocks so I can slide down mario style / make waterfalls with.

- Maybe a map editor? Since this game is more like a campaign now it would be fun to see the maps that fans might make.

All in all a 9/10 (I'm about to put some real hours on this game!)

Also thanks chucklefish for trying to fix the modding system!
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Primo
( 25.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
good game, play it.
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CatFaded
( 199.7 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 23
Very coool game with infinite planets and cool small particles. That adds nice and handsome design to even dirt. Ship upgrading is absolutly another theme! Ships are being upgraded so AWESOMELY! All those features, all those new rooms, BUT! Some rooms are a bit harder to decorate and i think, it might be developers small hint to activate Your brains and make THIS room special.
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TaZer
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 23
Very good game i recommend, it will be hard to understand in the beginning but later its very fun
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568 of 770 people (74%) found this review helpful
67 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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212 of 346 people (61%) found this review helpful
102 people found this review funny
Recommended
159.5 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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43 of 60 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 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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31 of 49 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.3 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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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44 of 81 people (54%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
187.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
The game started out as a neat idea: "Space Terraria". That sounds like a fun concept right? And it is, the building is fun and the amount of customization is really neat in terms of what you can do with both building and characters provided you find the right items.

I've played this game to death with my friends and by myself with over 180+ hours clocked into it. We've built houses, colonies, we were there at day one of "early access".

Then the game finally launches and I experience the new tutorial story area, it's bright and vibrant and very much sets the stage for a space adventure game, with excellent music.
Then I'm quickly thrust into the core game, I touch down on the first planet, chop down some trees and dive into a cave with torches in hand and plink away at some copper and....I hesitate and stop. I've done this countless times before to the point the number of this attempt is a blur to me, and I realise the sad fact that as fun as it was to build all those houses and explore and dig up treasures together, I cannot find the drive to do it all over again finally once the game has released.

It's more of a problem with early access and how this game was handled, for me personally as stated I've been here since really early on and the sad fact is the sheer length of development time for a game this simple means I and others like myself have burnt ourselves out on the content that was available, so when the final product releases and not much has changed, there is very little to drive you to even play the game "post launch". Perhaps this is indeed being more of a problem with the early access system of games, but after 5 years in seemingly development hell nothing can justify what took this long to reach this point, when a majority of the game is relatively the same.

The gameplay itself ultimately boils down to this: Build a house on a planet (If you want to, you honestly are better off just using your ship as a home), mine the planet for its current tier of resources, go complete a quest so you can access something new and do something different, for example gain an ability that lets you access a previously hostile planet (as in there is no atmosphere or its irradiated or something) then you simply repeat this for the rest of the game. There are dungeons and such forth in the forms of little instanced adventures you partake in for the story, but they are scripted and not procedurally generated akin to Terraria or Minecraft.

The combat is basic and while not a bad thing nothing ever truly feels particularly satisfying. Arcs have been changed, animations for holding weapons have been changed and energy tweaked and special moves added, these are some improvements made over the years, but still not huge enough for the development time.

The building is especially fun and once you gather the blocks you're after, the possibilities are quite vast, allowing for a variety of decorations and backdrops with furniture pieces to build your dream home to perfection. However, this still does add up to the fact that the game boils down towards being a relatively weak Metroidvania with Minecraft/Terraria elements.

Ultimately, I cannot recommend this game down to the fact that it spent 5 years in early access development hell, and nothing terribly substantial came out that would make one think "Ah yes, that's why it took 5 years! Because they were developing 'X' which was a major accomplishment!".
The game kept to a relatively simple formula, whilst not bad it does nothing revolutionary that explains why it took so long, and therefore I can only summarise it as the developers making poor decisions which resulted in a stagnated release.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
79.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Ok, so.
I love space sci-fi.
I love unique characters.
I love sandbox adventure exploration games.
I love frequent updates for new content.
I love the roleplay community.
I love the unique enviroments.
I love the loot.
I love the enemies.

I love starbound.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Starbound.. I remember this game being buggy and having major performance issues. I remember my framerate capping at around 20fps if I was lucky... I remember combat being janky.. I remember random crashes.

I remember.. not having a sense of direction.. having nothing to aim towards and no feeling of making any kind of progress.

This is no longer the case. Frame rate is now smooth and consistant. There is now a narrative, a sense of purpose, things to aim towards. Item crafting, community building, crew recruitment, town building. There is just a hell of a lot to do.

Should you buy this game if you were disappointed with the early access alpha? Yes. Absolutely. This is not the starbound you remember. It is infinitely improved not only in terms of content but also in terms of gameplay.

Should you buy this if you are totally new to the game or genre? Yes. For the price you will more than get your moneys worth. There is just a huge amount of content. Are you someone who likes building or crafting? There are literally thousands or blocks and items to decorate with. Are you someone who likes side scrolling combat? The combat is now smooth, there are thousands or weapons, boss fights are fun and challenging and have items to farm.

Just buy it. Seriously.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
108.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 22
I acquired this gem way back before it was even on steam, and it has turned out to be an amazing game. When i first started playing i couldn't believe the immensity of the universe and how fun it was to explore planets that were unvisited. The road to 1.0 has been fun. Several times i would go without playing for about a month, and then i would come back to a totally different game. I highley recommend this game to everyone who has $15 dollars and wants to enjoy a game for a long time.

9.3/10 -its been a fun journey starbound, thanks for the great ride!
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