Dynamic abstract sandbox universe. Changes and evolves as you do.
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Mostly Positive (14 reviews) - 71% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,479 reviews) - 90% of the 1,479 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 17, 2011

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About This Game

In most games you see stars in the background, you shoot asteroids or you live on planets. But in Solar 2 you ARE these objects! Enter a universe where you must prove yourself to the resident god-like figure by doing its many bizarre and varied tasks. Or just ignore it and see how big you can grow!

Solar 2 is an open-world, sandbox game set in an infinite abstract universe. Play constructively: grow your system, nurture life on your planets and attack enemy life in huge space battles. Play destructively: crash into other objects and cause chaos, use your orbiting objects like wrecking balls, steal planets from other systems.

Key features:

  • Dynamic abstract sandbox universe. Changes and evolves as you do.
  • Non-linear missions and open-world gameplay.
  • No boundaries. Drift forever in ambient space bliss.
  • Full of weird eccentric humor and stuff.
  • Extensive custom sound track.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or greater
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 50 MB
    • Video Card: 128 MB Graphics Card that supports Shader Model 2.0
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Additional: Microsoft Xbox 360 Controller support
    • OS: OSX 10.6 or greater
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 100 MB
    • Video Card: 128 MB Graphics Card that supports OpenGL 2.0
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or above
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible graphics card with 128 MB RAM, Pixelshader 2.0
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB
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Mostly Positive (14 reviews)
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PeterThePersian
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
no controller support on PS4 controller. No business sense. Get your act together guys. They saved a couple bucks not prpgramming for controllers, and then lost a bunch of $$$.
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Sohlm
( 19.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Buy this game and play it. Its simple and fun had this game for years and may not have put tons of hours into it i acomplished the objectives and had tons of free time messing around 10/10
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Ishvii
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Fairly simplistic "sandbox" game where you basically expand by absorbing other planets. Ok for a couple of hours but no replayability.
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flyingfajitas
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
I. LOVE. THIS. GAME.
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egehanhk
( 41.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
This is good game, I like good game
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Dahha
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
this is an excellent little game. try to get it on sale because $10 is a bit steep for it. but even so it's certainly fun and worth the time you put into playing it if you like space and basic physics, also if you like games where you try to grow your object ( in this case a plannet/rock/star/etc)
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Purity
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Playtime and Time/money
I played this game for a few hours on my phone, and considering this game is $10 by itself it's a horrible price for the enjoyable game you get.
Since it's an unrecorded time because of using an alternate device to play this game it would be unfair to give it a money over time rating, but I can still say that 10$ is far too much for a few hours of enjoyment.

Exactly what is this game?
A sandbox game, where you either journey to become the greatest galaxy ever known, that kills other galaxies with it's population, or you become the ultimate form, a black hole, until you eat the entire universe it's like I said a few hours of enjoyment but nothing worth mentioning besides that, there are fun challenges to play that are prebuilt, theres a few fun things to do, but this game is extremely shallow.

So now the standard game rating:
  • Story: 0/10 (No real story.)
  • Gameplay: 5/10 + 📱 (slippery movement, and some moments where you go "oh wow, that was kind of a load of ♥♥♥♥ that that happened", also it's even still just better suited for mobile play.)
  • Presentation: 5/10 (It's 'aight.)
  • Soundtrack: 4/10 (forgettable generic space background music.)
  • Replayability: 2/10 (completion value only, after which you'll find the sandbox has little to offer.)

    Although the game is charming, it's for sure not worth the value and I would never suggest a friend buy this game for this price, a more suitable price would be 99 cents.
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Kazimieras
( 8.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Cute little game that lacks the required instruction manual. It is obscenely obtuse at times, but is a very good "sit and chill" game. Easy to pick up and put down. Auto save feature is well impelemented.
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[GWG]Dontrag3bro
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Didnt even get into the game, it won't start up. DO NOT BUY
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FatherAzazel
( 60.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
i love this game... love it... seriously for hours on end.. its sets a very ethereal mellow atmosphere... and there is something about being a black hole and eating up everything...
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Playtime and Time/money
I played this game for a few hours on my phone, and considering this game is $10 by itself it's a horrible price for the enjoyable game you get.
Since it's an unrecorded time because of using an alternate device to play this game it would be unfair to give it a money over time rating, but I can still say that 10$ is far too much for a few hours of enjoyment.

Exactly what is this game?
A sandbox game, where you either journey to become the greatest galaxy ever known, that kills other galaxies with it's population, or you become the ultimate form, a black hole, until you eat the entire universe it's like I said a few hours of enjoyment but nothing worth mentioning besides that, there are fun challenges to play that are prebuilt, theres a few fun things to do, but this game is extremely shallow.

So now the standard game rating:
  • Story: 0/10 (No real story.)
  • Gameplay: 5/10 + 📱 (slippery movement, and some moments where you go "oh wow, that was kind of a load of ♥♥♥♥ that that happened", also it's even still just better suited for mobile play.)
  • Presentation: 5/10 (It's 'aight.)
  • Soundtrack: 4/10 (forgettable generic space background music.)
  • Replayability: 2/10 (completion value only, after which you'll find the sandbox has little to offer.)

    Although the game is charming, it's for sure not worth the value and I would never suggest a friend buy this game for this price, a more suitable price would be 99 cents.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Cute little game that lacks the required instruction manual. It is obscenely obtuse at times, but is a very good "sit and chill" game. Easy to pick up and put down. Auto save feature is well impelemented.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
this is an excellent little game. try to get it on sale because $10 is a bit steep for it. but even so it's certainly fun and worth the time you put into playing it if you like space and basic physics, also if you like games where you try to grow your object ( in this case a plannet/rock/star/etc)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This is good game, I like good game
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
180 of 196 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2013
Solar 2 is one of Steam's best-kept secrets. It's equal parts space physics simulator and arcade game.

I find it very relaxing and entertaining to zip around space, gobbling up asteroids into a giant star-katamari and evolving my planets.

It's not a perfect game. I wish that there was a better way to battle star-vs-star with the AI. The best strategy I've found for stealing planets is to knock them out of orbit with a shielded planet, then chase them down. This works, but it's very damaging to your suns and planets, and tends not to be worth the effort. The best strategy for growth is roaming about the galaxy looking for free planets and asteroids to grow your system.

No matter. Solar 2 is not really designed for long-term play. I find it works best to pop in for a while and just knock around a bit. See if you have the patience to develop an 8-star system, for instance.

The missions offer a nice break to the gameplay, but some are easy and some are very frustrating. It's a mixed bag.

A Multiplayer mode would have been welcome, too. Still, I find little to complain about in Solar 2. It's not perfect, but it is a light and fun sandbox game, which lets you decide how you want to have fun. Try the Demo.
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151 of 197 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2013
You start out as an asteroid and build up mass until you are a black hole. If that doesn't sound like the tightest ♥♥♥♥ there is, then I don't know what to tell you. But seriously, this game has a surprisingly extensive amount of content, beautiful graphics, and excellent gameplay. I highly recommend it.
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57 of 63 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
Have you always wanted to be a celestial object? In this interesting take on the "grow bigger" genre you finally can. You begin as a smallest of asteroids and have to hit other asteroids to grow in mass and avoid marauding space ships and anything too much larger in the process. You move with arrows or ASDW (I used keyboard) in a 2D universe, while everything else is dictated by gravity.

At some point you will grow into a planet. This changes mechanics: no longer will you try to hit stuff but instead try to make asteroids orbit your piece of rock, after which you can absorb them. Mechanics are different for each phase: asteroid, planet, star and black hole. Planet phase is separated into regular and life planets (all with shields, planetary cannons and spaceships).

Orbiting is pseudophysical: that is, not real physics at all. The objects will actually be attached to the orbiting system. You should know that this is not a real physics simulator, so this is totally fine. This makes for some truly bizarre possibilities: you can form multi-star ring systems with ridiculous numbers of stars and yet have aggressively orientated fully evolved killer planets orbiting the system.

Story and achievements provide some 10-20 hours of playtime within three missions and 2-3 challenge mini games for each phase and finally a boss fight. They often make clever use of the game's physics and mechanics. You can also stop anytime you want and the cloud will make sure you can continue from where you left, or if you'd like to, from somewhere entirely different. Playing is very enjoyable and the only time I remember it getting tedious was when I grinded my way to 40 stars supersystem. Fortunately, you can save your favourite configurations (like that one with super-multistar megasystem) to be loaded any number of times again (handy for achievements) and play with physics options if regular pseudophysics gets boring.

Once you're done with the universe simply grow your planet-eating super-heavy neutron star into an all-devouring black hole and consume the world in a Big Crunch. A fitting end to a crazy little game.
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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
The screenshots really do not do this game justice. The formula isn't new in itself (if you've played the first evolution level of Spore, Osmos or Flash-game 'flOw', it's basically that idea (bigger consumes smaller), modelled on orbital rotation and gravity.

You start life as a small bit of rock - a tiny asteroid. You must smash into other rocks in order to grow. Grow enough and you will become a barren, rocky planet. Gather more rocks into your orbit and absorb them for your planet to grow. When it's large enough, your planet can sustain life (which has benefits and shortcomings - I won't say what as it's a bit of a spoiler). Once your planet is HUGE, it can become a minor star and draw other planets into its orbit. Be the biggest solar system. Become a binary star system. Become a black hole! Survive as other systems try to attack your marvellous achievement and turn you back into an empty, tiny planet! Best of all, you keep that planet or system. When you reload, you carry on where you left off.

Besides making your own star system, there are objectives to carry out if you wish. They're fun and challenging, but to be honest I just enjoy making the biggest star system. The controls are excellent for both keyboard (sorry - no mouse) and gamepad. A simple concept really nicely executed. Overall, this is a superb little game and I highly recommend it as one of those time-filling diversions when you don't want to dive into your huge AAA title.
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27 of 27 people (100%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2015
Nice little game to play if you've got nothing else or you wanna play on your laptop during a long, boring trip.

Commendable for the sheer scale of events. You wanna be a black hole? Sure, why not, be a badass black hole. The badassest of them all. Eat asteroids, eat planets, eat stars, eat other black holes, and then eat the whole mother♥♥♥♥ing Universe, nothing's there to stop you except the inevitability of you collapsing under your own gravity. Dayum, space, you scary.

Or... OR... you could actually, you know, do story missions and become God. But they're hard.
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
You're in space. You're a rock in space. Bump into more rocks to become bigger rock, become a rock with little people on it, avoid letting rocks pelt your planet and avoid bringing the race to extintion long enough for your little planet to develope self defence, become bigger, explode into a star killing an entire life system on your planet and then become a solar system. In space. With more planets with more self defence. Grow your star untill it evolves, explodes, and devours space. Space.
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