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Posted: 3 years ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Starbound is an action-adventure game from the developer of Terraria about the exploration of space. It's a world viewed from side-on, with simple visuals that enable it to offer complex systems and hundreds of items for players to discover their own adventures. You play in a procedurally generated space universe where you can explore and discover new weapons, armour, and items. You can also visit towns and villages inhabited by various intelligent lifeforms.

You start on a spacecraft after the destruction of Earth and must develop your craft to go on an intergalactic peacekeeping mission. Your shuttle orbits a habitable planet and an adventure begins that takes you hurtling across the universe. It's a combination of specific quests and overarching narrative-led open-world game-play.

The result is a game that's all about curiosity. What seems simple soon expands into a huge play space. You start with just a few tools but soon discover there are all manner of ways to interact and work with the environment. Like Terraria, it invites players to use their imagination, and provides a world that responds in surprising ways when they do.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 20/03/2018

Price: 60% off

Platforms: Mac and PC

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Adventure, Strategy (Action, Fighting, Platform, Shooting and Simulation)

Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night, Open World and Pixels

Developer: Chucklefish Ltd (@ChucklefishLtd)



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Play Time: This game will take between 20 hours and 25 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for arcade violence. Player’s character uses a large sword to attack the occasional non-detailed human character and fantasy characters, hits will result in small amounts of non-realistic pixelated blood. Characters disappear when killed. Similarly, the player’s character when attacked by a large fantasy character will die and disappear in a small pixelated red cloud.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB rated EVERYONE 10+ with Alcohol Reference, Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence and Mild Blood.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be able to persevere and have the imagination that inspires you to take on big challenges. There's some detailed control of the characters and the building of structures. This is kept relatively simple because of the 2D visuals. Youngers players can enjoy the game in Creative mode. Older, more skilful, players will focus more on progression.


Starbound usually costs £11.99. 


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Starbound Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@ChucklefishLtd) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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