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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 15
  2. Negative: 8 out of 15
  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. 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
  5. 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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  6. Dec 22, 2014
    1
    Nice technical demo ! Oh... wait...

    Don't buy this scam, and avoid Double Fine's early-access at all cost, it's a shady studio who can't
    Nice technical demo ! Oh... wait...

    Don't buy this scam, and avoid Double Fine's early-access at all cost, it's a shady studio who can't handle money and PR.
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  7. Jan 25, 2015
    0
    The game is the pure definition of Vaporware.

    They released the original alpha and 5 updates to the alpha and pushed it into release. The
    The game is the pure definition of Vaporware.

    They released the original alpha and 5 updates to the alpha and pushed it into release. The feature set is laughable for even a $20 game. Prison Architect easily has hundreds of hours more content and it is still growing and being developed actively. Double Fine stopped after 6 months and continued to milk funds while not releasing updates. A game like this should have hundreds of items and 20-30 room types. The game has 10 or so room types less then 50 items that matter and do anything useful. The AI is still broken and people die because they like to suffocate and do not run away from pirates. Ships are not ships and instead random rooms that show up on screen randomly and you have to explore and empty pirates and hostiles and then dismantle everything before you can build.

    I won't waste too much time writing a clear, concise, or organized list because the game is atrocious and tarnishes Double Fine. Do not buy any early access for their games unless you are guaranteed to get the money back ala kickstarter. I will be ignoring them completely as they are dead to me.

    These events and the poor handling of announcements, brings into question whether Broken Age will be finished as it shows how poorly they plan out development. The game started development in March 2012 and finally release act 1 on January 14, 2014. Act 2 is not even scheduled for release until Q2 2015. Two years to release I can forgive, a year and a half or more between acts I cannot. They have either been pushing resources off one game to another, or they have the slowest developers in the industry. They obviously have no clue how episodic content is supposed to go. Stick with Tell Tale Games and ignore Double Fine Studios for episodic content.

    I could give them one slightly mishandled project. But now that Broken Age is so far behind and the disgusting mess that is Spacebase DF9, they really show how lacking they are in leadership. Double Fine needs to get out of the money handling business because they obviously need a publisher to keep them on track and continue developing games. They have turned into Id Software, well, at least Id Software waited til the product was actually complete. Anything short of full refunds means Double Fine lost all goodwill.

    TL;DR: Look into Prison Architect and ignore Double Fine giving us the finger with this game.
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