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"Starbound is still in its early days, but the beta is a promising new adventure spanning a really, really big universe." -

In Starbound, you take on the role of a character who’s just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another. From there you’ll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe.

You’ll encounter procedurally generated creatures and weapons, discover populated villages and abandoned temples. Explore planets dotted with dungeons, eyeball trees and treasure. Make use of over a hundred materials and over one thousand in-game objects to build a sprawling modern metropolis or a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, and do all of it alone or with friends!

Starbound lets you live out your own story of space exploration, discovery and adventure. Settle down and farm the land, hop from planet to planet claiming resources, or make regular visits to populated settlements, taking on jobs and earning a living. NPCs are scattered about the worlds, offering quests and challenges for those looking for a little extra excitement in their lives.

Key Features:

  • 6 playable races

  • A procedurally generated universe with unlimited procedurally generated planets

  • All content available in online drop in/drop out co-op

  • Generated dungeons full of unique enemies

  • Randomly generated monsters

  • Thousands of items

  • A deep crafting system

  • PVP gameplay

  • Own and decorate your own Starship

  • Develop your own home planet

  • Menacing boss battles

  • Procedurally generated guns and melee weapons

  • Farming, hunting and survival mechanics

  • Built from the ground up to support modding

  • Ongoing free updates

  • Multi-platform multiplayer

Customer reviews


Just another Terraria, or something more?

Bombolz | Aug. 29, 2014 | See all Bombolz's reviews »

Starbound is a 2d Sidescroller rpg game, with exploration and creative elements. For those that have played Terraria, Starbound is in essence, the same type of game except in space. So what makes Starbound unique?

Visually, Starbound is much more appealing than it's predecessor, and has managed to encompass immersion through the flora and design of each planet. Futhermore, each planet has their own unique conditions and players can transverse through planets should they have the resources to do so. Planets not only look visually different, they have different impacts on gameplay, such as difficulty level, temperature conditions, gravity, different materials to harvest, different native species as well as npc intelligent lifeforms that have settled on the planet and may or may not be aggressive.

Much like Terraria, Starbound does include a multiplayer function, and also like Terraria, it requires a third party software to operate properly (Hamachi/Evolve). This probably will get changed in the future and players should have the capability to connect to others through steam (don't quote me on this though). Multiplayer is generally very smooth and experiences very little lag (although this may vary depending on the hosts internet capabilities).

The music in Terraria was much more iconic and had an arcade feel to it which greatly suited it. Starbound's music was enticing, and kept that a nice space themed lore friendly music. The music in both are good, it just comes down to personal preference.

The building functionality of Starbound is simpler to use. It provides a more easy, and more efficient tool and controls that the player can work with.

The combat is fairly the same, but Starbound has an energy bar instead of mana, but they essentially function the same way. Starbound has abilities which use energy whereas Terraria has spells that us mana. The boss fights in Terraria definitely felt much better to fight against, possibly because I have yet to see a huge boss in Starbound.

In the end, Starbound is not something totally different, but is a unique fun experience to dive into. In my opinion, it's just a "better" and simpler game than Terraria.

Keep in mind that Starbound is yet to have a full release.


Get bound to Starbound

LautaroCompleX | Aug. 25, 2014 | See all LautaroCompleX's reviews »

A lot of people think that this game is kind of overrated because there is no real endgame, but I think this is something that'll get sorted out for the best after Beta. You can have loads of fun with friends (or even on your own), while grinding and getting new stuff, visiting new places and making your own castles, houses, bases, bunkers, etc. This game is very much like life itself. Is there a real "ultimate goal" to life? Not really, it's just about enjoying, visiting new places and meeting new people, about having fun and living it the way you like it. And that's how this game works in my opinion, you just go from planet to planet on an infinite random generated universe and conquer each planet according to your own desire. And that, for me, is something not many games have nowadays. I recommend trying the game, and feeling as free and all-powerful as only Starbound can make you feel.



coldrefreader | Aug. 12, 2014 | See all coldrefreader's reviews »

Bear in mind that this is a review of the game in its current state.

Well, this looks like Terraria player's dream, but it actually isn't. The game looks funny and exciting at start, but after a while of playing you realise these things:

  1. There is a lot of grinding: The currency ingame is Pixels. It is similar to the xp at Minecraft, but you use that to buy stuff aswell. You will do ANYTHING to get them, nothing else matters.

  2. The combat is boring: Basicly the combat here is just jumping around and hoping you will hit the mob you try to kill.

  3. Bosses are easily handled(They're bosses for a reason, don't you think?) : There are certain tricks you can use to kill bosses fast. All you have to do it place dirt all around it , with some little hole and you have the perfect trap for a boss.

  4. Devs are total idiots : Updates are very slow, with little worthwhile information being released to the public. The official Chucklefish forum is one of the most heavily censored websites you will ever visit on the internet. Every single criticism, how valid it may be, gets brushed under the rug as ''trolling'' and the user has a good chance of getting banned.

I do not recommend this game, because your money will be thrown in the air. Do not support some rotten indie developers.


Essentially Terraria, but with even more goodness.

mrminecrafter1 | Aug. 6, 2014 | See all mrminecrafter1's reviews »

Starbound is essentially Terraria but in space. From a casual gamer's perspective, the graphics look the same between the two games. But the graphics have found a neat spot between arcadey and realism somehow. Gameplay is almost the same, but if it ain't broken why bother fixing it. It is still fun and engaging to the player. Soundtrack is very nice. The new feature, quest system, is well executed and offers good rewards for your hard work. Animation quality is fluid and hardly is there ever any odd animations. Physics are also pretty good for this game. As more feautres are added in and bugs are fixed, the game can only get better. A well-done survival game set in space which allows creativity options to increase exponentially. Recommended for gamers looking for survival games.


So Good!!!

friendbear70 | July 21, 2014 | See all friendbear70's reviews »

This is one of the best 2D, sandbox, exploration games since Terraria. It has all the great qualities a good games needs. Race, adventure, apes, surprise, acid, and MORE. It is so cool! You can play as 6 different races, each having their own abilities. For example, avians can jump really high. Each race has a different type of ship.

There are so many different planets to explore too. Ranking from really weak planets to really strong planets. Every planet has different monsters, all differing in strength. if you go deep enough, you can find many strange things like a frog merchant. This is a crazy fun game that every should have. This is definitely worth the 15 dollars!