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 (321 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 16, 2013

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"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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Reviews

"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

Windows
Mac OS X

    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
57 of 79 people (72%) 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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25 of 32 people (78%) 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 10 people (80%) 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 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
I'm ok with the arty-ness of the game. I've played my fair share of games with ambiguous floating meaningful text.

The game has an interesting idea for a puzzle and interesting variations on tsaid puzzles. BUT the game is too random for it to be fun or completable. Completing a "level" to bring seeds back to the "overworld" to explore is fine.

Getting to the challenges in each level is bloody impossible.

Here's why:
- After the first 1-3 seeds, the seeds you get are entirely random. Only restriction to this keeps you from getting the same seed twice in a row.
- How 2 of the 6 seeds grow is semi random. That's a third of what you have to work with and PLENTY enough to mess up your best laid plans.
- Where the keys AND THE ALTERNATE EXIT FOR THE CHALLENGES spawn is completely random. This is the clincher. There is no way you can even BEGIN to formulate a stratagy if you don't know where you're going. You can only do the same basic thing over and over hoping you pointed yourself in the right direction. That is insanity.

Having only one of those randomized would make the game challenging but doable. But Starseed Pilgrim has all three and the end result is tedious, annoying, frustrating, and just not fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Saying just about anything would be considered a spoiler. This is one of the few games out there that really knows how to surprise players in interesting ways. If that intrigues you then play it, you won't regret doing so.
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7 of 12 people (58%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
An incredibly challenging action-puzzler disguised as an atmospheric and mysterious platformer. Every time I think I "get it", I realize the game is way deeper than I initially realized. Planning out seed usage and responding to the small amount of randomness makes for a very interesting strategic challenge, and each level has slightly different rules that make you re-think all of your strategies. It's like an open-world Tetris, or a collect-a-thon where you go around picking up a-ha moments.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
To tell you about this game is to ruin the experience. The most I can tell you is that it's a game of exploration.
If you want to grow in life, you have to embrace the fact that you gotta break a few hearts and experience a few heartbreaks.

It's a cheap game, features a few hours of gameplay (Or more, depending on how long it takes you to complete). Truly fantastic experience. Don't pass this one up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Starseed Pilgrim is about discovery, to an extent which I have never seen before. It is a masterpiece.

The game does not tell you what its mechanics are, what your goal is, or what the narrative is - at least, not directly. Instead, it sets you free to discover whatever you can. Fortunately, you cannot lose, so every step, every success, and every failure, lets you learn something new that will bring you closer to answering the questions you have. If the idea of iteratively poking at an arcane puzzle appeals to you, you will likely love this game.

However, if you consider yourself impatient, it may not be for you. Starseed Pilgrim requires patience, as its discoveries take time to unravel bit by bit. If you don't like failing, that also might mean it's not for you. While the game isn't brutally difficult, you will definitely "fail" many times. Failing is an important part of its learning, as is being able to pick yourself up and try again.

There's not much more I can say about the game, as going deeper into the mechanics would spoil some of the discovery - the very crux of the experience! If you've read this and aren't put off, I heartily recommend that you give Starseed Pilgrim a try. You may fall in love with it as I have. But even if you don't, I can guarantee that it will be unlike anything you've ever played before; that in itself might be worth the price of admission. :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
A great game with great mechanics. Don't expect much of a narrative...what exists of one is pretty obtuse. The fun comes from gaining an understanding of how each seed works and interacts with it's environment. I found immense pleasure in gradually becoming a "master gardener" of sorts, learning to plan ahead, and staying well out of reach of the mysterious black void.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
this game is awesome. so simple so confusing, but so rewarding to figure out.
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4 of 7 people (57%) 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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11 of 21 people (52%) 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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Has more depth and importance in the first five minutes than Bioshock Infinite had in its first five hours.
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2 of 4 people (50%) 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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2 of 4 people (50%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) 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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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.4 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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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I loathe this game. I got taken in by the lavish praise it received when it was first released. The graphics are meh, the sound is okay, the control-reaction isn't great, and the gameplay is grindy and aggravatingly luck-based.

To date, this is by far my greatest buyer-remorse Steam purchase.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Only realised there was a plot when the game ended and deleted my save file

10/10 Excellent story: great endgame content, would play again
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