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Starbound: a game review

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avatar mommaCarole
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Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
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So, let me tell you about Starbound, a new game that's currently in beta by a little company called Chucklefish.

Starbound is a 2D space and planet exploration game designed to let you build and explore to your heart's content. No, seriously. There are THOUSANDS of planets to explore in 5 different star sectors. The planets can have biomes like desert, jungle, snow, magma, forest, grassland, volcanic, and my personal favourite so far, tentacle. You can explore moons and asteroid belts. You can play one of six different races, Human, Floran (a carnivorous plant race,) Avian (birds,) Apex (intelligent apes,) and Hylotl (amphibians,) and Glitch (robots/cyborgs.) The character graphics are cute and highly customizable. Once you get your character built, you get your spaceship...

Each race has a backstory as to why you're out running around in the galaxy instead of staying home and getting married and having little tadpoles or eggs or whatever, but that's not so much the point of the story as exploring, amassing wealth and technology and becoming the greatest space-captain to ever pilot a ship. Now, remember, this game is still in early beta. It's very playable, but does tend to crash occassionally and weird bugs show up, which is totally to be expected. Character wipes and loss of work is ALSO to be expected, so don't get too attached to these early characters or the palace you build.

You start out with a couple basic tools on your ship (you were escaping your home planet and forgot to pack I guess) and can build up your technology as you go. You do that by... MINING. Yep. Sound familiar? You can also pillage towns and cities you find on these backwater planets if that's more your style, but the villagers are probably better armed than you are. There are always hideous alien monsters trying to eat you. The best you can hope for is that you're poisonous to them...

I've been having a blast with this game. The soundtrack is great. The graphics are reminiscient of Terraria, but unique. There is a lot of gameplay that has yet to be implemented like ship-to-ship combat. Servers have set up clans and companies and trading centres, and multiplayer either online or LAN both work well. For $15 you'll have a great time playing. Go get it on Steam!
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08/06/2016 11:18 am
Level 1 : New Crafter
kaidu15
1.0 just came out
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07/03/2014 4:47 pm
Level 18 : Journeyman Mage
ZachDevv
This game looks so fun! I will probably get it now!
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01/07/2014 2:44 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Pokemon
Poke
Glitch master race!
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01/08/2014 7:02 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
oh YEAH? then why do you live in a feudal system in a freaking CASTLE? huh?!
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01/08/2014 10:06 am
Level 35 : Artisan Pokemon
Poke
It's the only way to live! (The only way we're programmed to, at least)
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01/11/2014 11:27 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
my Floran is a hoot.... every time I approach a village, I get comments like "it's refreshing to see a civilized Floran!" ... makes me want to ssssstab them all.
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01/07/2014 10:34 am
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
Skullduggerycain
I'm completely in love with this game.
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01/07/2014 9:06 am
Level 1 : New Skinner
Crazy Griefer
Not to be a hater, but. What does this have to do with MC?
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01/08/2014 7:03 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
game reviews have always been acceptable for blogs... so long as they're real reviews and not three lines talking about games. I've been blogging game reviews for a while. Usually indie games.
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01/08/2014 8:37 am
Level 1 : New Skinner
Crazy Griefer
Oh, I get it :P
Okay.
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01/07/2014 6:44 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
Skullduggerycain
Due to new updated submission guidelines, submissions are no longer required to be about minecraft.
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01/08/2014 5:14 am
Level 1 : New Skinner
Crazy Griefer
Since when o...o My blogs kept getting deleted and they weren't even about mc
this was a few weeks ago
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01/08/2014 2:21 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
Skullduggerycain
Ah, they got changed very, very recently. Like, a few days ago.
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01/07/2014 3:14 am
Level 46 : Master Sweetheart
Zatharel
hm...sounds good. Hope it's worth the money.
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01/07/2014 4:26 am
Level 24 : Expert Ranger
Ipzeny
Its well worth the time, and money if you liked or have ever watched Terraria videos.
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01/07/2014 4:27 am
Level 46 : Master Sweetheart
Zatharel
Terraria was a fun game
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01/07/2014 11:48 pm
Level 24 : Expert Ranger
Ipzeny
My thoughts exactly. If you loved playing it then Starbound is pretty much the same but with a lot more content that Terraria or mods for it could never provide.
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01/07/2014 6:45 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
Skullduggerycain
Never played Terraria, thus I wouldn't be able to compare it as well as others would, but this game is amazing. It's definitely worth the purchase.
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01/07/2014 11:47 pm
Level 24 : Expert Ranger
Ipzeny
Starbound is Terraria just in space, and lots more content.
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01/08/2014 2:20 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Geek
Skullduggerycain
Those are some nice bold letters you have there.
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01/06/2014 8:10 pm
Level 44 : Master Engineer
luis alonso 64 bits
also a goood thing is when you get an instrument you can download custom songs into abc format to play your own songs even works well in multiplayer thats my favorite feature, also the mining and xploring also gamemode is softcore (you will understand well if you played terraria) and it is so fun
i like the game also i am an avian
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01/06/2014 9:08 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
ohhh, I haven't tried downloading custom songs yet. I like getting a few friends together to jam. ;)
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01/07/2014 6:12 pm
Level 44 : Master Engineer
luis alonso 64 bits
its easy! look. screach for the starbound wiki and enter the one from wikia, not gamepedia, in the wikia screach for songs, press enter
then you will see a page about songs then there will be 3 pages that you can download music and how to install it. simple huh?
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01/07/2014 6:13 pm
Level 44 : Master Engineer
luis alonso 64 bits
ps: you cant find all the music you wish due its hard to program it... true history i wanted some terraria songs in starbound.. didnt find anyting
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01/06/2014 11:55 am
Level 40 : Master Botanist
candle_
Floran sssstab, therefore Floran am.
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01/06/2014 12:00 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Narwhal
mommaCarole
Florans are the cutest little psychopaths you'll ever meet! muahahahahah
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01/06/2014 1:23 pm
Level 40 : Master Botanist
candle_
"Floran sssmash keyboard, hear disssstant explosion. Unrelated"
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01/06/2014 6:05 pm
Level 48 : Master Dragonborn
Monke
"Floran no ssstab Glitch"
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