starbound
Metacritic: N/A
Release: Dec 2013
Reviewed on: PC

Starbound

Site Score
9.0
Good: Infinite universe to explore – Plenty of game depth
Bad: Still far from complete
User Score
8.7
(55 votes)
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Starbound is a side-scrolling game that weaves together creativity, adventure, exploration and action. In Starbound you’ll cross the galaxy in your spaceship, exploring procedurally generated planets as you flee from your home.

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In Starbound you get to choose between six different races for the adventure ahead:

  • Apex: Ape-like creatures that have high intellectual but low physical strength.
  • Avians: Birds who, sadly enough, don’t have wings.
  • Florans: As the name suggests, Florans descend from plants. They are aggressive but great at reverse engineering technology.
  • Humans: Just boring humans.
  • Hyltotl: Amphibious docile creatures that live under the sea. They were driven off of their own world by the Florans.
  • The Glitch: Robotic creatures created by an unknown race that eventually got out of hand.

The game starts off with you in a spaceship, fleeing your home planet for unknown reasons. You then find yourself in orbit of a planet that you will call home until you decide to move onto your next destination.

Much like other sandbox games exploration is a core element of Starbound with large procedurally generated worlds to explore. Unique to Starbound though is that the game world is on an infinite loop (intended to represent a player going around the world). Each of these planets is distinctly unique from each other and are scattered with friendly creatures that mind their own business, menacing creatures that want to eat you and even inhabitants who want to sacrifice you.

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Survival in Starbound is no walk in the park, because (1) you don’t regenerate life over time; you have to build yourself a bed to sleep and (2) you have to eat to survive. You can choose to be a carnivore who hunts creatures for their meat, a herbivore who farms wheat and plants for food or both.

The wonderful thing about this game that sets it apart from Terraria and other sandbox games is that when you’re bored of your first planet, you can hop back onto your spaceship, load it with coal and blast off back into space. This allows you to start anew on a fresh planet, giving you a truly infinite universe to explore.

Summary:

  • Six playable races.
  • A literally infinite universe to explore.
  • Gather resources to build a metropolitan city or a humble village.
  • Farm, build or hunt. The choice is yours!
  • Embark on a new journey with each planet that you visit.

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Starbound, 8.7 out of 10 based on 55 ratings

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