Starsand is a mystic survival game set among the dunes of an arcane desert. An open-world full of danger, vast environments and mysterious happenings await you! Explore, hunt, craft, build – and SURVIVE.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (26) - 84% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mostly Positive (449) - 75% of the 449 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Nov 4, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“For the first time — taking our courage in both hands — we decided to work on this project full time. Starsand is our first true attempt at making video games for a living. As an indie studio, we believe we can achieve this by involving passionate players in the process, building a community, and taking every suggestion we receive into account.

We want the game to be enjoyable and complete from the beginning, but we also want to update it, polish it, and add new content as we go. We know where we are going, though we want to bring the players with us on this journey; and, sometimes, let them be our guide.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We still don’t have a release date, so a prediction about the length of the Early Access would probably be misleading. Once we have a release date, we are also planning to experiment with a closed beta. Our best bet for a final release, though, would be summer 2022.”

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

“One thing is for certain: the full version is going to have more content. We are planning to add or expand on the following features:

• Complete storyline
• New gameplay dynamics
• More locations (especially “the places below”)
• More traps and weapons
• Better optimization
• Improve UI/UX”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Since the beginning, we started the development process with the idea of releasing the game in Early Access. This means we want to provide a full game experience that is fun to play, while also leaving room to evolve according to new ideas. Therefore, all the standard items are already craftable, plus two different base building sets. All the oases are also there for the player to find, together with animals and other creatures. There’s enough content to experience and wonder — what is coming next?”

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

“Nothing major, but after Early Access has finished, the final price will reflect the additional content developed during this time. The price won’t change during the Early Access period.”

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

“We plan to keep our community up to date with our progress, in order to discuss new ideas and address issues in a timely manner. We’ll invite players to join our upcoming Discord server to chat in real time and give feedback on dedicated channels, so that they can also monitor our progress and be active spectators of the development process. Of course we’ll also make sure to post updates, new features, screenshots, and videos on the Steam community hub.”
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About This Game

Your day started as planned. Motivated and full of ambition you started the run of your life, in the middle of the desert, surrounded by like-minded people. The months of hard training should finally bear fruit. Suddenly, you were caught in a monstrous sandstorm and now you find yourself alone in an inhospitable, hot environment. Deserted and merciless, an ocean of sand stretches to the horizon.

You feel the scorching heat on your skin, sand blowing right at your face, far and wide only vast desert ... but wait, what is that? Something is moving in the far distance. What happened?

Your first thought: Survival.
Your second thought: Rescue will surely come.
The bitter realization: No one will come, you are completely on your own.
The big question: Where are you and why are there two moons in the night sky?

Find shade, find water, find life. Use your energy wisely, avoid too much effort in the heat, keep warm in the coldest nights. You must keep your wits to survive.

Starsand is THE desert survival game. Dangers, mysteries, and puzzles await you! Find out what exactly happened, where you are and what connects you to the history of an extinct civilization. Will you manage to survive in the inhospitable environment, find answers and find your way back to your old life?

Hunt for food, make weapons, build a shelter. Secure your shelter - the dunes are teeming with scary creatures.

Find your way in the vast and lonely desert, orient yourself in sandstorms and mark your path. Thirst and heat become an invincible enemy during the day - cold endangers you during the night. Learn to live with adversity, see the beauty that the world holds, and learn from the animals and nature!

In this desert you are both a hunter and prey. Insect-like predators come out of their dark nests, always looking for food. Protect yourself with fire, blow up enemies with explosive coconut grenades, secure your base and do whatever it takes to survive.

We, Tunnel Vision Studio, are a small creative team ready to conquer the world with RAM sticks, dressed in GPU-coated armor and wearing a VR visor as a helmet. We are a handful of brave geeks based in Rome, not ready to give in to the temptations of countries with fiber broadband and unhealthy food. We make a living doing what we love: everything related to virtual reality and video games.


  • Large open game world in an exciting desert setting with an area of over 64 km².
  • The lovingly designed world, far away from civilization, holds many impressive monuments, artifacts, and creatures of the past, as well as modern times.
  • Survival action par excellence! Weather and desert capers as well as terrestrial and extra-terrestrial enemies awaken the pure survival instinct!
  • Gather, build, secure - for protection against heat, cold, and the unknown enemy.
  • Dynamic weather and day/night changes demand good planning, wise action, and a large portion of courage, especially in the desert.
  • A mystical, thrilling story and the solving of numerous puzzles answer many open questions during the exciting journey into the unknown.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i3 (4th Generation) or equivalent AMD, min. 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or equivalent AMD
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 7 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i5 (4th Generation) or equivalent AMD, min. 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or equivalent AMD
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 7 GB available space

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