Space Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction, exploration and survival in space and on planets. Players build space ships, space stations, planetary outposts of various sizes and uses, pilot ships and travel through space to explore planets and gather resources to survive.
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Release Date: Oct 23, 2013

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“Space Engineers is an Early Access game, which means that it is still under development but already in a very playable state and contains a vast amount of new features that have been added since its first release (e.g. Multiplayer, Survival mode). The game is being improved on a regular basis through updates that add and polish features and content, optimizations and bug fixes.

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August 18

Update 01.144 STABLE; Update 01.149 DEV - Bug Fixes and Improvements

This week’s update brings you more bugfixes and improvements, as well as a new animation when rotating blocks. This short animation should help players better see how blocks are being rotated.
Improvements this week focus mainly on rotors, pistons and wheels when flying in a ship. Other bugs fixed include trees being too strong, mirroring issues with the refinery, certain cases of ships sinking through voxel, and teleporting through walls by exiting cockpits.
Today's update to the stable branch contains most bug fixes from the past month. It also includes certain features, like the new building system and modding changes. However, it does not include recent features like the meteor improvements - for those, jump over to the dev branch to try them out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4AnVxD91lU
Full list of new features and fixes: http://forums.keenswh.com/threads/7386481

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August 11

Update 01.148 - Bug Fixes and Improvements

Hello Engineers! This week's update brings you a round of bug fixes as well as the next developer diary - this week, you'll hear from one of our artists, Natiq, who will tell you more about the upcoming new look for blocks in our game.
Fixes this week include shaky gunplay, camera and turret issues. Check below for the full list of this week's fixes and improvements and enjoy your summer!

Also don't forget that Space Engineers are part of the current Humble Survive This Bundle! This time the support goes to Action Against Hunger and WaterAid: https://www.humblebundle.com/survive-this-bundle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYpeTzixBW8

Full list of new features and fixes: http://forums.keenswh.com/threads/7386369

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Reviews

“Space Engineers makes welding, joining and glazing seem like the best jobs in the world. It looks superb.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Buy, unless you are bereft of even the slightest shred of creativity”
PCGamesN

“Space Engineers generates its own unique brand of fun, whether you're more interested in constructing things or blasting them to bits”
IGN

About This Game

Space Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction, exploration and survival in space and on planets. Players build space ships, space stations, planetary outposts of various sizes and uses (civil and military), pilot ships and travel through space to explore planets and gather resources to survive. Featuring both creative and survival modes, there is no limit to what can be built, utilized and explored.

Space Engineers features a realistic, volumetric-based physics engine: everything in the game can be assembled, disassembled, damaged and destroyed. The game can be played either in single or multiplayer modes.

Volumetric objects are structures composed from block-like modules interlocked in a grid. Volumetric objects behave like real physical objects with mass, inertia and velocity. Individual modules have real volume and storage capacity.

Space Engineers is inspired by reality and by how things work. Think about modern-day NASA technology extrapolated 60 years into the future. Space Engineers strives to follow the laws of physics and doesn't use technologies that wouldn't be feasible in the near future.

Space Engineers concentrates on construction and exploration aspects, but can be played as a survival shooter as well. We expect players will avoid engaging in direct man-to-man combat and instead use their creativity and engineering skills to build war machines and fortifications to survive in space and on planets. Space Engineers shouldn’t be about troops; it should be about the machinery you build.

Early Access

  • Planets and moons – inspired by real celestial objects (Earth, Mars, Alien, Moon, Europa, Titan), fully destructible & persistent, volumetric, atmosphere, gravity, climate zones
  • Game modes
    - Creative – unlimited resources, instant building, no death
    - Survival – realistic management of resources and inventory capacity; manual building; death and respawn
  • Single-player – you are the sole space engineer
  • Multiplayer - alpha version (not a final version)
    - Creative and survival mode with your friends
    - Cooperative and competitive
    - Privacy customization: offline, private, friends only, public
    - Max 16 players (this may increase in the future)
    - Weapons on/off
    - Copy-paste on/off
  • Starting Worlds
    - Earth Easy Start - start on a habitable planet with a set of basic vehicles. Your survival is threatened by attacking pirates who set up shop within range of their drones.
    - Mars Easy Start - become a colonist on a barren, inhospitable planet. Make sure you secure a source of water soon. Also beware of local pirates.
    - Alien Easy Start – the alien planet is a place with very sparse oxygen, not enough to breath freely. There is hostile fauna and pirates who want to claim the riches of this mysterious world and are not willing to share.
    - Moon Easy Start – You start on a moon orbiting a habitable planet. Your base is under attack by pirates.
    - Empty Star System - It is a star system with 3 distinctive planets and their 3 moons. Except for local fauna, planets are uninhabited.
    - Easy Start 1 – start on an asteroid platform with one large ship and two small ships
    - Easy Start 2 – start in a green asteroid station with several large and small ships (this is a large scene!)
    - Lone Survivor – start on an abandoned asteroid platform with no ships
    - Crashed Red Ship – your mother ship just crashed...
    - Two Platforms – competitive two-team multi-player world
    - Asteroids – start in a rescue ship with very limited resources
    - Empty World – no asteroids, no ships; suitable for creative mode
  • Enemy NPCs
    - sabiroids (spiders): can be found on alien planets and on Titan moons. They can destroy metal blocks and attack players. Their favorite hunting strategy is hiding in the ground and un-burrow to surprise their prey. When players kill a spider, new spiders won’t appear in the area for some time. They also store some components inside their bodies from objects and blocks that they consumed.
    - pirate bases: can be found either in space or occupying planetary surface. They have bounty hidden inside their containers that players can loot if they get over the drone attacks.
    - enemy drones: they spawn automatically from pirate bases and attack the players when they venture into pirate territory
  • Ships (small and large ships – build them, pilot them and crush them
  • Space stations
  • First-person & Third-person
  • Planetary bases, outposts, cities!
  • Dedicated servers - allow players to connect to a third party host, rather than using a player-host, in a peer-to-peer set-up. The result is a faster connection and a more fluent multiplayer performance with less lag
  • Super-large worlds – the size of the world to 1,000,000,000 km in diameter (almost infinite)
  • Procedural asteroids - adds an infinite number of asteroids to the game world
  • Exploration - adds an infinite number of ships and stations to the game world; discover, explore, acquire and conquer!
  • Drilling / harvesting
  • Manual building in survival mode – use welder to assemble blocks from components; use grinder to disassemble and reuse components
  • Deformable and destructible objects – real proportions, mass, storage capacity, integrity
  • Scenario editor - players can create missions and game modes which can be played by other players. Capture the flag, deathmatch, racing or campaign driven missions - all can be done by using the scenario editor, with your own rules and designs
  • Building blocks - light armor (cube, slope, corner), heavy armor, interior wall, interior light, small cockpit, large cockpit, cargo container(s), drill (character, large/small ship), ore detector, gravity generator, nuclear reactor, thruster, gyroscope, assembler, medical room, magnetic landing gears, spotlight, catwalk, cover wall, stairs, ramp, window(s), pillar, decoy, wheels, automated turrets, weapons, artificial mass, conveyor, collector, connector, merge block, camera, sensor, timer, text panel
  • Magnetic landing gears – attach your ship to a surface (another ship or asteroid)
  • Electricity - all blocks in a grid are wired in an electrical and computer network; electricity is generated by nuclear reactors
  • Gravity – produced by planets and gravity generators. Spherical gravity generator also available.
  • Rotors – create rotating objects
  • Advanced rotors – able to function as a conveyor system
  • Refinery - process harvested ore to ingots
  • Assembler - manufacture components from ingots
  • Oxygen - take off character's helmet, generate oxygen out of ice by using the oxygen generator
  • Symmetry/Mirroring Mode - useful in creative mode when building structures that require symmetry
  • Weapons - automatic rifle, small and large explosive warheads, small ship gatling gun, small ship missile launcher
  • Large weapons - missile launcher (for large ships)
  • Jump drive – a traveling mechanism that allows players to travel big distances in a short period of time
  • Solar panels - produce energy depending on the amount of light that they catch from the sun
  • World management – generate new worlds, “save as” to multiple copies, auto-save every 5 minutes (can be turned on/off), edit world settings
  • 32-bit & 64-bit - 64-bit version expands the amount of objects, ships and asteroids (almost unlimited)
  • Steam Workshop - Share your creations with the Community (upload and download worlds)
  • Modding - world files, shaders, textures, 3D models
  • Source code access – modders can get complete access to the game’s source code that can be found on Github (https://github.com/KeenSoftwareHouse/SpaceEngineers). This offers the opportunity for more and better modified content.
  • Localized interface (WIP) - Czech, Danish, Dutch, German, Icelandic, Polish, Spanish-Spain, Spanish-Latin America, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese-Brazil, Estonian, Norwegian, Swedish, Slovak, Ukrainian, Russian
  • Custom colors for blocks – Customize your creations by using any color you like
  • Cargo ships - auto-piloted vessels (miners, freighters and military) that carry ore, ingots, constructions components and other materials from sector to sector. They can be looted but beware, they often contain booby traps!
  • Environmental hazards – protect your character and your creations from meteor storms (Safe, Normal, Cataclysm, Armageddon)
  • Conveyor, Collector, Connector (IMPORTANT: this is a first work-in-progress version and a realistic version will be added later) - Conveyors move items from inventory to inventory. Collectors can collect small objects (ore, ingots, components, tools) into inventory. Connectors can throw items from inventory to space (in future update could be used to connect two ships/stations and transfer items)
  • Artificial mass – can be used to add gravity-affected mass to ships, useful in machine ships or cars
  • Wheels - use them with rotors and artificial mass to build vehicles
  • Automated turrets – gatling, missile and interior. Turrets are used mostly as defense mechanism rather than shooting other players. They aim on decoys (automatically by default), meteorites, missiles or all moving objects (eg. small/large ships) - targeting can be changed in the control panel
  • Large weapons - missile launcher (for large ships)
  • Large and small ship grinder and welder – assemble and disassemble blocks faster and in larger amount
  • Batteries - enables players to store the energy generated by solar panels or reactors at an efficiency rate of 80%
  • Pistons - offers the option to build more advanced machinery
  • Ion thrusters – suitable for environments without atmosphere (space or moons) / not recommended to be used on planets with atmosphere
  • Hydrogen - hydrogen thrusters, hydrogen tanks and hydrogen bottles
  • Atmospheric thrusters - powered by electricity, working only on planets with atmosphere
  • Factions - create and join factions, determine ownership of blocks and manage the relations between them (hostile/ally). NOTE: Factions are currently Work-in-Progress. There are still many things to be added (eg. chat and communication) and some bugs/issues are yet to be fixed.
  • Remote ship control – control ships without being inside the ship’s cockpit (drones)
  • Remote turret control - control turrets directly
  • 3D printing - export (CTRL+ALT+E) and 3D print the creations that you design in the game (http://www.SpaceEngineersGame.com/3d-printing.html)
  • Modding API - brings a lot of new possibilities to modders and allows them to alter the game by writing C# scripts which have access to in-game objects (WIP - more features will be added in the future)
  • Blueprints - save your ship or station on a blueprint and paste it into your game
  • Projector block – project blueprints and weld the projection
  • Sensor – detects ships, palyers, asteroids, stations, floating objects and their state (friendly, neutral or enemy) and ownership
  • Sound block - reproduce predefined sounds such as alarm or siren for announcements
  • Programmable block – players can write small programs executed by the block
  • Communication – chat between players and factions
  • GPS - create, send, receive and manage GPS coordinates in the game
  • Voxel hands - shape and form the asteroids and change their material (creative mode only)
  • Xbox controller support
Please be sure to read the list of current features before you buy the game. It will give you an insight on what is or isn't actually working: http://www.SpaceEngineersGame.com/features.html
 

How to Play

Start by watching this video tutorial:
http://www.SpaceEngineersGame.com/how-to-play.html
 

Performance Notes

Space Engineers is in development and undergoing frequent optimizations. The performance will get better.

The performance depends on the complexity of your world and the configuration of your computer. Simple worlds run smoothly even on low-end computers, but a more complex world with rich object interactions could overload even high-end computers.

Please read our performance advices: http://www.SpaceEngineersGame.com/performance-advices.html

Minimum requirements represent the bare minimum to run simple scenes and don’t guarantee a perfect experience.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 (latest SP) 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.0 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 3870 / Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible on-board
    • Additional Notes: NOTE: The minimum requirements are sufficient to run the game but without planetary features.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 (latest SP) 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core i5 @ 2.5 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 Ti 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible on-board
    • Additional Notes: No internet connection required to play the game
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Lord Nerdicus
425.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
SE was one of the reasons I actually got steam in the first place, if I remember correctly, and that is not a decision I at all regret. The devs are a motley crew of awesome people, who take the time to appreciate comminty works as well as listening to their feedback nd requests. Although the game has been in Alpha for quite some time, the constant stream of updates (now split in to standard and devopment branches) is enough to justify it. But on to the game. You'll have to battle space robot dogs, giant space spiders, the need for resources and of course oxygen/hydrogen, but these can all be disabled in the world settings. In creative your biggest limit is your imagination, myself having built a ship that is 6 miles long. Don't get disheartened if your first few ships are little more than boxes, that's how it always starts!
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SickPuppy
339.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 24
So.... Space engineers.
Here are the ways that its good ( when its not laggy, dont get me wrong I love the game )

1.
Build a cool planet base.
2.
Your Friends destroy it
3.
You get a space station from the steam workshop
4.
You make a fleet.
5.
Ten hours have passed.
6.
Your friends on your friends only world find your station.
7.
They attach gravity wells to the side.
8.
The Space station collapses in itself, while you and your only good friend escape.
9.
Your friend gets blue screen death.
10.
You stop playing for 10 mins then miss it.


Now the bad thing....

1. You are messing around crashing ships into each other.

2. You want to make a base that goes inside a crashed ship, so your crash your ship into a planet.

3. It takes a while to get their and it keeps freezing on the way

4.Just as you are about to crash into the surface, it crashes.

5. You wait

6. Nothing happens

7. YOu close space engineers, but the sound of the engines is still in your headset.

8. You turn off your computer.

9. On the way in it beeps and I get blue screen death.

I think i almost broke my pc... Im gonna do the same thing!
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Boomuroom
39.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
I'm having a ton of fun with this. It is basically Minecraft + vehicles. The vehicles can range from simple car driving around to massive interplanetary battle stations (like the Deathstar). The collision physics are pretty impressive. The only real bad thing I can say about it is the difficulty seems pretty unbalanced. Meteor showers on "normal" happen every 5 minutes or so which seems very excessive. Overall I'd give this 4/5. It does what it promises. It just need a balancing pass and some polish on the rough edges.
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Irrelevant
52.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
This is what No Man's Sky should have been.

Destructible everything, buildable bases, buildable ships, drone controled ships, massive capital ships, player build and run factions, fully realized newtonian physics engine (inertia anyone?), planets where the horizon is visible, procedural generation, flora and fauna on planets, environmental hazards.

Oh and actual ♥♥♥♥in multiplayer.

Take that Sean Murray.
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Digger
9.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
Devs cnt inglis 4 there lifes.


basically no mans sky but in 3d
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steve
45.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
11/10 better than no mans sky cuz idk
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krewslayer96
1.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
I understand that this is an Early Access game, but my initial experience was not great. I've seen much gameplay and I know that this game has potential to be a real gem, but it still needs some polish. I have hopes that it will get there and maybe I will get it again at that point. Best of luck to the devs!
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Coke Cane
19.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
This game is gorgeous, everything I love in a game. Great physics engine, damage engine is great and is never tiring to see a ship crash into a planet because you underestimated your front thrusters. This game lets you build pretty much whatever design you would like, this game is limited by your creativity. Comes with workshop too for easy modding.
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BlockNinja11
783.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
I Love this game it allows Users to be creative and make extraordinory ships, space stations and planets.
theres not much to dislike about this game if you believe the game is lacking certain blocks, jump over to the workshop and explore the library of Mods for the game.
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codekillah
8.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 23
its good
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252 of 330 people (76%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
26.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 14
better than no mans sky,
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63 of 73 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
137.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
Found my friend on the planet surface
Cannibalized our ships
Built a shack
Built a truck to haul resources
Built a small flyer to search for more resources
Built a much larger truck
Dug out an underground base
Built a launch pad
Built our first ship to go to space
Crash and burn
Add thrusters
Add more thrusters
Make it so space (feeling of accomplishment)
Return to planet and make a rocket ship with living quarters
Return to space
Farm asteroids
Build our first space station
Start building space ships

This was all done in the survival mode, and I had a great time playing it.
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79 of 104 people (76%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 9
Before you buy the 4-Pack for 80$ make sure you check the humble bundle..... A friend learned this the hard way
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80 of 125 people (64%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,450.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26
This review is heartbreaking for me.

TLDR: Keen ruined this game.

In it's alpha prime, when it was still a space sandbox, PVP was amazing. A cluster of asteroids that pirates and miners fought for with creations of their own designs.. perfect.

Instead of optimizing that, they listened to whiners and pressure to do other things, and released planets. And started Medieval Engineers. And made exploding wolves.

Been waiting on Netcode, stability, and clang fixes for over a year now without playing. (most of my hours logged were pre-planet PVP and design.)
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52 of 79 people (66%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
543.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 9
Consider that this review was written on 09/08/2016. This game may have changed meaningfully between then and now.

I've got a lot of hours down in this game. I've enjoyed it. Not anymore though.

The game does have merits.

- I've enjoyed survival mode a lot. It's fun to start with limited resources and scrounge up what you can to build and progress until you finally have the resources to build something impressive. It was very fun when I came across a derelict station to explore it and gradually rip it down for parts. But I played 300 hours of this game before that ever happened; it was the first and only time I came across one. They're apparently sparsely located, and, naturally, they're difficult to see in space.

- Planets can be an interesting challenge, to an extent. Wheels were added a long time before planets were, but they were basically redundant. There wasn't an advantage to making a wheeled vehicle in artifical gravity over a flying one, really.

- There are very many mods. If you don't like something about the game, there's a good chance it can be changed. Mods include upgrade modules for thrusters, different suits (models and different stats like hydrogen, carrying capacity), new planets, more encounters, homing missiles, skyboxes, probably any given armour block you would need..Keen have really made this game very modable.

- Programmable Blocks have allowed for many interesting possibilities. I've seen a script that draws a map of your ship and represents the damage as it takes it, radars, reports on inventory..It can be very interesting, if you know any C#.

- The armour damage is very nice. The best part of making a large ship is taking it into battle and wrecking it.

But it has more cons at this time than pros to my eyes.

- After playing enough survival to get on your feet with a stable supply of resources, what is the point? There is nothing to drive you but the goals you set yourself. There are enemy drones, but they don't seek you out so much; you have to come into their sensor radius first, then they'll come after you with drones. You can do a lot as far as building goes, but there isn't any reason to. In that sense it's more like a tech demo. The same for creative mode.

- If you've read much about Space Engineers you may have come across the name "Clang", a joke deity players made up to explain the very frequent physics bugs that afflict this game, derived from the noise they make. They didn't do this after only a little while; it's been broken all along. Many ships have been lost to splruging pistons, rotors and landing gears, the latter of which is to be fair better than it was. But it still very common with rotors or pistons in my experience to simply blow up your machine.

- Where's the engineering in Space Engineers? The only blocks that are really mechanical are Pistons and Rotors. These are both horrendously broken a lot of the time, and are actively avoided in ships and stations by most players because they have a tendency to blow up. So the only blocks that are designed to make elaborate, custom machinery instead of premade blocks are deathtraps, and in one of their livestreams (or possible their roadmap on Marek, the CEO's devblog) they basically said they have no plans to add any more blocks like those because of how much trouble they've had with pistons or rotors. At this time, if you want to build a walking mech or some other elaborate machine, you can probably forget it.

- There's actually not much depth to planets, it seems to me. You're relying more on solar power and batteries because Uranium the usual power source, is scarce, so you can't just throw thrusters at everything. However, once you have enough batteries, or find some uranium, you can do whatever you want more or less. Furthermore, my experience of tyres has been that they're more likely to flip you over than give you any stable vehicle; they have plenty of settings to modify to fix this, but you have to do so much fiddling to get a wheeled vehicle worth a damn. There's also no way of making a plane that flies like a plane; if you want to go up, you need thrusters.

- Reliance on mods. I believe that Keen have made their game so modable because they want many possibilities to exist in this game but don't want to spend the time and money doing it themselves. Look at the amount of things that are mods that should, in my opinion, be in the core game. For one, suits with different attributes. You can get a mod for a heavy suit that is slower but can carry more, or a fast one with little capacity, and so on. Those should be in the game itself. Or the Aerodynamic Wings mod that lets you make planes that can fly more like real planes, instead of the fake planes you would have to make in the base game that fly with downwards facing thrusters.

- Enemies. There are drones in space that aren't so bad. The drone Argentavis will occasionally appear and may head for something nearby. Itcan spawn other types of drone..some are designed to attack, others designed to look around and summon atack drones if it finds something. I've never tried capturing it myself, but I'm told it's a challenge. It's not so bad. But on the Earthlike Planet, you have Cyberhounds, packs of cyborg dogs that appear from nowhere, spawning near you, and attack. You can't outrun them. If they can't get to you, they will chomp at the nearest structure. Why do they even exist? In universe? Someone must be making them. But more importantly, they're not a challening enemy, they're a nuisance. Set up a moat (with no water, because water is actually solid ice) and you'll be fine. Or if you have the Magnesium, a auto-turret. Or if not, set up some grinders with sensors that turn on when enemies draw near, they'll walk right into it. Alien Planets have Sabiroids, spider-like creatures with basically the behaviour as Cyberhounds. Except they will happilly glitch-walk right over each other and if memory serves don't eat your work. Both of these types of enemy, I've seen, may well spawn inside your structures; they spawn within a certain radius of you, not taking into account your environment.

- Multiplayer is broken. They say they have been working on it for some time, and are fixing it. Most accounts I've heard suggest it's still dross. A person managing an SE server really must put in effort to get it to not perform like crap. The most popular tool for this is a third party on called SE Server Extender, if I remember rightly. I believe Keen were considering integrating it into the game .

- Don't expect to be able to detail your ships worth a damn. Large Ship Blocks are large, often stupidly; a Catwalk is a very thin bit of metal, but it still takes up the whole space, meaning I can't have a walkway with a light above it in a 1 block space. Simple things like that can't be done, so if you want detail it ends up bloating your entire ship. There is a mod to give small ships all large ship blocks, which can give you great results, but the large small ship may be poor for performance.

TL;DR:

Pro:
- Tonnes of mods
- In-game programming can be good.
- Deformable armour is great.
- Pretty large planets. Several types (Earthlike, Alien, Martian, etc)
- Single Player is fine enough so long as you set your own goals.
Con:
- There's basically no engineering in Space Engineers.
- Rotors and Pistons will break your work.
- Large Ships have to be very big to have much detail.
- Things that should be game mechanics are left to modders (which I believe is Keen's deliberate laziness.)
- Multiplayer is broken.
- Enemies are very dumb, and don't make sense in-universe (cyborg hounds, who is making them?)
- Planet performance varies wildly depending on your computer and has not much depth.
- The devs are also friends with several of the more prominent YouTubers who play this game, which I think is inappropriate.

I suggest not to buy.


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Not Recommended
79.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 25
I don't know how they managed it but they managed it: the devs of this game actually managed to downgrade it significantly.

I bought this game when it was alpha and followed it's progress through many stages. It didn't have much content and it used to have some minor technical issues but it was still enjoyable enough to spend hours in.

In time more content was added but I guess the end product shows (yes I know it's still in development, by end product I mean the current state, poor choice of words) that sometimes less is more. Now it's a complete mess, I don't have any other words to describe it. The previous versions had far far more to do and worked far more efficiently (at least it worked) with less in them. Now it freezes every minute or so then crashes. If you don't mind that and willing to wait for all the fixes, go for it. Otherwise just wait.

I wish I could give this back and get an older version.

PS: cheers&respects for the responses
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Not Recommended
60.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 29
I desperately wanted to enjoy this game. I did everything I could to make the game as playable as possible. But in the end, this game is an unfixable wreck that Keen has left us with. Few new features are getting added, and we're left with a broken mess that is Space Engineers. For starters, this game is incredibly unfriendly to people who don't have a top of the line computer. Besides for how high the requirements to smoothly play this game are (I probably should have payed more attention to that before buying), the game also only goes as low as "normal" for graphics IIRC, and has very few graphics options. In addition, they stopped supporting the dx9 version which turns this from a game my computer can barely run to a game that makes me feel like I'm watching a slideshow.

The overall idea though is great, and I loved the idea of building fleets of drones to do stuff for you, a little bit of which I actually did before they dropped dx9 support, and even though I still have the dx9 version, I got tired of 15 FPS constantly so just stopped playing.

If Keen ever takes measures to reduce lag, then I might consider trying this again, but until then, I'm just going to have to thoroughly regret buying this game. If you do have a good enough computer, then I'd somewhat recommend this, but this game still has a whole array of other problems mentioned in other reviews.
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130 of 222 people (59%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
27.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 26
If you dont have a good computer dont buy it. It is very laggy. The Devs need to optimise this game
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64 of 108 people (59%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
357.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 25
This game has one of the more innovative and interesting construction mechanics i've seen, and has had an opportunity to do what tekkit and its ilk never could; It could have let engineers fight not just with combat skill but with their skill in engineering. The vast creations of players could have dueled where factories in Feed The Beast could have only refined the materials you threw into them. The joy is in the puzzle of maintaining the unwieldy system you yourself built.

But this game has none of that joy.

With rare exception, Engineering does not matter, only guns and armor matter.
With rare exception, piloting does not matter, only guns and armor matter.
With rare exception, being smart does not matter, only time spent working matters.

It is my firm belief that progress in a game should not be marked by time spent, but by mastery achieved. A grind is no substitute for gameplay.

(oh, also, Keen software somehow managed to one-up minecraft's wolves update, by making an update with EXPLODING CYBER WOLVES whose role in the game could have been filled in many different ways using any number of systems already in place. KSWH have, design wise, forgotten what they have.)
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
333.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 13
When I first got this game I thought it was amazing.
It changed a lot with planets and everything but poor physics and lack of optimization makes it unplayable.
It uses too much ram and cpu, after 3 years, this game still doesn't support multi-threading.
I recommend to get this game if you have a good computer.
This game won't do well on ordinary laptops with "okay" specs(except gaming laptops)
Seriously, it uses too much ram and cpu. Your graphics card won't do much.
Again, I highly recommned it if you have a decent computer but if not, please don't get this game you'll regret it.
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