In Spacebase DF-9, you'll build a home among the stars for a motley population of humans and aliens as they go about their daily lives. Mine asteroids, discover derelicts, and deal with the tribulations of galactic resettlement in Earth's distant future.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (2,687 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 27, 2014

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"A Double Fine Game. Build a home among the stars for a motley population of humans and aliens as they go about their daily lives."

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In Spacebase DF-9, you'll build a home among the stars for a motley population of humans and aliens as they go about their daily lives. Mine asteroids, discover derelicts, and deal with the tribulations of galactic resettlement in Earth's distant future. Meteor impacts! Explosive decompression! Unbearable loneliness!

Key Features:

Base Construction
  • Build your base using available matter and expand by mining more from nearby asteroids.
  • Gradually expand from a small oxygen-filled room to a thriving, well-decorated hub.
  • Build Gardens, Pubs, Fitness and Research facilities, and more.
Citizen Management
  • Assign citizens to duties to ensure survival-critical duties are performed efficiently.
  • Monitor citizen needs to ensure overall morale, balancing duty demands with citizen happiness.
Base Defense
  • Send security forces to investigate mysterious derelicts that appear near the base.
  • Fend off hostile invaders as well as parasites that
  • Construct turrets to lend firepower to hostile
Research and Progression
  • Research new equipment, armor, weapons, and base structures.
  • Discover blueprints for new technologies aboard derelict ships.
  • Research cures for deadly space diseases.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB of RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ or higher
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384 MB of RAM
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • OS: OSX 10.8
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ or higher
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 2000, or Intel HD 4000 Graphics
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
186 of 191 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
I own some bad games on Steam and this is one of them. Other reviews discuss general qualities of this game and I want to discuss a particular aspect. What makes this title the most odious and worthy of comment for me is the apparent trickery that caused me to purchase. I purchased this in a sale on 27 June 2014. On 17 August 2014 they announced they were abandoning it. It seems to me they put it on sale with the full knowledge they were not bothering to finishing the product, in order to suck up any last purchases. I think this was a very naughty thing for Doublefine Productions to do and I will not be purchasing any of their products in future. On yes, naturally, I am ineligible for the new Steam refund service. Delightful! (Polite Version)
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85 of 87 people (98%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
I've finally decided to give the "release" version a full go. After completing most of the goals in the game I've come to a conclusion:

DF-9 does not hold up to its promise. Not by a long shot.

Aside from the fact that fact that Double Fine abandoned (I do actually understand their situation) the game long before their planned goals had been implemented, the unfortunate truth is that what we do have isn't finished either.

Most prominently the power system. Without an actual power meter (like we have for O2) your base will just suddenly lose power if you've built too much. You have no useful way of knowing when to build another reactor. The devs expect you to hover your mouse over each and every room and sum up the power consumption in your head each time you want to take inventory.

Next up is the "story" of the game. One of the last versions must have shoehorned this in because I don't remember it from Alpha5. Basically at some point the game will spontaneously throw multiple raider ships and raider astronauts at you in bulk. I've you've managed to build your base accordingly by then: congratulations for figuring out the simple and boring strategy needed. If you haven't? Well, you can start all over again.

Then as you continue to play and expand your base to meet the other goals you'll notice how the game becomes increasingly glitchy.

And speaking of goals: The "build all the things" goal isn't even possible. I tried. I built everything there is and allegedly I'm still missing something.
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38 of 38 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Pre-Release Review
Unfortunately this game is a bit of a disaster. DoubleFine supposedly had to cancel this game and release a final version early after finding this game to be uneconomical. A shame.

Time for the good/bad/ugly.

The Good:
  • The art style is nice
  • Oxygen simulation works well
  • Characters have moods and these change according to what happens

The Bad:
  • General lack of features; boredom does not take long.
  • Building a large base is not difficult, merely very time-consuming.

The Ugly:
  • The AI. DEAR GOD.
  • Seriously, half of the time people don't do their ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ jobs.
  • I'm not kidding. Characters manage to kill themselves REGULARLY.

In my personal opinion this should not even be on sale anymore. The source code should be released and modders allowed to screw around with it how they like.
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
It's broken asf, don't even bother spending any money on this.

I opened the game, clicked tutorial. And nothing else happened. Couldn't do anything even after several tries.
It's a waste of money, and that steam is selling this for 20bucks is ridiculous.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Pre-Release Review
As many others have said, the game has been left unfinished with a middle finger up to all of us who bought it in early access.
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