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: Very Positive (328 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 29, 2014

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September 29

STARWHAL is fully released!!

It's finally fully released! We made it! Narwhals are soon to be running amok all over the place!

Here are the goods:

New Stuff!

  • New versus levels:
    • Stasis
    • Ameoba
    • The Gate
    • Perch
    • Tumble Dry
    • Squall
    • Pneumatic
    • Slippery Slope
  • Challenge levels
    • 11 new Obstacle levels
    • 13 new Target levels
  • Steam stuff:
    • Steam leaderboards
    • Achievements!
    • Trading cards
    • Big Picture support
    • Badges
  • Music - 5 fresh new tracks, including the Obstacles theme shown in the launch trailer!
  • More sounds - end of match sounds, world-specific ambience, and more!
  • Even more visual effects: shockwave, heat shimmer, and lots of new particle effects!
  • Challenge modes: a ‘next level’ button has been added to stay in the groove
  • Updated challenge results screen - you can now see the required times for platinum, gold, silver, bronze medals, the difference between your current and best time, and the name of the level you just played
  • End of match visuals and sounds for GAME, TIME, and COMPLETE
  • Options: resolution can now be changed in game
  • Control: gamepads now can use both analog sticks for turning, as well as both triggers for gas - now you can play one handed like in Wave Race 64!
  • Credits - our identities have been revealed, as well as the amazing people who have helped us make it!

Changes:
  • Level name changes
    • Moebius to Möbius (big change!)
    • Fast Forward to Time Spiral
    • The Clash to Flip and Dip
    • Battlefield to Slush Puppy
    • Glacial Gate to Glacial Pass
  • Gamepads can now use the dpad for menu navigation
  • On gamepads the ‘A’ button is now used for readying up instead of the ‘X’ button
  • Challenge mode: Lava is a +5 sec penalty, Fireballs are now a +3 sec penalty
  • Challenge mode: game timer is now has .000 precision - as accurate as Olympic bobsledding - important for leaderboard rivalry!
  • New medal graphics

Balances/Fixes:
  • End of match: selecting “Restart” after a Random level was played will pick another random level
  • Level loading is improved
  • Physic calculations have been optimized
  • Game timer font has been updated

Costumes:
  • ‘?’ rider
  • Six Link


Thanks to everybody who has supported us up to this point! To any newcomers to neon space narwhal combat, good call on upgrading your existence!

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September 18

Full release coming September 29th!

Hey cool cats,

Big news! STARWHAL is coming out of Early Access and transitioning into the full release very soon!


Full release of STARWHAL on Steam is launching September 29th!
It’s been a while since we started up the Early Access back in February. Thanks to everyone who has been with us since then (and even before!), and everyone who’s joined us for the ride!

As some of you remember, we started the Early Access with these features:
  • 2 versus game modes
  • 3 worlds
  • 10 versus arenas
  • AI players
  • 12 song soundtrack
  • 48 costumes
  • 1 burrito

Let’s have a look at what’s in the full release:
  • 4 versus game modes
  • 5 worlds
  • 25 versus arenas
  • AI players
  • 17 song soundtrack
  • 90 costumes
    And all this totally new stuff!
  • 32 single player challenge levels
    • 16 obstacle levels
    • 16 target levels
    • Race to get Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum medals
  • Leaderboards to track challenge level times and your worth as a human being
  • Ghost replays to play against - beat your rivals and gloat to your friends!
  • 24 Achievements
  • Customizable match rules
  • Redesigned UI for game status and menus
  • Radical new post FX including bloom, distortion waves, and more
  • Steam trading cards
  • 1 burrito (okay, this one's not new, but don’t fix what ain’t broke)

Shazam!

Thanks so much for everyone who gave us feedback during development - we really appreciate it! The game has grown into something much bigger and better than we anticipated and we couldn’t have done it without you and all our loyal backers on Kickstarter.


Price change
With all these new features, we’ve decided that we’ll be increasing the price to $14.99 for the full release, with a 15% launch sale discount for the first week. For anyone who hasn’t picked the game up yet, you still have until September 29th to buy it at the original $9.99 price!


This release isn't the end! We've already got ideas and plans for post-release content updates that will be totally free. Stay tuned!

See you, space cowboys and girls!

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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: Just the Tip 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: Just the Tip 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: Just The Tip

"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

PC
Mac
    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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Optional - Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller or Direct Input compatible controller
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Just imagine narwhals in space. Only better. Get this game NOW!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Fliping 'an floping. Gotta stab 'em in the heart. The controls are like frozen butter and I wouldn't have them anyother way.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
First auto-achievement when you start the game that is actually decent.
Definitely gave me a laugh.

Great party game :)
If you like Nintendo-esque party games, get this!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Friend showed me the desktop version before it went on steam, saw it was getting released on steam so I bought it!
Its a very enjoyable game to make bets and have fun with your friends. Not gonna ever get boring.
10/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
This is a perpect game, if you are playing with friends.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
BEST GAME EVER
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
its fun but you are getting this game to play with a friend(s) i realy enjoi the new update and it is worth the money so GET IT
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
good game but no multiplayer even though it was advertised as a multiplayer game
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1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
I REALLY ENJOYED JUST THE TIP
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0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
This is a fun little game. Had it since Beta. I really want a few of my mates to get this when they can afford it so I can challenge them to a duel or more.
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
This game is very enjoyable, the controls are tight enough to be satisfying, but loose enough to still need skill to play the game well. The graphics are visually appealing, and the soundtrack is fantastic. All it needs now is an online multiplayer and an option to give CPUs costumes
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3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Great game, love to see how it's advanced from the web-browser version.
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2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Fantastic party game. Not worth $15 but on sale, totally pick it up. Hours of fun along with exciting competitions. Honestly would recommend to anyone looking for something quick but always exciting to pick up and play.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I used to play the original starwhal game, and I was very excited when this came out. The game had lots of neat features added, but I was disappointed that there was no online multiplayer. Even the starwhal's movement had changed. In the original version, they were difficult to control but you could still move them where you wanted, but now it's almost impossible to go anywhere. Not worth 15.00, more like $3-$5.
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1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This game is amazing. And stupid. Play it with friends, some drinks, probably an audience, and give them all something to remember. But just the tip.
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5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Very fun couch multiplayer game, Huge laughs and a great time with friends.
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6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
awesome arcade game, great for chilling on the couch with friends
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
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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130 of 221 people (59%) found this review helpful
591.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
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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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
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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