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Posted: 11 weeks ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Oxygen Not Included is a creative strategy game where you build an underground colony for survivors of a spaceship crash-landing. You need to manage everything, placement and planning for oxygen distribution, energy, plumbing and living arrangements. It offers a demanding and strategic experience where your every action has a consequence yet still allows for creativity and ingenuity to shine through.

When a spaceship malfunctions and crashes on a desolate alien planet, the crew-mates flee into the caves, where they find pockets of oxygen, plant life and water. Starting slowly, you build out basic infrastructure and living areas, then expand your settlement into nearby caves. You start with few resources and must use them to build out essential machines to ensure your survival, like oxygen regenerators and heaters, as well as contraptions that generate usable energy. Eventually, you either end up with a thriving colony, or die due to lack of necessary provisions.

Rather than directly controlling things, you issue commands to the crew-mates to operate machines, grow crops, fix malfunctions, and build tunnels. Your automation must balance your manpower to ensure you have enough food, water, heat and oxygen to survive. Each crew-mate has a unique set of attributes which makes the more suited to doing certain tasks. You can also see the flow of oxygen and heat around your base in real-time and must ensure your civilians don't suffocate, freeze or boil. Managing your infrastructure of gas, liquid and electricity pipes as you grow to ensure all the people's needs are fulfilled is a top priority and requires careful and strategic growth.

The result is a unique take on the city-building genre that demands careful calculation and caution, but also pushes you to come up with novel and inventive solutions to the many problems you face through experimentation and ambition.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/07/2019

Price: 70% off

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Creative, Sequencing, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Klei (@Klei)




Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 100 hours to complete. Because of the open-ended nature of the game, you can spend countless hours expanding and growing your base.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Rating

11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There is significant strategy in making sure you manage oxygen levels, other resources, and population as you play, and you should be able to cope with losing and hours of progress being lost.


Oxygen Not Included usually costs £18.99. 

Oxygen Not Included

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
You can buy a pack of extra content called Spaced Out!, which allows you to make multiple bases on different planets and build an intergalactic civilisation. 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.


Our Oxygen Not Included Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
You can change the speed that the game runs, and can even pause time completely, giving you plenty of time to think. However, your civilians can die if they go too long without food, water, or oxygen, or if they get too hot or cold, so it's not low-pressure. there are two different difficulty options you can choose between at the start of each run, with the easier of the two giving you more time to think, reducing the pressure but not eliminating it.

There are lots of menus and interfaces, each one displaying lots of useful information. Sometimes, multiple of these can appear at once, which can become overwhelming. The text throughout the game is consistently fairly small and often low in contrast, and text can sometimes temporarily overlap, making it unreadable.

At the start, there are lots of clear objectives to complete which get you started, but these do stop in favour of player creativity later on. You can resize the user interface to make it larger and more easily readable.

The backgrounds are mostly static and aren't distracting. Some in-game elements and objects can be very small and difficult to identify. you need to be able to distinguish between different colours in order to comprehend the map that indicates oxygen levels in different parts of your base, which is important to note for colourblind players.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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