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 (708 reviews) - 55% of the 708 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 31, 2015

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January 16

Cosmonautica - Past & Future

Dear Cosmonauts,

we would like to shed more light on what has happened – and apologize.

Many of you are disappointed, because Cosmonautica lacks stability and shows several other unpolished aspects. We do understand your frustration and we are sincerely sorry for the flaws you experienced!

First off, we’d like to assure you, that our whole team did their best to put as much effort as possible into testing Cosmonautica in any regards, until launch - and afterwards. Despite the criticism we have received, we also get positive feedback from many players who are not experiencing any issues and are enjoying the game a lot.

We had huge ambitions for Cosmonautica. Looking back at how things turned out, we share the frustration of the disappointed part of our community. And we have learned a bitter yet valuable lesson about choosing the right technology. Our choice of the game engine and middleware for that project turned out to be an essential mistake. We missed to validate properly whether the engine will be able to hold up well enough for the future.

When we found out that it didn’t, we were too far in development and we didn’t anticipate the severe impacts on the game. It is impossible for us to fix the bigger issues and crashes now. The technology in its current state does not provide a solid base to reasonably develop Cosmonautica further on.

This should not be an excuse: It was our shortcoming of not taking the problems and future development of our technology seriously enough.

So, at a certain point we had to accept the bitter fact that we maneuvered ourselves into a dead end – as hard as that would be for you, our community. Since we are also passionate gamers and have supported many games ourselves, we totally understand your reactions to our decision. It is a very sad experience for us as a young studio, since we were cutting into our own flesh by that step.

In the end, it comes down to paying bills and wages. And while this might seem like a mere excuse or justification, for us this was and is reality on a daily basis. We need and want to survive because we have so many more ideas to bring to life. Nevertheless it is a very bad feeling to have disappointed many of you!

Again, we know that this is a bad outcome, and we have drawn our consequences from that. For our next projects we completely restructured our development process, including switching to another engine. This was a huge effort, but we are confident that such problems won’t happen again.

We still strongly believe in the concept and potential of Cosmonautica and see room for improvement. Thus, we think about how to get back to the game or to develop a remake. Although we can’t make any promises regarding future plans for Cosmonautica, we will be present in the forum to answer your questions and provide support as good as we can.

We sincerely hope, you can understand our situation. If there are any issues that require further clarification, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Even if things went that way, we want to thank you for your support and your honest feedback. All the best for 2017, for all of you and your loved ones.

Stay with us! Yours truly,

Chasing Carrots
Dominik, Patrick, Daniel, Josef, Markus & Patrick (the other one)

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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

    • 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
    • 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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