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Release: Dec 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Astrox: Hostile Space Excavation

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Good: Low system requirements – Addictingly simple
Bad: Slow to open up the universe
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Astrox: Hostile Space Excavation sees you exiled deep into the mining sector of the galaxy with a simple ship and small mining beam. Challenging you to survive and scratch out a living players will grow their wealth, improve their ship and hunt down pirates.


While the formula for Astrox: Hostile Space Excavation has been done before Astrox somehow manages to take simple mechanics and make them addicting by using a well balanced progression curve once you get past the initial slow start. Astrox also has the benefit of extremely low system requirements to make it playable on even the oldest of machines, somehow this is all achieved without too much loss in visual appearance.

You’ll start your adventure in Astrox: Hostile Space Excavation with a small amount of customisation via name and avatar. The majority of customisation is instead saved for the universe you’re about to spawn in which does mean there is some replay value by altering the galaxy parameters for a harder game the second or third time around. Options such as the number of star systems, asteroid rarity, starting ship and space stations.

With your settings selected you’ll spawn into your own universe as you hunt down asteroid belts to mine for precious resources while also collecting the odd bounty for a pirate kill or hauling goods. After a few trips back and forth you’ll have the credits to upgrade your simple little mining vehicle with limited combat capabilities to more powerful ships and thus increase your storage space and pirate hunting capacity.


All of these increases happen alongside the skill system which turns your game time into tangible increases in things like fuel efficiency and weapon damage.

Overall despite its simple premise Astrox: Hostile Space Excavation is mesmerising and an attractive option for low end PC gamers.


  • Set custom settings for your own game universe.
  • Mine asteroids, hunt pirates and haul goods.
  • Upgrade your ship and spend skill points to improve your efficiency and power.
  • Runs on even low end computers.
  • Over 30 unique ships to choose from.

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Astrox: Hostile Space Excavation, 6.7 out of 10 based on 6 ratings
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