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 (387 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 29, 2014

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March 26

Upcoming price drop, soundtrack, and game update!

STARWHAL hit PSN for both Playstation 4 and Playstation 3 not too long ago! Own it on every system to become a master of space and time in a neon sea of the mind.

To celebrate our ever-expanding universe of ‘whal, there will be an upcoming price drop on Steam! And we're working to get the epic, 1.3 hour soundtrack available in the Steam Store too! Stay tuned for more details!

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January 27

STARWHAL v1.1.1

Version 1.1.1

We've been hard at work bringing space narwhal combat to other platforms, and in the process we've made lots of improvements to the game we want to share with our Steam friends! (Yes, YOU!)

Balances/Fixes:
  • Ice Blocks: The calculation to determine if and when an ice block should shatter has been modified. Now the angle of impact has a greater effect, so sliding along a piece of ice won’t break it as easily, especially in levels such as Frostburn and Ice and Fire
  • Fixed an issue where multiple players could select the same color narwhal in the player select screen
  • Fixed an issue in the Challenge levels Escalation and Wave where the player could potentially die on spawn
  • Fixed an issue with team mode where sometimes the players don’t get assigned to the correct team
  • Fixed an issue with the sludge in Challenge levels where the player could continue to die after the first death on a run
  • Results screen: Fixed an issue where the Tag and Capture count were being incremented on a hazard hit
  • Localization: Versus score screen had an error when playing team mode on Score Attack

Optimization:
  • A lot of work has gone into optimizing many parts of the game including level geometry and collision, AI pathfinding, and hazards. Many levels should have significant performance boosts and should be capable of running much more smoothly on older machines!
    • Versus: Mobius, Amoeba, Perch, Tumble Dry, Squall, Giant Growth, Slippery Slope
    • Challenge: Escalation, Spin Cycle, Stream Sailor, Centrifuge, Factory
  • The AI has been significantly improved on several of the Versus levels:
    • Classic, Mobius, Amoeba, Perch, Time Spiral, Pneumatic, Tarkus II, Squall, Giant Growth, Frostburn, Glacial Pass, Slush Puppy

Changes:
  • XInput: Controllers can now use XInput on Windows PCs. Just go into the Options screen and you’ll be able to enable/disable XInput. With it enabled, you’ll be able to reconnect a disconnected controller without having to reboot the game, yay!
  • Controller input is now locked as soon as a match is over

Costumes:
  • Viking Squad Costumes! SKOL!! Check out the game here: Viking Squad
Let us know what you guys think of the update! Does it make you FEEL things, or give you visions of the future? Sound off in the Community Hub, or hit us up on the interwebz:
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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
    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
18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 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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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
Fun game if you're playing with friends (especially friends you just wanna pierce in the heart). Controls take a while to get used to but eventually become second nature. Graphics and special effects are brilliant and the music is pretty upbeat. It lacks online multiplayer but does have in-game ghosts to beat in challenge mode.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
"Starwhal" is one of the best couch co-op games ever. Not just because it involves narwhals, 80's music, or neon lights. It is one of the best because it is ludicrously simple to pick up. "A" for accelerate, "X" for taunt, and obviously stick to move. It is a great party game because of its simplicity and sheer hilarity. So go ahead, plug in the Xbox 360 controllers, gather round and...

"Pierce the Heart"
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
As someone who has only played the single player challenge modes (I have no friends, so no local co-op), this game is amazing. The challenges are hard enough that they provide entertainment and a challenge, and trying to get whateverthemedalpastgoldis will provide many more hours, yet the game is easy enough that a n00b like me was able to complete all the challenges (medaled, mostly bronze) in just over an hour. Most people are here for the co-op, which I'm sure is spectacular, but the game is fun for just the single player challenges as well.

Plus I made a narwhal that looked like a cat stuck in sushi, what more could you want?!?!?

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Starwhal is a very silly local multiplayer fighting game with many interesting gamemodes. This game is the only game that I know of with flying space narwhals. I love this game because of its local multiplayer and pvp functions aswell as the wiered controls and physics. Starwhal will always be my favorite space-narwhal game.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This is a game you can play with friends, even if they don't game. If you are having people over, this is a great ice-breaker.

I don't think skill plays a massive part in this game. Everyone can enjoy it. It is just plain fun. Get 4 controllers, 3 friends, and go! Would definitely recommend
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
hot AND sweaty.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Just imagine narwhals in space. Only better. Get this game NOW!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
This game is awesome!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
An instant offline-multiplayer classic. Really easy to jump into, and hilariously fun.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
nice as ice
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Sneaky Taco Starwhals
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8 of 15 people (53%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Meh, but it would be 1000 times better if there was online multiplayer
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
BEST GAME EVER
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
awesome arcade game, great for chilling on the couch with friends
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
11/10 for hilarious multiplayer fun
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
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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