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:
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Very Negative (43 reviews) - 16% of the 43 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Negative (3,191 reviews) - 21% of the 3,191 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 27, 2014

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About This Game

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Very Negative (43 reviews)
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Mostly Negative (3,191 reviews)
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Fazzan
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 27
Vaporware! Beware!
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PJthePlayer
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 26
This game was a great idea in concept and was really coming along nicely. Then the developer dropped it like a bag of dirt and moved on without warning. A true cash grab plain and simple and a real slap in the face to those of us that supported it. I haven't purchased a Doublefine game since and likely won't.
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Tiller
( 8.5 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 26
I will never buy another Doublefine title again........ever, until they come back and fix this mess of a game.
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Bomoo
( 42.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
An abandonware scam, essentially. Double fine stopped work on the game when the money from the initial rush stopped rolling in. Heaven forbid they learn to manage their finances more prudently and move out of ultra-expensive San Francisco offices. Like a financial black hole devouring money vastly out of proportion to the reasonable requirements of a project, it has become apparent that no amount of funding short of a bottomless AAA corporate money pit is too great for Schafer and his gang to squander. No, clearly the better decision is to make bait-and-switch scams like this in between making quirky over-hyped and obscenely over-budgeted hipster adventure games with A-list geek-chic voice talent.

For me, this is the last double fine title I'll ever spend money on. Not that they'll ever learn with so many other people begging to throw money at Schafer for whatever poorly conceived swindle he's got lined up next. "Remember my Lucasarts adventure games and Psychonauts? Good, now shovel money in my general direction to feed my SF hipster pub crawling habit." As with the pathological liar Molyneux, enough is enough.
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SjE91
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Simply put: there is no intent for the developer to finish this game, given the lack of updates. Definitely one to avoid until this changes.
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¡njection
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Double Fine didn't care enough to finish this game, so you shouldn't care enough to play it.
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( 68.8 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 21
How the heck is this game still alowed to be on the Steam Strore?


It is an unfinished crapfest that is unplayable in its current state


Do not buy this
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Lumos
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 21
Abandonware. From the very start. Do not support this developer.
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TheHucks
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 20
Why is this even still available for purchase?
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jacksonj04
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Great potential, but this is fundamentally an unfinished, unbalanced and bug-ridden game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I quite loved the potential for this game, but in practise it is horribly disapponting!

My first playthrough went fine, pretty basic management fare but then a raider showed up and I discovered that the 'security' crew assignments I'd made meant people couldn't last two seconds against the lone raider..
Alright then, it was the first go and in tutorial so I can accept an hours play lost and decided to start a new game.

First realisation, there was no "this will erase your data" or "do you want to save" warning. Surprising and not great, but as said, I hadn't planned to anyway so I went ahead with a new real start.

My hopes for the game returned, I enjoyed starting anew and building up the base and this time I had a plan for raiders!
My plan... reassign every crewmen to security and overwhelm in numbers! XD
Not great I know.. but it worked, though highly tiresome to have to remember and reassign everyone back to their old jobs as you can't assign saved positions to default back to.
Then of course, things went bad again...

I find a derelict ship, so badly laid out it could've been a rushed post-battle vessel from Galaxy Truckers.
So of course, I decide to tear everything out as salvage materials.
Unknown to me, one crew decided to remove the ships oxegen generator and then the door of another room from the inside.. leaving him stuck and likely gormless, as there was no notification of him being stuck.

I'll admit a possibly mistake on my part: Not painstakingly watching and assigning each item removed one at a time, but when I tried that previously the crew had a habit of just heading off to bed or returning to my base for a minute to build some shelves I'd requested another builder to build, before coming back.. which is why this time I just left them to it.

Anyway, I found Mr.Gormless and got him to let himself out of the room but before he got any further the oxegen in the ship got too low and it turns out people panic when they realise the oxegen is low (fair enough I'm sure).
Unfortunately, this panic was apparently too much to allow the builder to obey my orders to rebuild an oxegen generator.
Close to frustration I see my second builder heading over in a space suit to save the day..

Unfortunately, Gormlessness is clearly contagious as our superhero stepped out of the airlock, went into a panic himself, rushed back into the airlock and flushed himself into space...

So yea, there you have it. My adventures in Spacebase DF-9. I advise you against having any of your own.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Its clear this game was never finished. The tutorial just stops giving you instructions before it explains what is needed to keep your crew alive. As such you have no clue what is the endgame to make a good station other to stay alive till the next pirate boards your station and wipes out your crew.

Then theres the horrible bugs like crew just randomly walking thru the stations walls to die in space...
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 3
This game did seem promising, but was abandoned before it was finished. Shame on you, Doublefine.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 5
I did a detailed analysis of the doors in the game and posted it to the forums. Free quality assurance work that would have cost minimum wage to 20$/hr in the national economy. And they just shut the doors on this project rather than bring it to fruition.

Double Fine games have been moved to the bottom of my list of games I will invest in or purchase.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 15
Developer abandoned this game before completion.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 1
It looks good. From the screen shots and video you would think that this was a wonderful and polished game. Sims in Space. Well it could have been. And that is what is most dissaponting. The game is unfinished. When it didn't get enough money up front, the developers have apparently abandoned it in its unfinished state and said "whelp, guess its out of early access now."

Avoid this game. Even at a 90% off sale.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 30
Move along, nothing worth playing here.....
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 1
Feels very half finished, more content was expected. Not nearly as enjoyable as one would have hoped, the time is better spent with for example Prison Architect.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Unfinished, buggy, and crew members are too lazy to keep themselves alive.

Crew would rather work for 1 hour and goof off for the other 23, before complaining about how nothing gets done and how they are "...the only one who does anything..."

Mid-late game is stupid hard. Security is basically zero, and those who you'd think would be good fighters still die extremely easilly.

Didn I mention this game is unfinished and buggy? I thought it would be going somewhere with the updates, but then the updates stopped, and then did my interest in the game. I haven't played it in a long time, but figured I'd give another warning to anyone who is currently thinking about buying this game.

If you do, put it in your pile of games to give to someone you don't like.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
39.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 16
Great promise and potential. Too bad the game was never finished. One of the quintessential horror stories of Early Access.
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