8 Games Like Starbound

Games Like Starbound Our list of games like Starbound offers other adventures that combine space settings, sandbox, crafting and procedurally generated gameplay together into solo and multiplayer challenges.

Starbound is a sandbox adventure with a space theme with a beta that started in December of 2013 with an eventual full 2016 release. Set in a 2D game world Starbound challenges players to explore the randomly generated universe of planets while increasing their power through resource accumulation and crafting to protect yourself against a diverse list of threats. Unlike other sandbox games that limit players to a single world Starbound offers players endless new planets to colonise and complete quests while chasing their own desired objective.

With your customisable spaceship as your home players will use it to store items for the trip ahead as fly between planet locations. On the planet surface is where the bulk of your Starbound adventure takes place though with players obtaining resources from the environment, dropping into deep dungeons, meeting alien lifeforms and crafting a large list of equipment to help your survival or serve purely cosmetic functions. Starbound is further customisable through the three game modes that alter overall difficulty and the vast array of available community mods.

The list of games like Starbound below focuses on providing other games in the sandbox genre with a mixture of 2D and 3D games that let you set your own goals in single player and multiplayer environments as you explore, craft and fight.

A Valley Without Wind

Not content with replicating video game experiences offered before it A Valley Without Wind explores a different path by mixing together a range of genres into a single action, strategy adventure title which was further refined in the sequel. Your objective in A Valley Without Wind is restore order to the world as you save it from its own self destruction at the hands of an evil overlord in a post ice-age style era. Fundamentally A Valley Without Wind is a 2D side scrolling game with a healthy a...[Read Review]

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Terraria is a 2D sandbox and exploration based title that was developed by Re-Logic and combines a number of different game genres including adventure, role playing and platforming into a single large scale adventure. Following its initial 2011 release on Windows the game has expanded to all popular game platforms which has been combined with regular updates to expand your adventure beyond the initial concept. This constant development cycle and growth in available platforms has resulted in Terr...[Read Review]

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Junk Jack

Junk Jack

Junk Jack is a sandbox adventure title that has its roots in the mobile space where the first game was released in 2011 (now known as Junk Jack Retro). This 2013 version of Junk Jack serves as a sequel with a similar core gameplay loop while also expanding the series to computer and the Nintendo Switch. Offering a randomly generated game world for players to explore while you craft, build and hopefully survive in a pixelated game world. The core gameplay of Junk Jack focuses on exploration, with...[Read Review]

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Mixing elements of crafting, rogue-like and platforming together to offer a 2D survival game Magicite is a challenge that can be enjoyed in shorter gameplay bursts and with friends while exploring underground dungeon challenges. Set in randomly generated dungeons Magicite will have players collecting resources from trees, ores and enemies in order to craft better equipment to survive and advance through the increasing threats that the game world throws at players. Ultimately you end up with a ga...[Read Review]

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Crashing into the sandbox role playing genre Crashlands takes players on a crafting adventure where you’ll progress your available arsenal of weapons while you fight and even tame a diverse roster of alien beasts. Originally an exclusive title to PC and mobile the game was later ported to a number of console platforms allowing all gamers the opportunity to push through the survival story driven adventure. Crashlands opens with players hurtling through space on a delivery contract with thei...[Read Review]

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Craft The World

Craft The World is a sandbox game with strategy elements for PC, Mac and iOS whereby players will be creating their own dwarven colony from humble beginnings. Mixing elements from a range of titles in similar genres Craft The World’s overall experience is a gaming treat and offers replayability at the same time. Craft The World puts you in charge of your own dwarf society that grows from a single dwarf to a thriving community of adventurers (often 12-14 depending on your level completion t...[Read Review]

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Goliath blends action adventure combat mechanics with sandbox crafting elements to create an interesting quest driven title. Goliath will have you stepping into your own robotic creations as you jump from fragment to fragment in the varied game worlds. With a variety of these robotic behemoths to craft and utilise some of which directly counter certain enemies Goliath ensures you’ll be trying them all out to some degree. The setup for Goliath sees players crash landing into an unknown and ...[Read Review]

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No Man’s Sky

Explore the vastness of space in No Man’s Sky, an action-adventure with elements of survival and exploration that lets you explore the galaxy while encountering all sorts of strange life forms. Originally launched in 2016 on PC and PS4 with an Xbox One release in 2018 No Man’s Sky had a rocky launch but with long term commitment from the developer No Man’s Sky has terraformed from a broken promise into a worthy space exploration game. The basis for No Man’s Sky is explora...[Read Review]

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