Starseed Pilgrim is a game about tending a symphonic garden, exploring space, and embracing fate. You are a gardener, tending to empty noise and empty space to fill them both with colour. You are a refugee, building your own world away from the spreading darkness.
User reviews: Mixed (302 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 16, 2013

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Recommended By Curators

"I can't tell you anything about this game because the point of it is discovery. If you want a game that is itself a puzzle, this game won't disappoint."
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"Advice for playing Starseed Pilgrim: As long as you still have questions, continue."
Jonathan Blow

"Unfortunately, you cannot talk about Starseed Pilgrim, because that would spoil it for so many others. There’s unwritten rules at play. But it’s so open to discussion between two or more journeyers who find themselves at similar junctions."
Indie Statik

"It’s OK to feel lost, it seems to suggest, because it’s the only way to feel the intoxicating effect of discovery. I became so angry with Starseed Pilgrim because it purposely allows you, encourages you even, to feel lost.
Game Church

About This Game

Starseed Pilgrim is a game about tending a symphonic garden, exploring space, and embracing fate.

You are a gardener, tending to empty noise and empty space to fill them both with colour.
You are a refugee, building your own world away from the spreading darkness.
You are an explorer, discovering new places, new rules, and new fascinations.

The Universe Is Bigger Than You Know.

System Requirements

PC
Mac

    Minimum:

    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:30 MB HD space

    Recommended:

    • Memory:1 GB RAM

    Minimum:

    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive:60 MB HD space

    Recommended:

    • Memory:1 GB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I'm not going to lie, it can be incredibly difficult to get into this game, as there is pretty much no tutorial to speak of. However, if you put in the time and the patience, you will begin to discover its secrets and mysteries.

For me, it took quite a while to get into, and I originally just thought it was just another frustrating platformer. However, once I began to dig into the game, it became one of my favorites. I cannot stop thinking about it.

In my opinion, Starseed Pilgrim is one of the most beautiful games ever made.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Starseed Pilgrim is a minimalistic but beautiful, secretive puzzle. It challenges the player to keep searching the allegedly endless space for answers.

The gameplay is intuitive but is layed out implicitly. Learning by doing - experiencing how the environment reacts to actions is a steady part of the progression and the core of this game. And with every seed you, the pilgrim, plant, you close on to a final, yet unknown goal.

I recommend this very relaxing, engaging and interesting experience not as a game but as an experiment to dive into and learn from.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Game is frustrating and too vague. Would rather have solid game-play than this awkwardness.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game is not for everyone.

To explain this game would spoil the whole game. Discovery is the point.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, and you don't mind being frustrated, you probably would enjoy Starseed Pilgrim.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Nope not for me. Too artsy, and once you figure out the mechanics, any potential fun is over. Too simplistic overall for me too (both in asthetic design as well as gameplay). I bought it on a whim. Maybe I will go back to it, but probably not.

I'd pass unless you are really a fan of this particular genre.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
I dont get it. Place blocks, They grow, Fall off, Run out of blocks, Restart cycle, Exit game.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
This game isn't fun. I'm pretty sure if I played it long enough I'd figure out the message, but since it's not fun I don't really care what the message is. It doesn't tell you what to do and as far as I can tell there isn't a way to win...oh well.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
hmmm, did not spend enough time to understand mechanics and what each 'seed' exactly do.
The game puts everything in your hands, experimentation is key to success.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Another piece of indie trash
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46 of 63 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Starseed Pilgrim is the kind of game where I can't give it a negative review, because it means I don't, "get it," and at the same time, I can't give it a positive review, because its author(s) were so pre-occupied tripping over itself in attempts to be thought-provoking, they seem to have forgotten to include... content. There's symbolism and artistic metaphor, but they're so vague and caved-in under so much repeatition that few, if any, players can actually give them even a minimal identity. There's straightforward gameplay with puzzles to be solved and rewards to be had, but the biggest puzzle is solved the instant the player has planted a seed of each color for the first time and collected a key. The rewards for success are nebulous and consist mostly of being faced with the same puzzle again, while the penalty for failure is also being faced with the same puzzle again. It's essentially entertainment for art-game snobs, who want a reason to laugh at the riff-raff that don't appreciate it the "right" way, and for defeatists who are only comfortable playing in a world where all their actions are doomed to begin with. Certainly, people other than the above mentioned types can enjoy Starseed Pilgrim, but the intentional kind of enjoyment this game produces isn't about trial and error puzzle-play (like House of Dead Ninjas), exploration of a metaphor-strewn environment (like The Path), or even some combination of the two (such as Limbo). Basically, this goes into the same category as "Vinnie Vole's Existentialist Nightmare."
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Exploration, discovery, mystery, wonder, suprise. Just some of the brand of adjectives that seemingly every review of this game coos. And true enough, the game does have that. For the first couple of hours I was glued to the screen while I solved the metapuzzle that is Starseed Pilgrim. The puzzle is to understand the game's mechanics, and wonderful and clever mechanics they are. The problem: the game does nothing afterwards. In the solving of the mechanics, you've already seen all of what the game has to offer. Those nouns above comprise about 10% of your playtime, The rest: repetition. With its involving atmosphere and great use of sound, as well as said mechanics, I was expecting Starseed Pilgrim to evolve into a masterpiece. What a shame.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Boring and pointlessly obfuscated. Less a game and more a, er, gardening experience?
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
It's a bizarre game that is very obtuse and gives little in terms of what it whats you to do. Maybe for some people, but not me.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
A great example of how to teach incredibly esoteric gameplay mechanics organically, Starseed Pilgrim does a great job of rewarding your curiosity and forcing you to re-evaluate your tactics, all while putting out a slightly foreboding, minimalist atmosphere.

I'm a fan of being a digital gardener.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Starseed Pilgrim is like a bad Atari 2600 game; there are blocks of various colour on screen, and you try to figure out just what the hell you're supposed to do.

Except this was released in 2013.

Hipster garbage.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Enjoyed ten minutes of trying to figure out what to do. Did not enjoy 20 minutes of being stuck because taking a key to the right place did nothing, pressing *down* afterwards was required. Found that out, progressed, and promptly did not enjoy the repetitiveness and tedium of making any further progress. I don't know if it gets better later, but I doubt it.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
If you have the time to invest in this fun little puzzler of a game, you're going to love the outcome. The musical accompaniment to every starseed being grown, and lighting of the pixels that will brighten up your room even if you have a solar system floating in it.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Wow it's a neblous art game with a little direction and actual rules. I wish the author would paypal me the 5.99 back.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
I understand that the point of Starseed Pilgrim is to question a lot of stuff, but seriously, does anyone really know how this game works?

So you spawn, and you run towards these heart blocks and mine them, and you get different blocks which all place differently. Pretty soon, you're left without any heart blocks and a bunch of different colored blocks. If you mine the colored blocks, they're gone, and you dont get to place any more.
Examples being, a green block places just one block, a yellow/gold block places 5 or 6 straight up, etc.)

I think a tutorial on how to manage the blocks is in order. A voluntary tutorial, like if you're stuck for 30 seconds or something, a "press "G" to start the tutorial" box pops up and you have the choice whether or not to click "G".

Just avoid it unless its less than 50 cents. At least you can fall asleep to the soundtrack.
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