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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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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Mostly Negative (15 reviews)
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Mixed (672 reviews)
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6h0s7y
( 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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michael.santos
( 59.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I'm seing so many negative comments that I just don't understand.

Finished or not, what I can say about it is that I've got this one last december for less than €10, and then played it for about 60 hours. The game is highly enjoyable as it is. I didn't find any major problem.
Even if the price tag was higher, I would highly recommend it.

Now, for €3,74 ?? The game is really a lot of fun. Don't miss it.
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CorgiClair
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I actually liked the game, and was even very patient when on my other device the syncing broke it. Sent the bug report heard nothing back. Decided to play again today, and was like Oh, yeah I remember the things I liked about it, and even considered grabbing a copy for my dad. For 3.74 I still will, but at 14.99 don't do it, since per their own admission they abandoned this in lieu of working on something else that they'll 1/2 ♥♥♥, and leave.
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rdobbs
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 22
Had a lot of promise, has a lot of cool ideas - too bad the developer dumped it and ran. Can not ever recommend it based on that alone - nor any of their future products. At least finish your game, Chasing Carrots... at least finish it so its not a broken mess.
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jovan
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
terrific game. one of the worst i ever played. to many bugs
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mkgregory
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
If the developers don't care anymore...

... why should you?
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Arogyth
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
This game could have been so much more than it was. Unfortunatlly the devs pretty much abandoned it after they could call it "released"

It's worth about 5 or 6 hours of play time if that's what you're after. If you're looking for more, I would look elsewhere.
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Peepercreeper1
( 40.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
It keeps crashing but I love this game.
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Agrue
( 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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Mexican Standoff
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
I really wanted to love this game, everything seemed so perfect that I decided to help the devs even tho the critics weren't so good. I totally regret this. The devs made this game what it is even with all the potential it had. I promise you this, I would never buy anything from these devs, the resolution of abandoning this game and not fixing it just killed everything good from it. ♥♥♥♥ you devs.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 19 people (89%) 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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
I really wanted to love this game, everything seemed so perfect that I decided to help the devs even tho the critics weren't so good. I totally regret this. The devs made this game what it is even with all the potential it had. I promise you this, I would never buy anything from these devs, the resolution of abandoning this game and not fixing it just killed everything good from it. ♥♥♥♥ you devs.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
This game could have been so much more than it was. Unfortunatlly the devs pretty much abandoned it after they could call it "released"

It's worth about 5 or 6 hours of play time if that's what you're after. If you're looking for more, I would look elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 22
Had a lot of promise, has a lot of cool ideas - too bad the developer dumped it and ran. Can not ever recommend it based on that alone - nor any of their future products. At least finish your game, Chasing Carrots... at least finish it so its not a broken mess.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
If the developers don't care anymore...

... why should you?
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439 of 493 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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122 of 146 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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84 of 101 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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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
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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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