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  • Summary: 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 8, 2016
    100
    Starbound is a game that, after a few hours of play, starts to seem like an instant classic you’ll be revisiting from time to time over the next unknown period of years.
  2. Jul 28, 2016
    91
    Starbound excels as a crafting and exploration game, as a 2D platformer with varied and engaging combat, and as a Zelda-esque story RPG with a detailed world and memorable alien cultures to interact with. The sheer volume of different kinds of locations to discover, items to craft and build great structures with, and flashy ways to vanquish aliens prevent any part of the experience from getting boring quickly.
  3. Sep 1, 2016
    88
    Starbound is a profound and economic alternative to No Man's Sky. Despite its technical section, behind the title hides a deep and harmonious universe worthy of being explored.
  4. Oct 24, 2016
    82
    Starbound is one of the very few games that gets both "open world" and "sandbox" done right. The amount of activities available is astounding and the best part is you can avoid them all, if you wish to do just that.
  5. Sep 5, 2016
    80
    If Starbound has one major downside it’s that there is no pause button. A pithy consideration, I know, but it means if you’re exploring a cavern found deep within the recesses of a new planet, you cannot pause to take a much-needed bathroom break. And since enemies can spawn at any time, you can’t walk away from your computer in confidence, either. But the lack of a pause button almost feels apt: in Starbound, there can be no pause button, no way to suspend you from this childhood fantasy.
  6. Aug 8, 2016
    80
    Starbound is a must-buy for the PC players due to the huge amount of hours of entertainment that this game can give. An enormous universe, a great variety of tools and a game full of possibilities.
  7. Aug 16, 2016
    60
    Starbound is coming into a genre that most people either love or hate. I really wonder if there is room in someone’s schedule for yet another crafting game. Starbound is certainly a good one of those, but it doesn’t really stand out among the many challengers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 105
  2. Negative: 29 out of 105
  1. May 19, 2014
    10
    Don't follow what the haters say. Play the game yourself and you will see that its amazing. The music, the art, the adventure is all greatlyDon't follow what the haters say. Play the game yourself and you will see that its amazing. The music, the art, the adventure is all greatly done, and plenty of mods from the community and the fact that you need little to no knowledge to mod the game too, its just a amazing game! Sure, it might be terraria-like but its mostly pure inspiration. Its a great game, and don't forget that its currently just a beta so things will change often. Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2015
    10
    I've owned this game since its first stage of alpha, and felt it was a very well put together game. The updates were slow for a while, butI've owned this game since its first stage of alpha, and felt it was a very well put together game. The updates were slow for a while, but now, the developers are quite actively trying to improve the game. I'd recommend reading only the recent reviews, as things have greatly improved.
    The community is good, the gameplay is good, but in my experiences the game really shines as a roleplaying platform. The assets are very numerous, it's possible to change each individual color on any piece of clothing (with a third-party web-app called SBSE) and the RP communities are great. It's incredibly easy to create custom assets (such as guns, etc) that EVERYONE can see without needing mods, and is overall a very highly moddable game. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a good adventure, and especially people who like RPing.
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  3. Jul 30, 2015
    9
    The game has been in development for longer than I care to remember. Every 'major' update we receive tend to be pointless. I remember theThe game has been in development for longer than I care to remember. Every 'major' update we receive tend to be pointless. I remember the update where all they did was add in pets that do absolutely NOTHING. Not what I consider a major update. Meanwhile they've had a ridiculous amount of funding from people who pre-ordered the game on their website and have made little progress.
    And meanwhile Chucklefish are wasting their time and resources publishing countless other indie games when they can't even finish developing their own game!
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  4. Jun 14, 2014
    7
    Starbound is a pretty good game, but very unfinished. It's updated frequently, but mostly with Holiday content (Want to dress up like SantaStarbound is a pretty good game, but very unfinished. It's updated frequently, but mostly with Holiday content (Want to dress up like Santa Claus? You'll be happy. Want more than a few hours worth of gameplay? You probably won't be.) Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2017
    6
    Is it possible to make something so dissatisfying that it tempts a person to give up on out of sheer tedium and boredom? Yes its totallyIs it possible to make something so dissatisfying that it tempts a person to give up on out of sheer tedium and boredom? Yes its totally possible and it's known as "Starbound." A half functional clone of Terraria, with worse weapons, worse controls, a dull plot written to fill the void between building, a dull building mechanic to fill the void when you're bored from exploring. I have built small houses on at least four planets, but for some reason the novelty wore off after only building one of those houses, not too mention "crafting" all the necessary objects you actually need versus everything else which ends up being window dressing or entirely cosmetic. Maybe I'm not the most creative person around, but you can only have the same three or four wall "house" structure and to me, just because I have dozens of different styles of "wood" patterns available, doesn't mean I'm going to spend time replacing what I've already been building with. Essentially this means you'll be using a TON of wood, and by wood I mean the most plentiful thing in the game. Due to random generation biomes, or whatever you want to call them, a lot of areas just feel like little caverns separated by a few poorly placed dirt bricks or rocks. My biggest problem was digging though. Digging or mining takes too long. You know what takes less time? Pulling up a trainer for this game, getting a reward bag, and using it infinitely until you have all the modules you need to upgrade that awful matter manipulator. It's too repetitive, I don't expect an Ocean planet to have a poison/ marsh biome underneath the ocean floor- that's stupid. "Quests" if you'd like to call them that are just, "go here kill this, or "escort this villager back to village," or "collect this resource and bring it back to NPC," and that's freaking boring. That's not fun. The best parts are fights that you are either immensely overpowered for, or drastically not ready for. I guess if you wanted something that isn't Terraria, than here you go. Play a 3rd party knock-off with less charm and less functional mechanics. There are many, many, many underlying problems with Starbound and it's hard to point out a single one that drags down the experience, so in this case I'll just say it's a combination of bad that makes the game very time consuming for no good reason. If you can imagine grinding in a game that's not technically an RPG, that's what this game is like. Expand
  6. Jul 11, 2014
    3
    This game had a lot of potential but it seems to be effectively abandoned by its developers(save for an occasional blog post about theirThis game had a lot of potential but it seems to be effectively abandoned by its developers(save for an occasional blog post about their "progress"). Avoid this one and save your money. Expand
  7. Jan 4, 2015
    0
    As many have pointed out, the game is basically a scam. I purchased it when it originally released on Steam over a year ago, progress has beenAs many have pointed out, the game is basically a scam. I purchased it when it originally released on Steam over a year ago, progress has been laughably slow for a game that has made millions of dollars on Kickstarter and Steam Early Access. I still find it amazing that they could not have hired just a few more people to work on the game and get content pushed out at a decent rate. There are 'nightly' builds, which are as you can imagine very regular releases, but they are not stable and typically result in crashes. The community surrounding the game is horrendous, devote fanboys on one end, and those who feel swindled on the other. There is supposedly a large update coming out first quarter of this year, but if it's like anything like I've come to expect from Chuckelfish.. Well, I'm not holding my breath. Would strongly recommend against purchasing this game and supporting poor developers. They don't deserve your money. Expand

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