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.
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Very Positive (514 reviews) - 91% of the 514 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 29, 2014

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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 (514 reviews)
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Megalomaan
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Fantastic local-multiplayer game!
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stringerluke1995
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Fun game to play local co-op with friends 9/10
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Lucifer Morningstar
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
Really god game! Fun to play with your friends, and works great with the controller!
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Crow
( 39.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Probably the greatest game ever made, 10/10 no complaints
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xReaper
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Fun and pleasent game would recommend if you like solo games.
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Terroritory
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
Fun game for local 4-player action. Simple enough controls that my 2 year old can wield it, yet stupidly fun enough for a bunch of adults to play for hours :)
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Mike
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
So, so, so *ridiculously* good multiplayer fun. Grab 4 controllers and be prepared to swear at your friends. Whenever I have friends round for a gaming session, this is always the favourite!

BTW, although the recommended system specs look quite low, you might have trouble playing this with integrated graphics and/or a slowish CPU. The frame rate suffers a bit when there are 4 narwhals on screen at once.
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Higgenz
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 14
ABSOLUTE HORSE ♥♥♥♥, as if they wouldn't add online multiplayer, HOW CAN THE DEVELOPERS BE SUCH BRAIN DEAD GARBAGE MEN, KILL YOURSELF AND LEAVE THIS GAME IN THE CAPABLE HANDS OF SOME REAL DEVS.
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January 1st, 2016
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
haha memes am i right
fun house/party game if you can scavenge for enough controllers for your friends and animals
ive only played this a little bit and i wished there was a platformer single/co-op campaign type mode
this game feels like they had a wacky idea and kept it wacky, not something many devs can do
oh theres some viral-youtuber stuff for your dolphin incase you really love meme e-celebs
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Hamlet~
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
This game is about narwhals in space, enough said.
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Little Rubin
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
the best game ever
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LegendaryBacon
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
When TRON meets NARWHAL and SPACE you get STARWHAL an epic retro multiplayer space racing game!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9ZQPuEJViE
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3.6.45.9
( 27.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 28
A great game to play with friends, be sure to have controllers- it's easier with controllers.
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mehi321
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 27
Truly incredible and wonderfully weird game that is great whether you are playing alone or with a group of friends!!!
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ニノミ姫
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
I suck at this game. I love the concept and all, but really... it's hard. I can't seem to make it past lava levels. But overall, fun.
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Sorry Not GabeN
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
Absolute favorite. Giant floppy space narwhals of doom. Can be dressed up in a bunch of ridiculous outfits. And your friends will scream "dont stick that in me" over and over for 20 minutes.
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Triangle_Man
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
I love the character deveplopment and the deep rich storyline.

But really an overall good game! Keep up the good work!
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-=LCS=- Arab_Guy
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
Smash Bros underwater...in space.
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Rueplit
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
This piece of art is truly one of the most nicest pieces of art forever. May Starwals, always remain in my bedroom.

Merry CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCChristmas America.

But really, this game makes me want to get a vasectomy. And it makes me want to get my cat a orange.
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senpai!!! :3
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
GG MATE
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
A great game to play with friends, be sure to have controllers- it's easier with controllers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Fun and pleasent game would recommend if you like solo games.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
This piece of art is truly one of the most nicest pieces of art forever. May Starwals, always remain in my bedroom.

Merry CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCChristmas America.

But really, this game makes me want to get a vasectomy. And it makes me want to get my cat a orange.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
47 of 49 people (96%) found this review helpful
56 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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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
This game has one of the best (local) multiplayer mode that I've ever played!

There is also a good couple of single player challenges (it is a pity that they are so few)... It'd be nice if you could play the multiplayer levels against AIs opponents.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
22 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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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Great if you love games that are `mythical`
I don't even know why I'm doing this..
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
I must say... This is great for the first hour or so... maybe two if you reaaaaaaaaaaaally push it. Truly, the only appeal for this game is a party game, a game for when you're drunk, or simply the fact that it has space narwhals.

Gameplay:
Not much to be said... Pretty good, but it all comes down to a great deal of luck. Point your narwhal in the general direction of where you want, maybe pull off a technique that works 60% of the time, hope to hit the heart. Alot of flailing around, alot of stabbing tails, alot of floundering in corners.
Gameplay: 3/10

anything else: Not much to be said. Not worth the price, burns really fast, buy if you are planning to play this once.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
192 of 226 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 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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234 of 287 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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55 of 63 people (87%) 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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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
10 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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71 of 101 people (70%) found this review helpful
78 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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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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35 of 46 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
So I got this along time ago hoping with full launch it would have non local mutiplayer. really bummed out and 15.00 starwhals is a bit much. I still love the game and it is a TON of fun just wish id had non local muti player
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2015
Pros
- SPACE NARWHALS
- Very addictive
- Great couch co-op game or party game
Cons
- No online multiplayer, although the dev may have hinted at it's future release
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149 of 247 people (60%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
673.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
I'm a little bias but if you are looking for a unique local multiplayer game and a great time with friends I've heard from others that this is an excellent game to have in your library. Give it a try, you might just like its quirky nature.

Upgrade your existence.
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34 of 47 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7, 2014
Penetrating your friends has never been this fun!
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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
NEEDS ONLINE MULTIPLAYER!!! Otherwise fantastic and fun to play!
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