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  • Summary: 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Aug 13, 2011
    7 quid is a good price for a universe. [Sept 2011, p.89]
  2. Jul 14, 2011
    There's a lot more to both it and the original than a celestial bump and grind.
  3. Jul 7, 2011
    A slap in the face to all action oriented games. Solar 2 is a miraculously calm but addictive game which radiates seducing serenity and invites you to come to a cosmos, where you (by your own hands) create and destroy planets and the entire constellations in one big procedurally generated universe.
  4. Jul 14, 2011
    The soundtrack is soothing. The gameplay is simple enough for casual jaunts, while offering enough complexity to leave you tearing your hair out in the best sort of frustration. And it's only $10 - go buy this.
  5. Feb 13, 2012
    Interesting for one life cycle, but after the second Big Bang the universe offers nothing new. [Feb 2012]
  6. Jul 18, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Aug 11, 2011
    As it exists now, however, Solar 2 is a simple space physics simulation with just a hint of a game, and building disposable arrangements of revolving circles quickly loses its novelty. [Oct 2011, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. Jan 11, 2014
    For an Indie game that cost a buck, definitely worth it.
  2. Jun 27, 2011
    A beautiful game, with a very nice soundtrack. Though it may become boring after a while, it is a great time waster which you can pick up at any moment. Expand
  3. Jan 13, 2013
    Well made, good looking, calm game with realistic physics, but it does get a bit boring faster than I'd like, I think the steam price is slightly too much as after 20-30 minutes of playing you get bored, and after a total of maximum two hours you'll be bored and won't go back to it after a while, but a nice simple game to have especially to entertain young children for a while. Expand
  4. Jul 18, 2012
    Quite nice game. Very short and after a while there isn't much to do but you can kill time with this one amazingly easy. Just fly around as hunk of rock. There is always room for getting achievements done too if you are that type of the person. Just don't expect any revolution. Expand
  5. Jan 19, 2012
    Alot more work and ideas would have to be put in this game to make it something more than just a novelty. Its maybe fun for first few minutes but you will get bored sooner than you expect. Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2011
    The concept seems fine - you start as a rock, grow and become a planet, later star. Finally you "own" other planets and develop a star system etc. Throw in an atmospheric music and some task or missions to perform in-game... and it should work. Sadly, it's not. I have to admit, this game is original, but in the other hand it's also pretty boring. It could be punishing and challenging, but instead of this - you can save your progress anytime and respawn instantly with any system you saved previously. It means you don't have to build up every time you get owned. Which is fine, overall casual feel of Solar2 makes it a good game for a relaxing 15 minutes at work. Nevertheless, this game fails at engaging the player. You don't really care about it and when game reaches it's conclusion (and it does it very very quickly), there's nothing to come back for. You just won't play it again. It's too shallow, too repetitive, too easy. Expand
  7. Oct 5, 2011
    Extremely short, extremely shallow. Fun for 10 minutes, but then you start to feel like they forgot to put in a lot more that could have, like much more stages of planet evolution before advancing. Because of these problems this is hardly even a game. Expand

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