STAR-BOX – RPG Adventures in Space! Strap on your gravity boots, power up your laser, and climb aboard your spaceship for a retro-styled, RPG-jaunt into the unknown! Travel an open-world, sandbox universe where you are the architect of your own story.
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Mixed (68 reviews) - 51% of the 68 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 17, 2015

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March 25

Patch 1.2.6 (bug fixes and balances)

* Ship encounters are now partially scaled to level rather than completely random.
* Ally mechs are now stronger.
* Players should no longer disappear while hunting space fish.
* Space fish generation has been increased.
* Higher chance at finding valuable loot on planets.
* All quests will now spawn with equal weight.
* Assassin guild counter should now work correctly.
* Higher chance of unique armour during Collector guild missions.
* Less chance to miss with ranged weapons.
* Fixed infinte loop bug while using drones during space combat.
* More minor bugfixes and balances

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STAR-BOX – RPG Adventures in Space!


Strap on your gravity boots, power up your laser, and climb aboard your spaceship for a retro-styled, RPG-jaunt into the unknown! Travel around an open-world, sandbox universe where you are the architect of your own story.

Fly around an infinite universe exploring alien worlds, abandoned cities, overrun space-stations, derelict ships, and parallel dimensions with little more than your trusty laser and inept, mechanical bodyguards. Collect and equip hundreds of items, weapons, and armours to help you on your journey. Get swept along in the politics of the year 4135 and lead a rebellion against a corrupt government and powerful corporations. Fight and capture 19 enemy vessels in tactical, bridge-based combat, and hire crew members to boost your fighting skills. Fall foul of strange spatial anomalies, giant space-fish, and human-hating AI programs through dynamic events that can strike at any time. Chose to work for Oberon Bounties and hunt down the scum and villains of the universe, for the Collector’s Guild, Earth Military, or for the mysterious Cicero recently awoken from a 2000 year cryo-nap. And if you fancy a challenge: play the game in ‘Ironman Mode’ where you only get a single chance at making it big.
Features:

A FULL SANDBOX EXPERIENCE:


Explore space, untethered by a constricting story:

  • Choose your gender, starting vessel, and the company that raised you.
  • Undertake many exciting missions which include: boarding space-stations, killing their crew and stealing their tech.
  • Hunting down ferocious beasts on alien worlds.
  • Visiting alien shrines built on ancient asteroids.
  • Steping foot on abandoned medical ships where the undead roam the corridors.
  • Fighting in tactical bridge-based space battles where you can capture new ships or destroy your enemy and use their hull for scrap.
  • And searching for illegal, low-tax settlements to avoid paying the 100% tax imposed by Earth Gov on all purchases.

Find hundreds of items:

  • Pick alien flowers for healing chemicals or useable genetic material.
  • Salvage scrap metal to repair and upgrade your mechanical bodyguards
  • Equip armours, lasers, and grenades to make exploring space less dangerous.
  • Find and use futuristic drugs to boost your skills and health.

Chose to work for companies or go it alone:

  • Explore random sectors of space where pirates roam and plunder is there for the taking.
  • Work for Oberon Bounties and hunt down criminals on alien worlds, spacestaions, or in powerful ships.
  • Join the Collectors Guild and bring back strange objects in return for special armours.
  • Join Earth Military and gain discounts on tax, and access new specialist ships.
  • Seek out and work for Cicero: the man with a mission to change the universe.

A non-compulsory storyline

  • All humans are pledged into a company at the age of five and don’t see their family for the next 20 years. You have just graduated from a company of your choosing and your excellent grades have earned you a new shiny ship. Seek out your barely-remembered mother and get caught up in a political struggle that threatens to tear apart 2000 years of beautiful dystopia.

Play ‘Ironman Mode’ for a true Roguelike experience.

  • For those that love a challenge: choose to play the game with just a single life.
  • Ironman forces you to think carefully about every decision.
  • Escape pods become a vital part of the game.

BRIDGE BASED SHIP COMBAT – ACTION RPG GROUND COMBAT


Fight ship battles from the comfort of your bridge, issuing orders and using your specific skills to destroy or capture enemy vessels.

  • Each ship has a unique missile, laser, and cannon strength, all effective at different ranges.
  • Hire engineers, science officers, and tactical officers to give bonuses to your combat abilities.
  • Disable enemy engines to allow you to get close enough to board them, boost your shields, and beam aboard your mechs to capture their ship once you’ve lowered the enemy shields.
  • Fly 19 unique vessels.
  • Choose to fly a ship with an escape pod and live on even after your ship is destroyed.

Walk around on alien planets and creepy space-stations to find loot and accomplish missions.

  • Each ship sports a different number of mech bays which you can use to maintain your mechanical bodyguards.
  • Have up to five allied mechs helping you defeat your enemies.
  • Fight against alien creatures, pirates, corporate militias, space wasps, and AI controlled mechs.
  • Upgrade your mechs to do all the killing for you, or invest in armour, lasers, and various grenades to blow your enemies up in person.

PLAY IN FULL HD WITH AN AMAZING SOUNDTRACK


  • Play the game in resolutions up to 1920x1080.
  • Choose to play with an amazing soundtrack composed by Eric Matyas. (You can find much more of his amazing work @ http://soundimage.org/)
  • Various graphical options for play on older machines.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Intel Pentium 4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel 4000 Integrated, Nvidia GeForce GTX 260/460/550, or equivalent.
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 7870/R9 270 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti/760
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
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Overall:
Mixed (68 reviews)
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daniacea
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Exploring the randomly generated planets and ships is pretty fun. There is a lot of depth and an infinite amount of area to explore. I like the idea of the game, where you have robot assistants doing the fighting, while you run around "collecting samples" ie looting.
The lag is due to how bad the RPG maker engine is for this type of game. To imporove the controls, I suggest using a gamepad and the joy2key program to map the keyboard keys to the gamepad.
In the Star-Box folder in your steam Common folder you can edit the config.ini file to matche your desktop resolution. I would also suggest turning on frame rate limit in your graphic cards game profile to limit screen tearing. In the game you can press F1 for the settings menu.
Overall for the price, if you use the tweaks I suggest above, the game is fun but the combat lag can be annoying.
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Forgotten Beast
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Things I like most about this game:
You're an explorer. Reminded me of Prospector if you liked that game.
You build your character and mechs up in a way that is fun and rewarding.
It gives a sense of adventure.

Things that need some improvement:
Space combat.
The UI is a little clunky.
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Nax_o
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
Having recently given up on Fortune's Tavern as a hopeless game i tried this one. I wondered long if this one works better and if i should buy it... though i see they both share the same kind of combat engine. Surely this one will work better right?

No. It's terrible. And i have come to the conclusion that this game engine just isn't cut for fun action oriented gameplay. Sure you can get this to work somewhat but the fun part is just missing. Combat on ships is something that i can imagine some people love despite(or because) the sluggish way the characters move giving you a stuttering Archon -like linearity to combat. Fortune's Tavern dejavuu is very strong here.

The biggest sin i think this game engine brings to the table is that it overshadows the story. You are spendng so much time on being annoyed by it that you just dont even care about the story. Yes i understand, some people like it. But i just can't as there really are WORKING action games such as Secret of Magia that does the action part right.

Not going to be spending much ink on the game mechanics itself - i see others have already taken care of that. Instead i am going to just issue a general warning for action games that has this game engine underneath. Now by this i dont mean rpgmaker games generally as i have recently learn't to like a lot of more traditional rpgmaker games but this particular engine that is used on the more action oriented games is just a general disaster and i will avoid it like the plague in the future.
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Yella 🎓
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
STAR-BOX: RPG Adventures in Space is a game that I can't recommend because:
- the price is too much for it's quality (if it has one)
- it is full of bugs
- it crashes all the time
- it doesn't deserve to get a cent
- it is unplayable
- it has no graphical options
- the only good reason to install this game is for the trading cards
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MLGivlid
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
* Controls are weird, can only see them when you press ESC and that leaves out the buttons for the grenades (which are listed on the grenade itself, to be fair).
* Hard to hit 1-4 to fire lasers while using WASD, so you'll have to do arrow keys + 1-4 or use joy2key to map buttons to a controller (remember to map the arrow keys directly, do NOT map WASD instead, it won't work).
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Bruns Horshtber
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
The game looked great from afar... But, so did the Atom Bomb. I've already uninstalled this once but came back when I noticed the 2016 updates, hoping things had shaped up. Not certain how a game with RPG Maker graphics and only being about 212 (ish) MB in size can be so laggy. It's certainly just, as laggy, as before. Using arrow keys in the "closet" to change my loadout the selection bar still jumps over and around items like a sadistic game of drunken leap-frog. I'm re-uninstalling the game and noticed you have pay for DLC... So you have DLC for a game that just barely works and has nearly the same issues as when it was released. Real ♥♥♥♥ move, man. Real ♥♥♥♥ move.

I'd certainly like my money back and maybe steam will actually start taking into account the steaming bowls of ♥♥♥♥-chowder they allow on their market? But I guess I'm a dreamer...
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MysticExile
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
VERY F*CKING BAD CAN'T EVEN PLAY THIS FIX YOUR ♥♥♥♥!!!!
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The Emperor ♛
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
- Nice Game.
- Trading Cards.
- Achievements,
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Mongoloid Mike
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
Game doesn't even launch. Crashes immediately every time. Used an idler to get the cards but never actually played the game. The game's forum indicates that this has been a known issue for at least six months, so selling this is basically fraud.
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StolenOcean
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 21
This concept behind the game is awesome. The execution is terrible - it's not fun to play. I was very dissappointed.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
96 of 111 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2015
Ok so this game is quirky, it is fun, and it is definitely different. It is an A-RPG at it's core, with a story, albeit short at the moment. I do recommend you give this game a shot, if you had fun with other ARPG's, even Binding of Isaac fans could really get into this, altough it has more in terms of items, and managing things. I guess I will do the standard Pros and Cons for people here. . .

Pros:
1: Game has fun old-school style graphics (I enjoy at least, not everyone's cup of tea I understand though)
2: You control a starship and crew, with mechs to help you in battle if you choose
3: Action-RPG that rewards skill, as opposed to just rewarding grinding as many turned based RPG's do (This is not turned based obviously being an ARPG
4: Many upgrades for yourself, and upgrades for your mechs
5: You can board enemy ships, to take them as your own, or buy a better ship if you want instead
6: You can choose to play as a fighter or a commander, either going in and leveling while killing, or letting mechs do the work and staying in the back
7: The price of this game is very low, and IMHO you will get your money's worth of hours of fun
8: Walking around areas, using the action key, you find genetic material or download data or find parts to upgrade mechs all space stations and stuff. Stuff that looks like part of the scenery, actually holds value, which I find endearing. It doesn't stick out, and scream "COME GET ME." You have to use your brain on this one folks.

Cons:
1: There are some bugs, although the developer responded FAST on the boards, then patched some problems same day.
2: The resolutions are a bit funky, and you must restart the game for them to take effect, some of them cause the game to be half off the screen, at least on my monitor.
3: The controls are a bit wonky as well, as how you move is very basic, 4 directions only for facing, can't fire in diagonal, and to fire you push numbers 1 thru 4, while using the WASD to move, is very hard on the fingers. (Can use numpad to move to make it a lot easier, not sure if you can rebind firing keys, as that would be very handy)
4: Taking Damage from enemies can be somewhat delayed / non-informative. They fire 4 or 5 shots at you, and each does 400 damage, and you die near instantly before being able to react.
5: From what I can tell, there is not information when killing an enemy on experience earned, or how far from a level you are, or what is in those brown sacks they drop that you pick up. I assume it is credits, but it gives no information.


All in all, this game is a good buy, and the developer has already commented that he is looking into adding the ability to build your own space station in the game. Things like that, are so unique to a game like this, and I love that he is considering it, and not just going and doing the same tropes that 3/4's of the developers do nowadays.
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66 of 71 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
While the actual gameplay seems like it could be fairly decent, it is ruined by the god-awful user experience. Every single part of the UI is as bare bones as you can get, no polish whatsoever, and chalk full of bugs. Even simple things like fullscreen vs. windowed mode is pretty broken. For example, when you die in windowed mode, the game goes back to fullscreen mode until you change it again. Also, in less than an hour of play time, I've experienced 3 crashes due to some mouse script the game is running. And why on Earth is the game "always on top" of other windows?!

Hopefully the dev will one day see that user experience is extremely important and fix all the issues and polish the UI, as the game really might be something worth playing. Until then, however, it is very difficult to reccomend this game... to anyone.
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65 of 94 people (69%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21, 2015
So this game could be a lost gem in the retro gaming world but due to ♥♥♥♥♥♥ programming it's not.
The game is actually really fun, you travel around space, beat some aliens and other opponents, completing various missions, buy new spaceships ect. ect. it could be a very fun game if there was no darkside.

The darkside of the game is that the programming is really bad and here is why:
- The mouse programming ( which is absolutly not needed in this game) keeps the game crashing over and over again. Till you Figured out that keeping the mous on the middle of the screen solves the problem.
- THe resolution options of the game dont work properly. If you change the resolution the screen gets of center so you cant see things like health or shield
- Sometimes for no reason you cant board spacestations or planets. The game keeps you on your ship and you can try it over and over again with no chance to broad anything
- Sometimes the game gets stuck in a loop of spaceshipfights. That actually happend only once and leaded me to glitch the hell out of the game. Because everytime you try to scan a space object a fight with an enemyspaceship breaksout. In my case the enemy was a puny little ship that didn't match mine in any aspect, so it took me no time to defeat it foor about 50 times, but you got always new loot from it. After that i got bored and made some missions and broke the stuck loop.

So if there is any update wich would fix the problems above than it will be a gem in retro gaming but actually its not.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Game doesn't even launch. Crashes immediately every time. Used an idler to get the cards but never actually played the game. The game's forum indicates that this has been a known issue for at least six months, so selling this is basically fraud.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
This is certainly an addictive little game, you are the captain of your spaceship in a space universe that reminds me of the oldschool sci-fi videogames/movies. It's got a starwars-spacesim feeling to it while being an oldschool sandbox rpg. There are missions you can do such as bounty hunting, collector missions, missions for earth government such as destroying enemies. You can walk inside your spaceship at any time and equip your own character with armour and different weapons. You can even throw grenades while battling. You can also beam down with your mechs and they help you, but the low-tech mechs are stupid and bump into walls a lot while better mechs are more efficient. There are many items to find and collect and use for stuff like improving your mechs. Loving the game and surprised by its depht i'm taking a small break then playing all night. That's why i don't have many hours of playtime but i will play it a lot and do bounty hunter missions, they're my favorite :)
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
The game would not even start, complaining that a minimum screen resolution of 1366x768 is required. For now I'm stuck with a 4:3 monitor at 1280x1024 resolution. By sheer dumb luck I noticed a file named 1366w.txt in the game directory which led me to this thread:

https://steamcommunity.com/app/363510/discussions/0/537405286658273077/

With that I was able to get the game running in 1280x720 resolution and play for some time. Not really the most user friendly thing, and really should be fixed by making a small loader program to make this change for you then run the game.

Beyond that, the game is okay from what I've seen so far. A little buggy and with the usual RPG maker interface annoyances. I'm okay with the price I paid for it as I got it in a bundle. I can't really recommend it for the full $10 price as it currently stands though.
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
Has potential, but the developer needs more experience. that or RPG maker is having issues i did not know about. while i admire the developers attempt, they should probably attempt to polish and streamline the game. Many things are unacounted for, and the games interfaces are extremely clunky. Good Start, but it really needs to be better. I would suggest holding off for a bit longer until the dev gets around to improving his games performance/ interface and quality in general.
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2015
Is this a good game? Don't know. Crashes during the tutorial.
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
In the tutorial you are posed with the opportunity to capture a ship. The opposing mechs and captain are significantly stronger than you and you will die quickly. What a tutorial.

I will probably play this game more but damn dude have a heart, you almost broke my interest in continuing to play.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
70.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
The last few patches have really improved this game to the point where I now feel I can publicly endorse it.

Certainly there are a few small issues with the control system but overall this game is a little gem! Firstly it is huge! Not only do there seem to be many and varied missions, but there is also an option to fly around random space. I personally prefer this mode as every time you encounter something in space you enter your ship and get to chat with your crew. It feels as though you are a Star-Trek captain J

There also seems to be a really interesting story although I’ve not played it all the way through yet as the missions for it become difficult quickly. This is not a game for those that like to be hand-held but instead makes you work things out for yourself (which I personally like). TBH I’m not even sure how you could explain everything to the user as there is so much going on, so much to buy, and so many ways to play.

Definitely worth a look for such a small cost!
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