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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. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 3 out of 4
  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. Absurdity reaches its peak when a corpse that’s been lying on the floor for a while gets some new friends and enemies. Looks like the space frontier in Spacebase DF-9 is settled exclusively by deranged people who were booted from civilized worlds. [Feb 2015]
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    43
    Not only does it feel unfinished, even with what is there you encounter a lot of issues.
  4. 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 11 out of 18
  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 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
  3. Oct 22, 2013
    7
    The game itself appears to be a delicious mixture of Sims and Starcraft, but without the relationships or muliplayer RTS elements.The game itself appears to be a delicious mixture of Sims and Starcraft, but without the relationships or muliplayer RTS elements. Essentially, you're in space, building a space station from the ground up so that you can survive (only have 8 minutes to get something up and running before your guys lose oxygen). Once the initial threat of losing oxygen passes, you can worry about productivity, and giving your guys a better state of living.
    Since the the game is in alpha as of writing this, the things you can build are entirely cosmetic, aside from a few things like the oxygen recycler, and the refinery, which both serve the purpose of life support and productivity. Aside from those two things though, the only other things there are to experience in the game is:
    • Finding derelict stations to salvage or commandeer
    • Finding derelict stations with enemies to kill
    • Leveling up your guys to do certain tasks better
    • An endless amount of passersby that try to add themselves to your team, when you may not want any more population (note: this continues even after everyone dies, so there literally is no way to lose yet)
    The only problem is that as of Alpha 1b (10/22/2013) there is no goal to pursue, no conflict to encounter (except for the occasional raider or alien in a derelict space station), it's just a cosmetic space station builder. That in it of itself is actually pretty fun, which is why I gave it a 7, but until I see some more content for the $25 I paid for it's going to have to stay there. I look forward to updating this review with a better score once the game hits beta.
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  4. Feb 3, 2015
    2
    I preordered this game and wanted it to be good so much. Alas it was not to be. The game is very minimalist in the amount of control youI preordered this game and wanted it to be good so much. Alas it was not to be. The game is very minimalist in the amount of control you actually have while being harsh in terms of difficulty. Save function is save and quit so you can only have 1 base(lazy IMO) and after you get settled the lack of content is staggering. would not recommend to anyone. Expand
  5. Jun 20, 2015
    0
    Unfinished game abandoned by it's publisher. Instead of going through on their promises Double Fine instead leeches off their own reputationUnfinished game abandoned by it's publisher. Instead of going through on their promises Double Fine instead leeches off their own reputation and gave their own fans shovelware. Double Fine titles will now be forever be tainted by their decisions Expand
  6. 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
  7. Oct 15, 2014
    0
    Don't waste your time on this game. The developers have decided to abandon the game and ram in as much 'finished' content then can going fromDon't waste your time on this game. The developers have decided to abandon the game and ram in as much 'finished' content then can going from 0.6 to 1.0 in a month. It had a lot of potential and was very reminiscent of the fun dwarf fortress and the systems interaction of Prison Architect. However, it is not a finished gamed.

    BUYERS BEWARE!
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