The local multi-player space narwhal fighting game that has rocked the internet is finally ready for its big debut in a fully loaded release! Flop it out with 1-4 players in a retro, epic narwhal battle in space! The heart-piercing action is furious and unrelenting. STARWHAL will change your life.
User reviews:
Overall:
Very Positive (523 reviews) - 91% of the 523 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 29, 2014

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About This Game

The local multi-player space narwhal fighting game that has rocked the internet is finally ready for its big debut in a fully loaded release!

Flop it out with 1-4 players in a retro, epic narwhal battle in space! The heart-piercing action is furious and unrelenting. STARWHAL will change your life.

Inspired by countless couch-gaming gatherings over the decades, we wanted to bring something competitive, creative, and immediately fun to the table. Our original prototype was conceived and developed in 48 hours with focus entirely on these areas. From that came the phenomenon that is STARWHAL.

STARWHAL is a simulation of dreams in an ocean of the mind.

Features:

  • 4 player local multiplayer mayhem - 90+ costumes, 25 arenas, and 4 game modes to duke it out with friends or AI players.
  • 32 single player Obstacle and Target challenges with leaderboards, ghost replays, and achievements.
  • Successfully made it through Steam Early Access, shaping the game around the feedback from fans around the world.
  • New radical graphic effects!
  • You can be a space narwhal wrapped in a burrito.

What people are saying:

"Starwhal is one of the best multiplayer games of the year, chaotic and intensely competitive"
-IGN

"If Jacques Cousteau were here, he'd sh*t all over the floor."
- Wiley Wiggins on STARWHAL

"Get a friend. Play this NOW. I'm laughing so hard"
- Sean "Day[9]" Plott

"This game is awesome"
- Achievement Hunter

"This large hairless intergalactic aquatic mammal simulator will bring out the 'Ooo!', "Aaa!' and 'So CLOSE!' in everyone"
- Ross Kenry O'Donovan (Distinguished Conductor of the Steam Train)

"Starwhal brings bloodthirsty neon space whales into an entirely new dimension, capturing the spirit of local co-op deathmatches like only a neon space whale can. We couldn't recommend it more."
- Polaris

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with at least 256MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Optional - Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with at least 256MB of video memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Optional - Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 1.2GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 650 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Optional - Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 2 GHz processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Optional - Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.04 (and newer)
    • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: SM2.0 (or later) Graphics Card
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Very Positive (523 reviews)
Recently Posted
Fleawolf
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
10/10 would penetrate a space narwhal again
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typicalshao
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Starwhal is a fun and casual game that can be played in offline mode on steam with your friends ON THE SAME COMPUTER. Although some people do not like this game for its simplicity and limited gameplay, it is a very fun, light, portable, inexpensive, and an incredible game to experience. The skill range is very casual but some people can get VERY GOOD at the game. What I love most about this game is the ability to play multiplayer with just one computer. IT IS A GENIUS IDEA and you can play up to 4 players in the game! If you're on a road trip and you are bringing a laptop to play games with friends, I reccomend this game to you! :)
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Morty C-420
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
SHOT THROUGH THE HEART AND YOU'RE TO BALME! DARLING, YOU GIVE NARWHALS A BAD NAME!
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Feared aLIEn Voodoo
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Overview
Slip and slide
spin and flip
across a neon landscape
to
pierce the heart
of an endangered species
without getting them laws
all up in your kool aid.

Polyamorous
stabbing friends,
random one night stands,
home bums,
and loved ones in
Starwhal
is a magical and eerily satisfying exercise.

Single
we all have
those moments in our lives
when
we just don't want to be bothered
when
we do not speak to anyone for years
when
being alone is better than dealing with a bunch of (insert fear)

If you are there right now
the single player challenges
are pretty fun.

Overall
stick it in
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Rainbowcow Girl
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
It is really not that great the only thing that is kind of good about it is the space narwhals.
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Memorised
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
A fun LAN game. Very exciting and a great game to play with friends. I recommend this if you only want fun.


Feels a bit like a flash game though...
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[GWJ] Redneck Matt
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
This is a good one for 4 players on the same big screen. ALL ages had fun with this one, even the young kids!
Simple control scheme yet hilariously difficult to try to control.
Absolutely recommended if you need something for 4-way couch play.
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Major Konig
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Great local Co-op game. Fun as hell in a 4 player party game. Hard to master and many laughs.
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By Mathematical Induction
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I have never been so angry at my friends.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Overview
Slip and slide
spin and flip
across a neon landscape
to
pierce the heart
of an endangered species
without getting them laws
all up in your kool aid.

Polyamorous
stabbing friends,
random one night stands,
home bums,
and loved ones in
Starwhal
is a magical and eerily satisfying exercise.

Single
we all have
those moments in our lives
when
we just don't want to be bothered
when
we do not speak to anyone for years
when
being alone is better than dealing with a bunch of (insert fear)

If you are there right now
the single player challenges
are pretty fun.

Overall
stick it in
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
196 of 230 people (85%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 17, 2014
Starwhal is the best 4 player space narwhal dogfighting game on the market
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235 of 288 people (82%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 17, 2014
Four space-faring narwhals embark on a heart-wrenching journey to discover who among them holds the inner fortitude to survive alone.
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57 of 59 people (97%) found this review helpful
67 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
This is one of those games that you get in the humble bundle but you don't think you're ever going to play because it looks like one of those games: you know the ones where its a neat idea but it doesn't work in practice but it sells well anyway because INDIE GAMES but then you play it and you're like alright this is pretty cool but there aren't enough features so you don't play it very often but then your friend is like "hey whats starwhal" and you realize that, on a spiritual level, you don't really know so you go and visit the shaman at your local DMV and ask "what does it mean to be starwhal" and he boots up his PC and is all like "check dis out man" and you start playing it together and you finally see the light so you go home and play it with your friend but he manages to be a master at it in his first game even though you've played it like 6 times already and he rekts you and it makes you mad so you declare yourself the winner and he's all like "u jelly bro" and you are jelly but you can't admit it because you're a bro so you pretend your screen is different but it's not because it's local multiplayer and your friend is all like "whatever man" but it's not 'whatever' to you so you kill him in his sleep.
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57 of 65 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
I got this game during beta and let me tell you: I can't imagine not having this game in my life.

I have played this at parties with my friends, where it is a smashing hit and a great ice-breaker and I have played it by myself with one hand pretending to be a random CPU player and one hand actually trying. My girlfriend loves the game, and it's hard not to! You can dress your narwhal as anything you could want (like jedi knights, burritos, and more!!), and as far as entertainment goes, this game is second to none.

My one request is that later on online playing be incorporated (for all of us who lack frequent human contact).

Buy it now!
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53 of 63 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 17, 2014
Truly the Citizen Kane of marine-based mammal space battling games.

Really though, this game is great, arcade fun. Hook it up to the TV and you've got a great party game. It draws you into to a frenetic, fast paced battle royale. The simplicity of the game means that anyone can play it, and go from saying "that looks silly, I'll pass" to "OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS AWESOME" in about 4 seconds (and I'm not saying it looks silly).

The additions that they've added are great. Great variety of arenas, hilarious costumes (Jayne's hat!). And they're planning on adding so much more. Game modes. Single player. All sorts of goodies, it's just going to get better and better!

STARWHAL! JUST THE TIP!
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Why recommended:

Nice little game with lots of cute Narwahls.
This is a great couch game, as controls and mechanics are easy and you can sometimes win with luck alone, so lesser skilled friends can still enjoy it :)

So if you're looking for a colorful local only (!) multiplayer game for literally breaking your friends hearts, definetly give it a try.

+ Colorful Graphics
+ Easy to learn controls
+ Still a luck component, so lesser skilled players still stand a chance -> MP friendly!
+ Hearts everywhere!

0 Sound is so-so. Quite nice, but way too repetitive. Goes great with my own electronic music library though :)
0 Can't tell about keyboard support, only played it with controller. But guess keyboard might suck as when comparing analog stick to controller DPad.
0 Single player challenge maps somewhat nice with different obsacles and later ones pretty hard. But at least for me still not that entertaining. You might feel differnt, though.

- AI. It's fine for classic mode with basic maps and for a basic training. But they don't really work with some of the game modes and maps containing lava and such.


Don't buy if:
* You neither have friends to play this with locally (only!)...
* ... nor like repeating levels to beat your highscores and collecting medals/achievements-
* You do not like Narwahls.
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72 of 102 people (71%) found this review helpful
79 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
I love touchin tips with my bros.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
STARWHAL is probably my ex's favorite game because she likes breaking hearts.
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
What a glorious age we live in, when games like this exist. If you like playing local multiplayer games with friends (Nidhogg, Gang Beasts, Worms, Towerfall), this is a must. LOLs guaranteed.
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