Scavenge modules, combine them in the deadliest and most efficient ways imaginable, and fly your very own spaceship through alien space with BossConstructor. Thousands of procedurally generated galaxies await you and your space-faring collection of assembled modules to explore them.
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Mostly Positive (132 reviews) - 77% of the 132 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 24, 2016

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July 24

Patch 197: Bussard Ramjet and Miscellaneous [beta]

- Added the Bussard ramjet which generates a large amount of energy when your ship is inside a space nebula. Together with batteries, this can be quite useful. Let me know your thoughts regarding the balancing! :)
- Adjusted the nebula spawning mechanism to make sure that nebulae spawn in most sectors.
- Placing modules in front of weapons is no longer forbidden. The weapons will show a warning but you can ignore it. This enhances what you can do with joints and pistons.
- Reduced the number of ships which can spawn in the von Neumann missions from 10 to 5. Also, the search range in the ship selection algorithm now expands way faster. These changes should reduce the slowdowns/freezes encountered by some players. To keep the difficulty sort of constant, two extra waves are added.
- Shots fired by the missile launcher array no longer spread as strongly to the side.
- Addressed freezes related to large previous log files.
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June 5

Patch 196: Advanced Exploration Mode Customization [beta]



- Added a screen offering advanced options for the exploration mode's galaxy creation. You can change the galaxy shape, the wormholes, the number of connections between stars and more. Let me know which settings you enjoy! :)
- Fixed a bug preventing ships from being properly saved to the library.
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About This Game



BossConstructor is a game about building and flying your own spaceship. Assemble your own ships from a number of components and explore procedurally generated galaxies!

Building your Ship

At the core of the game lies the ship editor. An editor that allows you to freely assemble your very own spaceships using a vast variety of (currently) over 60 modules. The way you build your ships determines how they behave and what they are capable of doing, and, as every module costs money, weight and energy, designing a good, efficient spaceship is a challenging yet rewarding task.

Expedition and Sandbox Mode

The expedition mode lets you explore a procedurally generated galaxy inhabited by the von-Neumann; a constantly evolving AI species. You begin with a small, basic ship and advance as you complete missions, discover new enemy species, and scavenge more powerful or exotic components to improve your ship with. Alternatively, you can always build any ship you like without any constraints in the sandbox mode.

Artificial Intelligence

Being a single player game, a lot of attention is being given to the game's artificial intelligence system. The von-Neumann enemies you will encounter in the expedition mode have been painstakingly created using elaborate artificial evolutions, in which vast numbers of mutating ships have competed for survival. Several bonus game modes allow you to lean back and watch just how different AI species compete with each other for survival and how each generation evolves.

FAQ

Q: Which are the supported platforms?
A: The game supports Windows, Linux, SteamOS and MacOS. Mac users do still need to manually install Java though (worry not, it's free).

Q: Will there be a multiplayer mode?
A: Unfortunately implementing multiplayer support is exceedingly complex. Therefore I am focusing on providing a solid single player experience instead.
Q: What types of ships can you build?
A: Any ship built with the available modules is valid as long, of course, as the modules do not overlap. You can build ships with moving parts as well as ships consisting of multiple ship parts (which can be controlled individually).

Q: How large can the ships be?
A: You can add modules to your ship as long as they fit within the editor's boundaries and its 14x14 grid (which can be expanded to 18x18 using the integrity enhancer module).

Q: How many module types are there?
A: There are currently over 60 module types in the game (not counting visual variations). More modules will be added in the future. If you like, you can suggest your own ideas and if enough players like them, I will be happy to incorporate them in the game.

Q: How does the artificial evolution work?
A: The artificial evolution works by simulating a huge tournament in which mutated versions of existing ships compete with each other. The most successful ships, i.e. the ships which have dealt most damage to their enemies, proceed to the next round while the losers are eliminated.

Q: Yeah, but should I buy it?!
A: Are you kidding? Absolutely! ;) If you enjoy being a part of constantly-updated games during their development process, BossConstructor might just be what you've been looking for! Please, do feel free to check out the reviews of other gamers or the forums. Also, do keep in mind that the latest changes in Steam's refund policy actually allow you to return the game should you not enjoy it.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista/7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-6100, AMD FX-6100 or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280, AMD Radeon HD 5770 or better
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K, AMD FX-6300 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, AMD Radeon HD 6850 or better
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or later requires manual installation of the free Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) or later requires manual installation of the free Java Runtime Environment (JRE).
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K, AMD FX-6300 or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, AMD Radeon HD 6850 or better
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Distros other than Ubuntu may require manual JRE installation
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570K, AMD FX-6300 or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, AMD Radeon HD 6850 or better
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Distros other than Ubuntu may require manual JRE installation
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