Asteria is a fast paced indie platformer, wrapped up in a sandbox sci-fi world where everything is destructible, mineable, collectable, craftable and creatable.
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Mixed (179 reviews) - 55% of the 179 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 3, 2014

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“A refreshing dose of efficient technology and ranged combat.”
Escapist Magazine

“The latest promising iteration of the sandbox genre.”
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About This Game

Asteria is a fast paced indie platformer, wrapped up in a sandbox sci-fi world where everything is destructible, mineable, collectable, craftable and creatable. You play Ryker: the only surviving human colonist after your people were wiped out by local aliens. Now you’re stranded on Asteria, with no means of escape. This isn’t just about survival, it’s about revenge. Build your safe haven and go track down the aliens who destroyed your colony.

Key Features

  • 9 Hand Crafted Dungeons to Discover and Conquer
  • Ranged Mining and Fighting
  • 100+ Items Over 9 Tiers of Gear
  • 900 Slot “Hypercube of Holding” Inventory with Unlimited Stack Amounts
  • Full Mod Community Support
  • Creative Mode
  • Multiplayer!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 compliant video card with 512 MB of RAM
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
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Mixed (179 reviews)
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PatrioT
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
not worth 1€ this game should not be on steam ...
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Darius Bane
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 11
The game looks really fun, but it keep shutting down my Windows 10 system. I can't play for more than five minutes before the system completely powers down.
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su37-termintaor
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 11
I really don't understand why many of the bad review stay on the terraria "ideal".. It is not terraria. It has elements INSPIRED of it...

The way i see this game is mainly a survival shoot stuff up 2d platform. the game at base is pretty linear in it's character progression, evolution.. It's not so bad.. Althought i would program a timer on unit respawn instead of just leaving the screen... Grenade turrets can be quite deadly if your mining in a line they can target you,,, they will respwan the minute you leave the screen and bombard you to death! Else then that i love it.

I am going to be honest here... on first play throught.. i was ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ bricks during boss fights, because i wasnt aware that i could use the material i was farming to make objects to either block the flow of water filling in caves of just block incoming fire... note.. Try beating the 3rd boss without using any material what so ever to protect yourself! Also don<t use the laser... all i had was the silver blaster... i lost arond 14 lives right there... i found a tiny litte weakness in the boss pattern and barely menaged to kill it...

Its not terraria and yes i totaly recommand this game to sidescroller lovers (metroid castlevania fans) (symphony of the night ish.) :P
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DJ Car Alarm
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 23, 2015
Two words, crappy Terraria ripoff. Asteria does have a few promising ideas but those are drowned with the mistakes the developer made. There hasn't been one update since release and it performs like ♥♥♥♥ on my computer. Just buy Terraria or any other Terraria clone. *Glad I got this with a 90% coupon
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Dangerous Beans
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 1, 2015
It's like they took the core idea from Terraria and extracted everything worthwhile about it, so you're just left with pointless tedium.
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Commander Faie
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 29, 2015
Asteria is a fast paced indie platformer, wrapped up in a sandbox sci-fi world where everything is destructible, mineable, collectable, craftable and creatable. You play Ryker: the only surviving human colonist after your people were wiped out by local aliens.
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The Yeti
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: October 23, 2015
Terrible game in general
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Май нейм из Джефь
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: October 14, 2015
it was on sale for $1 so i wanted to give it a benefit of a doubt despite the reviews. i found the negative reviews to be spot on. i've submitted a refund request as id rather give that buck to reward good developers.
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saint23thomas
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 11, 2015
Another one of those astounding games that seems designed to work neither with a controller nor with the mouse and keyboard. If you use a controller, aiming your phaser at many tiny pebbles that end up blocking your path is a pain. If you use the mouse and keyboard, moving your character is stiff and awkward. Seriously, even though he can jump a hundred feet in the air, it feels like he’s wearing a suit of medieval platemail (under his spacesuit).
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WolfBlossom
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: September 27, 2015
It is just a messed up versoin of Terraria.
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Snow
( 24.9 hrs on record )
Posted: August 22, 2015
With Asteria being like a futuristic 2D platform/sandbox game, it was pretty fun. The game does not last long and is not really a game that I can see myself going back to and playing again.

Pros:
The story line is pretty nice
The game is easy to learn

Cons:
Too much like Terraria with certain aspects
Too Easy and short
You take too much damage when you fall until you get the boots that make it so that you don't take any damage
Being too expensive (I would not have bought this game if it was not for sale)

7/10
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army of lv 1 rogues
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17, 2015
A Terraria clone, with a couple of good ideas but overall less craftsmanship, it feels like, than Terraria itself has. I guess it's alright, but I probably won't be returning to it again.
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7Mastersword7
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30, 2015
This game is ok but i wouldnt recommend it, it it a Starbound and Terraria wannabe game. you are much better off getting one of those games instead.
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Papa Autismeme
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15, 2015
About a young boy who looks down to his bottom left corner of his keyboard in search of a "Windows" key. I'm not gonna spoil it but along the way he finds many steam trading cards that he sells to further his quest.
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T.w² | {L) {B)
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8, 2015
A terrible rip off of terraria... glad i had a 90% discount on this game.
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Stoner Jones M.
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4, 2015
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Rambo
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27, 2015
Aperantly my antivirus detected a virus in this game and if you want a good game like this get teraria
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Tr4nzNRG
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26, 2015
Fun for few hours, buy it on discount.
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PayTheBlood
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10, 2015
In its current state I cannot recommend this game.


Pros:
-Nice ambient music
-Very vivid and colorful backgrounds
-It has a (very small) tutorial so you are atleast not dropped into the game completely blind
-The artstyle is nice
-The extra dungeons are kinda cool

Cons:
-The world is very lacking, no trees, repetitive terrain assets, uninteresting enemies, etc.
-Getting far in the game is tedious, and not at all rewarding
-Caves are hard to find and don't connect at all
-The mining is unprecise
-The game tends to lag even on a quite high-end PC
-AI that can't even tie its own shoelaces
-Drops from chests are way too random and most of the time completely useless
-Can't pick up placed furnaces, craftingtables etc.
-Bosses are uninteresting and easy to defeat
-Building a house is near impossible because of the building controls
-9 bucks is way too much to ask for this game
-Clunky, slippery and unprecise controls
-A backstory that is not even worth shìtting on

Bottem line: The game is not ready, and tries WAY too hard to be Terraria. Give it some time and it (may) become better. You never know with early acces. Although I highly doubt it.
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110 of 129 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
This game feels like a stripped down Terraria with a bunch of horrible mechanics.

Crafting is VERY linear. There are a lot of cheap deaths. World design is beyond uninspired. Very small selection of weapons (most of which you won't use). Infuriating last boss (lots of one hit kills and cheap moves to boot). Awkward interface (you can only use items in your bar at the bottom). No interesting items to make. No base building.

I completed this game and was underwhelmed from start to end. Most of my time playing was spent cursing the mechanics. Anything not taken directly from Terraria proved to be horrible and annoying, particularly the oxygen system. Also when you get hit, there is no break between damage, so an enemy standing on you drains your health very fast. Who puts that in a game? Who played that and went "yes, this is a satisfying element of the game". Does anybody EVER enjoy that?

The game is not challenging (I completed it in a day), but just frustrating. It is almost like someone made a bland game and then went down a check list of "bad design choices" and chose a few to add in. The last boss is horrible as well.

Do not bother with this game.
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40 of 53 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Poor man's Terraria/Starbound. Too bad, because the environment looks nice, the soundtrack is not irritating and there are some neat little feats like interesting fluids' physics and while dwelling underground you need to be careful to not choke yourself on fumes.

But worlds you encounter are
so
really
boring
and uninspired
and it all boils down to ping-ping-ping some little crabs and zergs with lasers all the time collecting thousands of dirt, until you eventually hit a jackpot with some actual crafting materials, equip yourself a higher tier and go to the next dungeon with the boss. After an hour of looking after iron and coal to complete my tier 2 equipment to finish the first dungeon I can't take it anymore. The crafting, terrain modifications are so lacking it puts the initial Terraria's release to shame.
Maps are small, it's a matter of few minutes to run through one end to another.
ping-ping-ping-ping-ping
At least you can dig through dirt a lot faster than swinging a wooden pick-axe in Terraria's first minutes.
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44 of 61 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
Asteria is a part-sandbox, part platformer/metroidvania game. It offers a minimum of 12 hours of content and more if you decide to delve into the sandbox aspect of the game.

The dungeon designs were interesting, the bosses were fun (varying difficulties), and the platforming was mildly amusing. I especially had a ton of fun with the dungeon puzzles of the later half of the game.

This game has a lot of potential seeing as the game's source code readily available and the developer even encourages people to code in stuff they want implemented into the game.

I recommend this game for those who want a sandbox game with a sense of 'finality'. I know that sounds counter-intuitive but for a sandbox hybrid game with a tiered boss system and achievements, you can definitely experience finality.

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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
I wish Steam had a "Thumbs Sideways" option.

It's an OK Terraria/Metroid fused game. Fun at first, but gets really repetative. It lacks the creativity of Terraria and the sense of action of Metroid. Pick it up on sale, otherwise avoid.
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40 of 61 people (66%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 4, 2014
Here's my first impression - it's not a crafting game. No, sure there are crafting elements, but you should be aware that mostly it is a "metroidvania" game where you explore the world. It's core is action. Jump, shoot, dodge. You gather resources by finding it in the wilds and by killing enemies.
Your first weapong is a "pew-pew blaster" (which is actually just a "pew blaster" because of it's fire rate). I've found hunting complicated with such a tool. And I've tripped into first boss after 10 minutes of game. 700 hp vs 20 dmg per shot...
Also - you have lives. Once you lose all of them you die? Dunno.

The controls are responsive and the aiming/shooting process done really good. And the game works smoothly, but to do so I had to play with screen resolution. The game eats a lot of resources because it's a procedural full destructible world.

TL:DR As much as I've seen I would recommend this game to those players who love Edge of Space, Signs of Life, maybe Starbound AND want to see something completely different. Nice metroidvania game with a touch of your regular sandbox crafting game. My personal score so far is 7/10. Cheers.
P.S. Will update the review with my progress through the game.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
simple explanation:

- a pretty bad ripoff from terraria.

long explanation:

game mechanics are pretty bad, there is no break between damage, monsters spawn instantly

it even has a "unstuck" button, because you will get stuck in some walls.

considering its mainly focused on the platform thing, thats was dissapointing

it lacks of crafting/building/creative aspects you expect from terraria game-like


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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2, 2014
The gameplay does not feel like a sandbox. Instead, you mine resources for the first dungeon, then go that dungeon, after it you mine resources for the second dungeon and so on. Dungeons themselves are not generated but hand crafted instead, completely breaking the sandbox atmosphere. The worse thing is that the most of the time you spend in every dungeon is jumping on platforms, falling down, and parkour again and again.

Overally the game gets very dull and boring once you begin to understand its non-sandboxness. There are no trees, no houses, no decor, it's not even near Terraria.
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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
As the other reviews note, similar to terraria and starbound, though feels scaled down. Probably a good thing as the crafting system and number of items aren't overwhelming in comparison. Mine, craft, boss level, upgrade.... and repeat until you reach the end. No real need to build a house or furnishings, just weapons and armour, and defeat the bosses.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2015
After an hour of play I HAD to play Terreria again; it wasn't horrible, it just felt like a less polished, incomplete, version of Terreria with some features from other games in the genre tossed in. As a non-early access game it is hard to say how much more development, if any, will take place with this title, thus I can't recommend it.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
Great game! If you're a fan of Metroid with a dash of crafting/mining/creating and a pinch of blowing things up with uber weapons, then this is the game for you. The gameplay was pretty fun, the crafting was not complicated and the mining/creation was a good time. And who doesn't enjoy grabbin a big gun and turnin monsters into giblets?? For sure thumbs up!

Recommended?? ..... Check!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 10, 2015
In its current state I cannot recommend this game.


Pros:
-Nice ambient music
-Very vivid and colorful backgrounds
-It has a (very small) tutorial so you are atleast not dropped into the game completely blind
-The artstyle is nice
-The extra dungeons are kinda cool

Cons:
-The world is very lacking, no trees, repetitive terrain assets, uninteresting enemies, etc.
-Getting far in the game is tedious, and not at all rewarding
-Caves are hard to find and don't connect at all
-The mining is unprecise
-The game tends to lag even on a quite high-end PC
-AI that can't even tie its own shoelaces
-Drops from chests are way too random and most of the time completely useless
-Can't pick up placed furnaces, craftingtables etc.
-Bosses are uninteresting and easy to defeat
-Building a house is near impossible because of the building controls
-9 bucks is way too much to ask for this game
-Clunky, slippery and unprecise controls
-A backstory that is not even worth shìtting on

Bottem line: The game is not ready, and tries WAY too hard to be Terraria. Give it some time and it (may) become better. You never know with early acces. Although I highly doubt it.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2015
A terrible rip off of terraria... glad i had a 90% discount on this game.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
Another one of those astounding games that seems designed to work neither with a controller nor with the mouse and keyboard. If you use a controller, aiming your phaser at many tiny pebbles that end up blocking your path is a pain. If you use the mouse and keyboard, moving your character is stiff and awkward. Seriously, even though he can jump a hundred feet in the air, it feels like he’s wearing a suit of medieval platemail (under his spacesuit).
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20 of 34 people (59%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 7, 2014
The dungeon based area system is pretty interesting in this game. In sandbox games like this, you don't expect platforming puzzles and boss fights like this game has, which turns out to be a really cool idea.
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20 of 34 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
It's Terraria but worse.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
I hate giving bad feedback but I am very glad, I spent a little bit under 2 EUR for the game.

Here a few things that I didn't find enjoyable:
- The crafting feels very generic, going from iron, steel, copper, gold, ... is always the same in terms of the most important tool, the mining tool. It requires you to go through the highest dungeon you can find by crafting a dungeon drone (or whatever they are called), so craft mining tool -> collect materials -> find dungeon -> beat dungeon -> craft next gen mining tool -> repeat
- the combat feels bad, never noticed this before but it feels bad when there is no "pause" in between damage ticks when one touches an enemy, you can simply drain your entire life in a second with the right kind of mob - none of them having an attack animation

I am very sorry not to find anything enjoyable with this game, it looked nice actually. :/
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Asteria delivers a mixed experience. If you are a fan of games like Terraria, where crafting and exploration take center stage, Asteria's game mechanics will feel very familiar. Set in a futuristic world, you are the lone explorer on an alien world. Instead of Terraria's pickaxes, you have a energy gun that breaks apart dirt and rock alike. Despite the intriguing premise and occasionally clever game mechanic like however, Asteria disappoints in several ways. First, and most noticably, is the crafting system, which, while varied, does not provide tool tips or organization that helps the player figure out how to obtain the next material. You never quite know whether a required upgrade will need to be crafted or found as a creature drop, and trial and error is the only way to find out. It would have been helpful to have an indication that certain resources were only obtainable from killing certain mobs. The second thing that I found disappointing was the difficulty. The main game play is quite simple, as there is no real penalty for death other than backtracking your spawn point, but boss fights are another question entirely. I felt that the boss fights were much harder than regular gameplay, and for me, had the effect of bottlenecking me at important progression points. While games like Terraria use a similar progression system for obtaining new gear, in Terraria you usually have multiple boss fights and upgrade paths to alleviate the frustration of continually failing at the same boss. Unfortunately, with Asteria, you need to try and fail repeatedly without the benefit of any alternate route or upgrade path. On the positive side, the background graphics and audio are quite well done, even if the actual platformer foreground graphics are somewhat drab and uninspired. The game does support the Steam Overlay as well as widescreen and multiplayer modes, but lacks controller support. In all, Asteria is a game that will appeal to sandbox gamers and platform gamers alike, but will likely frustrate more casual players.
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19 of 33 people (58%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
Keeping this short and direct. This game just makes me wish I was playing Super Metroid (which it rips off big time) or Terraria. It has nothing particularly exciting to offer aside from the shock factor from using a nuke, which ♥♥♥♥ing annihilates everything.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2015
A Terraria clone, with a couple of good ideas but overall less craftsmanship, it feels like, than Terraria itself has. I guess it's alright, but I probably won't be returning to it again.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22, 2015
With Asteria being like a futuristic 2D platform/sandbox game, it was pretty fun. The game does not last long and is not really a game that I can see myself going back to and playing again.

Pros:
The story line is pretty nice
The game is easy to learn

Cons:
Too much like Terraria with certain aspects
Too Easy and short
You take too much damage when you fall until you get the boots that make it so that you don't take any damage
Being too expensive (I would not have bought this game if it was not for sale)

7/10
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