Cosmonautica is a fresh take on space trading in a procedurally generated universe, paired with quirky humor for your intergalactic enjoyment.
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Mixed (28 reviews) - 42% of the 28 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (697 reviews) - 60% of the 697 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 31, 2015

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March 3

Cosmonautica Update 1.2.1 (What's up?)



Hello fellow Cosmonauticans,

we're back with a few small changes which should help regarding some crashes and other problems.

Right now we're working on a new project and therefore not full time on Cosmonautica. A bigger update would require a lot of evaluation and maybe re-designing of certain things. Time we really don't have right now, since we're a small team.

So for now we will make small changes here and there from time to time and then we'll see how we can improve more in the future.
Still, we're not turning our backs and just let this go as you can see. But we hope you can understand our side.

If you have any questions, feel free to write us an e-mail or here in the Cosmonautica Steam forums.

  • The problem with the 2nd and 3rd skill in the task assignment screen got fixed
  • Fixed the ‘Endangered Species’ mission, it can now be successfully finished
  • A small bug in the campaign, chapter ‘N1L’s origin’ is also fixed
  • Locked skills can no longer be previewed via the ?-buttons in the promotion popup
  • Removed the ‘Loot ammo’ button and ammunition sliders from the loot interface
  • Finishing a research in hyper travel no longer gives you the option to go to the research lab, which might be causing crashes on some machines

Have fun with the new update and please post us your feedback, we're still reading and checking up on you. Thank you very much for your support :)

Your Chasing Carrots
Dominik, Patrick, Daniel, Patrick, Markus and Josef

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“Cosmonautica takes hardcore simulation gameplay, but puts it in an accessible, humor-filled wrapper.”
85 – Gamezone

About This Game

Cosmonautica is a quirky and unique blend of space trading and crew simulation.



Cast off! Are you ready for some hilarious adventures in outer space?

Start by boarding a washed-up space cruiser and fulfill your destiny as an aspiring captain on the hunt for fame and fortune. Cosmonautica combines elements of space trading and crew simulation to create a unique experience. Only if you take good care of your crew you will be able to succeed.

Do you have what it takes to become the best trader, smuggler, pirate or even space taxi? It’s your choice!



  • Simulated Galaxy - Cosmonautica offers a detailed and amusing trading simulation gameplay that challenges you among others with pirate attacks, diverse quests and unique crew members. Explore a dynamic and procedurally generated galaxy. Every game is different!
  • Crew Management - Sign up to eight exceptional and lovable crew members to create a ragtag team of the universe’s best and brightest. Take care of your crew and promote them to reach their full potential. Only if they fit together well and are satisfied, you are able to get the optimum out of your space ship.
  • Elaborate Trading Simulation - Trade a bevy of goods, including some rare and illegal stuff, with fellow space merchants while exploring the solar systems. Explore the galaxy and pursue intergalactic trading over many solar systems - each with it’s own traits.
  • Lively Story & World - Meet unique characters while you embark on a campaign to unveil the secret of a container and the mysterious past of your board A.I. N1L. Or just roam freely through the galaxy in sandbox mode.
  • One-of-a-Kind Ships - Choose from a range of ship types, equip your vessel with upgradeable rooms and customize your ship's appearance for even more individuality.
  • Exciting Space Battles - Command demanding space clashes against enemy ships with crafty maneuvers and tactical actions during encounters. Directly attack or outsmart your enemies by using your hacker’s ability. Or pick the peaceful route and choose diplomacy.
  • Cross-Platform Play - Cosmonautica supports cross-platform saved games, which will allow you to play the same game on PC and take it on the go with your tablet or other suited devices.



"Zappy gameplay mix between trading, fighting and crew management. Cosmonautica is different than other space simulations. Ludicrous."
- PC Games (Germany)

"When we think about interstellar travel, our minds often go straight to intense battles with alien warships, exploration of hostile worlds, or cunning diplomacy. We often forget that between all of the action, our heroes still need to eat, sleep, bathe, and take some private meditation time (this is code for pooping)."
- Destructoid

"I’ve had a brief dabble with an early build of the Stuttgart-built indie game, and it’s exactly what the ‘Elite meets life sim’ beermat description suggests."
- Rock, Paper, Shotgun



We’re Chasing Carrots, a small indie developer based in Stuttgart, Germany and after our first game “Pressure” we’re putting the steering wheel and earthly restrictions aside and give you the freedom of the endless space.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2,0 GHz Dual-Core or better
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible with 768 MB or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 / 10 (64-bit)
    • Processor: 3,0 GHz Dual-Core or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible with 1024 MB or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 800 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows compatible
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Mixed (28 reviews)
Overall:
Mixed (697 reviews)
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cjfincher
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
I liked the mechanics of the game except for there's nothing much deeper than the surface which was wildly disappointing, combine that with the fact that a game I spent hours on was ruined by bugs and there's no way to resolve it. I Ignored the bad reviews and bought the game anyway. I completely regret that decision, I could have spent it on a more deserving game.
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Le Urban Punk
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
It isn't Planetary Annihilation at least!.....

Though after 1.2 hours I was done! :(

It's close to being deleted from my library. PA has that honour so far!
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Ducati
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 16
Don't listen to the negative reviews - these are people who are upset that the game has been 'abandoned'. It hasn't been abandoned - it's been finished and the small dev team is moving onto another game.

Cosmonautica is a charming and beautiful game that delivers exactly what it promises. You have plenty of choices to make - do you want to be a space pirate or trucker? Which crew will you take with you? How will you fit out your ship? Where is your next paycheck coming from? All of this is presented with a colourful and clear UI and a very fun soundtrack.

It's not the perfect game, but if you fancy building a ship and setting off on an adventure, this is definitely worth a look.
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Tzurah
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
This is unplayable on ultra widescreen monitors. Buttons are hidden by other windows that sit at the top level and can't be dismissed. Some buttons are off the edge of the screen and unreachable.

In short the UI is really badly designed and needs an overhall.

The rest of the game? Well honestly I barely got a taste so I'll leave those opinions to others.
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Robertson Crusoe
( 15.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
Cosmonautica.

Well, I want to keep my review short and precise. This game is probably of the best Indiegames I have played in years. I saw the trailer and I placed it on my wishlist. A nice person gave it to me as a gift and after trying it, I was astonished. While it features basic game mechanics, there are a few aspects where it peeks out of the masses of other games:

Humor: I play in my native language, which is german and it is refreshing that this game is filled with puns, tiny jokes and overall a great sense of humour. It feels like playing games like Theme Hospital, LucasArts Adventures, just filled with the lore of space movies, games, modern TV shows and so on. I love the dialogues and the perks and features the crew members have. Its funny. It just is.

The writing: As said above, I love the dialogues. But not only them. Every character in the game seems to be "handcrafted". N1L the parrot, who might dream of electrical sheep, has is own personality just like the other character you meet. You can feel that alot of love went into this game.

Soundtrack: I really love the spacy soundtrack. The sound in general seems to be of high quality and aesthetics.

Animations: Looking at your crew making funny faces, going nuts, walking around the interior of the spaceship makes it feel alive. And I began to care for my crew which is always a good sign.

Several ways to play the game: When you first start out, you have a basic ship but once you gathered some cash, its up to you which way you want to play. You can become a trader, a bandit or bandit hunter or you can just go for the luxury cruise line that transports partyhoppers and VIPs.

Stability: In my 10 hours of gametime, I have encountered one bug. A strike symbol would not vanish even after the character stopped striking. I went to a spacestation, from there to the main menu, clicked on "continue" and the bug was gone. No gamebreaks. Solved in 30 seconds.

While the game is missing some aspects, especially mod support, I dont regret having it in my library and I really like to play it. New content would be awesome and the possibility to create your own character to get sucked into the game even deeper. Aswell as new areas, space stations, crisises escpecially hitting the traders market and so on. But that could all be added with mod support.

I would recommend this game to people who like space simulation games with tycoonish aspects. Grüße aus NRW nach Stuttgart. Das habt ihr toll gemacht. :)
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Geofferic
( 30.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 11
This is a case of Steam not policing itself. This game is not finished. It's extremely poorly optimized, misses a lot of features, and is buggy as Hell.

There's nothing fun here. It's just a lot of potential thrown away and Steam is stealing your money by allowing you to buy it.
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longShotCat
( 20.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
amazing concept, terrible execution
- The game has tons of unresolved bugs
- Gameplay mechanics are slow
- after about 6hrs it becomes just boring repetition
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Jeff
( 42.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
I played this game straight through to completion. I had about 10 crashes in 42 hours. Not a big deal, the game autosaves at every station, you might lose a minute or 2 if it crashes. I thought about playing it a second time through, don't think I'm going to though, the story was good, it was fun to get the hang of everything. Once you figure out how it works you can just make unlimited money.

I bought it on sale, and for the 42 hours I can't beat the value. It was a very enjoyable 42 hours. I had one question on the forums, the DEV answered it within a few hours.

I'd play another game from this company, and reccomend this for 40 hours of fun!
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Trash Lord
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8
Not sure what all the negative reviews are about. Wasn't really buggy for me at all and I had fun with the game.
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[BigK]Oblagon
( 24.5 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 5
No no no no. Don't waste your money. Game still is incomplete and the developer already stated they won't be finishing/fixing remaining issues and is moving on to another title. Don't touch anything made by these developers now or in the future.

Example: Ship combat that can often end in a never ending cycle where neither side wins and you are stuck. Great testing there guys,

Game looks nice at first but man.. no depth.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
36 of 39 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Cosmanautica which could've been an amazing concept within the Gaming Industry as a "Causual Game" has been abandoned by the Developers - do not buy. Although, you may find it alluring and you want to purchase it, don't bother, it's buggy and incomplete, disappointment.
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 1
Do. Not. Buy. As stated in other reviews, the devs have abandoned this game. Real shame though, this game had a lot of potential.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 4
Could have been a very good game with lots of potential. But devs abandoned the game and I have to stop playing due to lack of content.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
31.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Yet another game which could have been something special.
Instead it is being left broken and unfinished.

The developer says "But it's not that we are quitting on the game and vanishing without trying to communicate the reasons."

Short version... they have run into problems with this game that they are not, it seems, smart enough to fix so it's taking too much time and money. Instead they are starting another project.

Alas, having invested in one of their failed projects, I do not feel the urge to invest in another.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Poor game quality
- Crashed 3 times in 8 hours
- Save games not transparent - I restarted 4 times suntil I had a savegame. Seems to depend on the campaign progress when the first savegame will be created.
- Some drawing issues in goods lists sometimes

Bought it on summer sale, so it's okay, but buying at at normal price would be a waste.
No updates for 3 month as far as I have seen
Feels extremely like a early access but it isn't. Game support & update seems to be abandoned as far as I read in the comments here.

I'm sad. Its a nice game with potential which I*d really love to play but without proper quality
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 5
No no no no. Don't waste your money. Game still is incomplete and the developer already stated they won't be finishing/fixing remaining issues and is moving on to another title. Don't touch anything made by these developers now or in the future.

Example: Ship combat that can often end in a never ending cycle where neither side wins and you are stuck. Great testing there guys,

Game looks nice at first but man.. no depth.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I played the Game not as much as other here did, but i can understand both camps.

The Game is playable at it's current state of development, but there also a lot of Bugs and a Lag of Content.

  • There are 3 Types of Ships only with 3 Different Classes (exclusive the Beginner Ship)
  • You only have a few Rooms and most of time only updates for the Rooms and no Upgrades
  • You have 3 Different Types of Weapons but no Weapons Choices
  • The Research takes to Short for my Opinion (after 3-5 Hours you have the half of all Rooms and Updates)
  • You can't save by Your-own, the Game saves everytime before a Battle, Landing on a Station or take-off
  • The grafik seemed not to be made for HD
  • some of random events are funny, some do nothing, some get on my nerves and some just waste my time.

So is it Good? i think no.
Is it Bad? and again no.
it's an indy-game, nothing to play the whole time, but if you want to skip time, and have fun on Spacecraft-Sims this ist one right choice.

If you search for an Full-SpaceCraft-Sim you are wrong here, it's an indy.

If you search an economy-sim you are wrong again, yes it have part of economys, huge parts but its not a full-economy-game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
looks cool, plays BORING
its a mobile game, not a PC game!
Problem is, it takes so mutch time to research stuff and go from planet to planet.
On a pc you wane keep playing and doing stuff
on a mobile, you do some stuff, watch a bit tv or a youtube video, and sometimes play.

IF you wane have this game, buy it from the Appstore / Googleplaystore
otherwise, dont, its boring
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Crash-happy abandonware with hipster dialogue.
Not even worth the $4 on sale.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
amazing concept, terrible execution
- The game has tons of unresolved bugs
- Gameplay mechanics are slow
- after about 6hrs it becomes just boring repetition
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