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 (700 reviews) - 60% of the 700 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 (700 reviews)
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Vechernyaya
31.6 hrs
Posted: August 20
Repetitive

No challenge

Conceptualy nonsensical ( Research and developp a spaceship WC )
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Hydra
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 8
Please fix the bugs in this game ! I feel cheated . You must fix this game before I buy future games from You....
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davidtgreene
3.8 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 3
I am very disappointed in this game. I feel cheated by this game and determined to not be cheated by a game like this again. I would not recommend buying this game. I would not recommend buying anything from these developers as they have said they will not be working on this game as they have other projects to work on. I don't understand this when this game is not finished? Are they just thinking up new projects to not finish?
I would say that this game has reminded me of caveat emptor. I buy less games because I don't want to be cosmonautica'd. We take a chance with early access, but to be so blatently lied to, especially when I lose money because of it crosses a line. If they made promises and didn't keep them, but still kept the money I gave them, doesn't that bother you?
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cjfincher
10.2 hrs
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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Ducati
6.9 hrs
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
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
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
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
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
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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
442 of 496 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 22, 2015
This is one of these where you feel sad to not recommend it.
Let me start by stating that I believe the developers can and probably will fix any issues that crop up in the game - I can see the effort they put into it, and hopefully I can explain why I don't recommend it at the moment.
This is not a simple YES / NO review. So I advise you to read further before downvoting or thinking the game is bad.

For an Early Access title, it's a very well polished product. The graphics are good, the interface is nice, and the audio is great, and there's few bugs.
However, even though the game is well made and has good potential if further developed, its current core gameplay is repetitive and not really fun. Which is exactly why I can't recommend it: it's not a matter of specific, isolated issues. The CORE of the game feels pointless at this time.

COMBAT: Battles are EXTREMELY slow, repetitive, unsatisfying and not rewarding as one might think. I'm sad to say it's the worst pacing and balancing I've experienced from this sort of FTL-insipired games. It feels like Sid Meyer's Pirates in space (which is good and could be a lot of fun) with a slight touch of FTL.
Even after I got the most expensive combat ship, and decent skill on battles, it still felt wrong, and kind of boring. Enemies may surrender and offer you a good amount for their lives, however, which is a great thing to see when it works - very few games I played have such feature.

TRADING: The game doesn't provide enough info to make sense of the economy. And even though it follows a basic supply/demand and consumption/production cycle, there's no influence in the game universe beyond that. Trading is a simple mindless grind, which wouldn't be that big of a deal if it could be automated. And once you figure out a good run, you can have everyhing in the game after some mindless hauling that shouldn't take more than a couple of hours.

Those are the two core aspects of the game, and both feels shallow - which is weird, because the presentation of the game is amazing. However, all the systems are in place, and both Combat and Trading can be further expanded, balanced or fixed, because the design isn't FUBAR. So there IS hope for Cosmonautica.

I did enjoy the research feature and how it's implemented - In my opinion, it's a pretty unique system. And the semi-realistic "orbital" flight is a fresh take on space flight in games.
Assembling your crew is cool, and watching they develop is great.
Building your rooms to tailor your ship to your playstyle feels great, too. Being able to change ship and uniform colors is also a nice touch.
The comedy undertone and popular references are fun to have.

So it REALLY boils down to the core gameplay - which was an unpleasant surprise after I got used to the whole interface, systems and setting.

If you are looking for a very simple trading game that can be played only with the mouse, go ahead. But anything more than that, and I can't guarantee it'll meet your expectations at the moment.
I really hope the devs expand and focus on the core gameplay before the actual release. Cosmonautica was on my wishlist for a long while, and just because I don't recommend it RIGHT NOW, doesn't mean I won't change my opinion later.

With proper depth, more focus os the core gameplay and a bit more complexity, Cosmonautica can be one of the gems of Steam. Otherwise, it'll definitely fall short, with the only positive point being that "it only costs 15 USD"..so my final advice is: wait before buying.

Thanks for reading!
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122 of 139 people (88%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
This game doesn't feel finished.

The economy is broken - Markets seem to be static, i.e. things you sell sit there forever which when combined with a max items per station cap make you unable to sell further items to that station. Unfortunately this then leads to items being stuck in your cargohold which you have purchased but then can't find anywhere in the system that will buy them.

Levelling up your crew members is iffy. At the point of level up you are granted a skill point to increase that crew members abilities. However there is no cancel button on the level up screen so if you, like me, wonder what the unlock buttons do on the level up screen and click them, you'll find it opens up a new skill set. Again unfortunately, once you've found that out and decide you don't want them to start a new skill set and you just want them to improve in their current job you find you can't, as there is no cancel button and you have to accept.

Which leads on to the save system. Apparently it was a "design decision" to not allow the player to save their game. Instead there are autosaves only. This would be fine in some types of game, perhaps even in this one if it was polished. There are too many instances in this game where I've lost time and effort through bugs which could be easily avoided by having a save point to return to.

I would say this game possibly has potential depending on how much work the developer still plans to put into this product. Though at the moment it's a disappointing experience.
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127 of 151 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2015
Cosmonautica is... almost the game i've been looking for for many years. It's very significant that although at this stage, the game does crash about once an hour, I don't seem to mind (and this usually causes me to rant).

Cosmonautica is a cute, humourous game where you manage your (at the start, very shoddy) spaceship and crew. There's trading, smugglin, passenger transportation and fighting. You can upgrade your ship's rooms by installing a science module and hiring a scientist.

The trading takes a while to get used to, but after a bit of practice it's possible to make a profit margin. However, this wll not be sufficient to amass a fortune: i find that at the start it's best to concentrate on a combination of trading and passenger transportation to make a living. Fighting is best left to a little later, as your starting ship and crew aren't worth much in a fight yet :)

All in all, a very very nice game, with the potential to be a great game if the developpers keep adding features, missions and new upgrades for your ship. (Maybe even ground 'away' missions?)

PROS:
- Nice cartoony graphics
- Funny, without ever becoming obnoxious
- Good balance between trading/fighting/transportation...
- Some learning curve at the start but not too hard after a few hours' practice
- Very addictive as you want to keep improving your ship, crew and fortune

CONS:
- Occasional 'freeze' crashes (the game litterally just left early access so I imagine they will fix this soon)
- The fights do feel a bit 'light'

WISHLIST:
I feel the game could be really great but just needs to be 'fleshed out' some. So for what it's worth, here's my wishlist :)
- FIx the 'freeze' crash issues
- Make some more variation for the crew (both graphical and in personality complexity, backstory etc...)
- Flesh the fights out some more: these feel a bit 'light', no real sense of danger or damage (some sound changes and a slight speed up of pace perhaps?)
- More and more diverse missions available on space stations - possibly even longer missions requiring more steps
- 'Away' missions on planetary surfaces.

Anyway, I heartily recommend this game to lovers of Sid Meier's Pirates, the Hitch Hiker's Guide or Firefly!

FIND A CREW - FIND A JOB - KEEP FLYING ;)
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85 of 102 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2015
Update 2 Nov 29, 2015: Started up a new game, made it ~4 hours in and it became crashing simulator. Was looking forward to building my ship and crew up for master smuggling and later try out being combative but unfortunately I have crashed three times in the last hour. It looks like they've put some improvements into the game, but if I can't play it steadily then it's a bit hard to get excited.

Update 1 Sept 2015: I have been told by a developer that patches are incoming to address some of these complaints. I will update my review when I play with the fixes in place, but I still recommend holding off purchasing until the big patches have gone through.

Original Review: I love the art style and personality of the game, but it's fairly shallow and repetitive. Combat seems pretty broken as even on the easiest combat mission I ran out of ammo far before I could really damage my foe's shields and was able to flee all other encounters easily. This basically removes a third of the missions, a crew member, and a decent amount of ship upgrades. I was excited to see more galaxies to explore but once I got there it was the exact same missions and goods to trade, so I'm not really sure what the point is in exploring and researching deeper into space. Then there's the FTL-comparison part where you can control crew members as they go about their tasks on the ship. I had no real need to do this at any point as I rarely took damage and basically only occasionally told my cleaner to fix up the bathroom.

The game definitely needs some more depth and balance before I can recommend it. It's too bad because the visuals are wonderful, but it's really lacking in gameplay variety.
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53 of 57 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Game has been abandoned by devs - do not buy. A really nice concept, but buggy and unfinished, a real shame.
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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
I really wanted to give this game a chance. It was always "almost-there."

It was your classic steam-experience of an early access getting pushed too early.

While it's most definitely fun for the time I played it, and it has a -massive- amount of potential; it feels overall unrealized.

What is new and exciting at first quickly becomes the norm when you realize all the NPC's are virtually the same with relatively pointless interactions. You can choose your own dialogue choices for instance, but it makes no measurable effect on the game. The stations are all the same, minus some commodities and services. The same could be said for the solar systems and the various AI ships roaming about.

They sort of alude to a morality system, (juxtaposing being a trader vs. a pirate) but that doesn't seem to be there. There's just not much filler here. This game is a fondant cake, it looks good but it tastes bad.

Generally it's okay, I would give it a solid 5/10 or 2/5. Playable, but definitely passable.
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56 of 65 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 10
Game is fun, but is unfinished. AND the devs have just posted a patch saying no more patches - They are moving onto a new game. But this one is still unfinished..... Well, I guess that makes this easier *presses No*
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58 of 70 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2015
Well first id like to say this game could have some potential. but after playing for a bit, the game feels like it needs way more content. after you figure out how to play (make money) the game just goes downhill from there. it becomes too easy. you can easily max out everything the game has to offer, and in just a few hours. at that point you are left wondering why you should bother even playing anymore?

like most of the other reviews say. this needs a lot of everything. balance, content.
it feels like we only got half a game.

and dont get me started on the bugs. they happen, frequently. some even break the game. as in the AI giving you 45,000 CR for a quit submit. the most expensive ship in the game only costs about 600,000 CR or so.


EDIT: after giving it some thought, this game is pretty much just a mobile game, ported to the PC. over priced at that. thats why it lacks in content, and its super fast pace. there is a "cross-platform save" option. thats also broken (surprised?). it cost me all my saved data.

anyway. the game is only good for a few hours. and its hardly worth the price tag. if you really feel like playing this, get the android or IOS version for half the price. good way to kill some time while on the toilet? lol
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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
Have played a fair amount of this pre-release and post-release. There are lots of positives here but not enough currently to keep my interest. Here are a few headlines if you're on the fence:

PRO'S

Decent crossover of SIMS/Space Trader.
A reasonable amount of ships to save up for.
Lots of star systems to explore, though this isn't really encouraged as much as it could be in the story mode.
Graphics are cartoony and bright.
Missions are fairly varied.

CON'S

Lots of crashes - even after 'finished' release.
As mentioned in other reviews - economy is fairly static and doesn't always make sense. A planet that exports robots only has 10 tons at any given time? How is that an export system?
Lots of bugs - trade bugs will regularly put you into a negative balance. Mission text doesn't always reflect mission outcomes,
Combat - DULL, DULL, DULL. No speed up option, most fights end up in either a stalemate or are a simple matter of 'Charge all guns blazing'.
SIMS element is underplayed - characters don't really interact enough.
Trading is incredibly tedious - see above on static economy. So I bought a ship with 80 units of space but the market only has 4 units of what I need? And it only regenerates at 2 units per 2 days? EXCELLENT.
Autosave feature means that if something goes badly wrong (see negative cash balance bugs) then you are completely scuppered.
Some grammatical errors and generally unpolished text entries.

It's a shame - the game tries to shine in two genres but doesn't really take off in either. Hopefully this game will get more patches and content as it goes along - for now I would only pick this up if you want to grab it while its on sale and you don't mind learning the ropes of an unfinished game that has a lot of potential.

- DG.
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40 of 43 people (93%) 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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