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Space Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction and maintenance of space works. Players build space ships and space stations of various sizes and utilization (civil and military), pilot ships and perform asteroid mining.
Release Date: Oct 23, 2013
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What the developers say:

“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.

We invite you to give us your feedback and suggestions to help us create the best game possible.

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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

Everything in the game is subject to change”
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Update 01.025

April 10th, 2014

Update 01.025: We have added new glass window blocks, artificial mass block and two new types of large ship cockpits. Also, we have reduced the meteor velocity and made the rendering and game-updating independent which helps to increase the performance and removes FPS limit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDZBHy5R_Y0
Full list of new features and fixes here: http://forums.keenswh.com/post?id=6845141

Update 01.025.018 (04/11/2014):
- reduced CPU usage (should help lags/slowdown/slow controls - this is not 100% tested yet, so it might not work for all players)
- fixed crash when splitting large amount of items in inventory
- added detailed statistics into SHIFT+F11 screen

Update 01.025.020 (04/11/2014):
- fixed performance issues caused by 3rd person camera
- fixed server cannot interact with objects in 3rd person camera
- fixed windows tint
- fixed performance issues caused by Audio

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Update 01.024

April 3rd, 2014

Update 01.024 - It’s raining meteorites in Space Engineers!
We have added environmental hazards - meteor storms (safe, normal, cataclysm, Armageddon). You should find ways to protect your character and your creations. Also, you can now apply colors on more types of blocks and disable crosshair.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp6IP6-jKAU
Full list of new features and fixes: http://forums.keenswh.com/post?id=6834835

EDIT 04/04/14: version 01.024.011
- fixed quickstart (it was launching Survival instead of Creative)

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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

“Space Engineers makes crashing spaceships into things look crazy fun”
Kotaku

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About the Game

Space Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction and maintenance of space works. Players build space ships and space stations of various sizes and utilization (civil and military), pilot ships and perform asteroid mining.

Space Engineers utilizes a realistic volumetric-based physics engine: all objects can be assembled, disassembled, damaged and destroyed. The game comes with two game modes: creative and survival.

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

Early Access

  • 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
  • Scenarios
    - 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
  • Ships (small and large ships – build them, pilot them and crush them
  • Space stations
  • First-person & Third-person
  • 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
  • Building blocks - light armor (cube, slope, corner), heavy armor, interior wall, interior light, small cockpit, large cockpit, cargo container(s), drill, ore detector, gravity generator, nuclear reactor, thruster, gyroscope, assembler, medical room, magnetic landing gears, spotlight, catwalk, cover wall, stairs, ramp, window(s), pillar
  • Magnetic landing gears – attach your small ship on a mother ship
  • Electricity - all blocks in a grid are wired in an electrical and computer network; electricity is generated by nuclear reactors
  • Gravity – produced by gravity generators
  • Rotors – create rotating objects
  • Refinery - process harvested ore to ingots
  • Assembler - manufacture components from ingots
  • 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
  • Solar panel - 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
  • 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)
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 XP (latest SP)
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo 2.0 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT / ATI Radeon HD 3870 / Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible on-board
    • Additional Notes: No internet connection required to play the game
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 (latest SP)
    • Processor: Intel Quad Core i5 @ 2.5 GHz (or AMD equivalent)
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 / AMD Radeon HD 7800 series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible on-board
Helpful customer reviews
828 of 911 people (91%) found this review helpful
176 products in account
9 reviews
65.5 hrs on record
It is what StarMade should be. Minecraft in Space with ships and destruction, resources, factions, turrets and missiles. Beware that this is an early access game and most stuff is not available yet.

Update from March 15th 2014:
The developers have just updated the game with survival mode. I can honestly say that survival adds a whole new dimension.
Posted: October 24th, 2013
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542 of 601 people (90%) found this review helpful
51 products in account
3 reviews
80.1 hrs on record
do you enjoy the oxygen-less vacuum of space that traverses a seemingly infinite distance? do you enjoy building things, perhaps vehicles for travelling through aforementioned space, or elaborate stations for docking said aforementioned vehicles when you are not travelling in the also aforementioned seemingly infinite oxygen-less space? do you enjoy destroying everything you've toiled hours away creating at high velocities with varied humorous results? if you answered yes to all of these questions, you should probably play space engineers. because you can do those things, plus alter gravity like an omniscient god, among other things as well. so play it.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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344 of 402 people (86%) found this review helpful
178 products in account
37 reviews
9.0 hrs on record
BUY IT!

It's an epic space building game where you build spaceships and stations with weapons and awesome destruction physics that is definately worth your attention, but be aware - currently it is in alpha.

PLUS it has received a Multiplayer update! Go ahead, buy this game if you like space build and wreck your friends' ships!
Posted: November 3rd, 2013
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696 of 852 people (82%) found this review helpful
41 products in account
3 reviews
235.2 hrs on record
Made a ship that looked like the male genitalia. I crashed it into a station that looked like the female genitalia now. 10/10 game.
Posted: January 17th, 2014
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302 of 367 people (82%) found this review helpful
31 products in account
2 reviews
37.0 hrs on record
if you like minecraft or gmod, you will love this game, they are adding new stuff all the time, and its a really fun game. and please dont forget that it is still in alpha. so try to forgive some of the bugs (there is not many)
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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Awards



4th Best Indie Game of 2013



Perpetuum MOB 2013 Awards
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