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  • Summary: In Spacebase DF-9, players help humanity and alien allies recolonize the Milky Way following the collapse of galactic society. In an open-ended gameplay environment, players construct and maintain a self-sustaining deep space habitat, deal with environmental and alien threats, and watch andIn Spacebase DF-9, players help humanity and alien allies recolonize the Milky Way following the collapse of galactic society. In an open-ended gameplay environment, players construct and maintain a self-sustaining deep space habitat, deal with environmental and alien threats, and watch and influence the lives of a diverse crew as they live, work, and attempt to stave off space madness. Expand
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  1. Nov 3, 2014
    68
    Spacebase DF-9 is charming, and its random events give you more to do and worry about than something like Banished. However, it lacks the depth and polish needed to make the tasks of expansion and crisis management go smoothly.
  2. Nov 18, 2014
    43
    Not only does it feel unfinished, even with what is there you encounter a lot of issues.
  3. Nov 27, 2014
    25
    Double Fine overestimated its abilities and failed to produce a proper management strategy game. Remember Spacebase DF-9 every time before buying anything in Steam Early Access. Even a big name is not a guarantee that a game will be actually finished.
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  1. Oct 31, 2014
    10
    Enjoyable space-based Civilization type game with awesome music.

    (Ignore the negative reviews complaining that it doesn't have all the
    Enjoyable space-based Civilization type game with awesome music.

    (Ignore the negative reviews complaining that it doesn't have all the features that were hoped -- that's the same for every game on the market.)
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  2. Oct 21, 2013
    9
    Great game for only being in Alpha. Genuinely fun. All these minor little details just make me shiver with excitement. For example the way youGreat game for only being in Alpha. Genuinely fun. All these minor little details just make me shiver with excitement. For example the way you select an area and it just generates wherever you select, no predetermined spots. Or the airlocks lights that slowly go from red to green or green to red, signifying someone is entering or leaving the station and oxygen is being refilled/depleted according to what is happening. Even the suits are different! Really all it needs is a bit more content since it's a bare bones right now, not filled out.
    Oh and before I end, love the Spaceface and how they aren't all human.
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  3. Oct 27, 2013
    8
    The game shows great potential. Now it's all up to Double Fine to deliver some more content, and give us a delicious micromanagementThe game shows great potential. Now it's all up to Double Fine to deliver some more content, and give us a delicious micromanagement experience. I can't wait to see what's next. Expand
  4. Nov 8, 2014
    5
    This could have been great. But the fact it's unfinished and will never be finished and some annoying bugs make this into a game that's onlyThis could have been great. But the fact it's unfinished and will never be finished and some annoying bugs make this into a game that's only for the hard core fans of the genre. Perhaps mods will make this better in the future, but it was Double Fine's job to do that in the first place. As it stands I would not pay good money for it. Expand
  5. Oct 5, 2014
    4
    Fun, for about an hour. Then you ask "where's the rest of the game?", only to find the answer is "there isn't one". Abandoned by itsFun, for about an hour. Then you ask "where's the rest of the game?", only to find the answer is "there isn't one". Abandoned by its developer, and unlikely to get any more updates, it isn't worth shelling out for. Sad, because it had such great potential for an alpha. Now, an alpha is all it will ever be. Expand
  6. Nov 3, 2014
    2
    I had some doubts about Spacebase DF-9 while playing the Alpha. I would start it up, explore the new additions to the game only to realize II had some doubts about Spacebase DF-9 while playing the Alpha. I would start it up, explore the new additions to the game only to realize I was eventually only expanding my population, then quit. After a couple of patches it became obvious the evolution of this game could not be compared with Dwarf Fortress as it was originally pitched in Amnesia Fortnight.

    I would prefer to not let my score be swayed by the recent news this would be rocketed forward and released as a complete title. If I'm able to look past that and still objectively view at the game and decide whether it's still worth even a mediocre score - I would still rate it a 3 at best. What has been presented here is a little more than a demo's worth of gameplay for FAR too much price-tag. I feel my opinion is only validated by the actions of Double Fine - anyone who already purchased this game received Hack 'n' Slash for free and vice versa.

    Fine, I get it, this isn't news. And the notion that they've hurt the business model of alpha access games has already been stated. Ultimately, then, I can only affirm that notion and hope to prevent others from wasting their money. The current price tag of $20 is simply egregious.
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  7. Nov 11, 2014
    0
    A waste of money. Developers botched this from the start. They claim they tried their hardest to keep developing, but the incredibly smallA waste of money. Developers botched this from the start. They claim they tried their hardest to keep developing, but the incredibly small amount of content added when they were still developing begs to differ. If you compare it to similar games like Rimworld (which has only a single developer), then you can clearly see that they had no commitment to the project at all. A huge ripoff for those who purchased it, and an unfinished turd of a game that isn't worth purchasing. Double Fine's good reputation seems to be largely based in games over a decade old, because based on the way they behaved towards their customers here they are neither competent nor particularly well intentioned. Expand

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