From a small 2-man team comes a unique space station management sim. Take on the role of an A.I commanding a lost space ark. Try not to let your crew run amok and wreck the place.
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Mixed (798) - 65% of the 798 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Aug 5, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We’re only a two-man team. Early access allows us to keep working on the game while getting feedback and help from our community of players! Together we can shape Starmancer into something unique as we work our way to 1.0 and beyond!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our rough estimate at the moment is to stay in Early Access until late 2024, but this may extend until we’re happy that there’s enough content for our players.
We want to clearly indicate that Starmancer development is a continuous process, with frequent updates that keep adding to the sandbox experience!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Our plan is to continue improving and building upon Starmancer’s existing features, while adding new content to make the gameplay as fun, replayable and rewarding as possible. We have lots of ideas in the works, some we may keep, some we might cut if they’re not working out.
We’re aiming for the 1.0 release to have improved story elements and more content to make every playthrough unique.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Starmancer currently has all the big sandbox features implemented!
Players build, expand their stations, and manage their human colonists, each with unique attributes and needs. Grow food, produce items, weapons, fight space monsters, mine asteroids and explore derelict space stations for loot and resources.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We’re not sure yet, but it’s likely the final price for 1.0 may be slightly higher than the Early Access price as we add more features.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We stream Starmancer every Friday!
You can view it directly on this steam page.

As a 2-person dev team, we welcome as much community feedback as we can get!
Tell us what you like (we'll add more of it). Tell us what you don't like (we'll figure out how to make it better). Tell us the stories you wish you had on your station.

We'd love to hear your feedback on Discord. Checkout our official Discord server to discuss the game and get a notification when we go live!
We regularly check the Steam Forums, where you can post suggestions, bugs, and feedback. You can also submit feedback directly in-game.”
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“Starmancer Is Your Next Space Colony Sim Obsession”

Space Pirate Incursion

Pirates are here to pillage and plunder in this new Starmancer Update!

  • Pirate attacks - Pirate ships can be seen roaming the galaxy map. They’ll seek you out and eventually launch an attack on your station!
    Will you fend them off or warp away to safety?

  • Handguns - You can now craft handguns at the workbench!
    This is our first step for adding guns and ammo. Expect more weapons and equipment in the next update!

  • Tech Station and Tesla Coils - Our latest derelict station is filled with data chips, silicon, and high tech looking decorations.
    You can also find tesla coil sentries! Hack them, bring them back to your station as defense! Just make sure you’ve got enough power to keep them online.

  • Fire Suppression - We added a sprinkler! Stock it with Fire Suppression Foam and it will automatically extinguish any nearby fires.

  • Game Settings - You can now customize your experience, making it more or less difficult. With multipliers for colonist morale, amount of resources, research speed, build costs and more.

    There’s also a toggle for permadeath, where you cannot regrow colonists!

About This Game

Humanity launches the Starmancer Initiative – in a desperate attempt to escape from a dying home planet and seek refuge among the stars.
Millions of people upload their consciousness into your memory banks – entrusting their minds and their future to an Artificial Intelligence, a Starmancer. To you.

Now – you find yourself alone and stranded in a strange star system, your task as a Starmancer is to construct and manage a space station capable of sustaining human life.
Starmancer offers gameplay with consequences in a living sandbox environment as you warp from star to star, scavenging resources from derelict stations while fending off space monsters, zombies and pirates!

There are many ways to manage your space station — Don’t be afraid to experiment with unconventional or morally questionable strategies..

  • Sustain Life - Cater to the needs of your colonist, by building farms for food, providing beds for rest and bathrooms to prevent unsanitary accidents.
  • Express Yourself - Customize your station with walling, floors, furniture, and collect unique decorations. Place cheerful paintings to remind the colonists how friendly and relatable you are, and motivational posters to let them know just how much you value their productivity.
  • Power, Water, and Atmosphere - Build treadmills and batteries to provide power to your machines. Hook them up to the grid with wires!
    Place pipes and water purifiers to provide clean water for your farms and oxygen creators.
    Airlocks can be used to separate the atmosphere of two rooms, while wall vents do the opposite.

    • Grow Colonists - Colonists are grown in your core’s incubator. Pick and choose from a virtually endless supply of different minds, stored in your data banks.
      If they should meet a tragic end, you can always harvest their head and regrow them.
    • Unique Colonists - Unique Personalities – Colonists have random starting skills, personality perks and job preferences that makes them uniquely suited to different roles.
      A colonist with Morbid Curiosity makes an excellent doctor to clean up violent mishaps.
    • Jobs - Assign tasks like farming, mining, and security. Each with an associated skill.
      Watch as your rookie explorer levels up and becomes a deadly pirate killing machine.
    • Skills - Colonists have skills like strength, health, researching, and speed. As your colonists perform these tasks, they get better and better. Colonists with high strength skill can defeat monsters in a single punch (they can also drag unconscious colonists)!
    • Memories - Colonists remember the good (and bad) things that happen to them.
      Ensure their needs are met, and keep traumatic incidents to a minimum.
      Unhappy colonists will eventually snap and freak out, and can develop crazy personality traits after having snapped one time too many.

    Beyond your station’s borders lies the vast darkness of space—filled with wildlife, abandoned stations, and rare loot!

    • Draft - Draft and send your bravest colonists out into the wilderness to defeat hostile wildlife — creating a safe environment for your gentler colonists to harvest resources and bring back all the precious loot!
    • Hostile Wildlife - Slimes, space zombies, and malfunctioning robots are just a few of the enemies inhabiting the nearby asteroids and derelict stations.
      Equip your colonists with medkits and weapons to give them a fighting chance!
    • Relics - Special items with unique properties. An ordinary pen that erases all memories. An encyclopedia that increases all experience earned. C4 for blowing up monsters and clearing paths in stations.
    • Derelict Stations - A Medilab where you can find medkits and antivirals. A waste station to scavenge for scrap. An asteroid mining outpost with sulfur veins. Explore them all. Collect their cosmetic objects like sewage pools and morgue drawers. Your crew can even live in the abandoned stations!
    • Procedurally Generated - he asteroids and stations beyond your borders are generated every time you warp to a new star system, but the resources, wildlife, and stations are consistent in a star biome. This helps you find basic resources, but you’ll never know exactly what to expect when you arrive in a new system.

      Key Features

      • Build a thriving space station, with tons of customization.
      • Manage the lives of colonists aboard your station.
      • Explore and loot derelict stations, avoiding traps and fighting monsters.
      • Tinker with the sandbox using cheats: spawn monsters, build instantly, give yourself all the money, and more.
      • Modding support
      • Active Development — Check out our weekly developer stream!

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Contains cartoon blood and gore.
Sometimes colonists get eaten by zombies. People get mad and fight each other to the death. Once in a while they get infected by alien parasites and explode.

System Requirements

SteamOS + Linux
    • OS *: Windows 7, 64-bit
    • Processor: 2.0 ghz DualCore CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 compatible GPU
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Windows 10, 64-bit
    • Processor: 2.0+ ghz QuadCore CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible GPU
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.
    • OS: MacOS 10.13 High Sierra
    • Processor: 2.0 ghz DualCore CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3 compatible GPU
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: MacOS 10.13 High Sierra
    • Processor: 2.0+ ghz QuadCore CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3 compatible GPU
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, 64-bit
    • Processor: 2.0 ghz DualCore CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3 compatible GPU
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • OS: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, 64-bit
    • Processor: 2.0+ ghz QuadCore CPU
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3 compatible GPU
    • Storage: 1 GB available space

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