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

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September 19

v1.1.1 - Changelog

Morning everyone!

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

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

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September 8

Starbound v1.1 - Changelog

Hey, everyone! It's patch day!

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

Major Changes

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

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

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

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

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“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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
71.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Base Game = Ok Game pretty Fun.
Base Game + Multiplayer = The best its gonna get.
Base Game + Mods = Very very Fun.
Base Game + Mods + Multiplayer = Prepare to become StarLord as you adventure across the cosmos doing "a bit of both".
Base Game + Mods + Multiplayer + Free Time = Police being called to investate why you have disappeared and havent shown up to work in two weeks.

10/10 Would be a suspected kidnap victim again
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
105.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I am not really sure what to make of the final version of Starbound. I bought this in it's early stages of development, and I have to say first off that I think it was a real mistake to release the game so early. It was literally years away from completion when it was first released. Way, way too early. Anyway, on to the final version, and I think I prefer the earlier version!!! The earlier version was more of a sandbox idea, you could just wander about and build things. The final version, though, I really find the alien creatures very annoying. They always attack you and seem able to kill you with just a few hits. When you are trying to learn the game, and more to the point when you are more interested in exploration and building rather than fighting, their constant presence of atacking creatures is very tiring. And I also have some objection to the fact that most alien cratures would be unfriendly. It would have completely changed the feeling of the game had they mostly been friendly instead. There really should be an option to disable or at least reduce the numbers of them. They are literally every ten feet in the game. So I guess whether you like Starbound very much depends on what you expect from the game. Recommended? Well, like I said, depends what you expect from the game. I will say yes, but like me you may find it a bit annoying.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
114.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Great game with lots of fun to be had. If you enjoy building and exploring with some decent boss fights thrown in, I would jump on this without question.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
312.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
[h]I am a beta player.[/h1]
Since the laster few updates for starbound after launch, it seems like the game has
a bigger sense of adventure but without all the troubles of finding things now.
Like the one sign mission beta... But, of course this game has now finally up to the end of the game.
There is a lot of mods to choose from, from music to weapons and races even.
The community has much potentional for this game, and hopefully chucklefish can support the modding community.

I'd like to give this game a big 10/10 for everything it has.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Freaking. Awesome. An amazing game, Terraria on crack with hints of what No Man's Sky could've been. Game is challenging and enticing, really draws you in. Exploration is amazingly fun. Definitely a great game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
All of my friends and my wife absolutely loved terreria. I didn't. By the time I decided to give it a go, everyone was so far ahead that I never got to experience that exploration, dicovering things for myself aspect of the game. Now, I am totally getting that from this game. I get to not only explore my own starting world (where I have built a pretty cool colony) but I also get to travel to other worlds and meet other civilizations and colonies. I am having a blast.

Now a terreria vetran may still tell you that this game isn't as good or whatever but it certainly is special to me. I am really enjoying sinking time into it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
139.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
It's good, but it still has a long way towards being done.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
179.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I like wasting my time decorating my ship. Oh yeah, don't build a base on a planet since you already have your ship xddd.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
221.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
So you want to know about Starbound

Where the hell do I start.

There are many, many pros, and maybe a few cons. If you're lucky.
So let's get started.

Let's keep note that I've sunk about 200 hours into this game, "completed" it twice, and am quite fervorously into the modding community (If fervorously a word? Ah well.)

•A comprehensive GUI and crafting system makes the game very easy to get around in
•A full "Technology" advancement system based on improving existing tables rather than making new ones
•Movement reminiscent of games such as Terraria and other sandbox-platformers makes a familiar scheme.
•An upgrade system for your infinitive mining device
•An energy system that handles both guns and magic, allowing for diverse gameplay
•A developer base geared to the community, to the point of going through the pain of integrating the Workshop for mods
•An exceedingly diverse building assortment, from planks and bricks to solid flesh and blood
•A large assortment of "Things to do" from making a settlement to collecting every bug in the universe
•A crew to take with you on expeditions and hunts - If you've the time to hire them
•A tech system that's more comprehensive than punching wood

Now, naturally, as with any good game, there's a fair share of cons, that many would see as features to "add difficulty"
This is MY OPINION and MY OPINION ONLY so don't get upset if you disagree. I'm completely open to debate, mind you, if you've reasoning to back it up.

SomeGremlin Said
Your opinion sucks, I think it's great. Screw you.

That's not a valid argument. This shouldn't need to be cleared up, but just in case- this is the internet.

•The difficulty of finding appealing building material is phenomenal. I still need that stupid floran carving..
•This is a spoiler, ye been warned The absurdity of the "Item Scan" missions is rediculous, Esther.
•The temptation to cheat is always looming, as it's as simple as a single command and there's no penalty for it.
•The "Immobility" of the player is rediculous as well, as you need a hoverbike to really get exploring.
•Fall damage is very forgiving, throwing yourself off of a cliff and pulse jumping at the last second negates the challenge.
•The difficulty slope at the beginning is quite looming, and then later it's just too easy.
•The shops around the universe can be quite useless unless you need that sugar for your cake, or that super spin slash.
•Honestly, who needs to go beyond the third mission if you're not focussed on "Beating" the game? In other words, we need more reward for going through the pain of scanning randomly generated structures, and that makes it so hollow.
•While having a crew is nice, they really don't do much off the ship, and they get themselves killed so much.

Thank you for taking the time to read all the way here! Wow! Didn't think anyone would get this far!
If you do have any suggestions to change this review, or maybe a nice argument to put up, I'd really hope you follow a set "Template" as it makes my life so much faster.

Hi! Great report! Thanks for writing it!
I just thought that a bit here
(Your disagreeance here)
wasn't what I thought. I think that it's This because I believe that Insert argument here

Sorry if this sounds a bit presumptuous, but I like kind people, and kind people being kind is what makes the world go round!

Thanks for reading, and have fun bounding the stars!
(Or don't, if you don't want to get the game. I'm not forcing you.)

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Tons of crafting.. Fun/Challenging bosses/dungeons... lots of weapons.. mod support(which i haven't even tried yet bc i haven't felt the need to but it's there).. humor.. cool locations... This game is great and there's a ton of stuff to do in it.
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186.8 hrs
Posted: October 26

art style=great

story= decent

free roam=AMAZING!!!!!

total 8/10
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40.2 hrs
Posted: October 26
fun 2d sidescroller game with elements from terraria, includes tons of planets to explore and bosses to fight. 10/10
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52.5 hrs
Posted: October 26
Yellow Light Game: Although it is a fun game, there are some things to consider before buying it.

ESRB only rates it for fantasy violence, which I agree with, and use of alchohol, in which I am guessing is when they reference the effects of herbicides on the plant-based lifeforms called floren, which is in a log that can be found in some dungeons, and does not actually play into the game's storyline or game mechanics at any point. Something that it could be rated for and isn't, however, is fear. This game can be just plain creepy at times. One of the bosses is literally named the Erchius Horror. Then also the logs found in human-controlled areas, and so on and so forth.
Issues with the game:
First and foremost, this game can use the steam workshop, which can have questionably appropriate content on it.
There are creatures and places in the game that I am concerned might give nightmares to some individuals. Please pay attention to the rating. Some of the scenes regarding the most liable of these to cause one is called the ruin, which is also the final boss of the game.
The game has quite a bit of violence in it, mostly defending yourself from wild animals, but one story map is a warzone in part of a civil war of an alien species.

Basics of the game:
you travel the universe building things, but can also tear things down, and recruit crew members to your ship.
The game has a basic currency known as pixels, in which game mechanics extend precisely to buying and selling.
At the start of the game, in the tutorial which can be skipped, your player is about to join the protectorate, a galactic peacekeeping organization. The ceremony is cut short by the arrival of the aforementioned ruin, of which all you can see of it this time is its countless tentacles. As your player leaves earth this creature is devouring it from the inside.

The following, actually said while I was playing the game on the final map, will give you a good Idea why I have the concerns. This was a conversation between me and another player.

Me: I am at the ruin, how do I defeat this thing? ( thinks to self: oh, Please don't tell me I have to take it apart block by block.)
Teammate: Poke it in the eye!
Me: (Looking all around myself,) Which one? there's lots of them!
Teammate: The main one!
Me: What main one- oh. (Looks up at giant eye on the literal heart of the ruin.)
Me: found it.

I saved the upsides for last.
-The game has a peaceful side, including farming, building, and running a town built from the ground up.
- most monsters you find can be tamed using devices called capture pods, which can be thrown at monsters to catch them.
- The violent side of the game can be avoided completely.
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63.3 hrs
Posted: October 26
Great sandbox game. Each race has its own bit of history and culture to discover. The story makes you want to explore and discover stuff. There is almost always more random things to discover, even at the bottom of an ocean, or underneather the bottom of the ocean! I ended up being some kind of art thief so I could decorate my ship. Also love scanning items to see what my dude would say. Every single item and block in the game is scannable and every race will have a different and unique thing to say in reaction to every item.

I just got through the story mode taking it slow in 63.3 hours and loved every minute. I still feel like there is more out there I haven't seen as well. I got this game in early access, but didn't really play it until recently. I really enjoyed it.
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31.0 hrs
Posted: October 26
I'd really like Starbound, if it worked right.

The game at v 1.1.1 has some very severe performance issues. So severe, the game is often unplayable. Starbound 1.1.1 suffers from lengthy bouts of severe lag, stuttering, freezing, extremely low frame rate in *single* player. I have not tried multi.
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38.6 hrs
Posted: October 26
love it
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299.4 hrs
Posted: October 26
This is DEFINITELY one of the best sandboxes I've ever played! Would definitely recommend to anyone who doesn't have this.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: October 26
Every time I Starbound, it says running, then it says "syncing" and stops running all together! I have tried so many different things to get it to work but it just won't! I feel as if my money was wasted. If anyone sees this please contact me through Steam and please help!
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Weaboo Faggot
101.5 hrs
Posted: October 26
Alrighty I have never written a review before but i decided to do one for this game which is really amazing.
If you enjoy terraria then you will enjoy starbound as it has similar gameplay but terraria has more bosses and starbound has more traveling in mind. Still both are amazing games.
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38.1 hrs
Posted: October 26
This is a great game the mechanics are good and (this is a personal prefrence) I love the graphics. I reccomend starbound to everyone who has a bit of money and is willing to spend it.
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