I'm gonna be frank. I want to love this game, but I hate it. Why? No Online Multiplayer.
That's pretty much -the- reason for every one of the negative reviews you read about this game. Sadly most of them focus on curse words and whining rather than pointing out why this is so truly detrimental to what could have been a new favorite for gamers everywhere.
It has SO much potential to be a super fun party game. Really, it does. But it ultimately fails, because it's for local multiplayer only, which means if you want to play you'll need four controllers for your COMPUTER. This is certainly not the world's most unfathomable setup, but it's about as normal as someone having a full blown flight simulator with an Oculus rift in their basement. Possible? Yes. Common? Absolutely not.
Now to be fair, there are spots in the description that call the game 'local multiplayer', and it doesn't mention 'online' anywhere. But to be honest, if you're planning on buying a game about neon colored cetaceans murdering one another in space, you're probably (like me) not going to read the description in enough detail to recognize the reality. Plus, Steam is built around online multiplayer gaming, leading to the natural assumption that games offered via steam have some form of online gameplay. This sadly culminates in a potentially great game turning into a hugely misleading waste of money. Making matters worse, the game is marketed almost solely around the fact that it's fun to play with friends, furthering the confusion as most PC gamers would never think about playing games with friends while sharing a screen.
I hate having to be so harsh on a game due to one limiting factor, but in Starwhal's case that limiting factor really is the end-all-be-all, and the lack of an online multiplayer is huge. If I could, I'd be requesting a refund from Steam for both my copy and the one I bought for my best friend (who lives several states away and CANNOT play local multiplayer with me). My advice is to save your money and see if the developers ever implement an online multiplayer... until they do, this game is a complete waste of $10 (or in my case $20), and easily the Steam purchase I regret the most.
Major, major disappointment.